NENSA News Feed http://www.nensa.net/ The New England Nordic Ski Association provides year-round educational, recreational, and competitive programs at all levels of cross-country ski racing. NENSA works to sustain a vital and active skiing community in New England, and to provide the support structure necessary to bring athletes to their highest potential at regional, national, and international events. en-us Harvard Seeking Nordic Coaching Assistant (NCAA Div. I) http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7579 Seeking assistant nordic coach starting fall 2016.  Six month position (approx Sept. 15March 15).  Please contact head coach Chris City city@fas.harvard.edu
 
]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Fri, 06 May 2016 16:01:56 EST
Central Maine Ski Club Seeks Youth Program Director http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7578 CMSC has begun a search for a Youth Program Director for the 2016-17 season. This will be a paid position for a motivated Nordic ski coach interested in working with our after school and Bill Koch programs. Applicants should have a background in coaching youth sports, a knowledge and passion for Nordic skiing, and an interest in helping us develop our ski community. Most coaching will take place at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville, Maine, although there will be some travel for Bill Koch League races. Click below for more details and job responsibilities.

]]> Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

1) Design a curriculum for Youth Nordic Development Program to run for January and February of each year. Consult CMSC Director of Coaching with curriculum and clearly present expectations to volunteer coaches. Clearly communicate curriculum with CMSC board.

2) Recruit and train volunteer coaches for the Program. Schedule coaches to cover needs of Youth Program, communicating this with the coaches.

3) Advertise program regionally including all area schools feeding Messalonskee HS, Lawrence HS, Winslow HS and Waterville HS.

4) Actively coach on youth program days.

5) Communicate wax needs to CMSC wax coordinator

6) Organize and coach group of Bill Koch racers, promoting the Bill Koch Festival. Coach at the Bill Koch Festival and arrange 2-3 races each winter for these skiers. Training between end of Youth Program and BK Festival to be conducted by Program Director.

7) Communicate grooming requests with CMSC President (Chair).

8) Communicate activities of Youth Program with MS and HS coaches in order to coordinate facility use.

9) Help keep CMSC wax shed, ski lockers, and training gear in good shape and organized.

If you are interested or have questions about this position, please contact Chad Sisson, CMSC President, at cgsisson@roadruner.com.

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Fri, 06 May 2016 15:35:59 EST
GMVS to Host NENSA/USSA Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7575 The Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) is excited to be hosting the Eastern REG NENSA/USSA Camp again this summer.  The camp will be held from June 23-June 29 and athletes have been invited based on invitations from NENSA based on results from the 2016 season.

]]> GMVS is located in the Mad River Valley in close proximity to the spine of the Green Mountains.  The area is ideal for dry land training, including access to the Long Trail (and many other trail networks), hilly dirt roads for bounding, and good pavement with undulating terrain for roller skiing.  GMVS has hosted open training camps for the past nine summers and is excited to share its campus with the best skiers in New England.  The goal for camp is to include the spirit of adventure and exploration along with the form and testing of traditional REG camps.  Athletes will be housed in the school dorms and will utilize the new Racing Performance Center (RPC) for strength, video work, and regeneration activities.  Athletes will be treated to healthy and local foods sourced from the valley and the greater Vermont area.

Camp will be led by USST Development Coach, Bryan Fish, along with GMVS coaches, Garrott Kuzzy and Katrina Howe, NENSA staff members & coaches Amie Smith and Amber Dodge, as well as Justin Beckwith, Tracey Cote, and two more top notch regional coaches, still to be named.  

New to REG camp this year – NENSA will be hosting a day long coaches training and participation on Sunday June 26th, where any coaches from New England can come and shadow our REG camp coaches and athletes for the day.  Bryan Fish, USST Dev. Coach will be doing a USSA L100 technique training that day, for any coaching working on getting their USSA L100 coach certification.  The day is free, will start at breakfast, and will wrap up with a presentation in the evening.  We hope many coaches in NE will come for the day, or, if you would like, stay for a few days, shadowing and learning.  (Nominal room and board extra if staying for overnights).  More info and sign up for this coaches’ day to come June 1st on NENSA.net.

