MHRC Head Coach Brian’s Retirement

Dear MHRC families,

With mixed emotions we are sharing that our beloved head coach, Brian Opitz, will be retiring after this season.

Anyone who has spent time with Brian knows that he has had a lifelong passion for our sport – this year marks his 64th as a skier!  Brian’s commitment to our club runs deep, his own two boys have been through MHRC’s programs.

Brian joined our coaching staff in 2010, first coaching in our development program and our competitive teams before becoming head coach in 2018 (after he retired the first time from his long and successful career as a very senior public servant).  As a racer himself – including taking the provincial slalom crown one year – Brian knows first-hand what our athletes face when they are standing at the top of a course.  Brian’s love of developing others also saw him involved in coaching athletes with physical and cognitive challenges.  All of these experiences combined to benefit every part of our club during Brian’s tenure.

We are pleased that Brian has agreed to continue to support our club and our race program to keep things running smoothly as we transition to a new head coach.  That recruiting has actively begun and will be up on Conservation Halton’s job postings in the near future.

Please join us in thanking Brian for his many contributions to our club.  We will all have a chance to celebrate Brian together in-person at this year’s banquet.

Brian, know that you’ve made a positive mark on our sport and an indelible mark on our club – creating a love of skiing in hundreds of others.  We wish you and Gayle many years of happy and healthy adventures in your “land yacht!”

Sincerely,

Your MHRC Board