Bryce Bennett celebrates his Val Gardena downhill win. TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Alpine Ski Team has announced a number of staffing changes ahead of the 2024-25 season with Ian Garner stepping down as head men’s World Cup tech coach. Former French Ski Federation coaches Fabien Munier and Claude Cretier are among the arrivals with Rudi Soulard promoted to head women’s tech coach.

Both the men's and women's teams enjoyed a successful 2023-24 campaign, achieving 10 World Cup victories, 21 podium finishes, and 51 top 10 results collectively across 11 athletes. Nine of those wins went to Mikaela Shiffrin with the other achieved by downhiller Bryce Bennett.

“We had a very good 2023-24 season and we are excited to build upon this success with these new hires,” said US Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport Anouk Patty. “The coaches joining our organisation are sure to make a positive impact on the future of our alpine programs."

Mark Tilston will lead the men's team as head coach, while Paul Kristofic will lead the women's team. Ian Garner, a longtime coach with the US Ski Team, is resigning from his position as head men's World Cup tech coach. Under Garner's leadership, the men's tech team consistently achieved impressive results over multiple seasons, with notable highlights including River Radamus' outstanding performance this past year, which marked his first podium finish.

“We are so grateful for everything that Ian has done with the men’s World Cup team,” said Tilston. “His knowledge is invaluable to us and we look forward to collaborating with him as we make this transition.”

River Radamus achieved his first World Cup podium finish in the 2023-24 season. JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images
River Radamus achieved his first World Cup podium finish in the 2023-24 season. JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images

Taking on the role of head men's World Cup giant slalom coach is Fabien Munier. The 42-year-old joins the US Ski Team from the French Ski Federation, where he notably collaborated with former world champion overall World Cup winner Alexis Pinturault, alongside the French Europa Cup speed and World Cup tech teams.

Claude Cretier, another former French Ski Federation coach, is also joining the men's World Cup team. Cretier, an Olympic ski racer who secured fifth place in the 2002 downhill event, has coached notable French athletes including Pinturault and Olympic medalist Victor Muffat-Jeandet.

“Fabian and Claude’s background with the French Ski Federation shows that both have the experience and drive to make a positive impact on our team,” said Tilston. “We have a great group of athletes and Fabian and Claude will push our athletes to the next level of competition.”

Tristan Glasse-Davies joins the team as the head coach for the men's slalom World Cup. Glasse-Davies was previously head men's slalom coach for Dave Ryding and emerging talents like Billy Major and Laurie Taylor at GB Snowsports, playing a crucial role in Ryding becoming Great Britain's first alpine  skiing World Cup race winner at Kitzbuhel in 2022.

“It is exciting to have Tristan join our men’s slalom group,” said Tilston. “Tristan’s direction and experience is sure to help our slalom skiers reach their full potential.”

Clement Tomamichel will provide new leadership for the men's Europa Cup team having been women's development and Europa Cup coach at the French Ski Federation, where he focused on coaching the women's development and Europa Cup teams.

Mikaela Shiffrin has a new team head tech coach in Rudi Soulard after Magnus Andersson's resignation. JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images
Mikaela Shiffrin has a new team head tech coach in Rudi Soulard after Magnus Andersson's resignation. JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images

In the women's alpine team, head tech coach Magnus Andersson has resigned with Rudi Soulard taking over. Andersson leaves after eight years on the women's staff in which he guided the women's tech team to their best-ever season, securing their first podium finishes and victories in the Nations Cup discipline. “Through the years on the team Magnus has had an incredible impact on our athletes and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” said Kristofic.

Soulard was Andersson's assistant during the 2023-24 season having previously been head slalom coach for the French women's team. He coached Viktoria Rebensburg to two Olympic medals, two World Championship medals, 49 World Cup podium finishes, and three giant slalom FIS Crystal Globes. He was also head men's tech coach with the US Ski Team from 2008-10, helping Ted Ligety attain two giant slalom Crystal Globes and a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.

“We are thrilled to have Rudi at the helm of our women’s tech team,” said Kristofic. “We know he will continue to build upon and raise the bar of this talented group of skiers."

Mikaela Shiffrin will welcome a new assistant coach for the upcoming season in the shape of Janne Haarala, who was head women's tech coach for the Norwegian national team for six years. "I’m super stoked to be part of the journey with the most successful alpine skier in the world,” said Haarala. “I am committed to working hard and sharing my experience and passion for alpine skiing with this team."

Miha Kurner is the new coach of the women's Europa Cup team after serving as the Alpine Program Director and U18 women's coach at Killington Mountain School. With a wealth of coaching expertise and a successful racing career on the Slovenian Alpine Ski Team, where he competed on both the Europa Cup and World Cup circuits, Kurner brings valuable experience to the team.

“We are very excited about the future of the alpine program with these excellent new hires,” said Patty. “These new staff additions build upon our previous success leading into a World Championships season and Olympic year on the horizon. Our teams are ready and equipped to begin prepping for the coming season."