Chelsea Nordiq is able to offer such a wide variety of programming for two reasons: we have fantastic volunteer coaches (you are many and we thank you over and over again!) and we also have a very talented team of professional coaches. You will see our pro coaches out and about with Nordic and Biathlon racers in addition to running cross-program training and special events. Our head coach, Moe Samm, also ensures that all programs are coordinated as a whole and that all programs benefit from his and the other professional coaches.
Please Meet our Lead Coaches:
Moe Samm (Head Coach and Executive Director)
Moe is so busy out being a head coach and executive director that he hasn’t yet sent in his bio. Stay tuned.
Katie McMahon (Lead Coach, Nordic Race)
The 2018/19 season is Katie’s sixth year coaching with Chelsea Nordiq. Once upon a time, Katie was one of the very first racing rabbits in Chelsea Nordiq, speeding through the Gatineau Park, collecting many hot chocolates and jube jubes along the way for motivation. Always involved in a variety of sports at once, Katie’s passion for cross country skiing grew throughout the years, cumulating in a five year stint racing for Team XCOttawa. Katie joined the Chelsea Nordiq coaching team, fresh off an undergrad in Kinesiology, looking to dip her toe in the coaching world. Six years later, Katie is not only the Lead Coach for the Nordic race team, she is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, a member of Cross Country Canada’s Women’s Committee, and a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada at this winter’s World Junior/U23 Championships. When Katie isn’t in the wax trailer or cheering her head off whilst trying not to fall into a snowbank, you can find her catching up on the latest musical or trail running on a cool adventure somehow involving chocolate.
Eric Schryer (Lead Coach, Biathlon)
The 2018/19 ski season marks Eric’s fourth year with Chelsea Nordiq. Coach Eric aka ‘Schryer’ or ‘Schry Schry’ hails from Sudbury Ontario where he grew up training and racing biathlon. Although he was born in Northern Ontario, and genuinely does love rocks and blueberries, Eric likes to say that the Chelsea community has become his second family and helped him become the awesome coach he is today. Making the transition right from athlete to coach, Eric’s speedy path to leading Chelsea’s biathlon program is all thanks to his passion, expert skill set and relentlessly hard working attitude. Eric is also Team Ontario’s Head Biathlon Coach and is a member of Team Canada’s Coaching Staff for World Youth/Juniors this year. You do not need to search very hard to find Coach Eric at a race site, as he will most likely be the loudest, most recognizable voice out there cheering; especially if you make him laugh. When Eric isn’t fixing an athlete’s shooting position or painting targets, you will most likely find him wearing Patagonia, sipping a cappuccino, espresso, latte, or basically anything remotely coffee flavoured while he plans his next adventure.