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Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

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Brian has coached for the SSWSC Nordic Program since 1998. The first three years were spent coaching with the Ability Nordic Combined Team. From 2001 until present, Brian has been coaching the Ability Cross-Country Team. In 2009 a new position was created and Brian was offer the Cross-Country Program Director position. Brian coaches the Ability Cross-Country (XC) Team along with Josh Smullin. He also oversees the five other XC programs at SSWSC. He presently holds a seat on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Executive Board, the regional XC governing body. Brian holds a USSA Level 100 Cross-Country Coaching Certification. His enthusiasm for sport and fitness is strong.

Josh Smullin, U20/U18/U16 Head Coach

Josh Smullin, U20/U18/U16 Head Coach

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Josh started his life in Fairbanks, Alaska. His family moved to Minnesota when he was five years old, and from there to Bend, Oregon when he was ten. He spent the next eight years competing for the MBSEF- placing in the top five at JNs numerous times. Josh spent his junior year of high school in Sweden at the Mora Ski Gymnasium. Josh walked on the Colorado University Ski Team as a freshman and earned a athletic scholarship. He was a four year NCAA qualifier and the captain of the CU Ski Team his senior year. Josh graduated from CU with degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology. He continued his education at the University of Utah, where he earned a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. He also was an Assistant Nordic Coach for the Utes. From 2005 and presently, Josh raced for Team Rossignol, capturing several podium finishes in major marathon races across the U.S. and one Super Tour victory. Josh holds a USSA Level 100 XC Coaching Certification. In the three seasons Josh has spent with the SSWSC, the XC Program has enjoyed historical success. The SSWSC is excited to have a coach of Josh’s caliber part of the XC Program.

Ben Barbier, U14 Head Coach

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Ben grew up in Steamboat Springs. A cyclist first, Ben realized that his true love was gliding down tracks on Nordic skis. He joined the club and skied for SSWSC between 1986 and 1990. Ben first coached for SSWSC in the 1994 – 1996 seasons as an Age Class U14 coach. He decided to enter graduate school to become a teacher and 5 years later rejoined the club to take charge of the U14 group over the last 13 seasons. Ben also teaches math and science at the Steamboat Springs Middle school. He has two kids in the younger programs at the club and enjoys watching them move through the Nordic pipeline at SSWSC. Ben believes in leading by example and he can often be found showing his athletes how to push through pain by entering the local Nordic race series and marathon distance ski events.

Brad Piske, U14 Assistant Coach

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Nordic skiing didn’t enter Brad’s snow-sport repertoire until well into his 30s, when asked to participate in a 5 km company-wide ski race hosted by the environmental consulting/engineering firm for which he was employed. Having never donned a pair of Nordic skis, Brad completed the race in “skier-cross” fashion and discovered what he still believes to be one of the most demanding and rewarding endurance sports on the planet. Brad began coaching for a SSWSC, entry-level, Nordic-combined program in 1999 when his two daughters started Nordic skiing for the club. In 2004 Brad was asked to begin and be the head coach for a new, entry-level, XC program called Cross-Country Cruisers. His passion for skate and classic skiing continued as he developed as a skier, coach and parent of two competitive, Nordic athletes. In 2009 Brad began his current post as assistant coach for the SSWSC Age-Class, Nordic, J4/J3 athletes. His oldest daughter is currently skiing for the Dartmouth College Nordic ski team, and his youngest daughter is a J1 Nordic athlete competing for the SSWSC Ability program. Brad continues his strong belief in, and is proud to represent, Nordic skiing, Nordic athletes and the SSWSC Nordic programs.

Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

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Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Greta started skiing shortly after learning to walk. As a junior Greta raced for Alaska Winter Stars under the guidance of Jan Buron before earning a slot on the Alaska Pacific University Elite Team coached by Erik Flora. While there, Greta balanced her race schedule with her education- specializing in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Marriage Counseling. Following an injury, Greta dove head-first into coaching and spent three years as the Head Coach and Program Director of the Development “Devo” Junior and Master’s programs at Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.  Greta moved to Colorado in the fall of 2015 to begin her role as U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach alongside Brian Tate and Josh Smullin. Greta holds a Level 200 USSA XC Certification. When she’s not on skis Greta can be found in the gym, designing lifting and nutrition plans for her body building clients or studying.

Sandi Gibson, U14 Coach

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Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

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Deb was born in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to Bemidji, MN at an early age. She began her athletic competitions in the pool and moved to winter sports. Deb competed in the 100km Minnesota Finlandia which led to numerous cross country ski competitions and triathlons in Colorado. Deb has been coaching the Nordic Development Team at the Winter Sports Club for many years and takes pride in the accomplishments of her athletes. She loves working with all abilities and seeing them acquire skills for a life-long sport.

Bill Philip, U12/U10 Coach

Bill Philip, U12/U10 Coach

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Bill Phillip has been a mainstay on the SSWSC XC coaching staff since 2000. He has been an U12 Assistant Coach, supporting Head Coach, Deb Rose. Coach Phillip’s coaching philosophy is centered around building quality technique with an underlying theme of fun and enjoyment: “Relays instead of intervals, no way to sugar coat distance training, promote togetherness- team, not exclusion, treat each other with respect, not every kid will be a champion skier but I think all the kids end up quite athletic through participation in our program- this is an element that will be important throughout life-certainly health wise but also important socially, an area that Deb and I work on is to be positive with the kids; encouragement, correction in a positive manner.”

Chris Sias, XC Cruiser Head Coach

Chris Sias, XC Cruiser Head Coach

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Chris started Nordic skiing in Sun Valley in 1983 and continued to seek out snow despite living in Southern California for over twenty years. A full-time resident of Steamboat Springs for four years, Chris leads the SSMS Nordic Club and is thrilled to coach XC Cruisers for SSWSC, where all four of his kids are enthusiastic Nordic skiers.

Greg Burkholder, XC Cruiser Assistant Coach

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Chuck O’Connell

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck has been a director of SSWSC since 2006. Chuck currently works for SkyWest Airlines at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Previously, Chuck spent 29 years with Christy Sports in Steamboat Springs. Chuck was the former Chairman of Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and is a SSWSC coach for our Cross-Country Cruisers and Summer Mountain Bike programs. Chuck has been a Steamboat Springs resident for 30 years and he and his wife, Trish, have four children (Mary, Meg, Finn and Kathleen) who are all current or former SSWSC athletes. Chuck enjoys anything outdoors with family including rafting, cycling and hiking day trips and overnight adventures.

Trish O’Connell, Mini XC Cruiser Head Coach

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Trish has been the head coach of Mini-Vikings since its inception 10 years ago. She also assists with Cross-Country Cruisers. “Being able to share my joy and passion for Nordic skiing with our youngest skiers is a great privilege.”

Trish, originally form New Jersey, has been teaching skiing in Steamboat for 27 years. With her husband Chuck, who also helps coach Cruisers, they are enjoying raising their four great kids who all are skiers with the SSWSC.

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