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Monday, September 18, 2017

Skiing, Running, and Fresh Grass! Oh My!

Hi there!

Things are pretty much in full swing here as we head into our third week of classes and captains' practices. Some highlights from the past week include...

Our first rollerski OD in the lovely town of Savoy:

Yahoo! We love legs-only! And holding hands! And fresh pavement!

Sonya and I spontaneously twinning:

Smart minds think in Denim Dresses, Red Flannels, and Chacos

Our first time-trial of the school year, a 3k on the track on a foggy and very humid Saturday morning: 

Maggie and I battling it out with one lap to go (She beat me, of course)

Shcrupp and McGrew running fast

Franklin, Emil, and Jack also running fast

Our two fastest women, Sonya and Sarah, deep in the pain cave 

Isabel laying it all out there 
Lucy showing her stuff

Later in the day, Maggie, Sonya, Lucy, Nick, and I ventured over to Mass MoCA in North Adams to check out the Fresh Grass Music festival:

Eating dinner, sitting on a hill, listening to some jams

What a wild ride! 
Lucy making a new friend

Look, we can take mirror selfies!

Showing off our pasta sauce jar tats

Getting up close to The Wood Brothers

Smiling because there are upside down trees and Brandi Carlile rocks

See you around,

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bowling Night!

No better way to start off a new semester than with a bowling night, so naturally Williams Nordic made our way to Mingos for a little bit of togetherness. 

Here's Mr. Syben looking tough for the cam

Isabel Lane, Magdalen York, Andrew Hull and Sonya Jampel bonding

Ingrid hasn't taken the Midwest tights off since getting campus, and was quite the sight representing her colors at the lanes.

Heidi Halvorsen, Jack Consenstein, Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom, Lucy Alexander and Elowyn Pfeiffer just having a ball.

Captain Schrupp looking fresh

ya gotta dress professionally

and here's a shot of Connie for the fans

Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome back friends!

I have been psyched to get back on campus after a quick one month hiatus.  This last month I have enjoyed hanging out and traveling with family and friends.  One of the highlights was watching the total solar eclipse in Stayton, Oregon.

Before and after the eclipse it was a beautiful clear day.

We were in shock!  There was a 360 degree sunset and the stars came out.

My brother Jacob and sister Serena

The projection of the partial eclipse is on the white frisbee.  It kind of looks like a moon.

It dropped 5 to 10 degrees during the eclipse so I had to bundle up.

Thanks Mom for the pictures!  
I hope everyone had a good first two days of classes.  Log lunch was delicious with a huge shout out to Elowyn!

Introducing Myself!

Hello to everyone surfing the interweb!  It is the beginning of a new school year for the students, and the beginning of a new adventure for me as the new assistant coach for Williams.  I figured this would be a good outlet for those that are more interested about who I am, where I come from, and some of my skiing experiences that I hope to bring to the team.

I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN) in the spring of 2013.  I was a member of the varsity nordic team there for 4 years and competed for the Saints at 2 NCAA championships (2012, 2013).  My best result was an 11th place finish in the 20km mass start skate at Middlebury in 2013.  I owe everything to that team and my coach.  I had some rough experiences with skiing and racing while in high school and those four years in Duluth changed my outlook and perspective on skiing and is the reason why I want to be a ski coach.  I hope to be able to pass down those experiences and give the student-athletes here at Williams every chance to have the enjoyable and unforgettable collegiate experience that I had.

My most important lesson learned in College:  "You need to keep things fun, if you do not enjoy what you do, what is the point?"

Post-NCAA photo fun!
After graduating from St. Scholastica with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, I went on to become the Lead Coach at Endurance United Ski Club (St. Paul, MN).  It was through Endurance United that I got my first real taste of ski coaching and instantly fell in love.  Interestingly enough I was able to be one of the coaches for the world famous Nick Gardner.  If any one would like to hear any embarrassing stories about Nick and his downhill skills, there will be plenty of time this Fall/Winter during van rides that I can spill some beans.

