One major change this year is the combination of the Rocky Mountain Region and the Far West Region into the West Region. This decision was made after receiving feedback from both coaches and athletes in these regions and should allow for better coordination in the West.
Director of Athlete Development, Tim Burke, will work with the coordinators and connect with them regularly. “The Regional Coordinators play such an important role in developing biathlon throughout the country,” stated Burke. “I’m excited to work together with this group to organize our unique regions in the best ways possible to promote biathlon.”
John Madigan will again serve as the Eastern regional coordinator. John is the Director of the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, VT and has filled that role for more than 10 years. John is a partner in a small environmental consulting company, is dad to two daughters and lives in Craftsbury, VT. In his spare time, John enjoys all types of biking, fly-fishing, traveling the world, and is a perpetual beginner guitar player and aspiring Formula 1 race car driver.
Mark Torresani will take over the Midwest position from Vladimir Cervenka. Mark is the Biathlon Program Director and Youth Biathlon Coach at Blackhawk Ski Club west of Madison, WI. He has been active with Blackhawk from the beginning - helping to build and permit their biathlon range and create programming that now serves over 200 youth and adults! Mark is an Engineering VP at Tetra Tech and lives in Middleton, WI with his three children. He’s been involved in Nordic sports for over 40 years and loves competing - including having completed 23 American Birkebiener races!
Rob Rosser will continue in his role as Western regional coordinator. Rob is the President, Director, Head Coach and Founder of the Casper Mountain Outdoor Center and Casper Mountain Biathlon Club. A 1998 Biathlon Olympian and multi-National Champion, Rob has also served as a Paralympic team coach and is a 21 year Army Guard Veteran. In case that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Rob is father to four kids and grandfather to one.
Steve Wilson has been the acting regional coordinator for Alaska, but officially takes over his position from Marty Parsons. Steve is the president of the Alaska Biathlon Association and a board member on the Anchorage Biathlon Club. He is retired from the Alaska National Guard where he was first introduced to the biathlon sport. His daughter, Helen, is currently on the USBA Jr. National Team and University of Alaska Anchorage Nordic Ski Team. Watching biathlon competitions overseas is his excuse to travel.