USSA names Jason Cork assistant cross country coach
Veteran regional cross country coach Jason Cork has been named as 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. Grover will serve as interim men’s head coach following the resignation of Pete Vordenberg, who left the team this spring after more than a decade as an athlete and coach.
Cork, the USSA’s Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year in 2011, comes to the Team after several very successful seasons at Central Cross Country (CXC Team) with his athletes dominating the USSA SuperTour.
“Working with 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.”
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.
“I'm excited for my new job, but will miss the daily interactions with CXC's many athletes, coaches, supporters, fans and staff,” said Cork.