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Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Assistant Coach U16/U18

Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Assistant Coach U16/U18

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Todd oversees a professional staff of sixteen coaches involved in the training of over 100 athletes. He started jumping with the Winter Park, Colorado Jumping Program at the age of five and took his first jumps at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs at age eight. In 1984 he was named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team and competed internationally for nine seasons, which included the Winter Olympic teams of 1988 and 1992 and the World Championship Teams in 1985 and 1987. Todd began coaching with SSWSC in 1993 while he attended college at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat. His first tour of duty with the SSWSC was as head coach for the Development Team and then he was named Nordic Combined Head Coach the following year. In 2000 he was promoted to Nordic Program Director to oversee all the club’s Nordic sports of ski jumping, cross-country, Nordic combined and biathlon. Due to growth in the Nordic sports, in 2010 Todd was named Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director to focus on the J/NC programs and also continues to play a role as an assistant coach to the U16/U18 programs. This is Todd’s 25 season with SSWSC. Todd is also currently the chairman for USSA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Coaches Subcommittee and was a finalist for the 2003, US Olympic Committee’s, Development Coach of the Year Award. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in downtown Steamboat Springs with their two daughters, Maggie and Ella.

Karl Denney, SJ/NC U16/U18 Head Coach

Karl Denney, SJ/NC U16/U18 Head Coach

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Karl grew up skiing in the north woods of Minnesota at his home hill of Coleraine. He is a part of the flying Denney family who began their legacy in Duluth, MN where Karl’s father and uncles trained to become U.S. Ski Team members some 30 years ago. The skiing tradition was quickly passed down to all of their children, including Karl. He developed into a nationally ranked junior Nordic Combined athlete and competed all over North America throughout his career. He went on to achieve his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Duluth in Spring of 2013. He spent one year coaching the junior jumpers and Nordic Combiners at the Park City Nordic Ski Club and is now the head coach of the U16/U18 team here in Steamboat. He also has experience as a Physical Therapy intern, lifeguard, and Behavioral Specialist. When he’s not coaching Nordic skiers, you’ll find Karl mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, or kicking back with an acoustic guitar.

Garrett Fisk, SJ/NC U14 Head Coach

Garrett Fisk, SJ/NC U14 Head Coach

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Garrett started jumping at the age of 8 at the Minneapolis Ski Club. At age 10 Garrett moved to Illinois and jumped with the Norge Ski Club. He was a Junior Olympian and a member of the Central Devo Team. In 2003 Garrett was ranked as the number one junior jumper nationally for the summer season. He has also jumped at the National and Continental Cup levels.  He also holds the title for having the longest jump on the 60M jump in Madison, Wisconsin. In his position as the SSWSC U14 head coach, Garrett has taken athletes to Germany for training and competition.

Growing up in Illinois and Minnesota Garrett has been involved with 4-H for many years. In 4-H he has gone to State in woodworking and rockets. He has been a summer exchange student in Japan and also hosted an exchange student at his home high school. Garrett moved to Steamboat Springs in 2007. Grooming Mount Werner was one of Garrett’s first jobs in Steamboat. Besides skiing Garrett enjoys cooking, mountain biking and any other outdoor activity. Garrett also has a love for dogs, his favorite dogs are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Huskies.

Corby Fisher, SJ/NC U10/U12 Head Coach

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Corby Fisher was born and raised in Steamboat and the SSWSC and went on to become a jumper on the US Ski Team.  When injuries cut his career short he found a true calling in coaching. Corby coached at the SSWSC in 1996 with Gary Crawford and Todd Wilson before moving to Park City, where he ran the NSF (National Sports Foundation, now the Park City Nordic Ski Club) and then joined the US Nordic Combined Ski Team staff. Corby was Johnny Spillane’s jumping coach when he capture the 1st gold Medal in US Nordic History at the World Championships in Val de Fiemme, Italy.  Following that success Corby became the youngest head coach in US Winter Olympic history at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy as he then coached the US Ski Jumping Team.

After the 2006 Olympics Corby retired from the athletics side and pursued his dream on the marketing and business side of sports. Founding Caliber Sports Enterprises in 2009, his mission was to help Olympic athletes get more recognition and optimize their sponsorship and business potential here in the USA. In addition to that passion project, Corby was director of skiing at a small resort in Northern California, helped grow an Olympic hospitality company based in San Diego and ran the marketing department for Easton. Throughout it all Corby has stayed connected to the sport of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined by serving on the board of directors at the National Sports Foundation and commentating world cup ski jumping for NBC/Universal for the past 9 years.

Corby has now decided to come full circle by moving back to his home town and joining us again at the SSWSC.

Scott Larson, SJ/NC U10/U12 Assistant Coach/Jump

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Keith Zuehlke, SJ/NC U10/U12 Assistant Coach/Jump

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Ted Morton, SJ/NC Assistant Coach/XC

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Connie Blair, Little Vikings Head Coach - Planning and Communication

Connie Blair, Little Vikings Head Coach - Planning and Communication

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Connie and her husband took over Little Vikings 6 years ago. A true Steamboat local, Connie started in the SSWSC when she was 7 years old as an athlete and has been involved with the club ever since. Coaching Little Vikings is a passion for Connie, who loves to see the kids learn and enjoy their sports of cross country skiing and jumping.

Erin Vargas, Little Vikings Head Coach - Operations

Erin Vargas, Little Vikings Head Coach - Operations

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Scott Blair, Little Vikings Assistant Coach

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Peter Daley, Assistant U14 Nordic Combined Coach

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Peter Daley was born and raised here in Steamboat Springs, where he began alpine skiing when he was very young. Peter first began competing in cross country from 2005-2007 with the Steamboat Springs High School and then joined programs with the SSWSC from 2007-2009 under the coaching of Brian Tate. Peter went on to ski one year at Montana State University on the Cross Country Team. In 2013, Peter and his dad purchased the company “Northland Skis” and now build the skis locally here in Steamboat Springs. This year will be his second year assistant coaching the U14 Nordic Combined team. Peter is known for his upbeat personality and ability to joke with athletes and added that the Safeway Poppy Seed Muffin is his favorite.