For more than eight years, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski coach Terry DelliQuadri has been a fixture on the slopes. He now is going to have to spend a little more time behind a desk.
As the new regional directorof the Rocky andCentral divisions of the United States Skiing and Snowboarding Association, DelliQuadri will move off the slopes to serve with National Development Sys-tem staff, in--cluding Eastern Region Director Tim Maguire and Western Region Director Lester Keller, in designing, planning and implementing Alpine programs.
"This is a good opportunity for me," DelliQuadri said. "I enjoyed my time as a coach with the Winter Sports Club, but this is a move that will help my career in the sport of skiing."
The bad news is that Delli-Quadri will be leaving the athletes of the Winter Sports Club -- which he said was a hard decision.
But he also said the year-round position with the U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding Association was too good to pass up. He will take over for Jeff Burrows, who has moved to a coaching role with the Winter Park Competition Center. Bur-rows held Rockies and Central director position from 2002 to 2005.
"My position with the Winter Sports Club was seasonal," Delli-Quadri said. "To get by, I would have to pick up other jobs in the summer."
He now is a full-time employee of the USSA, which will allow him to stay involved with skiing without the worry of finding other jobs in the summer.
"The position is similar to being an athletics director at a college," DelliQuadri said. "It's an administrative position that deals with race calendars, coaches education, rules and many other skiing-related issues."
Since starting the job Monday, he also has learned that the position has a political side.
"My cell phone has been ringing off the hook, and I'm getting about 20 e-mails an hour," DelliQuadri said. "There are a lot of people out there that are just trying to feel me out and find out where I stand on certain things."
In his new role, DelliQuadri will direct the work of national development staff members, including Darlene Nolting, Rocky Mountain Division manager, Kristian Saile, Central Division manager, and Crawford Pierce, regional coach.
DelliQuadri also will work closely with the volunteer leadership of both divisions overseeing the Alpine program for this geographic area.
DelliQuadri said he is expecting a few challenges in his new role.
The Rocky and Central divisions have lagged behind the Western and Eastern divisions in terms of putting athletes on the U.S. Ski Team during the past several years.
DelliQuadri said it's a goal of his, and the USSA, to change that trend.
DelliQuadri is a Dartmouth graduate and a four-time NCAA All-American, and he represented the United States in the World University games, medaling in the giant slalom in 1986 in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia. He also represented America on two World Junior Championships teams.
"We are excited to welcome Terry to our staff here at USSA," National Competition Director Walt Eveans said in a statement. He brings a professional blend of coaching experience, athletic experience and business management to our staff. He will challenge the coaches and athletes in the Rocky/Central region to work together in providing the best possible athletic opportunities for the Alpine skiers in the region."
DelliQuadri will continue to live in Steamboat with his wife and three children.