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.
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.
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 (’00), Erin Mielzynski, Candace Crawford and Ali Nullmeier.
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.
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.
Olympian, World Cup winner and Canadian Ski Team member will be working with Jurg Gfeller onthe U16 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.
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.