Pete Vordenberg, the longtime coach for the U.S. Ski Team made the announcement yesterday that he would be resigning from his position with the organization. The two-time Olympian has served as the USSA’s cross country coach for the past decade. He cited the need to spend more time with his family as the reason for stepping down.
It was a difficult choice to make, but clearly one that Vordenberg had to do. He issued a statement, saying, “The foremost reason I am leaving my coaching position is my new family. To do the job the way I would want to do it would require more travel, time and energy than I can give it. I support the whole cross country staff and all our athletes utterly and that means stepping aside”
After a successful 6 year career as a cross country skier, Vordenberg started coaching the team back in 2002. During this time period he has led the team during some monumental accomplishments. While at the helm, the cross country team earned the first World Championship medal won by a woman and the first World Cup medal in 25 years! During his tenure with the U.S. Ski Team, Pete has been said to hold nearly every coaching position within the organization. He has been the assistant coach/World Cup coach, head cross country coach, head development coach and most recently the men’s head World Cup coach.
Chris Grover, the team’s Head Cross Country Coach expressed his understanding of his associate’s announcement, saying, “In the end, Pete had to make the right decision for his young family and for the U.S. Ski Team. We will dearly miss having Pete in the program, but we understand his decision and wish him the absolute best in his future endeavors. We know our paths will cross many times in the near future.”