U16 Head Coach & Founder
Jurg is one of the founding members 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, coaching at the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games. Going into the Academy’s 32nd year Jurg is concentrating his talents on the hill as Head Coach of the U16 program.
Athletic Director & Head Coach
Head Coach Sami has been with the NSA for 10 years and as Athletic Director oversees all the NSA’s alpine development programs and this year will be working with both the men’s and women’s FIS teams. 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.
WAYNE "HOWIE" HOWARD
FIS Women's Coach
Howie is a CSIA Level 2, CSCF Level 3 Certified, NCCP 3 coach who brings over 30 years of teaching and coaching experience including 15 years at Georgian Peaks and 5 years at Alpine Ski Club as Head U16 coach. Howie has had the pleasure of coaching great athletes from Ontario including Canadian Alpine Ski Team members Larissa Yurkiw (NSA ’00), Erin Mielzynski, Candace Crawford and Ali Nullmeier.
Olympian, World Cup winner and former Canadian Ski Team member, this year Liisa will be working with Jurg Gfeller as a part of the U16 coaching team. Liisa grew up skiing in southern Ontario and prior to joining the NSA team coached athletes at Georgian Peaks Ski Club. In 1989 Liisa started the ‘Ski Escape’ ski improvement and corporate programs across Canada and in 1997 was inducted to Canada’s Ski Hall of Fame. Liisa lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter but spends the winters in Collingwood.
Jeff grew up ski racing in Southern Ontario, competing at the FIS level throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern US. Jeff has 27 years of coaching experience working in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US and has coached just about every level and age group during his career. Most recently he spent 8 years as a Program Director, coached the Ontario Ski team and worked on speed and tech camps with the Canadian Ski Team. He is also coaching the U12 Extended at Craigleith Ski Club and is a Coach Education Consultant for AOA. Jeff lives in Collingwood with his wife and two daughters and their dog Chance.
FIS Men's Coach
Devin has been involved with ski racing his whole life, attending the NSA from 2006 – 2009. He moved on to compete in professional triathlons throughout North America and Europe qualifying for a U23 World Championships and winning a national age group title. He has a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a concentration in Coaching Studies and his CSCF performance level coaching certification and has coached in a variety of roles from head coach to U16 coach in Ontario, Alberta and the Yukon. In his spare time Devin enjoys ultra-running and ski mountaineering. He is very excited to return to the NSA to work with a wonderful program and athletes.
Fitness, Conditioning and Dryland Specialist
This year our student athletes are working out with Chad Warren of Chalk’s Training in Collingwood. Originally from Newfoundland, Chad grew up playing different sports, including basketball at St. Francis Xavier University. After graduating he moved to Collingwood to train 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.
FIS Women's Coach
The NSA is thrilled to welcome Serena Giromini back to the Saas-Fee & Red Mountain camp coaching staff working with the FIS Women’s team for her fourth year. 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. She holds a full Coach and Instructor qualification and she currently training to be part of the Italian Demo Team for Alpine Skiing.