COACHES

FAR WEST COACHES

Coach Selection Criteria

 Far West Nordic’s staff of coaches is second to none in the country. We include former Olympians, Master Racers, College coaches, Junior National participants, and many more. Below is just a selection of some of the long-term coaches Far West Nordic calls its own.

Glenn Jobejobe-glenn

Glenn is a former Far West board member and Far West head coach. An Olympic Biathlete in the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Glenn is highly respected as one of North America’s leading experts on XC skiing technique, particularly classic skiing. Glenn’s coaching for masters skiers is focused on efficiency and “skiing smarter, not harder” which is key for many masters skiers. Glenn began XC skiing in 1972 at the University of Nevada, Reno and was the founder of both Kirkwood and Tahoe Donner’s Nordic centers. He has been instrumental in growing the Far West Junior Nordic Program and is a member of Far West Nordic’s coaches and senior committees, and currently coaches the Auburn Ski Club Biathlon Program.

Coaching/Athletic Highlights

1980 Olympic Biathlon Team
1981 National Biathlon 20km Champion
2002 Group leader for the forerunners at the 2002 Olympics
2002 Inducted into the UNR athletic Hall of Fame.


 

Nancy Fiddlerfiddler-nancy

Nancy is an Olympian and US National Champion with 14 national titles.
Her approach to coaching is to inspire and bring out the greatness in every person on the snow.

Nancy grew up in New England but did not really start XC skiing until she was at Maine’s Bates College. After a six year hiatus from racing, she achieved considerable success on the World Cup and Championship circuit and competed in the 1988 Calgary and 1992 Albertville Olympics. She has spent over 20 years developing and coaching the Mammoth Lakes Nordic programs.

 


 

Jeff Schlossschloss-jeff

Jeff has been passionately coaching XC ski racers for 21 years in the Tahoe area. He coached the Truckee High School Nordic Team to five State Championships before taking over the head Nordic coaching position at the University of Nevada, Reno. At UNR he helped bring the team from a club sport to an NCAA Division 1 team and to a top 10 ranking in the nation. After coaching at UNR, Jeff became the head Nordic coach for the Auburn Ski Club and the Far West Division. He coached Far West juniors to six different Junior National Championships and help place Junior Matt Gelso on the US Ski team. In 2006 Jeff coached the US Ski Team at the Junior World Championships and at the Under 23 World Championships. He loves outdoor adventure and is active in rock climbing, kayaking, triathlon, and masters XC ski racing. Jeff is currently the assistant Nordic Coach at Sugar Bowl Academy.

Coaching Highlights
Head Coach, University of Nevada XC Ski Team 1993-2000
Head Coach, Far West XC Ski Team 2000-2005
Coach, US Ski Team Jr. World Championship Team 2006


 

Sally Jonesjones-sally

Sally has been coaching as a profession for almost 20 years. Her Nordic focus began in New Zealand, where she coached The National Junior Team before moving to California to develop & run the Nordic Ski Teams at The Auburn Ski Club. Under her leadership, the Ski Club has made its mark on the National scene by producing many successful athletes & being awarded The USSA’s Cross Country Ski Club of The Year twice. Sally is well renowned for her eye for technique and her work at keeping athletes focused and centered. Sally is now the manager at TDXC.

Coaching/Athletic Highlights
Manager Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Auburn Ski Club XC Skiing Program Director
New Zealand Junior National Ski Coach
Ski Instructor


 

August Teagueteague-august

August was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado. Where he began skiing and racing as a member of the Aspen Valley Ski Club (AVSC) and then Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS). August’s coaching endeavor is Unleashed Coaching & Consulting. His clients includes the Australian National Ski Team, UNR Winter Sports Club, and various elite endurance athletes, including the 2014 Junior National champion. Prior to starting Unleashed Coaching, August was the head coach of University of Nevada NCAA XC ski team from 2004 to 2010. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Teague was named the director of skiing in the summer of 2007 and oversaw all aspects of the UNR’s Wolf Pack skiing program. In May of 2007, Teague was named to the Cross Country Coaches Committee, and the Cross County Sports Committee at the United States Ski Association (USSA) Congress in Park City, Utah. August has also been on the Far West Alpine board since 2010.

Prior to coming to Far West in 2004, Teague spent one season as the head Nordic coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Teague lettered four years as a member of the University of Denver cross country skiing, and cross county running teams. Where he helped the Pioneers to three NCAA skiing championships from 2000-2002. August was a six year Rocky Mountain Devision (RMD) junior national team member, with numerous top 10′s and the Colorado State Champion in Skate and Classic in 1999.


