Rickenbach to Join Diamond Peak Ski Team as Head Coach and Program Director


[Incline Village, NV.] May 2, 2016 -  Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation (DPSEF) is proud to announce that Konrad Rickenbach will fill its new Head Coach & Program Director position effective immediately.  In his role, Konrad is responsible for all aspects of the team’s programs including coach and athlete development.  Konrad comes to Diamond Peak with a rich background in ski racing.  For the last three years, he has been the USSA FIS National Training Group Coach out of Park City, UT.  Prior to that assignment, Konrad was the Squaw Valley Head Men’s FIS Coach, culminating in an award as the Alpine Domestic Coach of the year in 2012. In their press release announcing the award, the United States Ski & Snowboard Association wrote "Rickenbach has consistently produced some of the most well-rounded skiers in the West, and has had many athletes nominated to the U.S. Ski Team. He uses his coaching to promote positive attributes in all aspects of young racers’ lives. As a former U.S. Ski Team coach (…), he is an example of what a good coach is - a mentor, a teacher and a friend." 
Konrad has coached every age group ranging from under 12 years old to World Cup athletes, including several assignments with the US Ski Team. He has also had Olympic experience, coaching Phil and Steve Mahre to their respective Gold and Silver medals in the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. 
Konrad is incredibly well respected by athletes, administrators, and coaches around the world.  Perhaps one of the best athlete quotes about Konrad came this year from US Ski Team member Bryce Bennett after he went from a 57th place start in the Val Gardena downhill to a 6th place finish.  Bryce credited his parents and the lessons he learned from his coach Konrad Rickenbach.  "He saved me from myself and brought me to a point where I believed in myself to become a better person."
Konrad believes strongly in the philosophy of building complete athletes in their approach to process, accomplishment and character.  In a recent discussion Konrad said, “We will focus on character-centered coaching – helping athletes make decisions that are focused on attainable results, and helping athletes to look within to uncover their potential. We will foster athlete ownership, self-discipline and self-respect to produce well-mannered, humble, grateful and confident athletes.  This approach will be the foundation on which we will build DPSEF to be the benchmark club in the United States.”
Ryan Ritchie, DPSEF’s President is both humbled and excited by Konrad’s decision to join Diamond Peak.  “Konrad’s experience and wisdom are second to none in the world of ski racing.  His philosophy of optimizing each athlete’s character development through skiing adds considerable firepower behind the culture that Josée LaCasse and our phenomenal coaches have built. He also recognizes the valuable relationship we have with our mountain in enabling our athletes’ training. Konrad’s approach fits perfectly at DPSEF, which empowers our athletes on their journey to excellence via internal motivation and self-evaluation. They learn ownership of their destiny and success, especially in challenging themselves to risk failure as a process in learning to identify opportunities for improvement. These are life lessons which our athletes will carry forward as the true measure of their success in our program. I am ecstatic to have Konrad lead our program.”

Valerie Taylor
Administrator of DPST