CXC Academy Names New Guest Coaches

VERONA, Wis. (April 19, 2019)Central Cross Country Skiing has announced two new coaches for its CXC Academy program, an online subscription service that provides professional training plans for cross country skiers of all ages and skill levels.

CXC has named noted Central Region native Alayna Sonnesyn (Plymouth, Minn.), the 2019 American Birkebeiner champion, and veteran collegiate and professional sports coach Steve Myrland (Madison, Wis.) to its team of coaches offering targeted online training to cross country skiers.

CXC Academy has a long track record helping skiers develop better ski technique, improve ski fitness and get ready for the next big ski event with the help. CXC is the recognized governing body for cross country skiing by U.S. Ski & Snowboard in its Central Region.

Alayna Sonnesyn

Sonnesyn, a CXC native who now skis for the Stratton Mountain School T2 Elite Team, will be advising through a series of videos covering general training advisory, ski technique and user Q&As. Sonnesyn grew up in Minnesota and was cross country skiing by age three. She grew up racing in the Minnesota High School League and in CXC programs, winning a national junior title and skiing on scholarship for the University of Vermont. Her breakthrough race came at this year’s Slumberland American Birkebeiner where she took her first major win.

Throughout her ski career she has been a leader, including team captain for UVM. She has also dedicated herself to giving back to her sport, volunteering an guest coaching for Special Olympics, Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont and the Minnesota Youth Ski League. She received multiple honors from UVM in her senior year of 2018.

Steve Myrland

Myrland will be joining CXC Academy as a movement specialist advising on functional strength training through monthly videos and strength training plans. He is a highly recognized athletic development and performance coach for competitive athletes across multiple sports. He began his coaching career with the University of Wisconsin in 1988, assisting with Big Ten and national championship performances in hockey, soccer, cross country running, tennis and rowing. He also played a key role with the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks, supporting them to an NHL record for single-season improvement. He has also worked in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox as well at the Tampa Bay Mutiny Major League Soccer team. He has been a past contributor to CXC coaches education workshops.

Joe Haggenmiller

Haggenmiller rejoins CXC Academy as the Master training plan writer.

Joe learned to ski behind many talented Americans and Norwegians and raced against at least 7 Olympic or World Champions. He is a past national champion and an Alumni of the MSHSL, NMU, and The University of Utah. Joe apprenticed as a coach under NMU Coach Sten Fjeldheim and Norwegian National Team Coach Trond Nystad. He has led International US Ski Team Trips and programs at the Junior Level (Superiorland Ski Club) and the NCAA Level (Michigan Tech). Skiers from his programs have won US Senior National and Junior National Races.

Joe is in his third year with CXC after 14 years at Michigan Tech. Joe has a passion for Central region skiing and seeing its skiers excel at the highest levels. He is a US Ski & Snowboard Level 200 certified coach committed to helping skiers achieve their potential as athletes, students, members of the ski community, and human beings.

CXC Academy is a unique program that has been serving skiers for over a decade. Subscribing members have access to training plans and videos from CXC Academy monthly. The training year is broken into four week periods starting each week on a Monday and concluding on Sunday totalling 13 training periods with 28 days in each period. Four fresh weeks of training is published each month.

To learn more about CXC Academy and how it can help you improve your cross country skiing, check it out at


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