KPRT Coaching Staff

Jake Stephan


Jake has been coaching with the KPRT since 2005. He graduated High School from Green Mountain Valley School. During his time at GMVS he raced mainly at the FIS and Nor-Am cup level, where he was a part of the US Development team. He went on to ski for New England College. At NEC he earned United States Collegiate Ski Association All-American Alpine Skiing recognition in 2000, and was inducted into NEC’s Athlete Hall of Fame in 2008. He started coaching at the U14 level and became Program Director and Head Coach in 2014. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors.

Kris Niiler


Kris has been working at King Pine since 1986, first in the ski school, and then with the race team since the early 2000s. She has also been the head coach of the Kingswood Regional High School and Middle School ski teams since 1988. Kris has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut where she played on the Women’s Ice Hockey team, and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Plymouth State. When not at King Pine she teaches math at Kingswood HS in Wolfeboro.

Dave West


Dave started coaching with the KPRT in the mid 80s.  He continued to coach into the mid 90s at both King Pine and Wildcat.  He took a break for a bit to start a career in computers and to start a family,  He returned to the King Pine fold when his kids were U10s. He helped out the race team as a parent for a few years.  Then when his oldest son Dylan was a U14 he returned to coaching again. Dave is a true native. He was born in N Conway, graduated from Kennett High school and attended Plymouth State.  He and his family live in Silver Lake and in the off season he enjoys biking and being outside.

Bruce Mailman

U14 - U16

Bruce has been with KP for 14 years serving in the role of U16-U14 coach. His racing career started back in the late 60’s in Massachusetts with the Buddy Werner program skiing the likes of Klein Innsbruck, Prospect Mtn, Nashoba Valley, Wachusett Mountain and at times hiking the local farm land for training time. Later years brought him to Plymouth State College where he worked at Tenney Mountain eventually serving as Ski Patrol Director. After College he moved to Conway, started a ski club inn and married his wife Laurie (also a PSC graduate and ski instructor for KP). Years brought a move to Freedom, 2 children (Brittany and Lacey) both former racers and ski instructors at KP. His racing passion lives on through the local Mountain Meister program having skied that circuit for over 25 years. He is the general manager for Coleman Concrete in Conway NH, holds an MBA, captains license and enjoys water skiing, tennis, pickleball and hiking in the off season.

Gordy Willey


Gordy has been working at King Pine since 2006, initially with ski school and then as part of the race program since 2009.  He has also coached the Tamworth, Bartlett, or Kingswood Middle School ski teams since 2007. Gordy has a B.S. in Mathematics from ECSU, and when not skiing can be found planning children’s programs as the Assistant Librarian at the Madison Library.  In the off-season Gordy enjoys playing in the lake, gardening, and traveling with his wife and daughter.

Larry Nickerson


Larry LOVES to ski, having grown up skiing & racing in the Mt Washington Valley.  He coached for MWV, Cranmore, Wildcat & Brewster Academy before becoming Head Coach @ Attitash for 13 years.  While at Attitash he led training camps in France & Colorado. He also set & oversaw the NHARA J-3 Super G multiple times.  He graduated from the 1st National Coaches’ Academy as a Certified Regional Coach.
Bun Nickerson (Larry’s dad) was the Ski School Director when King Pine opened in 1961 and Larry’s happily back where his ski journey started.


John Macdonald


John (Johnny Mac) learned to ski at King Pine in 1972, and has been hooked on skiing ever since.
John currently serves as Technical Director of the King Pine Ski School, and has been a member of the Ski School staff since the snowless winter of 1979-80. John is a certified PSIA member (Level III certified). John attends the Masters Academy annually-a 5 day training opportunity for Level III skiers to train with the National Team members of the PSIA.
Most importantly, John thoroughly enjoys coaching youth ski racing…which he has done for over 15 years. John and Kim Stephan coach the U12 group, focusing on a blend of ski fundamentals, bad jokes, lame songs, and going fast.