FasterSkierMay 20, 2020

Press Release

The Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team welcomes two new staff members for the 2020-21 season, including Development Team coach Kate Barton, and to the World Cup Service Team, Chris Hecker.

Kate brings a wealth of knowledge to the team as both a former competitor, and coach, most recently at Vermont’s Middlebury College. Since 2016, Kate has been the assistant nordic coach at Middlebury, and prior to her tenure there, she was the head coach at Burke Mountain Academy for many seasons. Kate replaces former Development Team coach Bernie Nelson, who stepped down following the 2019-20 season.

“I am competitively motivated, and feel lucky to be acquiring this group from Bernie, who obviously did an incredible job of building a strong and successful team,” Kate said. “I’m excited to bring my authenticity as a person, my love for the sport of skiing, and my principled approach to coaching to the Development team. I hope to continue to collaborate with the greater ski community and to inspire and support the athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams.”

Over the past few years Kate has worked with many athletes in regards to development projects. She has led and volunteered the National U16 Elite Camp, the U18 Scandinavian Championships, and the FIS World Junior/U23 World Championships.

“Kate brings a special blend of knowledge, experience, passion for the sport, and nurturing support and care for the athletes she encounters,” Davis U.S. Cross Country Team Program Director Chris Grover said. 

Chris Hecker is the newest member of our World Cup Service Team, replacing Jean-Pascal Laurin, who stepped down following the 2019-20 season to dedicate more time to his quickly booming farming operation. Chris Hecker brings a wealth of experience on the World Cup circuit to the U.S. Team, most recently working with Rex Ski Wax. He also worked for U.S. Biathlon in recent years, providing service at the World Champs, World Cup, and IBU Cup level events.  

“We are very excited to bring another person that we know, trust, and respect into our service group and overall team family,” Chris Grover said.


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