SISU Hires Director of Athlete Development

Alex KochonMarch 11, 2012

SISU Foundation Hires Director of Athlete Development
Kask Returns to Minnesota After Work with USAT Prepping for London Olympic Games; Will Run SISU’s Newly Developed D-Team

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On March 7, the Sisu Foundation (SISU), a Twin Cities-based organization dedicated to the development, support and promotion of Nordic Skiing in Minnesota, announced that Jason Kask joined its coaching staff. Kask, currently a member USA Triathlon’s High Performance Department, has been hired as the Director of Programming and Athlete Development.

“We’re excited and very fortunate to welcome a coach with Jason’s skill set to our organization,” said Ben Popp, SISU’s Executive Director.  “He brings invaluable training, technical and racing expertise.  Jason is a strong addition to our experienced coaching staff. “

Kask will be charged with leading the new SISU D-Team, which will cultivate young athletes into the next generation of elite racers. In addition, he will work to further expand the quality programming offered by SISU—meeting the needs of a wide range of skiers from novice to competitive master racers.

“I am excited to join the SISU Foundation and have the opportunity to work with its members and. SISU has a rich history that has helped shape Nordic skiing in the United States. I am eager grow and expand the opportunities that the SISU Foundation provides to skiers of all levels in the Twin Cities Metro. ”

Before beginning his coaching career, Kask a native of Duluth, Minn.,  competed at The College of St. Scholastica in Nordic skiing, Track and Field, and Cross Country running.  He graduated from St. Scholastica with a B.S. degree in exercise physiology, and received his master’s in applied kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.


About Sisu Foundation

Based in St. Paul, Minn., the Sisu Foundation is dedicated to the development, support and promotion of Nordic Skiing and other outdoor silent sports. Through coaching, events, sponsorship and support, Sisu provides participants of all levels with the opportunity to grow and succeed. To learn more about the Sisu Foundation, visit:, or call 651.964.8442.


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Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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