COACHES

SAMI PIANA

SAMI PIANA

Athletic Director & Head Coach

Head Coach Sami has been with the NSA for 14 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 grew up in the Italian Alps and returns home every summer.

JURG GFELLER

JURG GFELLER

Founder & U16 Head Coach

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 35th year Jurg is the U16 Head Coach and continues to support all the Academy’s student athletes on and off the hill.

LIISA SAVIJARVI

LIISA SAVIJARVI

FIS Coach

Olympian, World Cup winner and former Canadian Ski Team member, this year Liisa will be coaching the Women’s FIS 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 and spends the winters in Collingwood.

Chris Tepera

Chris Tepera

FIS Coach

Chris’ coaching career started at Horseshoe Resort and he haa been working my way up in the coaching world through TSC for a year and Craigleith Ski Club for two years where he was the U14 Extended Head Coach. Chris has a strong background in personal fitness and is a Certified Personal Trainer. He prides himself on 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 otherwise. Chris is really looking forward to working with the FIS athletes, both on and off the hill.

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. This year he will be offering coaching support to both our Men’s & Women’s FIS teams.

ROB VOGEL

ROB VOGEL

U16 Coach

Rob is returning to the NSA to work with Jurg and the U16 team after spending the past 5 years coaching at his home club of Devil’s Glen. Rob grew up ski racing in Southern Ontario and remains very passionate about this sport.   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 wife and two children.  Rob is a Landscape Architect and owns a wholesale landscape & construction material distribution business serving the greater south Georgian Bay area.

CORTNEY DREIFELDS

CORTNEY DREIFELDS

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Cortney’s dream of moving to Collingwood has become a reality and she has connected 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.

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 two 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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