Meet Our Volunteer Coaches

Head Coach

Sheila Kealey is a public health researcher who loves coaching and competing. She is passionate about keeping post-secondary students engaged in xc skiing and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the ranks of female coaches. She has over 20 years of coaching experience and is pursuing her NCCP Competition Development Coaching certification.

Sheila has a Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion) and works with other researchers in areas including behavioral interventions, the influence of nutrition and physical activity on health and disease, health policy, and global health. Her experience as a researcher, coach, and athlete shapes her communication on twitter and her website.

Assistant Coaches

Jesse Williams is a recent uOttawa graduate who worked tirelessly (and successfully!) to get recognition for a uOttawa ski team while studying Fine Arts. Jesse has experience as a student athlete, competitive athlete, and is also a coach at Nakkertok Nordic.

Jesse is an amazing artist, and many of his works are inspired by outdoor landscapes familiar to many nordic skiers. Be sure to check out Jesse's art on his website here.

When not painting, coaching, or enjoying the outdoors himself, you can find Jesse working on bikes or skis at The Cyclery.


John Lewis is Director of uOttawa's Biomedical Sciences Program, and Professor in the uOttawa Department of Biology (more info on his research here).

John is a keen skier himself: he skied with the McGill University team, still likes to jump in the occasional race, and has coached with Nakkertok Nordic for over 12 years.

John is a firm believer that being active is good for students and can help their academics. In addition to coaching, John will offer his expertise for training plan development and integrating University academics with training.


Affiliate Coaches and Consultants

Kieran Jones, head coach of local club Nakkertok Nordic, will oversee the training of uOttawa Nordiq athletes who compete with Nakkertok’s Junior Development Program (NJDT). He will also facilitate time trials and workouts combined with the NJDT.

Moe Samm, head coach of local club Chelsea Nordiq, will oversee the training of uOttawa Nordiq athletes who compete with the Chelsea Nordiq Senior Team. Moe will also facilitate some combined time trials and workouts with his Senior Team athletes and uOttawa Nordiq athletes.

Mike Vieira brings tremendous expertise to uOttawa Nordiq and will help consult on training plans and technique. Mike is the newly appointed Manager of Paralympic Performance with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and was manager of coaching development at Cross Country Canada. Mike is a uOttawa alumni with an MBA and Masters in Human Kinetics, Sport Management. He competed as a varsity athlete with the Queen’s University Gaels while pursuing a B.Sc. In Molecular Biology.

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