Wasatch Freestyle Coaches

Jon O’Brien

Director

Former USSA Intermountain Freestyle Champion, USSA Intermountain Team coach, and past Assistant Mogul coach for the US Freestyle Ski Team.

Jon has over 30 years experience coaching USSA Freestyle competitors, many of whom have progressed on to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team or careers as top professional free skiers.

Jon was the coach of the British Freestyle Ski Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics and coached the U.S. Jr. Mogul Team at F.I.S. Jr. Worlds. Jon holds a B.A in History and Behavioral Science from Westminster College.


Ryan Dyer

Head Mogul Coach

Ryan is a former US Ski Team member and World Cup competitor. Ryan grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and began competing in both racing and mogul events when he was nine years old. After graduating high school in 2009, Ryan went on to make the US Ski Team the next season in 2010. He would go on represent the United States for several years and win multiple FIS competitions. Ryan retired from mogul competitions in 2018 in order to complete his college degree. In 2021, Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Psychology. Ryan enjoys coaching all athletes on and off the mountain, but he especially likes sharing his technical and tactical knowledge with skiers in high level competitions. In his free time, Ryan likes to get outside and enjoy nature any way he can, whether that’s skiing, golfing, surfing, camping or gardening.


Nick Seeman

Nik grew up skiing in Winter Park, CO and was one of the youngest aerial athletes to make the US Ski Team, at just 17 years old.   Nik is a 2 time Junior National Aerial Champion and earned 3 top ten World Cup finishes in Korea, Deer Valley and Belarus.

Nik is also the youngest athlete in the world to ever perform a quad twisting triple back flip in competition and one of only 4 US athletes to ever perform a quint twisting triple back flip on snow.

Graduating from the University of Utah in 2021 with honors, Nik loves skiing deep powder and throwing big airs.  Nik’s hobbies are; dirt biking, skateboarding, surfing, snowmobiling and performing big tricks in Flying Ace All-Star ski shows.


Luke O’Brien

Terrain Park Coach

Luke is an ex-slopestyle and big air athlete from the Wanterville valley N.H. program. Luke was 3rd at junior nationals in 2015 in big air and 3rd at junior nationals in 2016 in slopestyle.  He skied at the elite level until 18 when he decided to move to Salt Lake City to pursue college. Luke recently graduated from Westminster college with a sports management degree. He is currently working towards building our terrain park program at Woodward. His goal with this program is to get more people involved with freestyle skiing.


Rick Shanor 

Rick is a former top Pro-Mogul Tour competitor, Rick has coached the Intermountain Team at both the Junior and Senior National Championships. He was a USSCA mogul examiner and currently heads up the Wasatch summer water ramp program. Rick has coached at the X-Games, U.S. Free Ski Open and the F.I.S. Junior World Championships in 2011 and 2012. In his free time Rick enjoys skating, surfing and watching MMA, skating and surfing.


Doug Nangle

Doug is a native to Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains. Doug has lived and skied in the Wasatch Range his whole life and is a former Wasatch Freestyle Athlete.  Doug competed in moguls, slotestyle, and big air as well as being a powder hound. Doug is a certified USSA Level 200 mogul/aerial coach. Doug has a well rounded approach to mogul skiing.  Doug loves skiing in all  forms and styles and his goal as a coach is to teach his athletes to be well rounded skiers, competitors, and individuals.


Dave Stearns

Dave grew up skiing Santa Fe & Taos ski areas in New Mexico. Dave moved to Utah after graduating from Capital High School Santa Fe, NM in 1990. Dave started coaching for the Snowbird Freestyle team in 1996 and has been with Snowbird – Wasatch Freestyle Team ever since. He has also coached for Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps and directed the Telluride Mountain School Freestyle Team for a season. Dave graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science. Skiing and coaching are a life-long passion for Dave, so when he has a chance to ski, he is very happy to be at the best ski resorts in the country – Snowbird and Deer Valley.