 

Kara LaPointlapoint-kara

Far West Farm Team racer, Kara grew up in beautiful Truckee, Ca. and is a proud product of the Far West junior teams. After attending the University of Denver for three years, she transferred to the University of Nevada where she finished her NCAA skiing career and also threw in a year of running. Today, Kara is a triathlete, runner and as always, a skier. She is coaching the North Tahoe High School team.

Skiing Highlights: Competed at the University of Denver for three years. Qualified for NCAA Championships and finished 17th in the 15k classic race in 2007. Competed one year at Nevada (Senior year). Had three top-ten RMISA performances and several top-15s during collegiate career. Finished 41st in the 10k classic race at US Nationals in Houghton, Mich. to earn my best-ever US Nationals result. Other top recent results include 3rd in the Gold Rush and Great Ski Race in 2008, and 13th in the Boulder Mountain Tour in 2009. Competed with the Far West Ski Team from age 13-18, winning several Junior Olympics medals during that time.


 

Mark Nadellnadell-mark

There are some who believe that Mark Nadell has been involved in the cross country ski industry since the stone age – the LIGNO-stone age, from the days of wood skis and pine tar. One of the few around who can still remember when Swix first introduced “Special” and “Extra” waxes, “Captain Nordic” has been cross country ski coach and clinician for over 30 years. And for many of those years, he was one of the most consistent racers on the Far West circuit (not the fastest, mind you, just the most consistent).

Mark is currently the Junior Trip Coordinator and Webmaster for Far West Nordic. Most of the winter you can finding him “herding” young racers on the trails of Tahoe Donner as one of the coaches for Alder Creek Middle School. He continues to volunteer with many different aspects of the nordic community.


 

Martin Benesbenes-martin

Martin is a Far West “home-grown” product, having raced for Far West Nordic and Auburn Ski Club as a Junior, including multiple Junior Olympics championships. Martin returned to the Truckee area after several years as a student and coach on the east coast. After graduating from Bates College with a degree in Classical and Medieval Studies, Martin went on to coach Nordic skiing at Dartmouth College and Bates. His enthusiasm for the Sierra Nevada brought Martin back to the Truckee area and to Sugar Bowl Academy, where he is currently the head coach.

 

 


 

Gus Johnsonjohnson-gus2

Coach “Guscle the Muscle” is a Far West Nordic Board Member and Head Coach of the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Program. He was a member of the University of Nevada, Reno NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010, a founding member and Vice-President of the UNR Winter Sports Club, and Far West Elite Team athlete (formerly Far West Farm Team) from 2010-2013 before transitioning to coaching skiing full-time.

Outside of skiing, Gus enjoys river rafting, music, books, and being the owner of a truck.
 
 

Caitlin (Curran) Bernsteincurran-caitlin

Caitlin is the assistant coach for Sugar Bowl Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mary ellen Benier

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Mary ellen has been the coach of Alder Creek Middle School for many years, and remains one of the top athletes in her age group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wilson Dippo

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Wilson is the head coach for the Tahoe XC Comp and Devo Teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Katerina (Hanusova) Nashhanusova-katerina

Katerina Nash has been to 3 Olympic games, twice for cross-country skiing for the Czech Republic (1998 and 2002) and once for mountain biking (2004 in Atlanta). Now a resident of Truckee, Katerina moved to the US in 2000 after receiving a scholarship for cross-country skiing from the University of Nevada, Reno. Katerina races for the Luna Chix pro team and is considered one of the top mountain bike racers in the world. She competes at the world cup level in both mountain biking and cyclo-cross, and is consistently a top finisher. In January 2010, she finished in first place at the cyclo-cross World Cup race in Roubaix. She competes in Tahoe-area XC races as her schedule permits — although XC racing isn’t now her primary sport, she’s still is one of the fastest women XC skiers in the Far West region.


 

Marcus Nashnash-marcus

Marcus Nash, a 9-time National champion in cross country skiing, went to two Olympics: in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway and 1998 in Nagano, Japan. Marcus was a member of the US Ski Team for 7 years and is now a pilot for Cathay Pacific Airlines. Originally from Maine, Nash traveled all over the world in his days as a professional cross country skier, and when he retired, he chose Truckee out of all the places to live and ski, often saying that the best cross country skiing is right here in California. Marcus’ emphasis as a coach are technical development, increasing endurance capacity, and strength training. Marcus has competitive and coaching experience in cross country skiing and cycling.