Grover named U.S. Ski Team nordic coach (Skiing)
It seems like a lifetime ago that Chris Grover was zooming around Kincaid Park as a member of the West High Eagles cross-country ski team.
That’s because today the 1989 graduate was named head coach of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.
Grover had coached the national sprint team for the last four years before being promoted to run the entire cross country program as it prepares for 2011 and beyond.
“Chris has earned the respect of the U.S. skiing community, and the international coaches for his work with our sprinters and I know his years of experience on World Cup will help him to take this program to the next level as we make plans for Sochi and beyond,” U.S. Nordic Program Director John Farra said in a release.
Grover has been credited with helping American stars such as Alaska’s Kikkan Randall raise the level of expectations for skiers in the country.
“I am excited to be putting plans together that can lead to real success in 2011 World Championships in Oslo. We have athletes that have already proven that they can be successful at that venue. Kikkan Randall’s sprint podium on the Oslo course this spring demonstrates this point acutely,” Grover said.
After leaving Alaska in 1989, Grover attended Dartmouth College and then began coaching at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont in 1993. In 1995 he became a high school coach in Sun Valley and then in 1997 took the head coaching position at Mt. Bachelor.
He joined the U.S. Ski Team as an assistant in 1999, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Grover lives in Hailey, Idaho, and is married with two young daughters.
“I don’t get to Alaska a lot, but my parents still live in Anchorage,” Grover told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner at the Olympics, adding that he attended his 20th high school reunion last summer.