Team Park City United – Snowboard Coaches
Primary Contact for the Snowboarding Teams
- Michael Bell – Program Director/Head Coach
- Nick Poplawski – Lead Freestyle Coach
- Chris Davies – Head SBX Coach, Lead Coach for Elite SBX Team
- Chris Karol – Lead Alpine Coach/Assistant SBX Coach
Michael Bell – Program Director/Head Coach
Coach Since: 1998
Michael has returned to the area after a 5 year stint overseas working with the New Zealand National Team and working as their Olympic coach at the Vancouver 2010 Games.
Michael started The Park City Snowboard Team in 2003 and incorporated it as a 501(c)(3) at that time. Michael built the team to over 60 athletes in 2008. In addition, Michael started and organized the running of a solid self-supporting Team fundraising USASA event series within the Intermountain area. PCSBT gained national program recognition including club of the year in 2008 under his leadership and direction. At that time Michael was asked to join and coach the New Zealand National Team in their build to the upcoming Olympics. After coaching at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Austria 2012, Michael returned to Park City in January 2013 and was approached to continue on with the Team as Executive Director and in a coaching role starting September 2013.
Michael has been in the teaching/coaching and snow industry since 1989, and is excited to be back to his home in park City and to build upon what was begun a few years back with an exciting and new batch of athletes.
Nick Poplawski – Lead Freeestyle Coach
Coach Since 2005
2014 Nick is the newly appointed Lead Freestyle Coach after working several years with us.
Nick has been snowboarding for 17 years while instructing and coaching for the past 8. Nick grew up on the East Coast honing his skills in Vermont and Maine. During college he became a coach at the Carabassett Valley Academy. After graduating with a degree in Business Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington Nickolas moved out to Salt Lake City Utah.
“Pops” is Nicks nickname, and he has been a snowboard instructor for years at PCMR and now finds himself coaching for PCSBT in the winters and at High Cascade Snowboard Camp on Mt. Hood in the summers. Poppa Grande has his level 200 certification and will be getting his level 300 fall 2014.
Chis Davies – Lead Development SnowboardCross Coach
Chris Davies is a native of the UK, and has been residing in the US for 16 yrs. He moved to Park City after living and working in Maine, at Sunday River and Gould Academy, where he was Head Coach and Snowboard Program Director. Where his athletes at Gould competed at multiple USASA Nationals (medalists), USSA Rev Tours (medalists), Nor-Ams, X-Games and FIS Junior Worlds.
Chris is a Level 3 AASI instructor, Level 300 USASA/USSA Coach, and is part of the USSA Education Committee, and group set up to enhance the coaching level in the US. He is also a USASA Trainer and recently administered the first USSA level 300 freestyle riding exam under the new education system. For the last 4 years Chris has also been involved with the USSA Project Gold Camps, coaching US Development athletes in both Boardercross and Freestyle snowboarding.
Chris’s goal as a coach is “to work with riders to guide them to their own personal competitive goals, and to make sure that those riders develop a lifelong love for snowboarding that carries on after their competitive career. And to help develop PCSBT into one of the premier programs in the US”
We are excited to welcome Chris to the team of coaches at PCSBT.
Chris Karol – Lead Alpine coach and assistant SnowboardCross Coach
Chris Karol is a long-time alpine snowboard connoisseur, early Burton Snowboard Team member, former Aspen Snowboard Club Director, the creator of FASTsnowboarding as it’s Director and Head coach, and most recently joined our staff in 2013