The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) announced earlier this April that Zach Stegeman will be its new Executive Director. This past season Stegeman served as assistant coach at Bowdoin College and before that he was Marketing Manager for USA Triathlon. The Yarmouth, Maine native has been a part of the NENSA community since his early racing days, and as an collegiate athlete he skied for St. Lawrence University, graduating in 2002.
“I’ve loved the lifestyle of nordic skiing from that early age,” said Stegeman. “But what made me want to apply was the community that surounds nordic skiing, to me is a very small world. I like that. It’s also a community that supported me and backed me through my own development and this is just a fantastic opportunity to give back.”
NENSA Board President Anne Donaghy comments, “We are so impressed by Zach. Already being a part of the NENSA community was not in the job description, but Zach’s growing up with high school skiing in Maine and then college racing in the East, and returning to be part of the NENSA community is a bonus. We are very excited about working with Zach.”
Stegeman takes over as Executive Director of NENSA, replacing Pat Cote who in five years as director and eleven with the organization oversaw growth in membership numbers, event participation, giving, and scope of programs. “We’ve had a good run,” Pat says, “but I believe NENSA is well-positioned for even more growth. With Zach’s strong marketing experience and his collaborative style the next few years will be an exciting time for the organization.”
Stegeman’s first day as Executive Director as of May 1. Cote will retain a role as an advisor to the Executive Director before departing at the end of May.
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Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.