NYSEF hires Stiegler to lead men’s FIS program
The New York Ski Educational Foundation recently announced that Seppi Stiegler will take over as the head coach for men’s Alpine.
Stiegler will now lead the International Ski Federation men’s preparation and competition programming at NYSEF and Northwood School, which includes overseeing strength and conditioning, on-snow training and ongoing equipment support.
“Seppi brings a fresh perspective from outside our program and our region,” NYSEF Executive Director John Norton said in a statement. “Combined with his success as an athlete and experience at the highest level of the sport, will add to an already seasoned and talented group of coaches and bring new insights to all our FIS athletes. We look forward to welcoming him into our community and getting started.”
Stiegler’s ski racing journey began in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before moving on to the Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah.
He is a three-time NCAA All American and an individual national champion at the University of Denver where he graduated with a degree in business administration with a minor in economics.
“He exemplifies what an accomplished career as a college athlete and an academic scholar looks like,” Norton said. “He has perspective for all our student-athletes on how to balance sport and work now and beyond NYSEF and (he) can relate to their aspirations.”
Following graduation, Stiegler was nominated to the U.S. Ski Team.
“It’s an honor to have Seppi lead our men’s FIS team,” Northwood School Program Director Tommy Biesemeyer said. “His father, Pepi, is an Olympic gold medalist for Austria; his sister, Resi, is a three-time Olympian and 19-year U.S. Ski Team member. Seppi was an NCAA National Champion and U.S. Ski Team athlete, too. We are thrilled to work with Seppi and I can’t wait to watch our athletes develop under his leadership.”
After his time with the U.S. Ski Team, Stiegler went on to compete independently for three years with Peter Lange and Team America. He simultaneously competed while working summers for Erich Sailer Ski Racing Camps where he was introduced to coaching.
“I had the unique opportunity to be a race coach for many years with Erich Sailer and Alan Lauba at Crystal Mountain Alpine Club,” Stiegler said. “They understood the importance of having role models and mentors around their skiers. The crossover between coaching and racing was new, exciting, and helped me become a better athlete and mentor myself. I saw the impact I had on the kids, and I immediately found joy in sharing my knowledge.”
In 2016, Stiegler began coaching at the Jackson Hole Ski Club and in 2017, he started Stiegler Ski Racing Camps. During his time with JHSC, he quickly became the head Alpine FIS coach, where he helped develop elite-level junior athletes to grow to compete on NCAA teams and National Development Groups.
Stiegler Ski Racing Camps was born with one camp in Saas Fee, Switzerland and has grown to year-round, post-graduate programming under his leadership.
Stiegler will work alongside head FIS women’s coach, Jeremy Transue and head U16 coach, Patrick Purcell. Together, they will collaborate on a number of programs including camps, conditioning, training and more.
“I am thrilled to welcome Seppi,” Transue said. “He displays a level of professionalism and commitment to his athletes and will have a lasting impact on the program. We will develop a supportive team environment on and off the hill for the NYSEF/Northwood Men’s and Women’s FIS programs.”
“I was very lucky to have had some outstanding coaches over the years,” Stiegler said. “I appreciate them more every day and I’m thankful for the independence and self-confidence they helped me develop. I have been down the same road as our skiers. This is a great opportunity for us to share what I know and build the same opportunities for others.”
Stiegler will begin working with the NYSEF and Northwood School FIS men’s team this spring and will join NYSEF full-time in Lake Placid in the early fall.
Off the hill, Stiegler enjoys all sports including dirt and mountain biking, running and spending time with his soon-to-be wife, Alex.