INSPIRED BY DIFFERENCE.
My objective is to bring athletes into alignment with their fullest potential as snowboarders and in that defining what their Legacy will be for the world.
My Coaching Approach is based in making sure my athletes are having fun, working hard, and believe in themselves. Seeing a rider reach their full potential is the ultimate as a coach.
Coaching Accountabilities: 1. Work with athletes to put a winning run composition in half pipe. 2. Teach athletes to increase technicality of tricks so athletes are continuously pushing the boundaries in the their development. 3. Build elite skills in athletes across all facets of the program, i.e. :Technical-Freestyle, Amplitude, Phycological and Competitive Mentality. 4. Have an ultimate understanding of snowboarding; tricks, terrain features, body positions, edge control, run design, tension relief techniques, waxes, acrobatics, progression techniques, nutrition, physical fitness, confidence building techniques, meditation guidance, life coaching and video reviews.
THE JOURNEY STARTS HERE.
- Athletic Director at Wy’East Mountain Academy & High Cascade Snowboard Camp, USA
- US Ski and Snowboard Pacific Northwest Snowboard Representative
- Business Partner & Snowboard Course Creator of Terrain Park Training System – Away Global, New Zealand
- Coaching Level 100 & 200 Developer at US & Ski Snowboard
- Snowboard Technical Delegate at Special Olympics, Sweden
- International Snowboard Halfpipe Head Coach at We Are Camp, China
- Halfpipe/Slopestyle Head Coach at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, USA
01. PERSONAL OLYMPIC ELITE COACH.
Louie Vito. 2016 – 2019
Hannah Teter. 2004 – 2018
Ayumu Hirano. 2013-2017
Kaitlyn Farrington. 2013 – 2014
Kazu Kokubo. 2012 – 2014
02. INTERNATIONAL AWARDS.
Best US Snowboard Halfpipe Coach, Team USA, Sochi,
Russia. Olympics 2014
USSA Snowboarding Domestic Coach of the Year Award. 2014
03. JUDGING EXPERIENCE.
Red Bull Double Pipe Judge, Aspen Colorado, 2014
Winter X GAMES Judge, Aspen, Colorado: Judging contest of Slope style, Half pipe, Big air and Street. 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
USSA Level 100 Judging Certificate. 2012
04. PRO RIDER HALFPIPE.
Member of USA Snowboard Team. 2003-2010
RESULTS DRIVEN APPROACH.
There is great joy in loving what you do and knowing in your heart that you will do your best. I am passionate about my coaching program, and I will provide to all my athletes what they need to reach their personal and professional goals, as well as provide training opportunities that will be unique and athletically positive.
MY ATHLETES COME FIRST.
There is nothing too small to overlook in any situation when you are working with athletes. Snowboarding is an action sport, which takes a lot of confidence, practice, passion, mental preparation, and perseverance.
COMMITMENT TO LEGACY & CREATIVITY.
Working with athletes that love what they do, makes it a self-fulfilling work environment where to be the best is not a question or aspiration, but a fundamental to what we believe is a realizable outcome.
“Elijah’s coaching helps get me closer to my dream. He understands me and coaches in a way that’s most beneficial for my style.”
AYUMU HIRANO. Silver Olympic Medal, Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018 / Silver Olympic Medal, Sochi 2014
“My brother Elijah is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had! He use to be a pro rider himself so his knowledge in snowboarding is very trustworthy! Sometimes it’s even jUst about having someone with good energy by your side, and he’s definitely got that to the maximum!”
HANNAH TETER. Gold Olympic Medal, Torino, Italy 2006 / Silver Olympic Vancouver, Canada 2010
“Over the past couple years I have gotten to work with Elijah as my coach, I feel like we always made sure it was FUN on the mountain but in the end would get sh*t done! Its been a blast being able to work with him and can’t wait for the seasons to come!”
KAITLYN FARRINGTON. Gold Olympic Medal, Sochi, Rusia 2014
“Elijah is someone who truly understands snowboarding and the mental aspect of being an athlete. Since he has been a top level himself, he has great knowledge and is constantly learning and challenging himself as a coach. He really pays attention to the athlete’s body, mind, and of course their individual goals. He is one of the best I have ever worked with ever.”
LOUIE VITO. Four-time Grand Prix overall halfpipe champion (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012). Five-time Winter X Games medalist (two gold, one silver, two bronze)