We are pleased to announce that we have filled the newly created role of Program Director at National Ski Academy. Among many highly qualified candidates, we are excited to announce that our own Jeff Jones has been promoted to this leadership and management position. This new role is designed to add greater emphasis and focus to the athletic programming at the Academy. Jeff brings with him an immense depth of expertise including local and international coaching experience from U10’s at the club level, all the way through the development pipeline to elite U21 athletes at the Continental Cup level. He has been an Interim GM, Program Manager and Head Coach. He has sports psychology acumen and physical training discipline. Jeff is a licensed CSC level 4 Program Director, CSC EL, DL and PL Course Facilitator, Level 4 NCCP coach, Level 4 CSIA instructor and most recently completed his training as a FIS TD.
“I am beyond excited to be selected for this position at NSA,” shares Jeff. “I feel as though I have spent my coaching career building towards this moment and this opportunity. I intend to carry on NSA’s legacy that began in 1986 with founder Jurg Gfeller. I look forward to collaborating with all NSA’s staff to honour our past, deliver great programs now and prepare NSA for the future.”
Founder, Jurg Gfeller believes, “this evolution of NSA’s leadership structure and Jeff’s contributions especially, will take NSA’s athletic program to a new level and will help achieve an optimal balance between high performance athletic and academic programming.”
Outgoing Athletic Director Sami Piana agrees. “Jeff will be instrumental in its goal to be Canada’s high performance ski-racing academic destination of choice for our top young athletes.” We thank Sami for his 15 years of coaching and athletic leadership with the Academy and are pleased that he will be working with Jeff to plan our Saas-Fee camp this September.
Jeff will continue as the U16 Head Coach and has already begun his new duties, including prioritizing hiring next year’s coaching staff, and planning the athletic program for next year and beyond.