Coaches & Staff

Alan Johnson, USA Ski Team Athletic DirectorAlan Johnson, Athletic Director

Alan started a ski/bike shop - touring center when he was at New England College hosting a number of Dannon Series XC races. After an unsuccessful attempt at making 1980 Olympic NC Team, he started coaching Nordic skiing. He was the head coach of the Winter Park jump program from 1980-84. For the next four years, he was the head coach of the NYSEF Nordic programs, based in Lake Placid. He also served as a part-time coach for the US Ski Team in both ski jumping and NC, and became USST’s head coach for NC from 1988-91.

From 1992-96, Alan was the USST Nordic Program Director, and served as the team’s head coach for ski jumping in 1996-97. He then accepted the position as Salt Lake Olympic Committee’s Project Manager for ski jumping and Nordic combined from 1997-2002, and stayed through 2003 as the Utah Olympic Park’s director of Nordic and freestyle facilities. In 2003, he became involved with the construction industry, and in 2006 formed Ptarmigan Property Services, a Park City property management company.

In 2006, Alan was instrumental in the establishment of Ski Jumping Development USA, which became the support organization for the men’s elite team, known as Project X. In 2010, he was one of the founding members of USA Ski Jumping. He’s the father of Anders, a member of the USASJ team, and Alissa, who’s a member of the Women’s Ski Jumping USA elite team. He has maintained his FIS licenses as a TD for both ski jumping and Nordic Combined.

Read Peter Graves Interview with Alan Johnson

Clint Jones
Clint Jones, Head Coach

When Clint was asked about goals for the upcoming season, he said “My goal for the team is to show the world that we can consistently compete at a high level internationally. And by the end of the 2013 winter, I'm sure we will be able to turn some heads in the ski jumping community. I’m very excited to see how I can help this talented group of young athletes. I believe that we have the potential to make the USA Ski Jumping Team stronger than it has been in many years.” Clint was born Oct 5, 1984 in Monroe WI, and currently resides in Park City UT. His first coach was Todd Wilson of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He competed for 17 years, and became the youngest USSA National champion in any ski discipline. He was a 2002 and 2006 Olympian, a member of seven World Championship Teams, and placed 2nd overall in the 2002 Summer Grand Prix. He’s in his fifth year of coaching. When not skiing, Clint enjoys riding his mountain bike and playing guitar. He’s a fan of the Denver Broncos, dating back to the days of Elway, Davis, and McCaffrey.

Why does he like ski jumping? “In no other sport can you fly over the length of 2 football fields and ski away ... without a parachute.”

FIS Competition History - Jones

Read Peter Graves Interview with Clint Jones

Bine NorcicBine Norcic, World Cup/International Coach

Joining USA Ski Jumping in 2013 is well known Slovenian ski jumping trainer Bine Norcic to fill the new position of European based coach for the USASJ, serving withHead USA Coach Clint Jones.  Norcic, who grew up in Kranj, SLO, graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 2010 with a degree as a Professor of Physical Education and has served as coach for the National Jumping Team of Turkey from 2007-2013.

He has also served as a personal coach for ski jumping star Jernej Damjan of Slovenia and has been the Slovenian National B Team coach working alongside Ari Pekka Nikkola. He was also part of the Slovenian National Team as a ski jumper from 1992-2004, where he won Continental Cups three times. He is also the son of the legendary late coach Bogdan Norcic.

Bine Norcic commented that he is very excited to accept this position with the growing USA program saying, "I'll put all of my efforts and share my 11 years of coaching experience with a group of young, talented jumpers who have the support of an enthusiastic team, and they have what it takes for all around success. It must be said that working with Team USA is probably the greatest challenge and honor that any international coach could have."

Blake HughesBlake Hughes, Development Coach

A recent graduate of the University of Utah, with a degree in Commercial Recreation Management, Blake Hughes brings a host of talents to his position as an Assistant Coach for USA Ski Jumping.  Working under Head U.S. Coach Clint Jones, the position is unique in that it is a joint position conducted in concert with the Utah Olympic Park, where Blake will also provide his coaching skills.

He began his ski jumping career when he was seven with the National Sports Foundation in Park City and the Park City Nordic Ski Club. His sister Abby followed in his footsteps and is also a ski jumper on the VISA-USA Women's ski jumping team. Hughes best international result came early in his career when he placed an impressive 12th in an FIS Continential Cup when he was but 15 years-old.

Hughes competed in ski jumping for 15 years, ending his career in 2009. He started coaching the following summer and this year marks his fifth coaching season.  Commenting on the position, he said, "I am really excited to have this opportunity to work with Clint and Bine to further my development as a coach and to help contribute to the development and growth of the team. I am very excited."

Jessica Thornton-Sherman
Jessica Thornton-Sherman, PT

A physical therapist with The Alpine Ski Clinic, Jessica is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she received degrees in both physical therapy and athletic training. Jessica has been working with USA Ski Jumping Team to keep our athletes and coaches in tip-top shape.  Jessica has an enduring love of athletics and general wellness. Her 18 years of professional experience have encompassed all areas of orthopedics and sports medicine, with emphasis on returning patients to sport and recreation.

Jessica resides in Waterford, VT with her husband and three sons. She enjoys nothing more than spending time with her boys, swimming, skiing, and running.


Signe Jordet, Director

In April of 2012, Jordet began overseeing a host of projects including sponsorship development, annual giving initiatives, USASJ event planning and marketing.

She is a graduate of Minnesota's Gustavus Adolphus College and did her post-graduate work at Springfield College, where she earned a master's degree in Sport Management.  No stranger to the nordic scene, she has lived in Sweden and speaks fluent Swedish.

Jordet brings a wealth of experience to her post including working with ESPN and the X Games, the AFC Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar, and PUMA North America.  She has traveled extensively and is helping USASJ move enthusiastically forward in achieving plans that are helping increase both funding and visibility of the program.

Communications

Peter Graves, Peter Graves
Public Relations & Communications Director

Peter has spent a lifetime involved with Nordic sports. A Vermont native, he was a four event skier in high school and specialized in cross-country skiing at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO.

Graves,62, has been a US Ski Team Coach, the USSA Eastern Nordic Program Director, and was the USSA's Events Services Coordinator. He’s had a lifelong affection for ski jumping and has announced more jumping events than anyone else in the United States over a 30+ year career, for NBC Sports, ESPN, OLN and Universal Sports. He has covered many of the Springer Tournee's over the years, and has also served as Team Leader for the 1984 FIS World Junior Nordic Championships in Trondheim and countless Swiss Week trips. Graves, the father of two grown children, Katie Bowen and former US Ski Team Nordic combined athlete Willy, also writes about the Nordic scene for SKI TRAX. Last season he served as Press Chief for USASJ at the 2013 Springer Tournee in Europe.

He began his broadcasting career for ABC Sports as a Nordic commentator at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, and has announced at 8 Olympic Games. More recently, he announced Nordic skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games alongside Chris Hastings and Jean Segun., and also announced at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Graves was honored for his work by USSA winning the John Clair Award for lifetime service to USSA. He has also been named Announcer of the Year by Velo News magazine and is a member of the Grandma's Marathon Hall of Fame in Duluth, MN. Graves is also a voting member of the US Ski Hall of Fame Committee and the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame. He was the receipent of the USASJ Ptarmigan Award in 2013.

He lives in Vermont with his wife, Cami Thompson-Graves, the women's head Nordic ski coach at Dartmouth College. He has two grown children, Katie Bowen and former US Nordic Combined athlete Willy Graves, and also a step-daughter, Sophie.