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Deno Johnson

Program Director and Head Coach

Deno has 15 years of competitive Nordic ski racing experience and has coached junior racers for over 27 years. He has consistently developed superior skiers through NordicWerks SkiKlubb.  Deno coaches all ability levels and has a proven track record of bringing athletes to the pinnacle of their ability.


His coaching success involves numerous NCAA Championship athletes, Junior National champions and State team and individual champions.  He has also coached athletes who have raced at the Olympics and World Championships.  Deno has previously been voted Coach of the Year by his peers in Minnesota and CXC Coach of the Year.

NordicWerks SkiKlubb qualified a program record number of 11 athletes for the 2022 US Junior National Championships in Minneapolis with several All-American top 10 finishes earned. In addition, many athletes raced to top 20 finishes earning Alaska Cup points for the Midwest.