CALGARY, AB- Freestyle Alberta is announcing the hiring of Stephen Fearing as the interim Alberta Mogul Team Coach. This news comes as a result of Freestyle Alberta High-Performance Director Rob Kober taking a coaching position with the Chinese Freestyle Ski Team.
Freestyle Alberta thanks Rob for his time with the organization and contribution to FA’s high-performance programs. During Rob’s tenure at Freestyle Alberta Rob touched the lives of many of our grassroots/ high-performance athletes and coaches and played a key role in developing Alberta’s coach system.
“Rob was a great asset/ friend to our organization, and the Alberta mogul system during his time with Freestyle Alberta,” said Executive Director Jared Linden. “We wish him the best in his exciting new opportunity and want him to know he will be deeply missed.”
Stephen comes to Freestyle Alberta with a wealth of international experience as a world-class Coach and High-Performance Director.
He’s served as a Head Coach/High-Performance Director for Freestyle Canada, Russian Ski Association, Japan Ski Association, Korean Freestyle Ski Team, and Chinese National Ski Association.
One of the world’s leading technical mogul coaches his expertise also lies in athlete development, YTP planning, and program administration/implementation.
“Bringing on someone of Stephen’s caliber is a testament to our commitment to developing high-performance mogul athletes,” said Jared. “He will provide a tremendously stable succession plan to Rob’s departure during what are uncertain times across the sporting and business world.”
On three occasions Stephen has led the home freestyle team during an Olympic competition; Nagano 1998, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014. These opportunities demonstrate the confidence the NSO’s he’s worked with have in his skillset, entrusting him to lead their biggest efforts on the home stage.
During his time with Freestyle Canada Stephen designed and implemented mogul skiing coaching modules in the early 1990s. He was the Head Women’s Team and Technical Coach during the aforementioned Olympic effort in Vancouver where Canada took home gold and silver medals.
“I’m excited to take on a new challenge and opportunity in my coaching career,” said Stephen. “I look forward to continuing to build on the existing culture of excellence within Freestyle Alberta and working with the dedicated group of athletes on the Alberta Mogul Team.”
Rob will be working with Stephen for the remainder of the month to help with ensuring a seamless transition