Eastern REG Camp is designed to bring our top juniors together for training.  The REG is an important a part of the New England Athlete Development Pathway.  It is also one of four in the country that is used as a selection camp for other USSA development camps.

Members of the NENSA Elite and Development and Junior National Teams are eligible to receive invitations to attend these camps. There will also be a U16 camp (June 25-29) in conjunction with the REG Camp.   New England Junior National team U16 members will receive an invitation to participate.

Roster of athletes meeting the camp selection criteria are:

 2016 REG Camp U18 Invitation Roster:

NENSA Elite Team Members:

U18 Women:

1.     Leah Brams

2.     Mackenzie Rizio

3.     Sarah Nadeau

U18 Men:

1.     (Karl Schulz - NYSEF)

2.     Daniel Streinz

3.     Walker Bean

NENSA Development Team Members:

U18 Women:

1.     Tegan Thorley

2.     Kirsten Miller

3.     Gabby Vandendries

4.     (Jackie Grasso - NYSEF)

5.     Sophie Hodges

U18 Men:

1.     Forrest Hamilton

2.     Adam Glueck

3.     Calvin Bates

4.     Will Rhatigan

5.     Russell Boswell

Mid-Atlantic Invites:

U18 Men:

Karl Schulz

Bryce Hartman

Henry McGrew

Everett Sapp

Eric Houck

U18 Women:

Jackie Grasso

 2016 NENSA U16 REG Camp Invite Roster:

NENSA U16 Boys:

1.         Ben Ogden

2.         Conor Munns

3.         Greg Bert

4.         Adam Witowski

5.         James Kitch

6.         Sam Hodges

NENSA U16 Girls:

1.         Mae Chalmers

2.         Callie Young

3.         Anna Lehmann

4.         Charlotte Odgen

5.         Phoebe Sweet

6.         Laura Appleby

7.         Olivia Cuneo

U16 Mid-Atlantic Invites:

Boys:  Scott Schulz and Brian Beyerbach

Girls:  Anna Schriefer

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Thu, 05 May 2016 11:12:45 EST
U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations Made ~ http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7574 The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.  Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Cross Country Ski Team receives world class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and education opportunities.  

]]> U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations Are:

A Team
Men
Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO; SMS T2; 5/14/87)
Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, VT; SMS T2; 11/30/83)

Women
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 11/21/89)
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT; SMS T2; 3/22/90)
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN; SMS T2; 8/26/91)
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 12/31/82)
Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT; Craftsbury Green Racing Project; 1/25/88)
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy; 1/12/87)

B Team
Men
Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 7/14/91)
Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; 8/1/89)

Women
Rosie Brennan (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center; 12/2/88)

D Team
Men
Patrick Caldwell (Lyme, NH; SMS T2; 2/18/94)
Ian Torchia (Rochester, MN; Northern Michigan University; 3/8/96)

Women
Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA; Sugar Bowl Academy; 02/19/98)
Julia Kern (Waltham, MA; Cambridge Sports Union; 9/12/97)
Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, VT; Stratton Mountain School; 11/17/97)

An official team announcement will be made in the fall.

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 04 May 2016 17:45:53 EST
GRAVES SELECTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND NORDIC SKI ASSOCIATION http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7573 Long time Nordic figure Peter Graves has been named Interim Director of NENSA following this past weekend’s Board of Director’s meeting in Hanover, NH.  A native of Bennington, VT, Graves, 63, has spent a lifetime in the sport first as an athlete out of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, later racing for Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he was a member of legendary former U.S. Olympic ski team coach Dolph Kuss’ squad at Fort Lewis College. “One of the reasons I am so passionate about the sport, was that cross-country skiing changed my life in many ways, and I believe in that great transformative power, and its ability to give so many skiers opportunities they never dreamed were possible,” Graves noted.

