September 1 (Portland, ME):Â The New England Nordic Ski Association’s President, John Upton, has announced that Max Cobb will take over the Executive Director position vacated by Fred Griffin. â€œMax brings to NENSA a wealth of experience in all levels and all facets of the sport of nordic skiing,â€ said Upton. â€œFor our members he will bring NENSA and cross-country skiing into the forefront of winter sports in New England, and create programs for our elite athletes to excel at the national and international level.â€
Cobb, a Dartmouth graduate, serves as National Program and Marketing Director for the U.S. Biathlon Association. Beginning as a Team Leader for biathlon World Cup and World Championship teams in 1992, 1994 and 1998, he went on to create and manage four Biathlon Regional Centers of Excellence, as well as co-found the Maine Winter Sports Center — a non-profit nordic skiing and biathlon program in northern Maine.Â He has worked as Chief of Competition for the Biathlon 2002 Olympic Games, and overseen the 2004 Biathlon World Cup, held in Fort Kent, ME, during which he created and marketed 25 hours of televised coverage on the Outdoor Life Network.
Max and his wife, Rosemary, and children Charlie, 6, and Timmy, live in Westford, VT.Â â€œI am thrilled to be a part of the NENSA team.Â Fred has left NENSA very healthy and I look forward to continuing the growth of Nordic skiing in New England.Â I’m looking forward to finding ways to share the joy of cross country racing with more families in New England and continuing to grow our events.Â I feel lucky to have such a great staff and dedicated Board to work with.â€ Added Upton, I can't imagine a stronger team anywhereÂ than Max, Pat Cote, and Dorcas Wonsavage.”
Fred Griffin, who led NENSA from its start in 1995, will continue to work with NENSA as a committee member and active coach. â€œI’m not â€˜leaving’ NENSA,â€ he has stated, â€œI’m moving back, towards teaching.â€ Griffin begins teaching English for the Fairfax, VT school system in September.