For Immediate Release – September 17, 2020 (North Vancouver, BC) – The Grouse Mountain Tyee ski club is honoured to announce the hiring of Ryan Jazic as head coach of the U16 program for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Ryan brings to the role over 25 years of coaching experience throughout all stages of development, working with the National, Provincial and Coast Zone club teams over the years. Growing up in the Whistler and the Sea to Sky area, Ryan ski raced with the Blackcomb ski club and competed for the BC ski team of his day. In his most recent coaching position, Ryan worked six full seasons with the provincial ski team, helping foster the latest generation of BC high performance athletes, including Tyee Alumni Antonia Wearmouth, Kristina Natalenko, Nicole Mah, Francis MacDonald and Sam Mulligan.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Tyee Ski Club. To sum up the last 25 + years of coaching I have seen that you can’t fake the fundamentals if you want success. That’s why I’m really excited to be working at the development level again and really bring an understanding of what it takes to succeed technically/mentally, both on and off the snow. This is a great age to develop these habits while having fun skiing at the same time. As to what drew my eyes to the Tyee program in particular, I’d love to say it is the great hot dogs but that’s just a bonus! While coaching during many FIS series here over the last 7 years I’ve been impressed by the passion that this club has for the sport, and knowing Mike Janyk for such a long time I can see that it is being led in a great direction, and it was something I wanted to be a part of. Can’t wait for the snow to fly!” – Ryan Jazic
With a current team of 25 athletes, Ryan will be leading a strong and fun group of 14- and 15-year olds. “The club’s been building the older age programming over the last few years with a goal of inspiring the athletes to ski through two years of FIS (U18) and onto the Provincial ski team. Everyone comes with different goals, whether it’s high performance aspirations, becoming a coach, or to simply develop their skills to full potential while enjoying time with friends, our programs aim to fulfil them all. Ryan adds a high level of expertise, warm personality, and inclusive coaching style to support these individual and program goals. We’re stoked to have him and excited to see the team continue to grow.” – Mike Janyk, Program Director
Joining Ryan on the Coaching staff as an assistant is Titouan Olanié. Titouan worked with the U12 and U14 programs over the last two seasons and brings a level of continuity and youthful energy to the team. With everything going on in 2020, we are grateful to have a staff that matches the commitment and involvement of this current group of athletes, they deserve it!
Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club Program Director