Meet the U12/10 Coaches!

Mariel Meringolo


Mariel has been coaching the U12/10 ( formerly the Ross/DEVO group) at Okemo Mountain since 2004 and has been heading up the group since 2007.  Additionally, she serves as the U12/10 Series Chair in the Mid-Vermont Council.  Mariel lives year-round in Ludlow and also is the Head of School at Okemo Mountain School.  She looks forward to another fun and successful season with her athletes!

Mike Cronin


Head U12 Coach – OMS

Saint Michael’s College: BA Business Management

Mike grew up skiing Mount Ascutney almost every day after elementary school. Between the woods, jumps and rugged double fall lines he knew skiing would be a lifelong passion.  Mike attended Woodstock Union High School where he was a three sport varsity athlete: Skiing, Football, and Lacrosse.  He captained both the Football and Ski teams, contributing to multiple State Championships. Being a multi-sport athlete himself, Mike understands and values the importance of being a well-rounded athlete.

While attending Saint Michael’s College in Colchester VT, Mike spent as much time on snow as possible while earning a degree in Business Management. Since graduating, Mike has worked for several major construction companies as a project manager.  This work, by the nature of the construction season in Vermont, has allowed Mike to stay active in the ski industry every winter.  Mike spent several winters in Killington and Jackson Hole.  After moving back to VT, Mike met Mariel, and has been at Okemo ever since.  He currently coaches the OMS U12 athletes. His passion for the sport is not confined to the race course.  Mike promotes a strong fundamental foundation, good technical mechanics, and an overall love of skiing in his athletes.


Alfred A. Gates

Alfred Gates

Al Gates is a Level 100 USSA Coach and has been a U12/10 coach for 6 years at OKEMO and was also a Race Crew Worker prior to that.  Alfred is also an Engineering College professor at Central Connecticut State University.


J.D. Hoffmann is from Essex Junction, VT and is a former OMARA racer.  He skied Division 1 for St. Michael’s College and has coached U12/10s for the past 8 seasons.


Donald Regan is from Oxford, Ct.  Experience includes Childrens ski school director and race development –12 Years, Mt Southington Ct. Childrens ski school directror — 14 years, Mohawk Mountain, Ct. Ski Wee clinician 3 years, Ski magazine, Race coach,hopeful trainer, Devo Coach Okemo Mountain. PSIA, VARA and USSA member.

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