Holy Family Nordic Ski program was started by an enthusiastic and experienced Nordic skier and Holy Family parent, Mark Thune, in 2009. Since that time it has grown to more than 50 athletes with more competitive success each year including many individual state competitors and conference honors. Many Fire Nordic Skiers continue to ski in college programs and recreationally following graduation from Holy Family.
Head coach Nathan Kennedy encourages inexperienced and experienced skiers to join the program. His goals for the program are, first, to teach an incredibly fun and challenging sport to as many students as possible, creating a fun and rewarding experience for all athletes. The second objective is to coach skiers to be their best.
Holy Family Nordic Ski team practices on our 72-acre campus and county parks such as Carver Park Reserve and Hyland Park. Fire Nordic Skiers have a dedicated waxing room to prepare and store their skis in during the season.
Nathan Kennedy is in his 5th year of coaching the nordic ski team at Holy Family Catholic High School. He is only the second head coach in the programs history, after taking over the position from program’s originator, Mark Thone. An avid nordic skier, Coach Kennedy is also a recreation programmer for Three Rivers Park District, experienced educator and youth activity director.