Steamboat Springs native Corby Fisher was named the coach of the U.S. Ski Jumping Team late Thursday afternoon.
"I'm really happy for him," Steamboat's Gary Crawford said. Crawford, who is a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, worked with Fisher when he was a coach in Steamboat in the 1990s. Fisher, who was also an athlete with the club, left Steamboat to become the program director at the National Sports Federation in Park City. Fisher held that position until 2002 when Bard Elden hired him as the jumping coach for the American Nordic combined team.
"I'm extremely excited, "Fisher said after learning he was the new special jumping coach. "We have a group of athletes I really believe in, and we have good support from the Nordic community."
Crawford said Fisher was a good choice to head the team, and he expects the former athlete and coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to relate better to the members of the special jumping squad than the former coach, Kari Ylianttila, who resigned earlier this month after 10 years on the team.
"Kari was a great coach," Crawford said. "But he was a little older. I think Corby is going to be able to relate to guys like Clint (Jones) and Alan (Alborn) a little better."