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Meet the Coaches

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Joseph (Joey) Lavigne

FIS Head Coach

Joey joined the NCO ski team in 2011 as Head Coach.  Born and raised in Ottawa, Joey is well known to alpine racing community both as an athlete as well as a coach.

One of the highlights of Joey’s career was his role as a Canadian Alpine Ski Team coach at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympic Games.

Joey’s significant coaching experience includes:

  • Program Director/Head Coach of the Alberta Provincial Ski Team (1977)
  • Canadian Alpine Ski Team Coach on Europa Ski Circuit (1978-1982)
  • Canadian Alpine Ski Team Coach for World Cup (1983-1985)
  • Program Director/Head Coach of the Southern Ontario Division (1986-1990)
  • Ontario Ski Team Coach (1991-1992)
  • Managing Director of Alpine Ontario (1992-1993)
  • Program Director, Canadian Alpine Ski Team (1994-2005)
  • Athletic Director, Ontario Ski team (2006-2010)

Off the hill, Joey has a passion for cabinet making.  Joey is married to Cathryn Jayne McIlveen and has three grown children.

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Jean-Phillipe (JP) Roy

U16 Lead Coach

The NCO is happy to have JP Roy return for his second year of coaching the U16 team this year.

JP was a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.  He represented Canada for 14 years and had many successes including representing Canada at 5 world championships and 2 Olympic Games.

Some of his career highlights include:

  • Canadian Champion 6 times
  • 5th place in Alta Badia, Italy World Cup GS (2004)
  • 7th place in Are, Sweden GS World Championships (2007)
  • 8th place in the Combined at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games (2002)

JP retired from racing at the end of the 2011-2012 season and began coaching at Camp Fortune.  He is currently studying Osteopathy at EPOQ école professionnelle des Ostéopathe du Québec.  He lives in Gatineau with his wife Stephanie and their two boys Jake and Keegan.

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FIS Coach

Alex Lennox

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U16 Coach

Rebecca Nadler

Alex is in his third year coaching with NCO and coaches the FIS level athletes.  He grew up racing with the Ottawa Ski Club and spent his last two years as an athlete racing at the FIS level with the NCO Ski Team.

He took up coaching after retiring from ski racing and spent five years coaching at Camp Fortune Ski Club.  He is currently completing the advanced certification of the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Performance Level.

Alex is a recent graduate from the the University of Ottawa with a degree in Criminology.

Rebecca Nadler is in her second year coaching the U16 team.  Rebecca is from Ottawa, and grew up racing in the Laurentians at Mont Tremblant.  She raced FIS for 10 seasons which included 1 year on the Quebec team and 4 years racing NCAA as a member of the Harvard ski team.

Rebecca’s career highlights include:

  • NCAA GS champion (2012)
  • 3 time All-American

She is currently in the process of retiring, and is very excited to begin her coaching career with NCO.  Rebecca says “I am happiest when I have skis on and would love to keep ripping GS turns until I’m 85 or so.”   She loves terrible puns and plans on subjecting her racers to many of them throughout the season – and apologies in advance for that.

Rebecca graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a major in Neuro Biology.

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FIS Athlete/Coach

Jared Schmidt

Jared Schmidt joins the NCO team this year as an athlete/coach.   Jared grew up skiing at Mont Tremblant and was a member of the NCO FIS team for 3 years.  This year Jared will compete in some races while he assists with coaching the FIS team.

He plans on attending university in Calgary next fall as well as transitioning over to the Canadian Ski Cross Development team.

While not skiing, Jared enjoys long walks on the beach and is an avid photographer.  He is excited to help out with the development of the FIS athletes this year!