Northwood School announces Tommy Biesemeyer as Director of Alpine Skiing, further changes

Northwood School Principal Michael Maher recently announced the appointment of Tommy Biesemeyer as Director of Alpine Skiing and Upcoming Transitions within the Alpine Skiing Program.

Biesemeyer joins Northwood after a busy racing career and 15 years of experience in alpine running, training and coaching. A resident of Keene, New York, and known in the ski community as “BZ,” Biesemeyer began skiing at the age of three and did his first race at the age of seven when he joined the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) program at Whiteface. Mountain. At 12, Biesemeyer competed in J3 and J4 races, but always had the American ski team as his goal. A victory at the 2003 Junior Olympics set him on that path, then he made his World Cup debut in 2010 and the Olympic team in 2018.

“My vision and motivation to join Northwood stemmed from being a local kid from Keene, who fell into ski racing with NYSEF,” says Biesemeyer. “Being a part of alpine sport has provided me with incredible opportunities, and I look forward to partnering with NYSEF and creating those same opportunities for Northwood student-athletes.”

In the fall, Biesemeyer took a break from racing to pursue new passions, which now allows him to come full circle at Northwood School, just nine miles from where he learned. to ski at Whiteface Mountain.

“We are all thrilled with the leadership and vision that Tommy will bring to our elite program,” said Maher. “He is uniquely qualified with a well-rounded perspective of the sport to help advance our athletes. ”

The transitions of Terry DelliQuadri, former Director of Alpine Skiing, and Katie Gilligan, Director of Ski Operations and U19 Alpine Assistant Coach, are underway. Recently, Katie Gilligan announced her retirement from coaching and will begin a new position as Director of Sales and Marketing for the SYNC Custom Program. She will continue to reside on campus with her husband, Trevor Gilligan, head coach of women’s hockey.

“During Terry’s years at Northwood, his work ethic and reliability have been at the forefront of our entire community,” says Gino Riffle, Athletic Director. “Whether it was spending countless hours on the mountain or a last minute request to pick up a student from the airport, Terry would answer the doorbell.

“Terry and Katie have been an integral part of our school on campus, on the road and on the hill with NYSEF,” said Maher. “On behalf of the faculty, staff and community of Northwood, we thank them for their efforts and dedication to our school.”

Thomas Vonn and Jeremey Transue retain their respective roles as Head of the FIS Men’s and Women’s Programs. Biesemeyer’s first day with Northwood was April 26, starting with integration meetings and lunch with the Alpine student-athletes. Its focus and next steps include evaluating the current program and staffing, recruiting, summer strength and conditioning, and engaging with staff, faculty, coaches and Alpine families.

Northwood School has a long-standing partnership with NYSEF. Recognized as a “Gold Certified Club” by the US Ski & Snowboard, NYSEF is one of the organization’s original eight Gold Club members. The organization has been a leader in snow sports education for nearly 50 years. The coaches at Northwood and the director and operations roles at Northwood work closely with the staff and coaches at NYSEF.

“We are so proud of Tommy and his accomplishments – on the snow and beyond – as a former NYSEF and Olympian, he continues to live our mission by supporting the next generation of athletes while instilling a love for winter sports as he recently did with the World Cup Dreams Foundation, ”says John Norton, executive director of NYSEF. “We are also sad to see Terry and Katie leaving the program. NYSEF is an organization of exceptional people, and we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the impact these two people have had in our sport and our community – we will miss them. ”

Communicated courtesy of Northwood School.

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