Coaches and Bio

I (Jason Hettenbaugh) founded Rochester Nordic Racing (R.N.R) in the spring of 2008 to facilitate the improvement of Nordic skiers within the greater Rochester area and Mid-Atlantic Division.

In the summer of 2008 the junior program was launched and was tremendously successful. An astounding 80% of the athletes from the summer program qualified for the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympic Team and all of the athletes qualified for Eastern High School Championships. From that point on we have not looked back! Accomplishments now include World Junior Championship Qualifier, NCAA All-American, USSA All-American, State Champions, Sectional Champions, and more and more athletes continuing to ski in College!     
As we move forward and continue to grow and succeed new and exciting programs will form as well our relationship with local high schools and ski clubs. I look forward to the future and welcome the challenges and excitement that it will bring!



Jason Hettenbaugh



            1999-2003              Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virgina Tech) Blacksburg Virginia

            College of Human Resources and Education: BS in Education: Major in Secondary Education, Physical Education, and Health with Health Endorsement: 

            Concentration in Teaching 

                                    1996-1999       Honeoye Falls – Lima High School

                                    2015 United States Ski and Snowboard Level 200 Certified Nordic Coach 

                                    2011 United States Ski and Snowboard Level 100 Certified Nordic Coach 


Coaching Experience:

                                    January 2018 U.S Ski Team Coach U18 Nations Cup Vuokatti Finland

                                    January 2017 U.S Ski Team Coach U18 Nations Cup Trondheim Norway 

                                    February 2016 U.S Ski Team Coach World Junior and U23 Championships Almaty Kazakhstan

                                    February 2016 U.S Ski Team Coach Slavic Cup Nove Mesto Czeck Republic

                                    February 2016 U.S Ski Team Coach Europa Cup Campra Switzerland

                                    March 2010- Present Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympic Ski Team Trip Leader/Head Coach: Soldier Hollow Utah Lake Placid New York, Cable Wisconsin,                                                                                 Truckee CaliforniaStowe Vermont, Fairbanks Alaska, Soldier Hollow Utah, Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota, Presque Isle Maine

                                    March 2007-2009 Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympic Ski Team Coach: Soldier Hollow Utah, Anchorage Alaska, Truckee California.

                                    June 2015 NENSA USSA REG Camp Coach: Waitsfield Vermont GMVS

                                    June 2014 NENSA USSA REG Camp Coach: Lake Placid, New York

                                    June 2013 NENSA J2 REG Camp Coach: Stratton Mnt, Vermont

                                    June 2012 and 2011 NENSA J2 REG Camp Coach: Craftsbury Vermont

                                  July 2010 NENSA USSA REG Camp Coach: Craftsbury Vermont

Athletic Experience:

                                   2009                   Summer Biathlon World Championships Oberhof Germany

                                   1999-2003           Scholarship Member of the XC, Indoor, and Outdoor Track Team at Virginia Tech.

                                   1996-1999           Honeoye Falls-Lima XC Running, Nordic, Track 

Professional:             Independent Sales Rep in the Mid-Atlantic and New England Region

                                    Madshus Skis, Boots, Bindings, Poles, and Accessories 

                                    Bliz Eyewear

                                    Swenor Rollerskis

                                    Start Ski Wax and Poles


                                 NYS Registered Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Guide Badge #7068