Created: 10 June 2020

Mike Mallon
 USASA's Mike Mallon was recognized as the John Clair Award winner for service to team.

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard

Over the past two decades, United States of American Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Executive Director Mike Mallon has served tirelessly in a wide range of roles that have had a direct impact on the success of freeski and snowboard athletes. Mallon was honored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with its John Clair Award Award for service to the national team.

In his role with USASA, Mallon has overseen the grassroots development pipeline for those sports coordinating over 500 USASA events annually. His leadership has put great value on education for coaches, judges, and officials. In addition to his USASA role, he has served as a coach, program director, chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Committee, a FIS technical delegate, and currently sits on both the Snowboard and Freeski Committees. His hallmark over the past 20 years has been that he’s always looking to fill a need or lend a hand. He has been a consistent, positive presence in the sport.

Mallon honed his craft for 15 years as a FIS snowboard technical delegate. In 20 years as a coach, he had over 15 athletes make it to the U.S. national team. He also coached 10 Junior World Championship teams. In his role with USASA, he now works with over 600 coaches and 5,000 athletes.

“I am constantly amazed by the progression of winter sport, the happiness it instills in others, and the ability to sort out some of life's biggest problems in a seven-minute chairlift ride,” said Mallon. “These are the joys of being a coach. Nothing is more fulfilling than watching an athlete succeed at a task, or reach a lifetime goal. I am honored to be considered in this class of greats, many who have mentored me along the way, and I will continue to try to bring up the next batch of athletes for years to come.” 

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