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Salmela begins his fourth season as the St. Scholastica ski team’s head coach. As a junior competitor, Chad was one of the Midwest’s top junior cross country ski racers, then switched to the sport of biathlon at age 19. After eight years of competing nationally and internationally as a member of the United State Biathlon Team, he moved directly into the assistant coach position for the US Biathlon Team in 1998, while finishing his college degree at Middlebury College in Vermont. # Chad SALMELA After graduation, Chad built and coached a national HEAD COACH junior development program for biathlon, managed 4th season the 2002 Olympic Games biathlon competitions in Salt Lake City, served as assistant coach and wax technician for the US junior world championship biathlon team, coached cross country running at the Marshall School in Duluth, and announced ski events across the country and on television. Chad was the biathlon color commentator for NBC’s coverage of 2006 Torino Olympics and will also be doing cross country skiing, Nordic combined, as well as biathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Salmela











Tesch begins his first season as Saints assistant coach. Tesch grew up in Wausau, WI, and was a relatively late starter to ski racing. He walked on as a skier at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he quickly became a Midwest collegiate standout. Tesch is the only skier in UWGB program history to qualify four consecutive seasons for the NCAA Skiing Championships. His highest finish at the NCAAs was 13th in the 2000 season. Tesch assisted current CXC Elite Team coach, Bryan Fish, at UWGB after graduating and has continued to assist Fish from time to time for CXC.

Tesch is the Director of Physical Education courses at Lake Superior College and lives in Superior, WI, with his wife, Kate.


Scott & Sara Kylander-Johnson begin their third season as an assistant coaching team. Sara competed at the national and international level as a cross country skier, representing the United States at the 1992 World Junior Championship. That same year, she achieved All-American status at the NCAA skiing championships for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Years later, she began taking the Midwest mountain biking scene by storm, racing for the Trek/VW Midwest Region # Sara KYLANDER# Scott KYLANDER- pro mountain biking team. Sara is a physical JOHNSON JOHNSON therapist and PT graduate of St. Scholastica. Scott ASSISTANT COACH ASSISTANT COACH is a graduate of St. Scholastica and former cross rd rd 3 season 3 season country runner at the college. After graduation, he put is aerobic fitness and motocross skills together to become one of the area’s top mountain bike racers. Scott teaches at the Marshall School where he coached skiing and cross country running for 8 years. Scott and Sara live in Duluth with their daughter Kiera.

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS Jason Kask James Kyes Andre Watt


# Kasey BACSO FRESHMAN Plymouth, Minn. Wayzata HS Exercise Physiology Major

# Mason BACSO JUNIOR Plymouth, Minn. Wayzata HS Economics Major

# Eric BOYLES SOPHOMORE Ramsey, Minn. Anoka HS Chemistry Major

# Tony BYE SOPHOMORE Chippewa Falls, Wis. McDonell HS Management Major

# Kelin DUNFEE FRESHMAN St. Paul, Minn. Central HS Psychology Major

# Stefan HUPPERTS JUNIOR Mounds View, Minn. Mounds View HS Biology Major

# Kirk LEACH SOPHOMORE Hopkins, Minn. Hopkins HS Pre-Engineering Major

# Mike LEGAN SOPHOMORE Shoreview, Minn. Roseville HS Undeclared

2008-09 Saints • Nordic Skiing

# Jimmy LINN SOPHOMORE Anoka, Minn. Anoka HS Management Major

# Waylon MANSKE JUNIOR Bemidji, Minn. Bemidji HS APR Major

# Keegan McMAHON FRESHMAN Andover, Minn. Anoka HS Undeclared

# Jake MORGAN FRESHMAN Bozeman, Mont. Bozeman HS Exercise Physiology Major

# Matt NISTLER JUNIOR Bemidji, Minn. Bemidji HS Economics Major

# Kenny SMITH JUNIOR Mounds View, Minn. Mounds View HS Chemistry Major

# Joe WACKER JUNIOR Cottage Grove, Minn. Park HS Secondary Ed./History Major

# Alex WALL SENIOR St. Paul, Minn. Como Park HS Economics Major

# John WESSLING FRESHMAN Maple Grove, Minn. Maple Grove HS Undeclared

# Ryan WRIGHT FRESHMAN Wyoming, Minn. Forest Lake HS Exercise Physiology Major


# Ellen ANDERSON SENIOR Ely, Minn. Ely HS English Major

# Justine BRODIN JUNIOR Scandia, Minn. Forest Lake HS Nursing Major

# Julia CURRY JUNIOR Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury HS Pre-Med Major

# Maren FITZER SOPHOMORE North Oaks, Minn. Mounds View HS Occupational Therapy Major

# Megan HOLMES SENIOR Gilbert, Minn. Mesabi East HS Pre-Med/Biology Major

# Lindsey JOHNSON FRESHMAN St. Louis Park, Minn. St. Louis Park HS Undeclared

# Sarah JOHNSON FRESHMAN Duluth, Minn. Marshall School Elem El emen enta tary ry Ed. Ed. Major Maj M ajor or Elementary

# Mary KALLEMEYN SENIOR Elk River, Minn. Elk River HS Econom omiccs//Ar om Artt Major Maajo jr Economics/Art

# Melissa KEMPENICH SOPHOMORE Little Falls, Minn. Little Falls HS Nurs Nu rsin i g Major Majo Ma jr jo Nursing

# Sarah KOEHLER FRESHMAN Ramsey, Minn. Anoka HS Exer Ex ercicise er se Physiology se Phy hyssiiol olog ogy Major Maajo jr Exercise

# Erica LEIGHTY FRESHMAN Hayward, Wis. Hayward HS EExercise Ex xer erci er rcicisee Physiology PPhy hyysi s oolloggy Major Maajjoor

# Kirsten LEROM FRESHMAN Ramsey, Minn. Anoka HS BBiiolog olog ogy Major Maajo Ma jjoor Biology

# Caroline LUND SENIOR Duluth, Minn. East HS Biology Major

# Brynden MANBECK SOPHOMORE Grand Rapids, Minn. Grand Rapids HS Undeclared

# Laura SMITH FRESHMAN North Oaks, Minn. Mounds View HS Biochemistry Major

# Jenna STAUFFER FRESHMAN Apple Valley, Minn. Eastview HS Exercise Physiology Major

# Lindsay WALLIS JUNIOR Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury HS Biochemisty/Biology Major

# Mari WALLIS FRESHMAN Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury HS Biochemistry Major

SEASON OUTLOOK Tyler Kjorstad put the Saints at the NCAA Skiing Championships for the second season in a row, ending with a 30th place finish in the 20km freestyle, at the NCAA Championships. Both the Men’s and Women’s Saints are motivated and ready to take yet another step towards fulfilling the team’s Vision and Mission in 2010.


Lindsay WALLIS


Junior captain, Julia Curry, returns off of promising results, including two top-20 finishes at the NCAA Regionals and her first appearance at the USSA Junior Olympics, despite fighting illness late in the training season last year. Strong training over the summer has Curry ready to take the lady Saints a notch higher in 2010. She will be supported by senior captain, Megan Holmes, senior Caroline Lund, junior Lindsay Wallis, sophomore Melissa Kempenich, and freshmen Lindsey Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Laura Smith, and Mari Wallis. With increased depth again in 2010, the lady Saints will look to jump into the top five teams in the CCSA and defend their Minnesota Collegiate Championship title. Coming off a stellar sophomore season in which he finished all CCSA freestyle races in the top 10, junior captain, Waylon Manske, has worked hard to increase his fitness, particularly in the classic technique. Manske is a real possibility to continue the men Saints NCAA qualification run in 2010. He leads a Saints men’s team of incredible depth with varsity returners in junior captain, Stefan Hupperts, juniors Matt Nistler and Joe Wacker, and sophomores Kirk Leach and Eric Boyles. A stellar recruiting class of freshmen high school and Junior Olympic standouts, Kasey Bacso, Jake Morgan, John Wessling, Kelin Dunfee, and Ryan Wright put the men Saints at their strongest position in history for 2010 and beyond.



