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Discoe Joins Moguls Coaching Staff

By Lara Carlton
June, 5 2019
Joe Discoe
Joe Discoe at the 2016 Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Steven Earl)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard welcomes back Joe Discoe to the organization as the Moguls World Cup Technical Coach. Discoe, a former moguls national team athlete, joined the moguls coaching staff June 1.

“I am thrilled that Joe Discoe has accepted our offer to be the Technical Moguls Coach for the U.S. Moguls Team,” said Matt Gnoza, head moguls coach for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Joe is a proven coach in the moguls skiing world and brings a wealth of experience to our team. He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout the hiring process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and a hardworking individual who has a full appreciation for the sport. His ability to communicate and relate to both young and veteran athletes was a huge plus for us. As a former athlete with the U.S. Ski Team, Joe understands the pressures of World Cup skiing and will be able to relate well to the athletes.”

Discoe brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He started his coaching career while an elite athlete, coaching for Fly Freestyle during the summer prep period when not training himself. Most recently Discoe coached for Park City Ski & Snowboard. He also served as an Olympic coach for the German National moguls team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Discoe grew up in Ridgeway, Colo., and skied with Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club. He was nominated to the U.S. Ski Team for the 2008-09 season and made the move to Park City, Utah, which has been home ever since. He competed for eight years, retiring in 2016. He will now coach several of his previous teammates, including Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.), Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, Calif.), as well as work alongside his former coach and now boss, Matt Gnoza. Discoe brings a welcome and unique perspective to the moguls coaching staff, as he has experience competing inverted tricks, which weren’t allowed when Gnoza was competing.

Coaching has always felt natural for Discoe. As an athlete he had a good feel for correcting his skiing and cites his second job coaching for making him a better competitor. He looks forward to getting integrated with the team during this summer’s prep period before World Cup competition kicks off in Ruka, Finland, in December.

“I’m excited to be able to come back to the team I strove to be on and then competed with for eight years,” said Discoe. “It’s fun being back in this atmosphere and working with the most elite people in our sport.”