JHSC Freeride Program – June Newsletter
During my 9-year coaching tenure, I’ve seen a good number of athletes make their mark in snowboarding here in Jackson, Wyoming, two of whom are graduating seniors this year – Marvin Martel and Collin Schubert. I’ve had the pleasure to coach both athletes for a couple of seasons, and I was honored to coach them in their final year of our program. Marvin is such a team player, a natural athlete, and a major anchor in the Freeride Program. He has the build and strength of a football linebacker, and he uses that strength to flex the stiffest of boards with ease and grace. Marvin seems to learn three new tricks every practice, all while helping younger athletes in the program develop their riding.
Collin joined the Snowboard team in 2016 and commuted from Casper, Wyoming, every weekend for training (dedication anyone?!). After a couple of seasons with the Freeride Program, Collin took his talent to the Windells Academy in Mt. Hood, Oregon, where he was a boarding student who pursued competitive snowboarding full time. Collin, a guy of few words, has always let his snowboarding do the talking. His passion for big mountain riding became his focus, but his freestyle riding had our coaching team jumping with excitement with his timeless style and bag of tricks. Our program was fortunate that Collin decided to re-join the Freeride Program for his senior year.
At this writing, both athletes are wrapping up their final academic obligations to easily complete their senior year of high school. Marvin is planning a gap year in which he is moving to Bellingham, WA, in hopes to gain residency (to later pursue college in the Northwest) while snowboarding at Mt. Baker. Collin has been accepted to multiple colleges but has voiced a strong interest in pursuing higher education in Utah so that he can continue to snowboard in his off time from academics.
Hey guys, thanks for your contribution to the JHSC Freeride Program, and thanks for leaving a positive mark on snowboarding in the Jackson community. You two are always welcome back to ride with the team, and if I’m lucky enough, maybe someday you will consider coaching for the Freeride Program.
The best to you both in this exciting next chapter of your life!