Stefan Hupperts


The College of St. Scholastica Ski Team will be the most successful Collegiate Division III Nordic Ski program in the Midwest by 2010. By 2012, the team will annually qualify athletes to the NCAA Skiing Championships for each gender. The College of St. Scholastica will be nationally recognized for its contribution to raising the level of the United States Nordic ski racing community as a supporting player in the goals of the national program. On its way to these achievements, Nordic skiing will become synonymous with The College of St. Scholastica via a vibrant skiing culture manifested in the varsity team’s achievements as well as the strength of the development team in numbers. The St. Scholastica Ski Team will be filled with quality student athletes accomplishing their academic and athletic goals.

TEAM MISSION Striving to be one’s best takes a full and concerted effort, from oneself and within the context of the group. St. Scholastica skiers will reach their full potential as students, athletes, and teammates, regardless of competitive level. In reaching their full potential, St. Scholastica skiers will earn the greatest and most rewarding education, preparing them further for a meaningful life.

2008-09 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS Tyler KJORSTAD competing at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships in Rumford, Maine. Kjorstad gave the Saints a 22nd place finish at the event.

22nd PLACE, NCAA SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS • Tyler Kjorstad, 37th 10km CL, 30th 20km FS • 2nd NCAA Appearance in Program History MN COLLEGE MEN’S & WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS

The College of St. Scholastica • Duluth, Minn.

The College of St. Scholastica Fast Facts Affiliation: Catholic, Benedictine Founded: 1912 President: Dr. Larry Goodwin Enrollment: 3,746; 2,188 total undergraduate at main campus, 925 total graduate, 2,821 total undergraduate (main campus, ADEP, and extended studies) Campus: Duluth, Minnesota – A 186-acre campus overlooking Lake Superior Career Placement: 97 percent of graduates are in career fields or graduate school within 6 months of graduation Average Class Size: 22 Student/Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1 Campus Housing: Somers Residence Hall; Willow, Maple, Grove, Birch, Pine, Cedar, Kerst and Scanlon Apartments Student Body: 38 states and 29 countries represented in recent years Study Abroad Programs: Irish Study Center in Louisburgh, Ireland; Russian Language Program in Petrozavodsk, Russia; student scholar exchange programs in Leipzig, Germany, and Lille, France; study opportunities in Mexico, England, Italy and Tanzania; and special consortium programs through HECUA.






Central Collegiate Ski Association




University of Alaska Fairbanks (D-I) College of Saint Benedict (D-III) College of St. Scholastica (D-III) Gustavus Adolphus College (D-III) Michigan Tech University (D-II) Northern Michigan University (D-II) Saint Cloud State University (D-II) Saint John’s University (D-III) Saint Olaf College (D-III) University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (D-I)


Director of Sports Info:


NCAA Skiing Committee:

Joe Haggenmiller (Michigan Tech) (906)-281-1214 Matias Saari 5721 Cascade Road Fairbanks AK 99709 907-474-9420 Jed Friedrich (Gustavus Adolphus) 800 West College Ave St. Peter, MN 56082 Office: 507-933-7632 Scott Jerome (Alaska-Fairbanks) PO Box 757440 Fairbanks AK 99775-7440 Office: 907-474-6802

2009-10 St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Schedule NOVEMBER 20-29 On-snow Competition Camp


DECEMBER 5-6 NMU Wildcat Invitational 12-13 USSA/CXC JOQ Early Season Classic 31-Jan. 7 U.S. National Championships


JANUARY 2-3 17 24 24-25 30-31

Stormy Kromer Boulder Lake Ski Race Nordic Spirit Ski Race CCSA NCAA Qualifier & USSA Supertour CCSA NCAA Qualifier & USSA Supertour


FEBRUARY 13-14 CCSA NCAA Qualifier 28-Mar. 1 NCAA Central Regional Championships


MARCH 10-14 NCAA Skiing Championships


2009-10 St. Scholastica Nordic Skiing Brochure  

2009-10 St. Scholastica Nordic Skiing Brochure