Sam Naney


Director of Coaching

Sam grew up in the mountain paradise of the Methow Valley in Washington State. From a very young age he gravitated to cross-country skiing and racing and quickly rose in the regional and national ranks as a top junior competitor, garnering multiple podium finishes at Junior National Championships . He continued his ski racing career at Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in History.

Zoom Hangout with Scott Johnston and Sam Naney

Following his collegiate racing career Sam moved back to the Methow Valley where Scott served as Sam’s coach for six years. During this time his successes as a professional cross-country skier included several wins on the domestic circuit and multiple top-10 finishes at US National Championships, including a sixth place finish at the 2014 US Olympic Team Trials.

With the birth of his first child in May 2014, Sam retired from the professional competitor ranks and together with his wife Alison moved to Seattle to begin coaching young cross-country skiers at the middle and high school level. At the same time they built a business of coaching adult endurance athletes for trail ultra-marathon running and similar endurance pursuits, focusing on an individualized approach and carefully-progressed training which mirrored Sam’s experiences with Scott.

After two seasons in Seattle the family felt the pull to return home, and in August of 2016 returned to the Methow Valley to continue building their family and broadening their coaching experience.

As a coach for Uphill Athlete Sam brings over a decade of first-hand experience with the training methods recorded in Training For the New Alpinism as both a former professional athlete and now a full-time professional endurance coach.

Sam began coaching for Uphill Athlete in 2016. He coaches mountaineers, SkiMo racers, and mountain runners.


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