2017 EISA Nordic Coach of the Year
2016 EISA Nordic Coach of the Year
Jason Lemieux’s journey to Williams College to compete as a Nordic skier and study was a short one, just 37 miles from his hometown in Worthington, MA.
His return to Williams as an assistant Nordic ski coach under Eph legendary head Nordic coach Bud Fisher took a little longer – 11 years and countless miles. In April of 2014 Lemieux was named to succeed longtime Eph Nordic coach Bud Fisher.
Upon graduating from Williams in 2001 with a B.S. in geosciences Lemieux left the Berkshires and proceeded to ski race all over the country, working on both coasts in skiing and in business as a sales manager before returning to the Williams campus in September of 2012 to serve as an assistant Nordic coach.
In September of 2013 Lemieux was promoted to associate head coach under Fisher and most recently he was named Head Nordic coach at Williams to replace the retiring Fisher.
“I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Bud over the past two seasons and am excited and honored to be taking over as the head coach,” stated Lemieux.
“I am pleased and excited to announce that Jason Lemieux has accepted the position of Head Nordic Ski Coach at Williams College,” said Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. “Jason stood out among a strong pool of candidates. His technical knowledge of Nordic skiing and his experience at Williams positioned him well to take on this leadership role. I look forward to working with him as he builds upon the long established traditions so ably led by Bud Fisher.”
A standout in Nordic skiing at Wahconah High School (Dalton, MA), Lemieux won a Massachusetts State Nordic high school title and earned All-America honors. Lemieux then skied for the Ephs and qualified for the NCAAs all four years, serving as a team captain his senior year. His best NCAA finish was 12th in 2000.
After leaving Williams Lemieux skied professionally in North America for the Subaru Factory Team and the Maine Winter Sports Center through 2004. From 2004 until he returned to Williams Lemieux resided in Hood River, OR where he continued to coach and ski race locally for XC Oregon and the Millennium Racing Club. In addition Lemieux worked in sales and marketing in the carbon fiber manufacturing industry.
“Throughout my racing, coaching, and business career I always thought that coaching at Williams would be a dream job,” noted Lemieux. “13 years after graduating that dream has become a reality!
Lemieux and his wife Rachel reside in Williamstown with their children Jayvin and Caitlyn.