2019 CXC Conference and Certification



Mark the weekend of October 16-18, 2020 on your calendar for CXC Wayne Fish Coaches Conference and Certification.

We will aim to offer you a great program as always, including L100 material with the steps toward certification. For those already L100 certified, we will have a plethora of topics to help you think critically about your programs and the coaching you are doing. However, in these times, we will be going virtual. We will miss the face to face interaction with each of you, but hope that the ability to attend from home will be helpful for you and your colleagues.

When the full itinerary is finalized we will update you the presenters we have lined up and the full schedule.

As we think about coaches education, we should all be aware that US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Coaches Certification is undergoing changes to curriculum and platforms. At CXC, we are striving to continue to offer you opportunities this fall to enhance your coaching skill and knowledge through both the L100 certification option and for those certified we will have informative thought provoking continuing education presentations.

We will submit your attendance at continuing education presentation to USS&S for continuing education credit.

As we transition, this fall our past one day clinics will have a new focus and timing. The one day clinics will be limited to the L100 in the field workshop with practical experience, which will now have an evaluation of your coaching portfolio and coaching skills and with respect to drills, technique, communication, etc. Feedback from the new portfolio step and in the field sessions has been that the two sections have become much more valuable. L100 is also no longer going to simply be a manual to read. It will be going to interactive modules. I suspect overall the time involved with becoming certified is going to increase a bit, but a certified coach should feel they have developed more skills as a result of the changes.

This fall, the route to L100 certification in the Central Region will be:

1. Purchase your CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership
2. Get green-lighted by membership:

- Sign Up for a Background Check
- Complete your Safe Sport Training
- Complete your Avalanche Training
- Provide proof of current First Aid/CPR Certification (you will need to take course on your own, we recommend looking at on-line options)
- Any other miscellaneous items membership items that may come up on your dashboard

3. Complete the Fast Start Coaching Modules and Exam
4. Virtually Attend the CXC Coaches Conference L100 Lectures;
5. Complete the US Ski and Snowboard L100 OnLine Modules (may be done pre Coaches Conference);
6. Complete your Portfolio
7. Complete Your In the Field In Person Experience with a CXC Coach Developer:

- In the Field In Person Experiences will be offered after the coaches conference at sites in different areas of the region based upon L100 sign ups through the Virtual Coaches Conference.
- Evaluations will be completed post experience, shared with the candidate and sent to USS&S' education department.

8. Complete the L100 Exam

Unfortunately, this fall L200 is still being updated, and it will not be available until the curriculum update is complete. Once it is updated and goes to portions using online modules, etc. It will be able to be completed in different time frames than just at our fall Coaches Conference. The future route to L200 should look similar to the new L100 route. For those who were hoping to complete L200 this fall, please be patient and plan to join us for the great continuing education sessions.

We hope to have many of you join us for the Wayne Fish Coaches Conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!


UWEC-BC Campus
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) - Rice Lake Conference Center

1800 College Dr
Rice Lake, WI 54868
(715) 234-7082 / Map

Culture of Excellence will be the focus for Central Cross Country Skiing's (CXC) 8th annual Wayne Fish Coaches Conference & Certification workshop presented by Salomon Oct. 18-19 in Rice Lake, Wis.

Already Level 100/200 certified?

- Continuing Ed of 10 hours every 2 years is recommended.
- CPR & First Aid certifications need to be kept current to keep Level 100 certification up to date.


- Level 200 Course Instruction
- Best Practices and Principles on Training and Coaching from Clubs around the U.S.
- Level 200 Agility and Coordination Development

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Development Manager for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. As one of only four coaches on the U.S. Ski Team staff, Bryan's responsibilities include coaching at national level camps, providing coaching and race support at international development races and supporting the education and implementation of a national development pipeline.


- Maximizing Skier Development During Dry-Land Training
- Mobility & Sport Specific Strength Training w/Equipment

Steve Myrland is currently the Wellness Director and District Performance Coach for Athletics at Middleton School District in Wisconsin.