]]> After graduating in 1975, Graves worked in broadcasting, later moving to the Mid-West where he worked at the Telemark Lodge, during the early days of the American Birkebeiner, and at NorTur, Inc. in Minneapolis as Public Relations and Director of Racing services, for the importing firm which sold both Epoke and Landsem skis.

He was ABC Sports Nordic skiing color commentator at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. In 1981 he began working as Assistant coach and Director of Development at the U.S. Ski Team working under his long-time friend Mike Gallagher.

Graves then helped open the famed Giants Ridge Ski Area in Biwabik, MN in 1985 and was instrumental in securing a FIS World Cup event that was held there. Following that in 1986 he was named the USSA Eastern Nordic Program Director for the field office in Brattleboro, VT and later moved on to be a member of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City for two years.

Graves is well known for being a pioneer in broadcasting and PA announcing in skiing and mountain biking and has announced at eight Olympic games over his career. He spent six seasons as the Head Varsity Cross-Country ski coach at Harvard University.

He has been the past chairman of the USSA Eastern Cross-Country Committee, the USSA National Cross-Country Committee, and the chair of the Central USSA Cross-Country Committee. Currently he is on the Board of Director of the U.S. Skiing Hall of Fame.

Newly elected board chair, Carol Van Dyke of Stowe, Vermont who as Event Director for Junior Nationals Stowe and last year’s Super Tour at Trapps/Craftsbury has worked with Peter and greatly respects his commitment and energizing passion for the sport.  “Peter has the vision to showcase what this small but powerful non-profit organization is doing and can do for the ski world and help solidify support for NENSA’s programming.”

 “I’m thrilled to be helping NENSA during this transitional phase, and really couldn’t be more delighted. I have never lost my love of this sport and have stayed closely connected through my announcing work. NENSA has a proud past and I hope to play a role in continuing the good work Zach Stegeman has accomplished and build on that energy. It’s a great challenge that I am thrilled by. The Board of Directors represents a group with tremendous skills and deep passion, and I really look forward to a great collaboration in taking the next steps forward,” said Graves.

Graves has two grown children, one-step daughter and is married to Dartmouth Women’s Cross-Country ski coach, Cami Thompson-Graves. The couple resides in East Thetford, Vermont.

 graves

Photo Credit: Reece Brown

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Thu, 05 May 2016 11:34:49 EST
Steve Olafsen of Interlakes High School Receives Inaugural New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7571 NHNCA Coach of the Year Award is presented to a coach who participates in the NH Coaches Series and receives the most votes from all other participating coaches, based on the criteria of contributing to the long-term development of skiers in New Hampshire. The 2016 NHNCA Coach of the Year Award is presented to Steve Olafsen. Long-time coach of the U16 NH Team, who this year won the NENSA U16 Championships, Steve has worked consistently in all facets of development to the benefit of skiers from middle school through high school. He works tirelessly to promote nordic skiing, from helping mentor new coaches to helping elevate the professionalism of the NHNCA races. Through his easy-going demeanor he coaches skiers across the age and ability spectrum, has an infectious enthusiasm and is always working to provide opportunities to ski and compete around the state. Congratulations Steve!

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:06:17 EST
NENSA Awards: The John Caldwell Award http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7572 One of NENSA's finest traditions is the awarding of the John Caldwell Award. The award annually recognizes a single individual, or entity, which embodies the spirit, dedication, innovation, and pride in our Nordic community of the award's famous namesake. This year, it is with great pride that we add Dan Warner’s name to the Caldwell Award.

