Head Coach Nate Springer

Coach Nate started skiing when he was six years old at Hyland Hills on a Cub Scout Trip. Since learning how to ski he has worked as a Professional Ski Instructor of America at numerous ski areas including Hyland Hills, Spirit Mountain, Beaver Creek and Buck Hill. Nate attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and was part of UMD’s Alpine Ski Team. While skiing at UMD he was able to be a part of numerous USCSA National qualifying teams. Nate started coaching High School Skiing in college and has coached at three different High Schools since. This season will be his 18th season coaching at the High School Level. Nate also is a member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association and sits on the advisory panel to the MSHSL for Alpine Skiing. Nate also is a certified USSA Official and Level 100 Coach.

Nate attributes his love of coaching to being able to work with great young people who want to push themselves on the hill. He loves the “light bulb” moments when a young athlete discovers a skill for the first time. Nate’s purpose as a coach is to inspire athletes to have a great work ethic, with the grit to be able to work through struggles and challenges all while being honest with themselves and others. All these things he believes will create universal respect for the sport and the environment in which we compete.

When Nate isn’t on the snow he works for the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son’s baseball teams, going on outings with his son’s Boy Scout Troop, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, spending time on the lake and going to concerts with his wife. Nate also enjoys playing “old man” softball and hockey. 

Assistant Coach Stephanie Phang

I started skiing when I was six years old and was racing by the time I was ten. I raced for Eden Prairie Alpine from 2002-2006. All through high school I raced for two ski teams. So I can relate with the skiers when they say I basically live at the ski hill. I can relate with the students who have to juggle school, racing and having a job. I have been coaching for Eden Prairie Alpine since 2011. I love the sport and the racing atmosphere. I enjoy watching the skiers become better racers and teaching them all my tricks. If I didn’t ski I would probably hate winter. Outside of skiing I work at an animal hospital and take care of sick pets. I have loved dogs since I can remember. I have three! I also love to travel. Especially to the Caribbean! I love spending the day at the beach.