DeeDee Cole Driller
Deedee Cole Driller grew up skiing and racing in Vermont and raced for the University of Vermont and the US Ski Team before heading to Tahoe, for just one winter, in 1984. she never left!!!! For more than 35 years, Deedee has been coaching skiers of all ages and ski racers as well as two of her very own; both of her children graduated from and raced for Montana State University in Bozeman.
Prior to becoming the DPST Mighty Mite program director, Deedee coached and managed ski teams at Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Homewood. Deedee’s ski racing and management experience is what will allow her to lead with success become as the team’s Program Director.
As the Program Director of the DPST, I look forward to meeting and skiing with everyone of our families. I am excited to rekindle relationships with returning families and meet our new families and build new friendships. We have an unique and special place at Diamond Peak Ski Team and I feel extremely fortunate to call this my "job". I strongly support our Mission, Vision and Values and I know that skiing, ski racing and competitions at all levels help build, support and create wonderful kids.
Thank YOU for believing in us and supporting the DPST. Your kids will be forever grateful!
Smiles and make sure to have a BELLY LAUGH once a day!
Mats grew up in Carson City, Nevada, and raced with the Diamond Peak Ski Team as a youth. Mats graduated from the College of Idaho in 2012 with a degree in Political Economy. During his time there as a student, he played soccer. After graduation, Mats coached with the Diamond Peak Ski team for three seasons (one each: U1012, U14, and U16). After leaving Diamond Peak, Mats spent time with multiple teams honing his coaching and leadership skills, including three seasons with Mammoth Mountain Ski Team’s FIS and Women’s Nor-AM groups. During the summer of 2014 and 2015, Mats went down under to work with the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team in New Zealand – assistant coaching with U14 and then running the U14 and U16 programs. The following winter, Mats worked with the US National Team; Women’s World Cup Tech, and as a member of the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympic Coaching Staff – Women’s Tech. Most recently, Mats has been a U16 coach with the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
Mats Boehnke - U16/U18 Lead Coach
Assistant U16/U18 Coaches
Ski racing has been an integral part of Eric’s life for as long as he can remember. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eric began his ski racing journey as a member of Ausblick Ski Race Team before heading west during his teenage years to attend Crested Butte Academy. After High School, he attended Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club’s Post Graduate program, competing in two U.S. National Championships and numerous North American Cup races. Following his PG years, Eric skied NCAA D1 for Western State College and finally the University of Nevada, Reno. These days, Eric can be seen performing as a professional touring musician and singer/songwriter/composer. He’s thrilled to be part of DPSEF’s caching staff.
Raised in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Edward ski raced on an international level including Nor Ams prior to joining the NCAA Division I UNR ski team and participating as a Far West Team member. He is in his sixth season coaching with DPSEF and currently practices emergency medicine as a physician assistant.
U14 Lead Coach - Mats Boehnke
Lead U10/U12 Coach - Allene Kennedy
Allene Kennedy, Lead Coach U1012 teams, was born and raised in Truckee, CA. She took her first ski lessons at Diamond Peak where her dad worked. Allene formed her ski racing career as a racer with Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, and Squaw Valley. Allen later moved to eastern Canada to attend McGill University in Montreal, QC, and continue racing as a college student, where she was the female MVP for four years. After graduation, Allene became a ski race coach to spread her love of ski racing to developing athletes. She moved to Canmore, Alberta where she coached at Sunshine Village for five years. For the past two seasons, she has been the U14 Head Coach.
Todd Davis - U 12
Todd and his family come to Incline and Diamond Peak from western NY. Interestingly enough, he learned to ski on an old garbage dump in Greece, NY called Frisbee Hill. It was skiing the old-fashioned way… hiking up and skiing down. At some point his parents started taking him to Ski Valley south of Rochester every weekend and he fell in love with ski racing. He raced through college (even at Diamond Peak at USCSA Nationals one year!) and then coached for 15 years at Ski Valley, Bristol and Hunt Hollow. Many of his athletes went on to high school ski teams, ski academies and college ski teams and several have become ski coaches themselves.
The last few years he has spent the winters teaching his children Brayden, 9, and Harper, 7, to ski in Ellicottville, NY at Holimont and looks forward to watching them improve at Diamond Peak now that they have more than 600 feet of vertical to work with. It’s going to be hard to top the Davis family record of 52 runs in a day set this past February, but we are going to take a run at it with the Mighty Mites!
