Jeff Betzler

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
College: University of Vermont

In Burlington, Vermont, I was an assistant coach of an amateur hockey team, and I was an assistant coach of a basketball team in Winooski, Vermont.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2018 with a bachelor of science in the school of Community Development and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. At UVM, I was fortunate enough to participate in two international community development programs. In the winter of 2017, I traveled to Kenya and worked with two communities in efforts to spur entrepreneurial ideas and increase access to electricity, and in the spring of 2018, I traveled to the Cusco region of Peru and worked alongside the local farming communities to promote environmentally friendly and cost-effective farming practices. In high school, I was a varsity swimmer, ice hockey player, and lacrosse player. I am still involved in amateur hockey and hold a Level Four Coaching certificate with USA Hockey. I am also an avid cyclist and whenever the roads are clear you will find me on cruising around town on my bike. In 2014, I took first place in my age group at the Cycle to the Sun race up Haleakala, and in 2016, I qualified for the obstacle racing world championships.

In 2013, I participated in the American Challenge; in 2015, I led New England Adventure and worked on the Overland Support Staff; in 2016, I worked in Operations; in 2017, I led California; in 2018, I led Canadian Rockies & Montana; and in 2019 I worked in Operations. I love the community Overland has created.