COACHES

SAMI PIANA

SAMI PIANA

Athletic Director & Head Coach

Head Coach Sami has been with the NSA for 15 years and as Athletic Director oversees all the NSA's alpine development programs and works with both our men's and women's FIS teams. He has his Masters in Sport Management and his full European coaching education. Sami has coached NSA athletes through to NCAA college teams, including Middlebury, Utah, UNH & UVM as well as NCAA Champion, CAST member & Olympian, Roni Remme. Sami and his wife Irene live in Collingwood and are very happy that they are able to be back home in Italy this summer to see their families.

JURG GFELLER

JURG GFELLER

Founder & U16 Coach

Jurg is one of the original founders of the NSA. Before becoming the Executive Director and a coach at the Academy, Jurg coached the Canadian National Men’s Ski Team for 5 years at the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games. Going into the Academy’s 36th year Jurg isn’t slowing down a bit and is returning to work with Jeff Jones, our new U16 Head Coach, and will be with the team at camps and races. All NSA student athletes and staff are fortunate to continue to have Jurg’s skill and experience supporting them on and off the hill.

JEFF JONES

JEFF JONES

U16 Head Coach

Jeff is taking over the reins of our U16 team from legendary coach Jurg who will continue to work with and support the team at camps and races. Jeff’s coaching background is as extensive as it is varied, having coached every level from U12 to the National Team in Canada and abroad, most recently as the U12 Extended program Head Coach at Craigleith Ski Club and a Coach Education Consultant for AOA.  He is looking forward to helping our U16 student athletes balance training, competition, dryland and classes as well as supporting the other members of the NSA coaching staff.

Chris Tepera

Chris Tepera

FIS Coach

​Chris returns for his second year to work with the FIS athletes, both on the hill and in the gym. He began his coaching career at Horseshoe Resort and has worked at TSC and most recently at Craigleith Ski Club where he was the U14 Extended Head Coach. Chris has a strong background in personal fitness and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Over the past year Chris has worked in the ever changing-Covid world and showed his ability to connect with athletes and do everything he can to help them establish and reach their goals, whether they be related to skiing, fitness or personal growth. 

DOUG TERRY

DOUG TERRY

FIS Coach

Doug’s long career in ski racing started in 1977 as a racer and then coach at Cambrian College in Sudbury. He has worked at all levels of racing across the Escarpment with U10, U12, U14, U16, and  FIS at different times. While coaching Doug also spent many years as a Master Course Conductor with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) and an examiner with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA). Doug is a level 3 Performance coach with the CSCF and Level 4 instructor with the CSIA. Doug has coached many NSA U16 and FIS student athletes over the years and this year he will be back offering coaching support to both our Men’s & Women’s FIS teams.

ROB VOGEL

ROB VOGEL

U16 Coach

Rob works with the U16 team and previously coached at his home club of Devil’s Glen. Rob grew up ski racing in Southern Ontario  He has a 33-year tenure coaching across all development levels within the region. Rob’s experience includes leadership roles in alpine program design, management and Head Coach duties over a 25-year period. In addition, Rob has extensive experience with on hill coaching development, race management and major event experience within Ontario, Canada and the US. Rob thrives on nurturing ski race athletes by delivering creative on hill skill development, process driven training and refining equipment needs to enable his athletes to achieve their best competitive outcomes. Rob lives in Collingwood with his family and his daughter Eva is a grade 11 student athlete.  

CORTNEY DREIFELDS

CORTNEY DREIFELDS

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Cortney works with Chad at Chalk’s Training, bringing her expertise to fill the gap between medial and exercise fields to our community.  Earning a degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario was the precipice for Cortney in terms of understanding her clients’ unique set of needs, motivations and aspirations. Her post-graduate studies in Therapeutic Recreation taught her the value of sport in transforming peoples lives after a spinal cord injury. Studying Muscle Activation Techniques in Florida was among Cortney’s most inspiring and educational triumphs, where she gained the experience of working on professional athletes and learned how to maintain high volumes of training while avoiding athlete injuries. Cortney has worked tirelessly over the past two years helping to motivate our student athletes both physically and mentally, on line and in the gym.

CHAD WARREN

CHAD WARREN

Fitness and Wellness Consultant

Chad Warren of Chalk’s Training in Collingwood has been working with our student athletes overseeing their dry land training programs for the past three years. Originally from Newfoundland, Chad grew up playing different sports, he played basketball at St. Francis Xavier University and upon graduating, moved to Collingwood and began training local athletes. His passion for athletic development has allowed him to learn how to motivate and push high-caliber athletes, creating and implementing new ways to challenge and improve athletes. Chad has worked in the strength and conditioning world for several years and has his Masters of Science in Psychology.

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