PARK CITY, Utah – Former Michigan Tech assistant Nordic ski coach Jason Cork has been named an assistant coach for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. Cork will work primarily with the men’s World Cup team under the leadership of cross country head coach Chris Grover.
Cork joins the team after several very successful seasons at Central Cross Country (CXC Team) with his athletes dominating the USSA SuperTour.
Cork has been a key component in the success of CXC athletes domestically and internationally the last few seasons including the spectacular debut World Cup season of CXC’s Jessie Diggins. CXC women took the top three overall spots in the USSA SuperTour in 2012 plus two of top three men’s spots.
“Jason Cork has been an extremely influential coach both with Team CXC and the Durango Nordic Ski Club. This past season was a great example with the tremendous success of Team CXC athletes both domestically and internationally,” said Grover.
A native of North Pole, Alaska, Cork worked with CXC after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech. He also coached at the Durango Nordic Ski Club where he worked with current World Cup racer Tad Elliott. Cork was the USSA’s Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year in 2011.
“Working with the CXC Team was a great experience,” said Cork. “Coaching some of America’s fastest skiers taught me a lot. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with the U.S. Ski Team had CXC not given me the opportunity to join its team where I learned more about training and racing at a higher level. I’m excited for my new job, but will miss the daily interactions with CXC’s many athletes, coaches, supporters, fans and staff.”