Courtesy Of New England Nordic Ski Association
Former Dartmouth cross-country standout Chris Grover ’93 has been selected as the head coach of U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, according to U.S. Ski Team News. Grover is expected to lead the team through the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Grover will replace Pete Vordenberg, who helped guide the 2010 Olympic cross-country team to its best finish in recent memory.
“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.
After graduating Dartmouth, Grover began his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant coach at the Stratton Mountain School. He then moved to coach the Sun Valley Ski and, in 1997, Grover was the head cross-country coach at Mt. Bachelor Ski Ed. Foundation. He held that position until he joined the U.S. Ski team as an assistant coach in 1999. Over the past 10 years, Grover has held various positions with the team, including assistant coach, sprint coach and head of development.
The first international competition Grover’s team will compete in is the 2011 FIS World Nordic Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway.