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  • Head Coach, Assistant Coach: Lakeville High Schools (Lakeville, MN):
    Lakeville North and Lakeville South High School nordic ski teams are looking for a head coach and an assistant coach for the 2017-18 seasons and beyond. Please send email and short bio deadline Aug 1, 2017. Rich Heilman at: richard.heilman@isd194.org

  • Race Coordinator: Vasaloppet USA (Mora, MN):
    Vasaloppet USA is taking applications for the position of part-time event coordinator. Position is full-time in the months of January-February.

  • Head Nordic Coach: Benilde-St. Margarets (St. Louis Park, MN):
    Benilde-St. Margaret's School is seeking a Head Nordic Ski Coach for the 2017-18 School year. Head coach would be in charge of the boys and girls programs and coordinate all matters in regard to the program. BSM is close to Theodore Wirth Park for practice as well and holds practices at Three Rivers Parks locations. Team is made of about 25-30 boys and girls and the team does return state participants.

  • Full Time Nordic Ski Coach and Admissions Counselor: Univ of Maine-Presque Isle (Presque Isle, ME):
    The University of Maine at Presque Isle is seeking a Full-Time Nordic Ski Coach and Admissions Counselor. The ideal applicant would be capable of and committed to competing with the top ski programs in the US. The combination of strong coaching leadership, early snow, training at one of the top Nordic skiing venues in North America, and a community that is very supportive of skiing, have helped send several athletes in this young program to NCAA Championships. We are looking for a coach to build on that early success and turn that into a tradition. This dual-position will also work as an Admissions Counselor, who aids in the marketing of the University's academic programs to students from area schools through presentations, personal visits, and interpersonal communication. Admissions commitments, including recruitment from the Nordic program, will be most extensive outside the competition season.

  • Assistant Nordic Coach: St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY):
    St. Lawrence University is currently seeking applicants for a Graduate Assistant Coach for Men's & Women's Nordic Ski. This 9-month position (August 15, 2017 - May 15, 2018) is targeted toward graduate students seeking a master's degree.

  • Programming Director/Head Junior Coach: Endurance United (St. Paul, MN):
    The Programming Director is to oversee all aspects of Endurance United's athletic programming. They will work with the Executive Director to plan, implement, advertise and manage Endurance's programs designed for participants of all ages: youth, juniors and adults.

  • Head Nordic Ski Coach: Michigan Tech University (Houghton, MI):
    Michigan Tech University is seeking candidates to take over the role as head Nordic ski coach. Apply online.

  • Head Nordic Coach: Minnetonka High School (Minnetonka, MN):
    Minnetonka High School is seeking candidates for the position of head Nordic ski coach.

  • Director of Ski Operations: Leo J Martin Ski Track (Weston, MA):
    Metro Boston's Leo J Martin Ski Track (LJM), managed by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), seeks a Director of Ski Operations. The position is a 6-month seasonal position, with potential future opportunities for year-round employment. The LJM Director of Ski Operations will plan, coordinate, and direct the operations of the cross-country ski track including snowmaking, grooming, race course set-up, coordination with user groups, marketing and community outreach, and special events. Located just outside Boston in the suburb of Weston, MA, LJM is one of the busiest cross country ski areas in the country. The facility is home to: Cambridge Sports Union (CSU); Harvard's ski team; the largest youth ski program in New England (Eastern Mass Bill Koch); youth programs through Boston Youth Enrichment Services (YES) and the Boys & Girls Club; adaptive ski programs; and more than a dozen high school cross-country ski teams. LJMs 15km trail system has long featured extensive snowmaking as well as lighting for night-time skiing. Over the past year substantial additional investments have been made in snowmaking, grooming, and lighting. Potential applicants or those seeking more information should contact Barry Kitch at foljms@gmail.com.


2017 CXC Award Recipients
May 1, 2017
The CXC Awards Dinner recognized four of the central region's outstanding ski community members at the inaugural CXC Congress weekend in Eau Clair, Wisconsin this past weekend. Ahvo Taipale was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award, Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, received the John Hugus leadership award, Kris Hansen, Stillwater Nordic Ski Team, was named the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year, and Joe Kelsey received the Wayne Fish volunteer of the year award.

Chequamegon Champ Steve Tilford Passes Away
April 5, 2017
MTB pioneer, World, US National and Chequamegon champion Steve Tilford was killed in a car accident Wednesday morning in eastern Utah. Tilford was a frequent competitor of the Chequamegon 40, including three victories.
Gary Crandall: Passing of Steve Tilford

John Harju Passes Away
January 11, 2017
Sad news from the Northland: John Harju, son of Erkki Harju, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 9th in Two Harbors. Vistation scheduled for Friday evening with funeral service Saturday afternoon in Two Harbors.

John Holmquist Passes Away
November 24, 2016
North Star Ski Touring Club legend John Holmquist passes last Saturday, Nov 19th. Holmquist was a Birkie founder and in 2012 won the Tim Knopp award for his dedication to both Nordic skiing and the club.

Jean Cecil Passes On
October 29, 2016
Jean Cecil, one of the founders of BJ's Ski Shop and mother to Birkie champion Lynne Cecil, passed away last week. Cecil was well known in the cycling and Nordic skiing communities, and helped in the development of the Minnesota Youth Ski League.

Joe Nowak Passes Away
October 28, 2016
Longtime Cloquet Nordic ski coach Joe Nowak passed away on Thursday evening. Nowak was considered the founder of Pine Valley and coached many state championship teams for Cloquet. He was elected to the Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Hall of Fame in 1978. A complete obituary with details of services should be published on Sunday.
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Cloquet legend Joe Nowak Visitation
MSHSCA Hall of Fame
Duluth News Tribune: Joe Nowak Obituary
Duluth News Tribune: Northland ski jumper, teacher, coach Joe Nowak dies at 88
Pine Journal: Legendary Cloquet ski coach and jumper Joe Nowak dies at age 88

Loppet Seeking Wirth Park History Curator
October 27, 2016
As part of their new Trailhead building project, the Loppet Foundation is seeking a volunteer to help develop some historical background on athletic activities, especially skiing related, at Wirth Park.

CXC Chairman's Awards
October 25, 2016
At the CXC/USSA Wayne Fish Coaches Conference last weekend, the Chairman's Awards were presented, honoring some big contributions by individuals from the Midwest. The Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year award went to NMU's Sten Fjeldheim, Craig Jarvinen was named volunteer of the year, John Hugus Leadership award went to the Loppet's John Munger, and Dennis Kruse was recognized with the Tony Wise Lifetime Achievement Award.

Osseo Coach Brad Rosch Passes Away
September 27, 2016
Breaking news Tuesday evening, long-time Osseo high school Nordic coach Brad Rosch suffered a heart attack on Saturday and passed away Tuesday afternoon. Rosch lead a number of squads to the State Meet and helped develop many great skiers including Matt Liebsch and Sarah Bezdicek. Services will be Tuesday morning, Oct 4th at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with a celebration of life ceremony 3 pm at Elm Creek.
Osseo's Sarah Bezdicek Ends High School Career on Top
Matt Liebsch Profile
Brad Rosch Service and Reception

Job Openings
August 24, 2016
New job postings including head Nordic coach at Burnsville and seasonal jobs at Snow Mountain Ranch!

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