Former Bridger Ski Foundation coach Dragan Danevski and Lina Hultin were announced as co-directors of a recently organized athletic endurance academy, according to a press release.

Montana Endurance Academy is focused on training plan implementation, goal-setting and multi-sport all-season outdoor training to help athletes develop. The primary emphasis of this season will be Nordic skiing.

Danevski was the head Nordic coach and program director for BSF since 1997. He has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a bachelor’s in Sports and Physical Education. He has over 35 years of international Nordic ski coaching experience, spanning from youth development to elite international competition.

According to a statement provided to the Chronicle in early May, BSF executive director Evan Weiss said Danevski’s contract was not renewed for the 2019-20 season but thanked him for his “dedication and vision” in his 23 years with the program. The statement said not retaining Danevski was “an incredibly difficult decision for everyone involved” and happened after a reflection on BSF’s “programming and culture” and following feedback from parents, athletes and coaches.

BSF declined to comment further other than to say the hiring process for Danevski’s replacement was underway. Danevski declined a request to comment about his departure from BSF.

Danevski has coached over 1,000 skiers who have won more than 40 national championship titles with 35 skiers going on to compete in college and three competing at the Olympics. In 2002, he was named U.S. Ski and Snowboard Nordic coach of the year.

“I look forward to providing aspiring athletes a model that is led by example, encourages hard work and provides enjoyment through the process,” Danevski said in the press release.

Hultin has raced and coached in Sweden, Norway and the United States, which has provided Hultin with diverse experiences. Hultin has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science and a bachelor’s in Sports and Physical Education.

“I’ve had the opportunity to approach athlete development through numerous methods and instructors,” Hultin said in the press release. “The accumulation of my cultural and academic experiences have provided a rich and diverse passion for coaching and athlete development.”

MEA’s first meeting open to the public will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lindley Pavilion where the team will be sharing general information and answering questions. Training is scheduled to begin Saturday. More information on the program and how to register will be available at the meeting.

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