As a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin (1988-2000), Myrland was part of Big Ten and national championship in hockey, soccer, cross country, tennis and rowing. In 1993-94, he worked with the San Jose Sharks where the Sharks set an NHL team record for single-season improvement.

Steve is also a faculty member of the GAIN Network, which provides a global platform for education, innovation and motivation in athletic development.


- Analyzing & Evaluating Technique
- Level 100 Technique Clinic
- Race Service & Planning

Director of Sport Development Joe Haggenmiller supports CXC clubs by overseeing Central Region programs with a focus on top juniors.

A Twin Cities native, he had an outstanding career as an athlete in both cross country skiing and running, attending Northern Michigan University from 1988-91 where he competed in both skiing and running. As an athlete in U.S. Ski & Snowboard programs, he was a Junior Olympic medalist in the 1989 20k and a masters national champion in the 15k CL in 2004. Haggenmiller earned a bachelor of science degree from Northern Michigan in 1991 before going on to gain his juris doctor degree from the University of Utah.

Joe had a very successful career at Michigan Tech University (MTU) in Houghton where he coached cross country running, cross country skiing, and track & field. In his tenure there, he coached over 40 NCAA national qualifiers, 2 US National Championships Sprint Qualifier winners, 2 US National podium finishers, several Junior All Americans and seven NCAA All Americans. Additionally, Joe has coached three skiers on to Junior/U23 World Championships and two onto the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships.

In addition to his certification as a cross country skiing coach, he is also certified as a USA Track and Field coach. Today he continues his passion for skiing and his involvement in the central region's ski community with Central Cross Country Skiing, working out of Duluth, Minn.


- Level 100 Course Instruction

Dr. James Mullen is board certified in Sports Medicine. His interest stems from his past personal experiences as an athlete. He has many personal athletic accomplishments. He was a six-time member of the U.S. National Speedskating Team, he also has had multiple top 200 finishes in the American Birkebeiner and is still actively racing, and was inducted in March, 2007, into the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Mullen and his family are very involved in wellness and physical activity events in the Minocqua area and have a vested interest in the health and well-being of their community.


- Developing Adaptive Programming at the Club Level

CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev is a passionate cross country skier whose vision has brought great vibrancy to CXC programs since its formation in 2005. His leadership has established Central Cross Country Skiing as a very proactive regional governance organization offering programs in cross country, biathlon and adaptive skiing.

Yuriy skied his first Birkie in 2002, motivating him to move to Madison. In 2005 he started the Madison Winter Festival, including the Capitol Sprints races around the State Capitol Building. The festival has attracted thousands to winter sports since its inception.

Yuriy is a level 200 certified coach with a bachelor's degree in cross country ski coaching and physical education with a minor in sports medicine.

In addition to his role at CXC, Yuriy has served on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee since 2007 and has been a member of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation since 2012. He also serves on the Madison Nordic Ski Club and National Nordic Foundation boards. Under his leadership, CXC has been frequently recognized by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and U.S. Paralympics.


- First Aid and CPR Certification

Don is a professional First Aid and CPR Instructor from Minnesota's Iron Range. Away from his day job, Don is a youth coach with the Mesabi East-Virgina-Eveleth-Gilbert ski programs and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

Registration Fee

$165.00 - Level 100 Certification and Conference

- CPR & First Aid Certification
- Level 100 Course Instruction & Technique Clinic
- Conference Presentations
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

Participants must have current 2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership in order to receive Level 100 Cross Country Coaches Education Manual
$220.00 - Level 200 Certification and Conference

- CPR & First Aid Certification
- Level 200 Certification Course Instruction
- Conference Presentations
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

Participants must have current 2019-20 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership in order to receive Level 200 Cross Country Coaches Education Manual
$200.00 - Conference Only

- CXC Academy Subscription
- Conference Presentations
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

$85.00 - CPR & First Aid Certification