7th Annual Coaches Conference & Certification

Excellence in coaching will be the focus for Central Cross Country Skiing’s (CXC) seventh annual Wayne Fish Coaches Conference & Certification workshop presented by Podiumwear Oct. 19-21 in Cable, Wis. The conference includes a star-studded lineup of presenters.

DATES: October 19-21, 2018
LOCATION: Lakewoods Resort, Cable (WI)

The three-day workshop is a vital part of U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaches certification – both level 100 and level 200. Coaches from CXC and around the country are expected.

Become certified and get the field work component in, or attend the Conference portion of the event and get the Continuing Ed credit while brushing up on the knowledge of the sport.

Every active coach should be achieving at least Level 100 U.S. Ski & Snowboard certification to be working with athletes. Level 100 is recommended for coaches working with all ages and levels of cross country skiers. It is designed for the coach to learn the fundamentals for effective coaching in cross country skiing and to demonstrate basic knowledge in these areas. Level 200 focuses primarily on physiology and training methods for developing cross country skiers, while giving coaches more tools to teach effectively and to prepare their athletes for competition.

“Certification of coaches has never been more important than now,” said CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev. “The annual workshop for coaches, technical delegates and officials is an important part of our service and support of athletes.

In addition to the coaching certification workshop, there will be sessions on CPR and first aid, as well as a separate conference for competition officials and technical delegates.

Registration is now open. The level 100 program with certification is $310 with an additional $60 discount for any CXC or U.S. Ski & Snowboard club members. Level 200 is $360, with a similar discount. A conference only fee is $270. CPR and first aid certification is $85. Participants should register by October 12.

The event is named in honor of longtime CXC coach Wayne Fish.


Not able to attend?
This Fall CXC will also offer Coaches Educational Clinics in four locations around the Midwest.



Ivan Babikov

Culture and Philosophy of Training; Technique Training; Intensity and Distance Training

Ivan Babikov is a Russian-born Canadian citizen and two-time Olympian who raced on the World Cup tour from 2002 to 2016, winning a stage of the 2009 Tour de Ski.


Steve Myrland

Strong Coaching: Transforming and Transcending the Culture of Training; Strength Training

A veteran coach who has worked at high school, college and professional sport levels, Steve Myrland is currently the Wellness Director and District Performance Coach for Athletics at Middleton School District in Wisconsin. He has also coached at the Univ. of Wisconsin and the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.


Amy Cichanowski

Basic Principles of Organizing Youth Races (coaches)

Understanding and Working with the Youth Cup Race Manual (TDs and officials)

Amy Cichanowski is a veteran athlete who is now serving a leadership role within youth sport from her home in Minneapolis. An athlete, coach, mentor and program manager, she now serves as executive director of the Minnesota Youth Ski League as well as youth coordinator for CXC. She is a Level 200 certified coach and a Level 2 Professional Ski Instructors of America instructor.


Bryan Fish

Level 200 Presentation and Certification; Level 200 Agility and Coordination Development

Bryan Fish is a highly successful development coach for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team who has led U.S. juniors to their greatest success in history. His responsibilities include coaching at national level camps, providing coaching and race support at international development races and supporting the education and implementation of a national development pipeline.


Dr. James Mullen

Level 100 Presentation and Certification

A doctor at the Marshfield Clinic and head junior coach at Lakeland Nordic Ski Team, Dr. James Mullen is board certified in sports medicine with his role as an athlete driving his interest. He was a six-time member U.S. Speedskating Team, with multiple top-200 Birkie finishes. A member of the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame,he is deeply involved in wellness and physical education.


John Oman

Tips for teams on coaching adaptive athletes, integrating adaptive skiing into team and club events, and activities, and sharing his pipeline experiences from student athlete to Paralympian.

John Oman has a history of competitive success in adaptive sports. An above-elbow amputee, he played for the United States at the 2010 Amputee Hockey World Championships, 2013: World Cup Cable, Wisconsin and World Cup Canmore, Canada, and 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, Russia. Oman has also participated in many American Birkebeiner events.

Oman earned his degree in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota; after a career at Medtronic, a tech company that specializes in medical devices and therapies, Oman joined the staff at the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation as the Operations and Marketing Specialist.

Oman stays active no matter the season, as he also enjoys hiking, biking, running, camping, canoeing, softball, hunting, and fishing. He currently lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, with his wife Jenna, and their two daughters Rose and Ruby.


Thomas Shaw

Instructional Skills, Observation, Description and Prescription

Thomas Shaw is a Central Division cross country instructor, examiner and chair of the Nordic Education/Certification Committee for Professional Ski Instructors of America, and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country level 100 coach.


Scott Wilson

Rules Update on FIS: Focuses and Changes / Working Through Jury Issues, Mock Exercises (TD/officials)

A lifelong skier, Scott Wilson has been a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS technical delegate for 25 years. He has served as regional officials coordinator for Central. Wilson has also played a key role in the evolution of CXC. He has received multiple honors including the prestigious l Merrill Award.


Jim Tervo

Approaches to Working with Race Organizers and Handling Athlete Indiscretions (TD/officials)

Jim Tervo, a current FIS official, will present on race sanctioning and lines of communication between race organizers and coaches/officials. An official since the 1970s and has served as chief of competition for U.S. Championships and Junior Championships, as well as roles with the Birkie, SuperTour, NCAA Championships and other events.


Don Galloway

First Aid and CPR Certification

Don Galloway is a professional first aid and CPR instructor from Minnesota’s Iron Range. Away from his day job, he is a youth coach with the Mesabi East-Virgina-Eveleth-Gilbert ski programs and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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