Coaching Staff

Tomas Karlsson

Alpine Program Director, Head Men’s FIS Coach


Special Coaching Sports program, Stockholm University 1987
“TK” has an extensive leadership background in the sport and a long history with BMA. TK was most recently the Head Men’s coach of the Swedish National Team. Previously, he served as Sweden’s Head Women’s coach, the Swedish National Team Program Director and also spent three years as Head Coach of the US Ski Team. Karlsson’s history with BMA includes two years as Program Director in the early 1990’s before joining the US Team, and a year as an exchange student in the 1980’s after he finished racing on the Swedish National team.

Jeff Fergus

Head Women’s FIS Coach


Early in his career “Ferg” was a coach with the Park City Ski Team and then went on to a long stint with the US Ski Team where he was most notably the primary coach for Lindsey Vonn for a number of seasons. Prior to his arrival at BMA in 2015, Ferg worked in association with BMA in addition to coaching a small group of Nor Am women on an independent basis.

Darrell Gray

High Performance Director


B.S. Appalachian State University, Graduate Studies North Carolina University
The U.S. Ski Team Domestic Coach of the Year in 2006, Darrell has his Level 400 coaches’ certification and also runs the strength and conditioning program at BMA. He is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and also has his USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Certification. One of Darrell’s favorite quotes is, “If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life!” Darrell and his wife Lisa came to BMA in 1996 and are dorm parents in Willoughby House. They have three children: Haley, Zach, and Kate.

Jeff Sirjane

 Head Men’s U16 Coach


Jeff has a long history at Burke: he served as a coach and equipment technician at BMA from 1980-84, and continued coaching in the BMA Junior Program for many years after leaving his full-time role at Burke. Jeff then worked in a variety of race department positions at Salomon; providing World Cup Service from 1984-1996. In 1996 he joined the staff at World Cup Supply working in sales and providing safety installations for World Cup Events, US Alpine Championships, X-Games and several Red Bull Projects. Jeff and his wife Penny (BMA ’81) live in Thetford Vermont; they have two daughters.

Sam Damon

Head Women’s U16 Coach


B.A. Dartmouth College, Graduate Studies Harvard University

Eastern Children’s Committee, Eastern Development Committee, Eastern Alpine Competition Committee
A New Hampshire native who grew up racing at Pat’s Peak and Waterville Valley, Sam was a member of the Dartmouth College Ski Team, and then went on to coach at the NorAm and Europa Cup levels as well as on the FIS-University level. He began working at BMA in 2008, after spending 5 years coaching in Colorado. Sam has been the assistant coach at Harvard University, the head coach at Colby-Sawyer College, and has coached on both the FIS men’s and FIS women’s staffs prior to his current role at BMA. Sam lives in nearby Sutton with his wife, Tory Amorello, the Director of Admissions and their daughter, Cecelia.

Tory Amorello

Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, U16/U14 Coach


B.A. Whitman College, M.S., Simmons College
Tory grew up racing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and then was a four-year NCAA skier at Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington. Following college, Tory worked as a coach, librarian, history and English teacher, dorm parent, and mountain bike coach at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School prior to joining the Burke community in 2009. Tory has coached at both the U16 and U14 levels during her time at Burke, and coordinates many of the summer and fall camps. Tory lives with her husband, Sam Damon, Head U16 Coach, and their daughter, Cecelia.

Steve Berlack

Men’s U16 Coach


B.A. University of New Hampshire
Steve, a USSA Level 400 certified coach, has worked with the BMA men’s and women’s FIS and U16 teams for over a decade, even serving as alpine program director for a year. Prior to Burke, he coached with the Europa Cup and World Cup groups for Poland. He is a former trustee and treasurer of the school. Steve and his wife Cindy (former BMA Junior Program Coach), and their daughter, Carolyn, live in Franconia, NH. Tragically, their son, Ronnie (BMA ‘12 – USST 2014, 2015), was killed in Soelden, Austria January 2015.

Bart Bradford

Women’s FIS Coach


B.A. Johnson State College
Bart began his coaching career at the University of Vermont where he worked with the women’s team for six years before moving to Middlebury College where he became the director of the alpine program. He has extensive past experience at a number of ski academies and is a former USSA Eastern Regional Coach. Bart most recently came to Burke after serving as the PG/U21 Head Men’s and Women’s Alpine Coach for Team Summit in Colorado. Bart lives in Stowe, Vt. with his wife of 29 years, Beth. They have three children (Will, Heather, and Charlie) who live in various states out West.

Brad Farrell

Men’s FIS Coach


B.A. St. Michael’s College
Originally from West Windsor Vermont, Brad will be entering the Burke community as a first year coach with a long background in competition. He began skiing at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond Vermont and has since competed through numerous programs throughout the state of Vermont. In 2010 he was a member of the University of Vermont men’s soccer team as a goalkeeper. After returning to ski racing he competed with Mount Mansfield Ski Club before transferring to St Michael’s college where he was a 2014 NCAA championship qualifier.

Rolf Gidlow

Men’s FIS Coach


Since 1989, Rolf has spent 20 years on the staff at Burke. He returned for his latest stint after two years at Stratton Mountain School. At best, he figures this will be his 44th year of coaching. During his time at BMA, Rolf has — at one time or another — filled just about every coaching role including positions with both the men’s and women’s FIS teams. He is a dorm parent in Moulton House.

Ryan Markham

U14 Coach


Alumnus and former BMA staff member Ryan Markham returned to BMA in 2014 after a lengthy stint as the head coach at Jay Peak Ski Club. Ryan graduated from BMA in 2000, was assistant women’s FIS coach and responsible for boot fitting when he was at BMA.

Amber McHugh

Men’s FIS Coach, Men’s Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


B.S. Saint Michael’s College
A native of Southern Vermont where she grew up ski racing and playing soccer, Amber is entering her eighth year as a FIS Coach at Burke. She came to Burke after coaching with the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team (NH) for four years and has gained experience working as a member of the staff at Eastern Region and USST National Development System camps and on competition trips. Amber has coached on both the men’s and women’s staff during her time at Burke.

Matt McKenna

 Director of Alumni Relations, Women’s U16 Coach


B.A. Colby College
Matt grew up racing at Suicide Six in Woodstock VT before attending BMA. Matt graduated from Burke in 2009. He then went on to race for Colby College, where he started every carnival in his four years and was team captain his junior and senior years. Matt returned to BMA as a coach in 2014.

Corey McKim

 Women’s FIS Coach


Corey is entering his 25th year of coaching and his 5th at BMA. He has enjoyed coaching at every age group from U14’s to FIS level.

Sohier Perry

 Men’s FIS Coach


B.A. University of Vermont
Originally from the Upper Valley of Vermont, Sohier has been coaching for the last eight years. He began his career at Ford Sayre coaching U16s before moving onto the University of Vermont. During his three years at UVM, the ski team won the 2012 NCAA Championships. Sohier most recently worked at GMVS primarily with the PG men.  He is a dorm parent in Witherell House.

Randa Teschner

 Women’s FIS Coach, Assitant Athletic Trainer


B.S. University of New Hampshire
Randa grew up skiing in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada before racing for the Ontario Ski Team. From there, she went on to race for the University of New Hampshire, where she competed in NCAA Championships all four years. Randa was captain her senior year and a 3 time All-American. She graduated UNH with a BS Kinesiology: Athletic Training.