Gus Johnson Head Nordic 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.
Charlie Fereday, Assistant Comp/Devo Coach, Master’s Program Coach
A native of Boise, Idaho, Charlie Fereday has been involved in skiing since as long as he can remember. He grew up alpine skiing at Bogus Basin Resort as a two-year old and got interested in Nordic skiing at a very young age. Charlie followed his brother’s footsteps by joining the Bogus Basin Nordic Team when he was nine. He skied for Bogus Basin for nine years and qualified for the Intermountain Junior National Team three times from 2008 to 2010.
Graduating high school in 2010, Charlie attended Montana State University (MSU) and skied for their Division One team for two years. After retiring from competitive skiing in 2012, Charlie volunteered his remaining two years as a wax technician for MSU. He graduated from MSU in the summer of 2014, and was hired as the Assistant Junior Comp/Devo Nordic Coach at Auburn Ski Club (ASC).
Charlie is certified USSA Level 200 coach and is in his third year of coaching for ASC’s Junior Comp/Devo Team. He is also excited to run the ASC masters program this fall. Charlie attends multiple Far West Junior Camps and trips annually, and in addition, represented Far West at the 2015 National U16 Cross Country Camp in Burlington, VT. Charlie has brought a high level of enthusiasm, professionalism, and skiing experience to the juniors at ASC, and the Far West Region as a whole. Alongside ASC Head Coach Gus Johnson, Charlie looks forward to promoting Nordic skiing and racing in the region for many years to come.