Gus Johnson: Nordic Program Director & Head Coach
Gus is a USSA Level 200 certified coach with experience coaching skiers at many levels of the sport, from the very beginners to national level athletes. Before coming to Auburn Ski Club Gus was a Junior Competition Coach for The Utah Nordic Alliance, Assistant Coach at North Tahoe High School, and Co-Head Coach of Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association’s development program. In his tenure as Head Coach of the ASC Training Center Competition and Development Ski Teams he has coached athletes toward achieving their individual skiing aspirations, and has helped athletes to success at both the local and national level.
Gus grew up downhill skiing in Utah at Alta Ski Resort, but switched to cross-country skiing around age 16 when a coach for The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) convinced him that real skiers ski uphill too. Having come to endurance sports at a later age, he had a rewarding experience as a junior racer, but limited success in his race results, having never qualified for a Junior National Championships for the Intermountain Division. A proof that hard work and perseverance pays off, Gus went on to ski for the University of Nevada’s NCAA ski team as a walk-on transfer-student, and eventually gained a skiing scholarship. He was a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club upon the discontinuance of the NCAA Ski Team at Nevada, and raced at an elite level as a member of the Far West Elite Team for 3 years. He always tries to find the right combination of work and play, and believes in the positive, enriching, active lifestyle of pursuing high but achievable goals in ski racing.
Lenka Sterling: Biathlon and Development Team Coach
Lenka is originally from the Czech Republic where she grew up cross-country skiing and racing for her hometown Ski Club Harrachov and went on to be a junior and U-23 national team member. Lenka got recruited to come to ski for the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, where she met her (now) husband Nick. After graduating with a bachelor degree of psychology and neuroscience, Lenka coached with the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team (BNJRT). After four seasons with BNJRT, Lenka accepted an offer to coach with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, where she spent two years before moving to Truckee.
Lenka and Nick are new parents to their son Oskar, and they are enjoying everything Truckee has to offer; skiing, running, biking and spending time at the lake with their dog Lola. Lenka is looking forward to working with the development team and is excited to get back to coaching.
Bryce Tiernan: Assistant Comp/Devo Coach, Master’s Program Coach
Bryce Tiernan hails from the “Mule Capital of the World,” Bishop, California. Growing up in a town full of mules with a natural distrust of equines, Bryce was forced from an early age to take up skiing as an alternative way to get outside and enjoy the mountains and has been skiing longer than he can remember. He began ski racing in middle school and progressed through the Far West division, competing at five junior nationals. After high school Bryce attended Montana State University, with aspirations of racing collegiately. Two years later, Bryce decided that his days of serious ski racing were over and he spent the rest of his time in Montana backcountry skiing.
Bryce began ski coaching in 2010, coaching a group of devo athletes in Mammoth. In 2013, Bryce took over the Mammoth middle school team and began coaching full time. He has since coached the Mammoth high school team and was the assistant coach for Mammoth Nordic Racing. He has coached on numerous Far West trips and at Junior Nationals.
Eliza Rorabaugh: Assistant Comp/Devo Coach
Eliza has been Nordic skiing as long as she has been walking. Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, she began competing in races at the age of 6. The youngest of three sisters, Eliza and her sisters shared their love for skiing and competition. In middle school she joined the FXC (Fairbanks Cross Country) club team, and competed for them, as well as for her school teams, through high school. She qualified and raced for Team Alaska at the 2010 Arctic Winter Games in Grand Prairie, Alberta. She also competed for the Alaska Junior National Team at both the 2011 and 2012 events. Eliza went on to ski competitively at Williams College for all four years of her education. She graduated from Williams College in the spring of 2016.
During her college years, Eliza spent her summers at home in Fairbanks, training and assistant coaching the FXC (Fairbanks Cross Country) devo/prep teams. Since graduating, Eliza has spent time in both Fairbanks, as well as Burlington, Vermont. She was employed as a Nordic ski instructor at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, during the winter of 2016/2017. After graduating, Eliza has channeled her ski training into running training for road marathons, and ran two marathons in the summer of 2016. Eliza is excited to continue her love for training and the outdoors through assistant coaching, and hopes to encourage a passion for an active lifestyle as well as competition.