DJ Montigny and Jeff Archibald, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s (USSA) coaches for freeski slopestyle and snowboardcross respectively, are stepping down from their roles, it has been announced.
Archibald was with the USSA for 17 years, while Montigny, who was also the big air pro team coach, served the national governing body for seven.
Although they will no longer be coaching athletes, the USSA claims "their hard work, wisdom, and guidance will leave a lasting impact on the organisation as a whole".
Among the athletes Montigny has led to success is 2018 X Games gold medallist Maggie Voisin, who claimed he is one of the main reasons that she is skiing at the level she is today.
He intends to focus on his family and spending more time at home.
The USSA says Montigny's ability to instil confidence in athletes of all levels was second to none.
"I have to say one of the best parts of the job was when an athlete did something every day that made you say 'wow'," Montigny said.
"The women and men on the team are so good at what they do and to be a part of that was absolutely amazing.
"Some of my favourite memories would have to be coaching the Olympic teams in 2014 and 2018, and of course, all of the X Games that I was able to attend.
"Seeing athletes win medals and to achieve success at such high-level events is exciting to watch, and such a huge achievement for them.
"I was able to see a lot of cool tricks go down and a lot of innovation happen in person.
"But watching some of the women work so hard last season to put doubles to snow and then push the sport by landing them in competition was one of the biggest highlights of my career."
Archibald capped off his nearly two-decade run with USSA with one of the most successful seasons yet, including two wins for his athletes.
Mick Dierdorff earned his first-ever international competition victory, winning the snowboardcross title at his home International Ski Federation Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in Utah.
Dierdorff became the first American man to win a snowboardcross World Championships title in 14 years.
He then teamed up with Lindsey Jacobellis to take the gold medal in the new mixed team snowboardcross event, set to make its Olympic debut at Beijing 2022.
Archibald admitted that the team’s success at the event will be something he will never forget.
"The team event is special - snowboardcross is an individual sport and when the athletes get a chance to work as a team, they really embrace it," he added.
"I knew I was stepping down at the end of the season, so to see Mick and Lindsey win the inaugural World Championships event on home turf in my hometown was amazing.
"My wife and kids were able to be there, which made it even more meaningful.
"I couldn’t have scripted a better way to end it."
When Archibald started with the team in 2005, snowboardcross was still fairly new.
He, along with a talented group of riders, was able to innovate at a rapid pace with course designs, techniques, and training methods.
It is claimed this culture of innovation and progress continued until the end of his career.
Archibald and head US snowboardcross coach Peter Foley were instrumental in applying cutting edge discipline specific sport science to the sport's training programme.
From utilising new training technology to strategically planning their training camp and competition schedule, the USSA cllaims that Archibald’s positive influence on and off the snow is undeniable and will certainly be missed.
The search for his replacement is still underway.
Dave Euler, meanwhile, is moving up to coach with the pro freeski slopestyle/big air freeski team and work with head coach Skogen Sprang.
"Jeff and DJ are amazing coaches that set an incredibly high standard in their positions," Jeremy Forster, the USSA's director of USSA freeskiing/snowboard, said.
"Both were instrumental in developing their respective programmes and establishing the high level of success each programme has enjoyed during their time with U.S. Ski & Snowboard."