Program Manager / Head Coach – John Teaford
John Teaford has been the coach of Olympians, World Champions, and World Record Holders in six sports: Nordic Skiing, Speedskating, Road Cycling, Track Cycling, Mountain Biking, Triathlon. In his long career as writer/filmmaker, he has been the Director of Warren Miller’s annual feature film, and a documentary filmmaker for National Geographic, Discovery, ESPN, Disney, and NBC Sports. Boulder, Colorado, has always felt like home; he’s glad to be back.
Head Development Coach – Meghan Cornwall
Meghan joined BNJRT in the winter of 2014 coaching the U10 skiers. Over the years she has worked extensively with all age groups on the team. She was introduced to nordic skiing in the northwoods of Minnesota and on the Birkie trail as a kid, and loved being out on the snow during winter. In high school, she raced for St. Louis Park High School, Minneapolis Ski Club and Go!Training (now Loppet Nordic Racing). After high school Meghan skied for four years at Colby College in Maine, graduating in 2011 with a degree in environmental studies. She is a USSA Level 100 certified coach.
Assistant Coach – Sam Nelson
A native of Minnesota, Sam learned how to ski by joining the Minneapolis South High School nordic team, and training in the summer with Loppet Nordic Racing. After skiing and running in high school, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman, competing with the triathlon and cycling teams, and raced at USAT collegiate nationals twice. While at MSU he got involved with Bridger Ski Foundation, first as a post-grad skier and then serving in various roles on the coaching staff, most recently as the U10/U12 head coach for both the Intro program and Development team. Sam graduated from MSU in 2019 with a degree in Human Geography, competes regionally and nationally as a triathlete during the summer, and is a USSA Level 200 certified ski coach.
Assistant Coach – Emily Clark
Emily grew up in Vermont, where she began skiing with her mom and sister on the local golf course, motivated primarily by M&M’s. She decided to get more serious and joined the Ford Sayre Nordic Team, racing in the Bill Koch League through 8th grade. At Hanover High School, she continued racing for Ford Sayre and represented New Hampshire in the Eastern Cup for several years. During college at Tufts University in Boston, she took a hiatus from skiing and took up running marathons. Later, during graduate school and working in international development in Washington, DC, she could frequently be found seeking out snow in Vermont, Switzerland and Norway (and on the National Mall once or twice). New to Boulder, she is enthusiastic about welcoming skiing back into her life and is excited to begin coaching for BNJRT.
Assistant Coach – Ned Graf
Ned grew up in Boulder, and from a young age fell in love with the beautiful Colorado outdoors. He joined the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team at age 8, started racing a year later, and skied for BNJRT through high school. Inspired by the many incredible coaches who taught him, Ned began coaching for BNJRT after graduating. When not nordic skiing, Ned enjoys running, reading, and playing music. Ned is currently an undergraduate at CU Boulder, where he is pursuing a double major in music and physics.
Assistant Coach – Lindsay Records
Lindsay grew up in Boulder and skied with Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team from the time she was 10 through high school. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla WA, which at the time had an NCAA team that competed in the Rocky Mountain West with the RMISA Conference. She was the captain of the Whitman women’s nordic team for her Junior and Senior years and stayed in shape by running cross country in the fall and road bike racing in the spring. After college she moved straight to Crested Butte where she was an assistant coach for the Crested Butte Nordic Team, taught lessons for the Nordic center, and worked for the Adaptive Sports Center. Taking a hiatus from the mountains, she went to grad school for a doctorate in occupational therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and then returned to Boulder in 2016 upon getting a job in the Boulder Valley School District as an OT. When not Nordic skiing, Lindsay loves downhill and backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and general exploring with her husband and pup.
Assistant Coach – Sierra Jech
Sierra started coaching with BNJRT in the winter of 2020. She got her start in nordic ski racing in Wyoming with the Cody High School Ski Team. In college, Sierra skied for one year at the University of New Hampshire and then transferred to the University of Wyoming where she competed in the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) while earning degrees in chemistry, Earth systems science, and queer studies. Sierra raced in three World University Games for Team USA in Italy, Slovakia, and Kazakhstan. Sierra continues to ski race in Colorado and is excited for her first Birkie this year. Sierra is currently a PhD student in ecology at CU Boulder working on land degradation and restoration in dryland ecosystems.
Volunteer Coach – Nathan Schulz
Nathan Schultz grew up in Boulder and skied for BNJRT (Lake Eldora Racing Team at the time) 1987-1989. He went on to be a 2-time NCAA All-American at the University of Colorado and a professional mountain bike racer and cross-country skier through 2002. He now works at Boulder Nordic Sport.
Volunteer Coach – Dan Weinberger
Dan is in his second year as a volunteer coach for the U14, U12, and U10 age groups. He has two kids on the team, Klara – a U14 and Lexi – a U12. Dan was a competitive racer in the Minnesota High School league where he fell in love with the sport. This brought him to the University of Colorado Ski team where he was a four year letter winner, 2x captain, and was a part of the 1999 NCAA Championship team. Upon graduation he was an assistant coach for CU for three years while pursuing his MBA. He was fortunate enough to coach a World Cup race in 2006, as well as win another NCAA Championship in 2006. He is happy to be able to give back to the sport which has given him so much. He wants to get as many kids involved in the sport as he can by making it both fun as well as teaching kids the skills to make them faster.