Monday, January 18, 2010

Wonder who's behind the wheel of NYSEF Ski Jumping and NC? Meet our handsome coaching staff!

Head Coach Casey Colby
NYSEF ski jumping head coach Casey Colby is no stranger to the jumps at the McKenzie-Intervale complex. Word on the street is that his some odd 17,872 combined jumps on the 18, 48, 90 and 120 meter hills were what helped him take top honors in the 1998 Chevrolet Gold Cup Olympic qualifier, prior to posting the top US result at the Nagano Olympic Games. Casey's prowess as an athlete have led him to become on the of the country's most respected technical jump coaches.

An avid tele skier, cut-throat bowler, golf guru and savvy traveler, Casey works primarily with our elite athletes, but isn't afraid to shape young talent on the 48 and 18 meter hills.

Reach him at

Small Hills Director Evan Bliss
Peruse some recent results of ski jumping competitions around the country and you'll be hard pressed not to dig up the Palmares of NYSEF Small Hills Head Coach Evan Bliss. Countless wins at the Empire State Games. Lead dog for the US at World Junior Championships, 2003, Sollaftea Sweden. Toed at the line by US Ski teamer Andrew Weibrecht in the ultra-prestigious Lake Placid Lead Dog Ski Meister Extravaganza. You name it, he's been there. Coach Bliss now brings his wealth of knowledge and experience in top-level ski jumping to the NYSEF youth development program. Former National Sports Foundation Small Hills coach in Park City, Utah, Evan has the know-how and experience to help our area juniors become top-level athletes.

When not shaping young minds on the jump hill, you'll find Coach Bliss carving the slopes of Whiteface, tearing apart the fairways of the Lake Placid Resort links, and reeling in lunkers out of the Ausable West branch. Just don't ask him where-- secrets of the trade.

Co-director of the LEARN TO FLY WEDNESDAYS program, Evan is a top resource for any and all info for young and aspiring flyers. Contact him at

Nordic Combined and Small Hills Coach David McCahill
The catch phrase, "Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined" well encompasses the personality which is Small Hills and Nordic Combined coach David McCahill. A former scholar of Environmental Science and Public Policy and Captain of the Harvard Nordic Ski Team, David now shoulders the duty of young jumper development with Evan Bliss. A graduate of the NYSEF elite Nordic Combined program, David's ski career took him across the country, culminating with the overall title of LP Lead Dog Ski Meister, 2003. A competitor in numerous National and World Cup B competitions, David is now imparting his experience onto young athletes taking their first leaps off the Intervale K-18 ski flying hill.

A fan of aerobic-oriented pursuits in addition to adrenaline activities, David enjoys shredding local backcountry on tele boards, skating smooth tracks at Mt. van Ho, and partaking in local bike and triathlon events. For the record, he has been known to knock a few drives past Evan and Casey on the links, but his short game most often leaves him beached in sand or hacking out of the rough.
Co-Director of the LEARN TO FLY WEDNESDAYS program, David can be reached at

To meet these Nordic gurus in person, come out for LEARN TO FLY WEDNESDAYS, swing by the NYSEF Office at the ski jumps, or during the warmer months, track 'em down on the LPR Links Course!

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