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.
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.
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.
TOMAS "TOMI" RIVAS
Tomás “Tomi” Rivas is an alpine ski coach with 11 years of experience coaching alpine and a strong background in sports psychology and kinesiology. Tomás is Chilean and has experience coaching at a variety of levels from FIS to U10 in the US, Chile, and Argentina. For the past few seasons, he has been the U14 Head Coach with Big Sky Ski Education Foundation in Montana. In addition to his experience coaching alpine, he has a Bachelors in Kinesiology which is complemented by his master’s studies in Sports Psychology. This education gives him the tools to work as part of an integrated support team to help athletes reach both alpine and mental performance goals. “I am really looking forward to joining the NSA coaching staff and am excited to work with the FIS athletes this season. I am an avid supporter of academic excellence because I believe it is a key component of athlete development and I hope to support NSA athletes in their high-performance pursuits as well as their academic ones.”
FIS Women's Coach
Bryony Simpson started at NSA in 2010 working with Jurg Gfeller and then moved up to the FIS team where she worked alongside many NSA coaches leading camps, training and races. She returns to the Academy to coach the FIS Women’s Team. Recently, Bryony was Head Coach of the U16 Individual Program at Beaver Valley. Bryony brings 20 years of experience having coached locally along the escarpment in FIS, U14 Individual, U12, and U10. In BC, Bryony was Head Coach for a Family Sports Program in Silver Star designed for racers from abroad. She is a certified CSCF PL Coach (3 Trained) and CSIA 3 Instructor. As a teenager, Bryony raced FIS and U19/21 out of Georgian Peaks and has never lost her love for gates. Bryony pursued her post-secondary education at Brock University and received her Undergraduate degree with Honours in Recreation & Leisure Studies. Bryony’s passion for skiing and skiing racing is apparent as well her love for sports such as, running, road cycling, swimming, and snowshoeing.
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.
Fitness & Wellness Coach
Cortney, a partner at Peak Performance Coaching, brings 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. Cortney’s partner, Suzanna Dreifelds also works with our student athletes on mental preparation, mindfulness and strategies for achieving success and balance in their academic and athletic goals.
Mental Preparation Coach
Suzanna is a mindset and sport performance coach. Suzanna has developed a rare insight on the core nature of human motivation and behaviour. She teaches her clients how to achieve their full potential and move closer towards achieving their peak performance. She helps our student athletes how to obtain that next level of results. Suzanna relates and has the capacity to connect with the student athletes immediately and teaches them how to shift their mindsets to see what is possible. Offered and integrated are mental keys to breakthrough performance and results. This new insight results in a state of mind that has a profound effect one’s energy, thoughts, and results, both on and off the mountain. Suzanna has competed nationally in both Beach Volleyball, and Olympic Style Wrestling. She has cycled from Toronto to Montreal 4 times and has always loved sports and challenging her limits.