Chairlift Chat With the New Alpine Ski Team Coach Brian Seminara
Coach Seminara gives us a look into how he became the newest ski coach for Monument
January 19, 2017
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Q: How old were you when you started skiing?
A: First grade.
Q: What originally drew you to skiing?
A: I used to do basketball and skiing, and I wasn’t very good at basketball.
Q: You grew up skiing at the Biscuit correct?
A: Yup, I’ve skied for the Bousquet team since second grade
Q: Afterwards, you skied for Lenox. What was that like?
A: I grew up in Lenox, so I skied for Bousquet and continued in college.
Q: How dominant were you in high school?
A: Not at all. I was the worst, and Lenox was middle of the pack at best.
Q: Monument and Lenox are rivals. You are both an alumnus of Lenox, as well as being a current Lenox coach. Is it hard coaching for rival Monument?
A: Nope, not at all. Remember I started my schooling at Berkshire Hills then switched my schooling later on to Lenox.
Q: You coach Monument along with the Bousquet Ski Team, while holding a full time job at General Dynamics.
A: Correct, I’m a systems engineer for the fire control software on nuclear submarines.
Q: What were your expectations coming into this season as a new coach for Monument?
A: Well, I knew the team would be large. I didn’t quite realize it would be the largest team in the league. For the girls, I think I recognize most of the names from when I was watching the results last year, so all the expectations there are pretty much the same. The boys have changed it up a little. I wasn’t very familiar with any of them at all, so I didn’t really have expectations for them.
Q: Have your goals changed from the start of the season?
A: So, the beginning of the year every kid filled out a form that had their goals for themselves and the team and I set my goals off of those. So as long as those are still their goals, they are also mine as the coach.
Q: Is the team more focused on having fun or dominating ski racing?
A: I think there’s a good mix, everyone likes to have fun, but I think most kids want to work hard and see themselves improve.
Q: Are new skiers encouraged to join, or are they expected to have previous experience?
A: I expect all the kids to know how to ski, preferably at the blue square to black diamond level, which corresponds to the skills quest level two or three ability, but other than that I don’t expect them to have any race experience.
Q: Why did you choose/want to be a ski coach?
A: I’ve been involved with ski racing since I was in the second grade. I started late, compared to most of my peers. After college, I wanted to stay involved with a sport that had given so much to me. Coaching was a great way to do this. Having two parents with relatively zero skiing experience, ski racing was an all-new sport to me. I was never the best, but I did work hard and got better as the years went on. Through the years I had some coaches who didn’t give me the light of day, due to me not being a “racing prodigy.” I also had some great coaches that encouraged and helped along the whole way, and I know I would have given up on racing long ago, if it weren’t for them. I guess coaching is my way of returning the favor to them. Hopefully, I can spark a love for the sport in a few, who wouldn’t otherwise have been given an opportunity.
In college, I was the captain of my club team for three years, which had no coach. I was in charge of 45 teammates. That was my first coaching experience into organizing and running a team. After I graduated, I just kept going.
*Matthew Walsh steps in and asks*
Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A: It changes based on my mood.
Q: Right now if you had to go for a two scoop, what flavor ice cream, and what kind of sprinkles?
A: Mint chocolate chip, with chocolate sprinkles in a cake cone.
Q: If you could be one member of the Wu tang Clan which one would you be?
A: I don’t know what that means.