Trish McKowen - Shredders Lead Coach
Trish grew up in Incline Village having moved to town as a 5-year-old in 1968. She began racing at age 8 in Ski Incline’s Recreational League before joining Incline Village Racing where she competed in the Far West Ski Association from age 8 to 19. Her senior year in high school she was named to the Far West Junior Olympic team and competed in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom at the Junior Olympics at Squaw Valley in 1981. After high school, she attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she continued to race and train as a member of the Universities B team. She is the owner of Lakeside Personal Training an in-home personal training business. She also works at the Incline Village Recreation Center. Trish's coaching philosophy is to focus on progression and the mastery of foundational racing skills. She feels it’s important to recognize and highlight the efforts of each athlete, with the ultimate goal of developing a strong team bond where unity, safety, fun, friendship and love of skiing are shared between all teammates. “Praise the good stuff and you will get more good stuff.”
Mike Vester - Assistant Coach
Mike’s passion for skiing started at age 3 when he first learned how to ski at China Peak Ski Resort located outside of Fresno, California. He ski raced as a young boy for a couple of years, but then became an avid soccer player. He played competitive soccer throughout high school and his college career at Dominican University, but skiing remained his first love. Each winter, Mike could be found honing his skills on the mountains of California and Colorado. For the past seven years, Mike has competed in Masters Racing in the Central Valley and Lake Tahoe.
Mike has a wife, an 11-year-old daughter, and 7-year-old son, who have all fallen in love with skiing as a result of Mike’s knowledge and love for the sport. Their skills have grown tremendously because of his coaching. He believes, first and foremost, that skiing should be fun, but that hard work and perseverance are also key to improving as a skier. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Diamond Peak Ski Team.
Deedee Driller - Mighty Mites & DPSEF Program Director
Deedee Driller is the Mighty Mites Director for Diamond Peak. For the past 35 years, Deedee has been coaching skiers and ski racers as well as managing ski teams. She grew up skiing and racing in Vermont and raced for the University of Vermont and the US Ski Team before heading to Tahoe, "for just one winter", in 1984. She has taught nursery school at the Tahoe Community Nursery School in Tahoe City and sits on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board.
Fun Fact! Deedee raced under Diamond Peak Ski Team's Head Coach, Konrad Rickenbach as a junior racer in Vermont. Both her children, Tenaya and Garret, were coached by Konrad as well!
Mighty Might Coaches
Mimi Meyer - Lead, Shooting Stars
It’s hard not to have fun skiing with coach Mimi. Just look at her family who is always laughing, joking, and playing on the ski hill. She is the mother of two daughters who are alumni of DPSEF, Kaci 18 and Rachel 20 who is currently racing for the UNR Wolf Pack. She is married to one of Diamond Peak’s very own National Ski Patrollers, Gordon Meyer. Most kids know him by this quote, “And Remember boys and girls….SKI FAST, TURN OFTEN, but do it safely. Especially when doing those twisty, turny, flipply things.” This is where Mimi’s most important rules for the hill come from: Rule number 1-safety first, Rule number 2-it’s all about the fun.
Both daughters learned the fundamentals and fun of skiing with their mother through the Child Ski Center at Diamond Peak while it was under the direction of “the best” Bee Ferrato. Originally just wanting to be a volunteer at the ski center to be with her children and see how they learned, she approached Bee and Bee’s response to Mimi was “Due to liability reasons, we do not have volunteers. But I can teach you how to teach children to ski. And you can work for me.” Mimi was taught how to teach and create a learning environment for a child from 2 years and above. During her time at the child ski center, she began to coach with the Diamond Peak Ski Team.
Always looking to learn more about the development of kids on the hill, when her oldest moved up to what was then known as the Talent Squad, now Mighty Mites, Mimi would always ask her daughter what she did that day and got the response of “skied.” When it was time for Kaci to move forward she asked the same question and got the day's events. From how to be patient waiting in line for the chairlift, how to load it safely to following rules, like what you DON’T do with your poles; and let’s not forget making new friends. Both being taught by the same coach, being raised by the same parents, they had different ways of learning. Over the years, she has been able to create more “tools to put into her toolbox” as she has watched her two daughters race through the program.
She has been both a child ski instructor and a coach for 16+ years. She is a level I and level II ski instructor and has her coaching level 100 fundamentals. She has always had a passion for working with what she calls the “littles” and playing with them to enhance their abilities.
“My goal as a child instructor/coach is to help create a learning environment that establishes confidence, creativity, passion, responsibility, and respect for all things.” (quote by Coach Mimi).
