Bernard Loer has been appointed as the head coach of Snowboard Germany's snowboard cross team ©Snowboard Germany/Miha Matavz

Snowboard Germany have confirmed the appointment of Bernard Loer as the head coach of their snowboard cross team.

Loer is poised to take up the post at the start of August and will replace Gernot Raitmair, who is stepping down after leading the team for the last 14 years.

He will be assisted by by former World Cup racer David Speiser as Snowboard Germany look to restructure their coaching staff.

“I'm honoured that Snowboard Germany is placing its trust in me,” said Loer, who had previously led the organisation’s youth teams.

“We have a big team with a lot of potential which consists of experienced riders as well as up-and-coming talents.

“Of course, I want to keep on developing the young riders as I did in the past.

“But we also have to form a squad which is able to solidly perform on the World Cup tour in the near term and which is competitive.

“With the next Olympics around the corner, it's also obvious that we have to qualify as many riders as possible for it while the 2022 Olympic Winter Games are clearly our long-term goal.”

Bernard Loer will be tasked with boosting German fortunes at World Cup level ©Getty Images
Bernard Loer will be tasked with boosting German fortunes at World Cup level ©Getty Images

Snowboard Germany have also paid tribute to Raitmair, who led the senior team at three Olympic Games and seven World Championships.

Highlights of his tenure have included three German World Cup victories, with Michael Layer having achieved the first in 2004.

He was followed by Konstantin Schad and Paul Berg, who achieved the feat in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

“It's been a great and exciting time,” said Raitmair.

“When I started my job, there was almost nothing.

“I had the opportunity to build up and animate a whole division, I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

“However, at the end of last season, I was at a point where it was better to step back as the season physically forced me on my knees.

“As the federation was also thinking about what to change to improve, we then decided that it would be best if I would retire.”