COACHES

JURG GFELLER

JURG GFELLER

U16 Head Coach & Founder

Jurg is one of the founding members of the NSA. Before becoming the Director and a coach at the Academy, Jurg coached the Canadian National Men’s Ski Team for 5 years, coaching at the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games. Going into the Academy’s 31st year Jurg will now be concentrating his talents on the hill as Head Coach of the U16 program.

SAMI PIANA

SAMI PIANA

Athletic Director, Head & FIS Women's Coach

Head Coach Sami has been with the NSA for 10 years and oversees all our alpine development programs and coaches the Women’s FIS team. He has his Masters in Sport Management and his full European coaching education. Sami has worked in the ski racing industry in Europe, the US and Australia. Sami grew up in the Italian Alps and returns home every summer.

MARTIN WILSON

MARTIN WILSON

FIS Men's Head Coach

Martin returns to the NSA for his second year as Head Coach of the FIS Men’s team. Originally from Thunder Bay, Martin was the PG coach at Stratton Mountain Academy in Vermont and the Athletic Director at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho Maine before returning home to Canada bringing with him a lifetime of experience in ski racing development and management, as well as detailed knowledge of the American college admissions and recruitment process.

PATRICK PARENTEAU

PATRICK PARENTEAU

Director of Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program and U16 Coach

Patrick returns for his fifth year as our fulltime Fitness and Injury Prevention and U16 Assistant Coach. He has a degree in Kinesiology and his level 3 coach and instructor certificates with over 20 years of experience. Patrick develops the athletes’ dry land training programs and oversees their progress both at home and on the road during the competition season.

Brian McGregor

Brian McGregor

U14 Head Coach

Brian returns to the NSA for his second year as U14 Head Coach. A former NSA parent, he ski raced successfully up to university, has coached all levels of athletes up to FIS, and has many years’ experience as a U14 Head Coach in the Collingwood area. Brian holds his Level 3 CSIA and CSCF Development Level Certified Advanced delegations. Off hill Brian also provides consulting and coaching in sales enablement.

 

 

LIISA SAVIJARVI

LIISA SAVIJARVI

FIS Coach

The NSA welcomes Liisa, an Olympian, World Cup winner and Canadian Ski Team member to the FIS coaching team. Liisa grew up skiing in southern Ontario and most recently has been coaching athletes at Georgian Peaks Ski Club. In 1989 Liisa started the ‘Ski Escape’ ski improvement and corporate programs across Canada, was inducted to Canada’s Ski Hall of Fame in 1997.

BRYONY SIMPSON

BRYONY SIMPSON

FIS Coach

The NSA welcomes Bryony back to the NSA FIS coaching team. She has been involved in ski racing her entire life, racing FIS and U19/21 out of Georgian Peaks before achieving an Honours Undergraduate degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies.  She is a certified CSCF PL Coach (3 Trained) and CSIA 3 Instructor. Bryony has been coaching for 17 years and worked with many different ages and levels. Most recently she has been the Lead Coach for the Family Snowsports Academy at Silver Star Mountain in BC. Last year she was the Head Coach of the U19/21 & FIS program at Craigleith Ski Club. Bryony is an avid skier and is also involved in multiple sports such as, running, road cycling, swimming, and snowshoeing.

DR. HALEY PERLUS

DR. HALEY PERLUS

Sport and Exercise Psychology Expert

With a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and M.S. in Sport Pedagogy, Dr. Haley Perlus is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, international presenter, consultant to National Team and Division 1 athletes, published author, and appointed Industry Leader by IHRSA. A former NSA athlete, coach, and certified health and fitness professional, Dr. Perlus uses all of her education and experience to help athletes empower themselves for peak results. Haley’s Website

Serena Giromini

Serena Giromini

Assistant FIS Women's Coach

Serena joins the NSA Saas-Fee camp coaching staff to work with the FIS Women’s team. She was a successful Italian FIS ski racer who now coaches in Grans Montana CH and runs her family restaurant on the Italian side of the Alps. In 2014 and 2015 Serena worked with the NSA FIS Women’s Team in Saas Fee. She holds a full Coach and Instructor qualification and she currently training to be part of the Italian Demo Team for Alpine Skiing.