]]> Dan Warner or “Mouse” started in Rumford Maine as a cross country skier and ski jumper with the Chisholm Ski Club. Dan has been an official at the Bill Koch Festival, high school events and all the way up to World Cups in both jumping and skiing. Dan gives back to the New England Ski Community the best way he knows how, as an official and mentor. Dan is someone you want by your side when there are hard decisions to be made, especially when we have a low snow year like this one. He believes in our community, and gives back to give young athletes the chance to compete just like he did. People like Dan work behind the scenes at races and are rarely recognized for all their hard work. We want to thank Dan for his tireless commitment to our sport and community at large.

Here is Jim Rodrigues, NENSA’s Technical Delegate Liaison and former John Caldwell Award winner explaining how Dan got his nickname Mouse, “At a Jumping competition, Dan was jumping as a junior and there was a start house at the top. Dan being short in stature up at the start house, someone said, “Hey, there is a Mouse in the house!”

“Dan is the hardest working guy I know in the sport. From athlete, Coach, TD, Jump Hill and Chief of Competition, Dan’s’ knowledge is unsurpassed by anyone in the ski sports. If it's Jumping, Nordic Combined, Cross Country or Alpine, Dan knows it all. In 2004, I was TDA for JN's at Lake Placid. I was the TD at the JNQ at Lake Placid 2 months before the JN's and I had never met Mouse. I asked Chuck Broomhall about him and how would I pick him out of a crowd, Chuck replied "Don't worry you won't miss him" and Chuck was right. We have been good friends ever since that!” Jim Rodrigues

“Mouse has very much become a mentor and a voice of reason for me over the past two years working with NENSA,” said NENSA Youth Program Manager Amber Dodge, “I called him every night for a month straight this winter before the Bill Koch Festival where he was the TD, and before the U16 Championships because he was Chief of Competition. He always brings me back to a better perspective and has so much knowledge and experience. I always learn so much from him at every event. At every meeting as a TD, Mouse makes sure he thanks everyone for their hardwork, and he also goes out of his way to thank volunteers when he is out working with them. When I called Mouse to tell him that he was chosen for this award, he replied his typical, “well it took a lot of us to put those races on” (talking about the races this year). I told him, “Mouse that is exactly why you deserve this award!” Mouse is humble, hardworking and truly believes in the benefit of our sport. Congrats Mouse, this is well deserved!”

“I've been involved in putting on ski races for the last thirty years. In that time I have seen many instances where things went just the way you had hoped, sunny skies, perfect temperatures, great snow, and great organization. Then to counter that, the opposite occurs. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It is at these times you hope that when you turn around you look up you see Mouse on your team doing what he has been doing for many years. His work ethic and experience are second to none. I am very pleased that the skiing community is recognizing Dan for his contributions to the Nordic racing world.” Bill Henchey former John Caldwell Award winner.

“Dan Warner’s calm and unassuming manner belies the depth of his experience as a race official, a snow-farming pioneer, and a tireless volunteer leader in our cross-country skiing community,” said NENSA executive director, and fellow Mainer, Zach Stegeman. “Dan has long been a fixture at races across Maine and New England, regularly offering his service as a Technical Delegate for New England Marathon Series events and interscholastic races or volunteering his expertise in making and saving a race course as he did for this year’s U16 Championship. Mouse, as we know him - a moniker of dubious origin from his ski-jumping days - is exemplary of the kind of giving back that has made New England skiing what it is today. He’s long since paid his dues, but I hope NENSA can look forward to Warner’s presence at events for seasons to come, and that his role will inspire the current generation of junior racers to give back as volunteers and officials when it is their time."

Mary Anne Levins, another former John Caldwell Award winner and the Bill Koch Festival Race Secretary, who has worked with Dan at many Bill Koch Festivals said about him, “Dan's passion for Nordic skiing is so evident every time he works an event. He can be found anywhere and everywhere lending a hand. On course, at the hardware store buying last minute problem solvers, or even in bibbing when helping hands are too few. Dan does everything in his power to support the venue and make sure every athlete has a positive experience. The NENSA community is very fortunate to have Dan Warner at the heart of many Nordic ski events in New England. Congratulations Mouse!”

