Meet Our Coaches!
Steve Cook - Comp Team Head Coach and TUNA Program Director
Steve comes to TUNA with extensive experience in Nordic skiing as both a competitor and as a coach. Previously, Steve served as Head Coach for the Park City Nordic Development Program. Steve's extensive individual competitive accomplishments include seven medals, including two Gold, in the Paralympics, seven medals, including three Gold, in the World Championships, and the overall 2005 World Cup Championship. Steve retired from competition in 2007. When not Nordic skiing, Steve enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
Fritz Horst- Assistant Coach
Fritz Horst is a Vermont native and grew up on his family's Christmas tree farm where he spent most of his time outdoors as a child, developing a love for nature and adventure. He started skiing at age 4 with his parents and quickly fell in love with the sport. He started ski racing seriously once he began attending Stratton Mountain School as a 7th grade winter-term student. While at Stratton under the coaching of Sverre Caldwell he competed as a member of the New England Junior National Team where he placed in the top 10 multiple times including an individual 3rd place. After graduating from SMS in 2007 he began going to school at the University of Vermont where he raced for the UVM Nordic Team for 4 years, coached by Patrick Weaver and Andrew Johnson, and placed in the top 10 in the East over a dozen times. He was a part of the NCAA Champion UVM ski team in 2012 and served as captain of the team for two years. After graduation in 2012 he made his way West to become a whitewater raft guide in Stanley, Idaho. Fritz is excited to take on the challenges of junior coaching, and is also looking forward to spending time in the Wasatch skiing Utah powder.
Sarah MacCarthy- Assistant Coach
Sarah MacCarthy grew up in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. At age five Sarah joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) and raced alpine before switching to cross-country. While growing up in the Rocky Mountains she learned to love skiing, kayaking, biking, and being in the outdoors. During high school, under coaches Brian Tate and Travis Jones, Sarah continued to develop as a Nordic ski racer. At Junior Nationals she raced to All-American honors seven times before joining the University of Utah Ski Team in 2006. Over the course of her collegiate career, Sarah competed at NCAA championships twice and served as a women's team captain her junior and senior years. During her senior year, she was ranked seventh overall in the RMISA standings. In May 2011 she graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and International Studies and later that year moved to Mexico to learn spanish and save baby sea turtles. She returned to the U.S. last spring and is currently working at the Dual Immersion Academy as an RI specialist, tutoring children in English and Spanish. Sarah is excited to continue coaching with TUNA during the 2014-15 season!
Don DeBlieux- Assistant Coach
This winter will mark Don’s eleventh season as a junior comp coach with TUNA. Don enjoys having fun on skis with his junior athletes and hopes to foster a lifelong love of outdoor sports. He finds it very rewarding seeing them move up the ranks to become successful competitive racers and active adults. Don began skiing at Bousquet Ski Area in his hometown of Pittsfield, MA back in the days of rope tows, wooden skis, lace-up leather boots, and $1 night skiing. After his first day on the hill, he asked his parents if he could get a season’s pass! During high school, he competed in freestyle skiing (bumps, aerials, and ballet) throughout New England. Don began cross-country skiing during college at the University of Massachusetts. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Biology he moved to Nederland, CO. Don spent 10 years of his “early retirement” teaching and coaching cross-country and telemark full-time at Eldora Mountain Resort during which time he earned his level III certification in both track and telemark from the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Don moved to Utah in 2001. He has been a weekend ski instructor at White Pine Touring for the last nine years. Don has competed in over 400 races in triathlon, duathlon, running, and skiing since 1984, and is a regular competitor in the Wasatch Citizens Series. When not pursuing athletics, Don has helped to lead dozens of paleontological field expeditions in the western US, Egypt, Madagascar, Tanzania, Namibia, and China. Don is currently a Paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey where he spends his summers scouring the deserts of Utah for dinosaurs and other fossils.