She coaches on the aspects of fun by “playing games and finding activities that allow the kids to use the fundamentals that will enable them to improve their abilities.”
Following in their mother's footsteps, Kaci and Rachel are now using their passion for kids and skiing by coaching for the Diamond Peak Ski Team.
Mimi's Disclosure: There are twenty pairs of race skis in our garage, six helmets, multiple pairs of custom-fit boots, speed suits galore, a tuning bench that takes up a hallway, ski clothes for every winter condition imaginable, ski passes to every hill visited, and tons of memories that will last a lifetime.
Kait Flocchini, Assistant Shooting Stars Coach
Kait came later in life to skiing, but has taken to it with gusto. She honed her skills setting an example for her daughters, who are now athletes on the Diamond Peak race team. As lifelong athlete, Kait's coaching philosophy is to give our newest team members a safe place to become confident skiers and develop a love of winter mountain sports.
Mitch O'Brien, Lead Teal Group
Hailey Bandelin - Jr. Coach- Mighty Mites
Rayna McAndrews - Jr. Coach - Mighty Mites
Conner Dudek - Jr.Coach - Mighty Mites
Kayla Green - Jr. Coach - Mighty Mites & DPST Alumni
Ella Hennesy - Jr. Coach - Shooting Stars
Ella is a student at North Tahoe High School, who loves winter. She plays soccer, is a dancer, and does musical theater. She has been having fun this ski season hanging out with the youngest team athletes.
Brendan Pietzke - Jr. Coach & DPST Alumni
Sami Lampi - Lead All Mountain Coach & DPST Alumni
Sami is an Incline Village native and grew up with Diamond Peak as her childhood playground. She joined the Diamond Peak Ski Team at the age of five and worked her way up racing. She dominated in Tahoe League but switched her focus elsewhere. At the age of twelve Sami found interest in Freestyle skiing and moved over to the Northstar Freestyle Team. She started competing in every discipline, SkierCross, Slopestyle, and Pipe. In the offseason, Sami also competed in soccer and track. At the age of 15 Sami won 1st Overall Girls at the USASA Nationals in Copper, Colorado. Sami now is a skilled rider with a background in both racing and freestyle. She holds a deep appreciation for the coaches that guided her to stay safe while developing a deep love for skiing. Her goal in the coaching world is to cultivate a safe environment that is inclusive, promotes progression, and is tons of fun!! Her experience will be valuable in coaching athletes to be well rounded, solid skiers.
All Mountain Coaches
Mark Bernstein - Lead Travel Coach
Mark started his teaching/coaching career at Heavenly Valley in 1978 where the "guru" of skiing, Stu Campbell, was the director of the ski school. He had written all the tech articles for Ski Magazine and published several books on skiing, teaching, and technique. It was fertile ground for understanding the American Teaching System (along with European and NEC) and Mark feels fortunate to have had tutelage under Stu. In the subsequent years he was certified by PSIA and USSA. Mark has taught at Mt. Rose, Northstar, Squaw Valley, and the last 20+ years at Diamond Peak. He started the All Mountain Team 10 years ago as an outlet for the kids (and parents) not interested in racing gates. His knowledge and expertise in teaching and "local knowledge" of other ski areas would give an opportunity to the non-racing crowd to improve their technique and explore off-piste and steeper terrain at DP and other Sierra resorts. The program has been a success for the families involved and has enhanced their greater appreciation and enjoyment of Lake Tahoe, the mountains, and the sport. Mark is grateful and excited to pass his passion for skiing and our beautiful backyard to the next generation of skiers.
Mikey Lampe - DPST Alumni
Ryan Ritchie - Lead Masters Coach
Ryan has been skiing since age 2 and racing since age 12, beginning with the Bear Valley Race Team and continuing through his tenure with the UC Davis Alpine Ski Team. He led UCD to USCSA Nationals twice and attended once as an individual, earning Academic All-American honors each year. He coached with UC Davis for two years before embarking on his Masters racing "career" alongside his professional career as a Physical Therapist. Ryan has coached various youth sports, including skiing, and now shares his passion for speed with fellow Masters racers at DPSEF.
Ryan's coaching philosophy: We endeavor to provide high quality, individualized coaching with a focus on fundamental skill development through drills both in and out of the course, driven by independent self-analysis so that you feel and integrate what makes for a good turn. I think there’s room for each of us to improve to the extent we wish, and Masters racing with Far West is certainly not limited to super-fast racers. I think you will find great camaraderie, support, and fun there if you choose to go that route.