Wasatch Freestyle Coaches


Jon O’Brien


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.

Bryon Wilson

Head Mogul Coach

Born in the small community of Butte, Montana, Bryon’s dream began when he saw Johnny Moseley win the Gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Ever since, mogul skiing was his passion. Bryon would then start competing for the Lost Trail Freestyle Team and the Bridger Freestyle Team. But in order for Bryon to become great, he needed more than weekend trainings. It was Wasatch Freestyle that took Bryon’s training to the next level, causing the family to move to Utah. The paid off when, in 2006, Bryon made the US Ski Team and in 2010, went to the Vancouver Olympics to win the Bronze.

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.

Jeremey Cota  

Jeremy grew up skiing in Maine. Jeremy spent 7 years on the US Freestyle Team claiming 2 National Champion Titles, 8 World Cup Podiums and finishing 3rd overall on the World Cup Tour in 2012. Jeremy  has a love for economics, marketing and mountain biking.

Mikaela Matthews 

Mikaela recently retired from competitive skiing after a 9 year career as a member of the US Ski Team. Matthews competed on the World Cup tour in moguls and dual moguls. Her career highlights include one World Cup victory and a National Championship title. Mikaela is originally from Frisco, Colorado, and starting competing in moguls at the age of eight. She qualified as a member of the US Freestyle Ski Team in 2009 – the same year as graduated high school. In addition to coaching, Mikaela is currently enrolled as a Kinesiology major at the University of Utah and taking classes to work towards becoming a certified Pilates instructor.

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.