August 27-30, 2020

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Inspiring Presentations, Workshops and Discussions


Jeremy Sheppard PhD MS CSCS*E

Canadian Sport Institute

Jeremy Sheppard has been working in physical preparation and high-performance sport since 1993. Prior to returning to Canada in 2016 to work with Canadian Sport Institute and Canada Snowboard, he held Senior Coach and Sport Science positions with Surfing Australia, Australian Volleyball, Queensland Academy of Sport, and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Jeremy is a graduate of Canada’s (former) National Coaching Institute. Along his coaching journey, his curiosity led him to complete a PhD in Strength Science, Masters of Applied Science, and undergraduate degree in coaching/strength and conditioning, as well as numerous leadership courses. He is a Coach Emeritus with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a Master Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and Life Member. As a coach he employs a broad movement vocabulary and as such is credentialed in a range of methodologies within the fields of Athletics, Mobility, recovery-regeneration, and Weightlifting.

As a passionate speaker and writer, Jeremy has published over 150 peer-reviewed contributions, including 14 book chapters and more than 75 research papers. He has spoken at coaching conferences and sport science events throughout the USA and Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Jeremy lives in Whistler, BC with his wife Tracey and son Jake. He is passionate about his family and his friendships, mentoring and being mentored, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, and bow-hunting.

Jeremy Sheppard


Dr Ernie Rimer PhD CSCS*D

University of Utah Athletics Department

Ernie Rimer is the Director of Sport Science for the University of Utah Athletics Department, where he has served since 2013. Prior to the university, he was employed by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association from 2007 to 2013 as a strength and conditioning specialist with the US Women’s Alpine Ski Team. Before that, he was a strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science in 2004, and his master’s degree in education in 2006.

Dr. Rimer received his PhD in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2019, and his dissertation was entitled “A Philosophical Approach to Applied Sport Science with Novel Insights and Applications for Sports Performance and Rehabilitation.”

Dr Ernie Rimer

Bob Poehling

U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Athletic Development Coordinator (Women’s Alpine)

Evaluating Program Efficacy: Are you helping or hurting?

We will start with an overview of some common and uncommon technologies to start evaluating your program, ranging from the cost of a coffee through to the gold standards. We will then progress into useful statistical approaches to determine change in these technologies, breaking it down into ways any coach can use. And lastly, using these same methods to help plan training load variations in your micro through macro-cycles. 

Bob is in his second stint with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He started in 2012 as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Men’s Alpine Development and Europa Cup Teams, and then progressed into the same position with the Men’s Alpine World Cup Tech Team. He then came back in 2018 as the Athletic Development Coordinator for Women’s Alpine, responsible for the athletic development of all U.S. Ski & Snowboard Women’s Alpine athletes. Through his time with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, he has been able to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics, along with multiple FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. In between these stints, he completed his Master’s degree thesis “Monitoring Explosive Performances in Relation to Training Load Accumulation in Adolescent Female Soccer Players”. He also worked as the Sport Scientist for the Canadian Soccer Women’s U-20 National Team and Strength and Conditioning Coach/Sport Scientist for the Vancouver Whitecaps Girls’ Elite REX team.


Stephanie Zavilla

Director of Sports Performance at the Winter Park Competition Center

Stephanie Zavilla has served as the Director of Sports Performance at the Winter Park Competition Center for 7 years, supervising Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Injury Management, Sports Nutrition, and Return-to-Sport Programming. After earning a double major in Psychology and History with a minor in Coaching from the University of South Dakota, while playing four years with the school’s NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Team, she went on to receive her Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty at her alma mater.

Stephanie has worked as consultant for a myriad of sports and organizations on both a group and individual basis. She has experience in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, exercise endurance, lacrosse, figure skating, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, Paralympic skiing, and gymnastics, working with athletes ranging from those who are just beginning their recreational sport careers to those who are competing at the international, professional, or Olympic level. She has served as the sport psychology consultant for an NFL Combine Preparation Camp for several years. Most recently she has accepted a position working with tactical and high risk populations. A certified consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Stephanie has spoken at several regional and national conferences on her work in heart rate variability biofeedback, and has authored several peer reviewed articles, featuring her research in the parent-athlete relationship. Most recently she has co-authored a graduate-level textbook chapter on the psychophysiology of self-regulation.

Stephanie’s philosophy revolves around the idea that simply by being aware, being present, and being in love with what you do, freedom will follow; freedom from judgmental thoughts, freedom from the constraints of internal and external pressures, resulting in freedom of movement, and the opportunity to step beyond perceived limits.

Outside of working with parents, athletes, and coaches, Stephanie finds happiness in hiking, camping, white water kayaking, Paul Simon, and skiing as many months in a row as possible (79 and counting!).

Stefan Underwood CSCS RSCC

Director of Continuous Improvement (Internal Education) EXOS

Application of a Movement Mindset – Practical for Position, Pattern and Power

In this hands-on session, Stefan will expand upon the topic of training within a movement mindset and demonstrate how context is key and once you know whether dysfunction in movement is a position fault, pattern fault, or power fault, you can program with purpose. We will look at a sample athletic movement and connect the dots all the way from mobility to motor control progressions through power.  

Steel Mace Training for Pre-Hab/Practical

The steel mace is a an unconventional training tool which operates within the principles of off-set load. While not a tool for maximal strength, it is a natural RNT-based tool that EXOS has found success with in implementing into pillar preparation (pre-hab), complimentary exercises, and auxiliary components of training. In this hands-on clinic we will talk about what the steel mace is (and isn’t) inside the EXOS training system.  

Introduction to the TEC model through the lens of Lower Body Pushing

To coach is to influence upgrade; upgrade in movement competency, upgrade in intent of execution, and ultimately execution of the training program. While the “art of coaching” often focuses on the interaction between coach and athlete, there is a second half of the art of coaching, which is internal facing. It is the systems in place to help the coach be prepared for the session ahead. The TEC model looks at technical requirements for movement, common compensations that may occur, and then corrective strategies to influence movement. Having a strategy going into a session will aid in the execution of the session. This hands-on session will look at the TEC model as it applies to coaching lower body pushing. 

Jimmy Pritchard USAW CSCS XPS

Director of Strength and Conditioning Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance

Coach Pritchard is uniquely positioned to speak on this topic based on his experience working with present Olympic, X-Games, NCAA Division 1 Prospect and World Championship athletes that are under the age of 18yrs old. Given that there is limited literature and discussion regarding training of this age category, Jimmy will be discussing his experience with LTAD (long-term athlete development models) and the ramification and effects of elite sport on youth athletes and the appropriate programming for these groups.