Here is Dan recalling his memory of this awards namesake, “I have known John Caldwell for about 50 years as when I was a young junior. On weekends the Rumford crew would often race against the Putney boys at different events throughout the season. In the years that followed, I would see him at different meetings in the spring and fall setting up schedules and discussing policy that meant listening to John give his point of view. It became an annual rite each spring for 20 years or so to meet up with John at the Mt. Aire diner in Park City at the USSA meetings in May. John always brought a big ole jug of Vt. maple juice to put on your flapjacks or French toast. Everyone from the East that would dine there would mosey over and get themselves a cup of juice for their breakfast. John would often come to the jump at Brattleboro on Friday to watch training for the weekend’s events and we would stand in the judge’s tower and relive old times and catch up. I was lucky enough to do a Wednesday night sauna with Peter Graves at John's house and share another one of his beverages he cooks up! Good times. I am very humbled to be receiving this award as John has been a mentor of mine for a long time and he has always taken the time to help me understand the taps and buckets of skiing so to speak! When I tell folks the reason I became an official and trail guy is because of guys like John. He did it before me!”

Click here to see this year's and past NENSA award winners.

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 04 May 2016 08:25:07 EST
KickZone eNewsletter http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7497 The latest issue of your KickZone eNewsletter is available here!

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:55:02 EST
Utah Governor’s State of Sport Awards Honors USSA Athletes http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7546 SALT LAKE CITY, UT (March 28, 2018) – The Governor’s State of Sport Awards committee has selected three U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes to be honored at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards. U.S. Ski Team athletes Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) will all be recognized for their athletic achievements during the 2015 calendar year.

]]>  

Hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank, the awards are fan voted and honor excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports. The USSA partners with the Utah Sports Commission each year on the Utah Action Sports Tour, which includes the U.S. Grand Prix event at Park City Mountain Resort and the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort. The Governor’s State of Sport Awards will also recognize key sports people and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah’s sports industry. This year’s event will feature United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients James L. Easton and Vern Law.

Ligety made history in 2015, winning his third straight gold medal in giant slalom at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. McKinnon also brought home a medal from World Championships, landing second in the aerials competition in Kreischberg, Austria. She capped her season with the women’s overall aerials title, the first for a U.S woman since 1998. Cross country athlete Stephen posted a fifth place finish in the seven-stage Tour de Ski and scored two World Cup podiums, including a second place in Russia that was one of the best distances results by an American woman in over 40 years.

This year’s winners, chosen by sports fans, will be honored at the Governor’s State of Sport Awards event on Tuesday, May 10 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Fans may vote once per day per web enabled device. Voting will conclude at midnight on Sunday, April 19th. Fans can visit www.stateofsportawards.com to cast their vote.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USSA athletes Ted Ligety, Kiley McKinnon and Liz Stephen will be honored at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards.
  • Hosted by the Utah Sports Commission, the awards celebrate Utah’s sport community and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports.
  • Ligety, born and raised in Park City, UT, brought home his third consecutive gold medal in GS at the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
  • McKinnon was the aerials silver medalist at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships and landed the 2015 women’s aerials overall World Cup title.
  • Stephen skied to two World Cup podiums and a career-best fifth place finish in the Tour de Ski.
  • The awards will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at Vivint Smart Home Arena
  • The winners are chosen by fans. Fans can vote once per day at www.stateofsportawards.com

 

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Caitlin Furin, cfurin@ussa.org ]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Mon, 28 Mar 2016 21:28:22 EST
Kate Barton named NENSA Coach of the Year 2016! http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7567 NENSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Coach of the Year Award is (drum roll please!) ……Kate Barton!  Anyone who has seen Kate coaching juniors, or just kicking back and enjoying some time skiing with them, has seen her love and commitment to this sport.  Kate has been the head coach at Burke Academy for the past 6 years, but she is so much more!  She is a Maine native, and Middlebury College grad, where she was a four-year member of their Nordic Ski and Lacrosse Teams.  Kate has also coached in in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. She is a three-time coach for the U.S. U18 National Team, and last year she traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan to coach the U.S. U23 National Team.   Kate has been an incredibly valuable member of our New England Coaching and Wax Tech staff at Junior Nationals for years, and has coached two years at the U.S. National U16 Summer Camp.   Kate leads great summer training camps to Sweden and Norway, and, is also one of our newest members to the NENSA Coach Committee, helping shape the future of coach education in New England. 

