A native of southern Michigan, I grew up in Washington State where my family and I hiked, skied, hunted, and biked. After stops in Maine, the U.P. of Michigan, and Minnesota for education and work, I settled in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I was hired as the head ski and CC running coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After 15 years of full time coaching I am now returning to school to pursue a PhD. I am now involved in my new favorite sport: skijoring (dogs and cross country skis). Winter activities have always been a major part of my life. Driving on snow and ice has been ever-present.