High school Alpine and Nordic

King, Stetson take over as Camden Hills ski coaches

King longtime skier, coach; Stetson takes over for dad
By Mark Haskell | Nov 28, 2017

Rockport — Camden is a small town — and with its own ski mountain at the Camden Snow Bowl — often a destination for skiers young and old.

And now, Camden Hills Regional High School has two new coaches who will guide its Alpine and Nordic ski teams this winter.

Now at the helm of the Windjammer programs is Barry King for Alpine and Sephrona Stetson for Nordic.

Alpine

King takes over for Robin Payson, who guided the team one season. Though, in that one season, Payson led the girls squad to the state Class A championship.

King admitted he and assistant coach Chris Rogers “have some big shoes to fill, but we have some great returning talent and some awesome freshman athletes joining the team.”

He added that he has several incoming freshman boys who were part of the state championship middle school team last year, along with “new team members that are just getting into racing, which will be very exciting to see.”

“We have a slew of returning team members on our 20-member team,” said King. “I have known most of these athletes and their families for a long time. They have a big place in my heart. And this team knows how to have fun. No one takes themselves too seriously.”

The 55-year-old King is not an unknown to the team, however. Not only was he an assistant coach to Payson last season, he also is the father to two of the team’s skiers, Sawyer and Courtney.

He admitted coaching his own children could pose a challenge.

“Their grandfather, my dad, raced Alpine right through college at Boston University back in the day when racers hiked because ski lifts were not at every racing venue,” said King. “Their uncle and aunt both raced successfully right through high school and college in New Hampshire. I raced Alpine and Nordic through high school in New Hampshire and Maine. Now they are keeping the family tradition going.”

King said between he and Rogers, the duo should “be able to meet the needs of [skiers with] a diverse range of racing abilities.”

King is a 1980 graduate of Hyde School in Bath, where he played football and lacrosse — in addition to Alpine and Nordic skiing.

King resides in Appleton with his two children and wife, Jennifer.

Nordic

The 29-year-old Stetson replaces her father, Richard Stetson, who guided the Windjammers for many seasons. She is a 2006 Camden Hills Regional High School graduate, where her dad coached her on the Nordic team.

Now, as her father did before, she will look to instill her knowledge of the sport onto others.

“I am very excited to take the reins of the team,” she said. “I am looking forward to introducing our new skiers to a lifelong sport and seeing the hard work our athletes put in, pay off.”

Stetson also attended Maine Maritime Academy, where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in Small Vessel Operations. She currently is furthering her education at the University of Maine in Augusta as she hopes for a second degree in music education.

Stetson said she has been an assistant coach for her father the past several years as “it is really just too much work for one person to do by themselves.”

“After several years I was doing most of the training with the students, so this year it made sense for me to take over as coach,” she said, while adding her father will “continue to maintain our gear, snowmobile and groom our trails for practice and our planned home race on Jan. 31.”

As far as what both Windjammer coaches plan to do to keep their student-athletes in shape before the snow flies?

“We will be playing lots of games to build some cardio fitness and agility skills,” said King. “Each day will have a short focused strength training to help athletes learn how to properly work out on their own without injuries. Our dry-land efforts will be focused on building core strength, all-around agility and building the mental fortitude required of anyone training and racing in the winter elements.”

“We will be doing a lot of dry-land training to begin the season including strength training, roller skiing, running and hiking to get conditioned for the season,” said Stetson. “And lots of snow dances.”

Comments (1)
Posted by: Barry King | Nov 29, 2017 08:05

Thank you Mark and a huge thanks to the parents, athletes and Snow Bowl staff for all you hard work! Our only home race will be the afternoon of Wednesday Jan. 31st. The Alpine Ski Team will be holding a funraiser (spelling intentional) at Flatbread Pizza in Rockport on Tuesday Dec. 5th beginning at 5pm. Flatbread's owner Bobby Morgan is graciously donating a portion of the proceeds of every pizza served back to the team. This family friendly event will help the team towards their multi-year goal of buying new team warm up coats to replace a mishmash of several generations of very tired jackets. We hope everyone will come out to enjoy the warmth of great food and friends. And stop by our table at Planet Toys this weekend as we celebrate Christmas by the Sea with a variety of fresh home-baked goods, cocoa and hot coffee for sale.



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