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.

Donald Regan  – Our Condolences…we will miss you Don!

Oxford – Mr. Donald E. Regan passed away on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, at his home in Oxford, CT. He was born in Waterbury on July 14, 1934, son of the late John J. and Ola M. Regan.  He attended local schools and graduated from Crosby High School, Class of 1952.  He served 4 years in the U.S.A.F. as a Medical Corpsman. Upon discharge, he attended and graduated in 1964 from the Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT. He worked for AMF Cuno for 6 six years and obtained the position of national sales manager. In 1970, he founded Don Regan Sales Corp. as a manufacturer’s representative for plumbing and heating supplies. He operated the company until semi-retirement in 2003 when it merged with Davenport Associates of Wallingford.

Don was a member of the Waterbury Elks and the Middlebury Lion’s Club for 30 plus years. He served as Lion’s Club president from 2011-2016. He loved baseball.  He coached the Middlebury Sandy Koufax team for 7 years including the 1987 team that won the state championship and advanced to regional completions in New Jersey. His love and enthusiasm for the sport of downhill skiing lead him to teaching and coaching as a member of P.S.I.A. (Professional Ski Instructors of America) for over 36 years.  He taught at Mount Southington in Southington, CT, Mohawk Mtn. in Cornwall Ct. and Okemo Mtn. in Ludlow VT. He was a charter member of the PSIA Children’s Committee. He also practiced martial arts, achieving a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Don was a member of the Watertown Golf Club, Okemo Valley Golf Club and recently a member at Oxford Greens in Oxford, CT. In retirement, Don became reacquainted with his skills as an artist. He was a member of the Watertown Art League, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Portrait Institute of America and Lyme Academy.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, his sons, Jonathan Paul, and wife, Cara, of Burlington CT and Matthew James and wife, Kristina, of New London, NH, as well as his beloved grandchildren, Annika, Carson, and Jack. Also surviving Don are his brothers and sisters; Janice Rice, Barry A. Regan, Joan Brown, Carol Morris, Linda Pranulis, Charles Regan, Marianne Regan, John Regan Jr., Michael Regan, their wives, husbands, his nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Shirley Fador.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 5th, at 10:00am at St. John’s Episcopal Church on the Green, 16 Church St., Waterbury. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, January 4th, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Bergin Funeral Home, 290 East Main St. Waterbury, CT.

Memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to: “Division of Nephrology” and mailed to: Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave. BCH 3038, Boston MA 02115

The Regan family would like to thank Dr. Kurt Sabbath and his staff at the Leever Cancer Center for many years of care, kindness and support.

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