]]> As the NENSA JN Trip Leader for the past three years, I have had the pleasure of working with Kate on the past three Junior Nationals, and she is such a committed and valuable member of our New England team!  Kate can coach any age group – boys and/or girls, and all the athletes, as well as all the staff, love and respect her!  She is a total team player – always jumping in to help where needed – be it helping with missing JN forms at 11pm at night, or shoveling show onto the race course at the Sun Valley SuperTour, Kate is always there to lend a helping hand!

 

Matt Whitcomb, USST Women’s Coach has known Kate a long time – he was thrilled to hear Kate was named our NENSA Coach of the Year.   He said, "Kate is a great choice for this award.  She has done really cool things at Burke Mountain Academy, including most recently helping convert an Alpine racer to XC who in his first year qualified for JNs. Qualifying in New England is impressive.  While she's accomplished a lot for Burke in the last five years, what's cool is that she's put in a ton of work for the USA as a whole, including working the National U-16 Camp, leading the U-18 trip, and coaching and waxing at World Juniors. At this point, Kate can coach in any role at any program. What's important to me, however, is that her personality magnetizes our sport and draws more kids our way. Burke is very lucky to have her."

 

Matt Boobar, Coach at Stratton Mountain School, has also had the pleasure of working and coaching with Kate for many years.  “Kate is a rock solid asset in so many situations, whether it be waxing and scraping 100 pairs of skis, coaching any age group at Junior Nationals or being my wing women for 12 days in the smog of Almaty Kazakhstan as we scoured the city for Gatorade and post cards (Junior Worlds 2015), said Boobar.  Over the past 8 seasons myself and the NENSA Trip Leader have put the staffing together for the Junior Nationals trip. Kate is always a go to pick.  She has been on the service team, coached all the girls’ groups, then at Truckee 2015 I saw something super cool.  After the races she and the boys hiked up the mountain and shredded down ripping tele turns and jumping rocks and drops! The boys thought that was pretty sweet.  Enter 2016 and she was coaching the U18 boys at Telemark JN's.  I was cruising around on an off day and found her and the boys building a little lip on a roller out at Double 0 trails. The entire group was lined up hitting it!  If you keep it fun, you go faster.”  Kate certainly does that!

 

“We are doing something very right here in New England if we are raising skiers like Kate Barton to stay in the sport for the long haul and to give back as coaches,” said NENSA executive director, Zach Stegeman. "I had the privilege of coaching Kate Barton - alongside Deven Morrill - while she was in high school. Her talent, and her leadership were evident then, and it is with no small amount of pride that I commend Kate for this well-deserved recognition. Kate’s journey from junior competitor to head coach at one of New England’s premier programs is a testament both to her and to our cross-country community.”

 

Amber Dodge, NENSA’s Youth Program Manager says, "I had the pleasure to work with Kate last summer at the National U16 Camp. Not only was she super organized and fun to work with as a coach, but I loved watching how much she cared about each athlete. Kate would make sure she checked in with skiers during the day, and go out of her way to talk with those who were having a hard time. I saw that skiers loved Kate, not only because of her wealth of knowledge and how much she would help them at practices, but also because they knew that she cared about them. I also learned a lot as a coach from working with Kate, she is professional, fun and creative. I am very happy that Kate is receiving this award!"

 

Congratulations Kate, on being NENSA’s 2016 Coach of the Year! 

]]>
staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:55:47 EST