With the hiring of its first full-time Nordic Head Coach, Ford Sayre is having to say goodbye to two beloved coaches. Scottie Eliassen and Dennis Donahue have been synonymous with our program and the Upper Valley nordic ski community for 25 years, and we are incredibly grateful for their dedication and for the program they built. The impact they had on hundreds of skiers in their program extended far beyond fast skiing, and was evidenced by the character of their Junior Nordic Team. They inspired a life-long passion for the sport through their own personal examples, and instilled in their athletes a level of personal responsibility, empowerment, respect, and sportsmanship that was the hallmark of their program and noted by many, far and wide, over the years. This mark is indelible and their legacy continues through the ongoing journeys of those athletes.
We at Ford Sayre will miss them dearly.
Follow this link for a full description of the remarkable accomplishments of our Junior Nordic Team over the past 25 years.