First race as "Coach"
In 2015 I parted ways with Endurance United to continue my education overseas.  I travelled to Jyväskylä, Finland to get a Masters degree in the Biology of Physical Activity, with a focus on the Science of Sports Coaching and Fitness Testing.  While in Finland, I was able to work closely with Rex Ski Wax, and traveled to several World Cup races and a wax technician.  It was an incredible experience to be involved with racing at the highest level and I hope to someday return as a coach to the World Cup level.
"Ya, thats right, we are World Cup coaches..."

After I finished my Masters degree, I moved back stateside and started working at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont as an assistant coach.  I will forever remember my time in Stratton as it gave me the opportunity to coach not only one of the best junior ski clubs in the US, but also work with the SMS Elite team and some of the best skiers in the world.

During the last two summers I have been the Head Coach for the NSW XC Ski Club based out of Perisher Ski Resort in Australia.  It has been an awesome experience to be able to ski in another part of the world (in July nonetheless).  This last summer was even more special for me as I was able to bring my partner with me to Australia as the Assistant Coach for the program and we got engaged on top of the highest mountain in Australia!

On top of Mt. Kosciuszko

Worlds greatest selfie.
This brings me to my time here at Williams.  I am pumped to be working with such a successful and storied program.  In my short time here so far I have noticed that one of the greatest attributes to this team is the team spirit and respect for everyone on the team.  I am looking forward to working with the team and starting this new chapter in my coaching career!


Jeremy Hecker

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back to Williamstown! Fall here we come!

The past few weeks have been filled with some good end of summer fun, preparing for going back to school, and quality time with friends and family.

This week I enjoyed a nice road trip out to Williamstown with my mom, dad, and sister.

After saying ’see ya later' to St. Paul, we headed east.

 Me and the sister and the Mississippi river before we left Minnesota.

One of the beautiful sites we got to see was the "Grand Canyon of the Northeast.” I have never been to the Grand Canyon not of the northeast, but I can assure you that this was a wonderful and grand place.

Once we got to Williamstown the family stuck around for a few days to experience Williamstown. I decided it would be nice to take the family on a little walk up to Taconic Crest. I guess a fall semester away from Williams really didn’t do great things for my route planning, 5 hours later we popped out onto Route 346. Luckily my great friend Sarah Becker came to a quick rescue in her car as the sun was setting.

The sister at the Snowhole, a good 3 hours into the long walk.

With a fun summer coming to a close I am excited to be back on campus. My little walk with my family got me looking forward to a fun fall of training back with the team in the beautiful area that surrounds us!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Month in the Beartooths!

Howdy, Sports Fans!

I'm writing this from Stillwater, Minnesota, gearing up for the two day drive to Williamstown in order to arrive just in time for the 6:15 meeting (woohoo!). This summer was full of adventures--I led two week long canoe trips in the Boundary Waters, a month long hiking trip to the Beartooth Mountains, and in between I pounded pavement big time gearing up for the legendary season of '18. The Northwoods of Minnesota offer truly beautiful roads to cruise and sweet trails to run; however, they do not offer fast internet. Since I finally got enough internet to upload some photos, I though I'd share some pics from my longest trip this summer. 

From July 1st to July 30th, me and five 16-18 year olds went to the Beartooth Mountains in Montana and Wyoming with YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. Over the month we had lots of wonderful swimming, sledding, peaks, pancakes and more.

Here's the whole crew realizing we're in for lotsa snow

Our hero shaved his head right before the trip. Thankfully it's almost grown back but I'd estimate the high and tight cut we all know and love is still a month out.

Here's a couple shots of me smiling about camping.

This lonely goat just wanted to be our friend but all of my campers were scared of it, so the shooed it away

Here I am exploring Cairn Lake preparing to drop in.

Cairn Lake!

Relaxing in "the jacuzzi"

 At this point we decided we were on the moon

This is Flat Rock Lake, a highlight for all!

Here I am quite proud of my calzone I baked at Flat Rock Lake.

And my favorite shot of the trip at Heart Lake on the last morning!

Anyway! It's been a grand summer but boy, am I excited to get back to Williamstown!
See ya Minnesota, here I come Massachusetts.