Jack Sasseville, Founder / Head Coach
Jack is the Founding Head Coach of Team Hardwood in 1995 and coached the team until he took over the management of Hardwood Ski and Bike in 2008. Jack is an NCCP Level V coach who has been coaching for over 40 years, including 13 years and 4 Olympics with the National Ski Team. He is a former Alberta and Ontario Coach of the Year. He has coached national and international champions of all ages. His skiers have won over 300 medals at Canadian Championships.
Kim is experienced in coaching children in Mountain biking and Nordic skiing, having coached the 2019 Canadian National U14 Champion. She has been an assistant coach to the Junior team at Hardwood and coached elementary school race teams. She has NCCP Coach Initiation to Sport and Training for both cycling and nordic skiing as well as L2T qualifications in nordic skiing. Kim has skied for many years completing several loppets, OCups and the Canadian Ski Marathon. She is a professor at Georgian College and has coached many different sports in her teaching career. She loves kids, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and overall just having fun!
Senior athletes are recruited to assist coaching and direction of the programme. These athletes offer a high level of competency in the technical and performance aspects of the sport. They further serve as mature role models for younger skiers who are typically enthusiastic to connect with these successful members of Team Hardwood.
Team Hardwood depends on parent volunteers to keep the program running smoothly. In order for athletes to get the most out of the coaches’ expertise in coaching, we expect parents to share responsibility for fundraising, trip planning, waxing and other functions as needed.
- Trip Planning – Typically, a different parent (or group of parents) undertakes planning for each major race trip (O’ Cups, Canadian Eastern Champs, Nationals, Youth Ontario Championships). This usually involves securing accommodation, coordinating transportation and arranging one or more team meals. For families new to Team Hardwood, there are lots of experienced parent volunteers to provide guidance on expectations.
- Waxing – assistance with waxing, especially for races where TH has a large number of athletes. This is an opportunity for those who want to learn more about waxing to get guidance from more experienced parent volunteers
- Fundraising – TH participates in a number of fundraising events throughout the year. We always need parent volunteers to help make this successful.
- The Junior Devo and Trail Shredders Programs, led by Kim Getty, will require coaching and leadership support from parent volunteers. These volunteers will be expected to manage small groups of skiers or individual skiers who need one-on-one assistance, leaving Kim to coach the larger group. These parent volunteers will benefit by receiving training from Jack and Kim on proper training, technique, teaching and coaching skills in early season training sessions.