Our Amazing Coaching Staff
Evan Elliott, Head Coach, Durango Nordic Ski Team & U20/U18/U16 Race
Evan Elliott is a Colorado native, born and raised in Durango, Colorado. He grew up skiing for Durango Nordic Ski Club (DNSC), attending multiple national championship races. He attended Fort Lewis College, where he competed in their multi national championship cycling team as a member of their downhill mountain biking group. He began his coaching career in 2007 and quickly moved up to the assistant head coach position for DNSC, a title he happily held though the 2013 season. He continued his coaching career as the assistant head coach for Boulder Junior Nordic Race team for the 2014-2015 race season. He then made his way to the Vail valley, joining Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in the summer of 2015. He has been named as a coach for the Junior National team, Rocky Mountain Division annually since 2012, and was the head glide wax technician for the US team at the U23 World Championships in 2016.
Paige Elliott, Assistant Head Coach, Durango Nordic Ski Team & U20/U18/U16 Race
Paige Elliott is a former Durango Nordic athlete who considers the time she spent skiing under the stars and mountains of Southwest Colorado after school the single coolest part of her upbringing. She attended Dartmouth College as a member of the women's cross country ski team and graduated with a degree in creative nonfiction in 2013. She moved back to Durango shortly after and spent her first three years with Durango Nordic sharing her glitter and ribbon stash as the U14/U12 head coach. She filled in as the head coach for the 2016-2017 season and now acts as the assistant head coach to her brother, Evan. Paige is passionate about promoting Nordic skiing as a lifestyle sport and hopes to create lifelong athletes. When Paige is not coaching, you can find her sewing, trail running, writing, or geeking out about all things Harry Potter.
Gunther Ott, Head Coach, U14 Race
I started skiing with the Durango Nordic team when I was ten years old and competed until I graduated from high school in 2011. After that, I took a couple of years off working on a cattle ranch in Montana, and a vineyard in Germany. Upon returning to the States, I joined the National Guard’s Biathlon team. Winning the Western Regionals in Alaska was the highlight of that chapter of my life. At that point, I decided I didn’t want to continue as a professional Biathlete, and started working full time in the summer with my family on the James Ranch, and coaching the Nordic Team in the winter. This winter is my third season of coaching for the Durango Nordic team, and my first year running my own pastured pork business. I find my job as a coach to be very fulfilling as it affords me the opportunity to instill my love of skiing in future generations. Being friends with the amazing athletes on the team and helping them reach their full potential, while having fun, is my passion.
Mike Dietzman, Assistant Coach - U14 Race
I played competitive hockey as a kid and up through college and that turned out to be my conduit to skate skiing; skis were just giant skates for me, and the rush of going fast on snow hooked me! Starting nordic at the ripe young age of 34 ( I am now 54) , I now have done more than 150 nordic races I'd guess, 17 of them Birkies, with 15 of those Birkies skiing out of the elite wave. Cycling is my other passion and my background is in road racing, but now consider myself more of a mt biker living in Durango these last 4 years. This will be season 5 with Durango Nordic, and I also have coached Devo for 4 years. During and out of college I worked outdoor ed for 14 years full time so now coaching for me is sorta like coming back around to my love of working with kids.
Jack Turner, Head Coach - Middle School Development
Jack comes to us coaching his first year of nordic, though not a new face to the community. He has participated in adult nordic for the last few years but most the kids know him best as their coach for Durango Middle School Trail-runners cross country team. Jack began instructing nordic seven years ago at Eudora, near Nederland, CO. Ironically, his first students were from a middle school in Boulder. And thus, began his career in coaching this age group....