Coaching Staff

Brad Wall

Alpine Program Director


Darrell Gray

High Performance Director, Coach


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.

Kyle Darling

Head Women’s FIS Coach


JP Daigneault

Head Men’s FIS Coach


B.A. in Economics Dartmouth College, Computer Science University of Ottawa
JP is a USSA Level 300 certified coach (level 400 nearing completion!) and Alpine Canada CSCF Performance Level/Certified coach.
JP got on skis a bit late around age 7 and started racing at 12, just north of the border, with the Owl’s Head Ski Club. He eventually found his way to VT where he PG’d two years at GMVS. During that time he made it to World Juniors for Canada (1993). He then raced for Dartmouth College the next 4 seasons where he captained the ski team and earned four individual D1 First-Team All-America awards.JP comes to BMA from across Lake Champlain where he spent the previous three seasons rebooting the Alpine program at Northwood School in Lake Placid. JP also coached the British Columbia provincial team in Canada prior to that and was head coach for the men’s Québec provincial team in 2010-2012. JP loves golf, lives on-campus, and keeps dreaming about having a Newfoundland puppy dog one day.

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.

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.

Tory Amorello

Director of Enrollment, Financial Aid and External Affairs, 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.

Christine Booker

U14 Coach

Crosby Coughlin

Mid-Week U12-U14 Coach

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 FIS 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.

Peter Ostroski

Women’s U16 Coach

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.

Ashley Sargent

Mid-Week U12-U14 Coach

Kraig Sourbeer

Women’s FIS Coach