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Snowsports Coaches

Tommy Biesemeyer
Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing

Biesemeyer joins Northwood after a storied racing career and 15 years of alpine racing, training, and coaching experience. A resident of Keene, New York, and known within the ski community as "B.Z.," Biesemeyer began skiing at the age of three and had his first race at age seven when he joined the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) program at Whiteface Mountain. At 12, Biesemeyer competed in J3 and J4 races but always had sights set on the U.S. Ski Team. A victory at the '03 Junior Olympics started him down that path, and he then made his World Cup debut in 2010 and the Olympic Team in 2018. 

Thomas Vonn
Thomas Vonn, U19 Head Alpine Men's FIS Coach, Northwood/NYSEF

Vonn has had success at the highest levels internationally for the past decade as both an athlete and a coach. He graduated from Northwood School in 1994 and is a member of the school's Fullerton Wall of Recognition. From 1997 until 2005, Vonn was a member of the U.S. Ski team competing on the World Cup circuit and in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Following his retirement from competition, Vonn served as the primary coach for World Cup and Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn. During his time coaching, Lindsey won multiple World Cup titles and Olympic medals including a Gold Medal in the downhill at the Vancouver Games. Additionally, Vonn served as a consultant with the U.S. Ski Team and coached aspiring World Cup and Olympic athletes from the United States and several other nations.

Raychel Germaine
Raychel Germaine, Director of Ski Operations

Raychel is joining Northwood as the Director of Ski Operations. At the age of 14, Raychel began traveling from her hometown of Roswell, GA, to Lake Placid, NY, to train and compete in the sport of Luge. She competed internationally for the United States Luge team for eight years. After becoming Junior National Champion in 2014, Germaine was named to the National Team, where she later competed at the World Cup/World Championship level. After retiring from Luge, she proceeded to obtain her BS in Nutrition from Arizona State University. Raychel loves to cook and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and miniature dachshund Ziggy.  

John Norton, Executive Director and Alpine Program Director, NYSEF

John grew up ski racing in the NYSEF program. Starting at age 10 in the alpine program at Gore Mountain, he attended Northwood School and skied in the Whiteface program for his final two years of high school. John has been coaching at NYSEF since 2002 (apart from a stint at GMVS as a women's coach). He has served as alpine program director since 2010. He began his new role in May 2016. John has earned several United States Ski & Snowboard Association certifications including Level 3 Referee, Level 3 Chief of Race, Level 3 Chief of Course, and Level 3 Competition. He is also a certified Level 300 coach.

Jeremy Transue, Head Women's FIS Coach, NYSEF

Transue, born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of NY, is excited to be coaching in his home state of New York. No stranger in the alpine ski racing world and affectionately known as ‘Worm’, Transue began his skiing career on the slopes of Hunter Mountain. In 1997, he became a freshman at the Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) in Waitsfield, VT. Upon graduating in 2001, Transue was immediately named to the U.S. Ski Team and steadily progressed through the ranks. A highlight of his career was winning the North American Cup Downhill Title in the 2007-2008 season, earning him a World Cup spot for the following season. Over the past 10 years, Transue has served various roles including U16 Alpine Coach and, most recently, U19 Men’s Coach at GMVS.

Patrick Purcell, U16 Alpine Head Coach, NYSEF

Coach Purcell is in his 4th decade as a ski coach. He has experience coaching at  GMVS, NYSEF, Northwood School, Dartmouth College, Burke, & Stratton Mountain School as well as for both the U.S. & Canadian National Ski teams. His son, Charles, is a member of Northwood School's Class of 2021.

Colin Delaney, Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Coach, NYSEF

Born and raised in Lake Placid, Colin was inspired by his older brother to give ski jumping a try at 5 years old. Years passed, and after graduating from National Sports Academy, Colin took a year off to try and pursue elite Nordic Combined skiing. Since then, he has competed in World Junior Championships, Continental Cup, and World Cup competitions. He also took some time to obtain his Bachelors in Mathematics from St. Michael's College, graduating in 2013. He competed in/captained teams in both nordic skiing and cross-country running for the Purple Knights.

Ikuo Toishi, Alpine Ski Coach, NYSEF

Coach Toishi has been an alpine ski coach for almost two decades. He spent time as the Head Men's FIS coach for the Farmington Ski Club in Maine and as an Asst. Men's Coach at the Carrabassette Valley Academy in Maine. He also has experience coaching in New Zealand and Western Canada. Ikuo attended the University of Maine - Farmington and joined the NYSEF coaching staff in 2008.

Dave Wenn, U16 Alpine Coach/ Back to Snow Specialist, NYSEF

Dave recently celebrated 50 years of continuous involvement with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Dave received his full PSIA certification (now known as the level 3 certification) in 1968 during his time working with the Greek Peak Ski Club. Dave has been involved with the PSIA as an Eastern Examiner—certifying other ski instructors and a Selector for the PSIA National Team—the team is made up of the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level. From 2012 to now, Dave worked with several organizations and today is a U16 Coach and Return to Snow Specialist where he works with athletes recovering from a recent injury to return to skiing healthy and strong.

 

Mike Kirchner, Freeride Program Director, NYSEF

Prior to being named NYSEF Freeride Program Director in 2007, Mike was head snowboard coach at National Sports Academy, snowboard school/terrain park supervisor at Whiteface Mountain, and managed Mountain Run Sports in Lake Placid.  Starting with the 2005 Snowboard World Cup at Whiteface Mt., he took on the role of Competition Chief, and eventually USSA Technical Advisor, helping to manage numerous national and international competitions within the U.S. while simultaneously resurrecting and managing the USASA Adirondack Series. After serving a 3-year term on the USASA Executive Board, directing back-to-back USASA Nationals, and serving as a venue manager for 6 X-Games, Mike chose to take a step back from event work and concentrate fully on the growing Freeride program.

Gavin Fritz, On Snow Freeski Coach, NYSEF

Gavin Fritz is the full-time freeski coach at Whiteface working with NYSEF’s elite park skiers and develops training and competition plans for their success.  In the last year, Gavin has undergone certifications with the United States of America Snowboarding and Freeski Association (USASA) program and was named Head Judge for the local Adirondack series. 

Nick Arnold, Moguls Coach, NYSEF
Mike Lynn, Moguls Coach, NYSEF
Bob Witt, Head Snowboard, Slopestyle, Cross Coach, NYSEF
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