Toby Koekkoek was born outside of Boston Massachusetts and grew up taking weekend trips to Stowe Vermont. Whether it was skiing tight bumps with fresh dusting’s, or bulletproof hardpack, working on 360s in the park, or the beautifully spaced out Vermont trees, it's all skiing, and Toby grew to simply love skiing. However he was also brought up in a family of racquet sportsmen, with a tennis teaching (and former ski patroller) father, and Squash teaching professional and coach mother. After ski racing on the varsity squad as a freshman, Toby transferred to a boarding school in Massachusetts following his competitive Squash career, which took him to Lancaster Pennsylvania, recruited to play for the top-ranked Franklin and Marshall College squash team. Although his passion for skiing had to be slightly put on hold with the occasional ski trip to the Poconos or back up to Vermont, four years as a Division1 college athlete further ingrained in a sense of grit, determination, and team mentality playing an “individual sport” for a team trying to compete for a national championship. After playing four years of college squash, and graduating with a degree in American Studies, Toby headed west to follow his passion for skiing and playing in the big mountains of Jackson Hole. Looking to get involved in the community and skiing, Toby started coaching for the NGS program of the ski club, along with working in restaurants, writing for Teton Gravity, coaching tennis, and progressing his skiing. After four years as an NGS coach, Toby was honored to take on the coordinator position for 2020, and is happy to be returning for the 2021 winter season!
Sports Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:
Raced on the varsity ski team for Lincoln Sudbury High School as a freshman
On the ambassador team for Sego Ski Co.
Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:
Brooks School class of 2011.
B.A. in American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College (2015).
Graduated from the Startup Intensive program from Central Wyoming College.
Personal Philosophy or Statement:
I coach to pass on the passion, creativity, style, and flow I get from skiing. I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I’m skiing, and hope to pass that feeling onto others. I hope to make other skiers good stewards of the mountain, practicing, safe, aware, and respectful mountain etiquette, and progress as skiers, and as people, but most of all, have fun because that’s what it’s all about.