Tigers hire new Nordic ski coach | SummitDaily.com

Tigers hire new Nordic ski coach

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School announced the hiring of Fairplay resident Richard Nelson as its head boys and girls Nordic coach Thursday.

Nelson takes over for Marty Gervais, who stepped down after one year at the helm and four years as an assistant under coach Gary Giberson.

This is the first time in 24 years the program will be under the guidance of someone other than Giberson or Gervais. Gene Dayton, longtime operator of the Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic centers, will return for a second year as assistant coach.

“I think it’s good,” Dayton said. “It’s new blood. If he enjoys it, it could be a new era. Summit has always had a strong program, but I only see it getting stronger with his involvement.”

Nelson worked for Dayton at the Frisco Nordic Center two years ago, and last year was the program director at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. According to Dayton, Nelson is an avid cyclist and a former track and field coach in Fairplay.

Dayton took himself out of the running for the job because of his commitments with the Nordic centers, but he was in on the interview process along with SHS athletic director Gretchen Nies and Gervais. Everyone endorsed Nelson.

“He’s extremely knowledgeable in the optimization of athletes’ performances,” Dayton said. “I think he’ll make a great head coach. I look forward to working with him and learning from him.”

Nelson will take over a team that won last year’s state title on the boys side and was second for girls.

In other coaching news at SHS, Scott Flowers was hired as boys junior varsity soccer coach, and Lee Wegner will take over the boys basketball C-level team. Nies is still seeking head and assistant coaches for the golf team, a C-level boys soccer coach and a junior varsity volleyball coach.

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