Central Cross Country Skiing with the support of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is very pleased to announce Bryan Fish as the CXC Team Head Coach. Most recently, Bryan has been the Women’s and Men’s Head Nordic Ski Coach at the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. He has supported CXC in the past by coaching at CXC/ Birkie Summer Camps, Regional Development Camps and Coach’s Symposiums. A native of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Bryan competed on the UWGB Ski Team from 1993 to 1998.
â€œIt’s difficult leaving UWGB, but I am excited to support CXC’s vision to create a regional development program for post collegiate athletes. There has been a void in support for such athletes looking to pursue skiing after college. I hope to utilize my past experience as a collegiate coach to positively impact this exciting new program.â€
Luke Bodensteiner, USSA Nordic Director recently noted, “The CXC Team is an exciting new development in our sport system this year. Recently USSA has focused a larger number of resources on our top competitors at the national team level. This means that development teams managed by the regions are imperative in getting more athletes to train and compete at higher levels, for more years. The CXC team will undoubtedly help a lot of talented athletes find their way through an otherwise challenging period of their athletic development. Our hats are off to CXC for developing this program.”
Upon hearing of Bryan Fish’s appointment to the CXC Team Head Coaching position, Pete Vordenberg, U.S. Ski Team Head Coach commented, â€œThe US Ski Team is backing a system of development that aims to integrate and utilize all of our countries cross-country resources. This includes clubs, schools, coaches, colleges, parents, industry, supporters and development teams such as the CXC Team. I have worked with Yuriy Gusev and Bryan Fish at camps for the past several years and have known Bryan since I was an athlete at NMU. I am excited by the work that has been put into CXC and I am eager to work with the CXC Team. This will be a great place for athletes to develop their talent and harness their hard work.â€