Nordic Program Director
Dragan has been coaching with BSF since 1996, building BSF Nordic into a nationally recognized program. Dragan was born in Krusevo, Macedonia, and skied for the Yugoslavia National Team in both cross country and biathlon at the World Cup level. He graduated from Cyril and Methodius University in Sport and Physical education with a thesis on “Improving physical ability, technique and tactic in Cross Country skiing among junior skiers." He received a coaching degree from University of Belgrade and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University with a thesis on improving aerobic and anaerobic capacity among Cross country skiers. He coached in Yugoslavia in both Nordic and biathlon, including Olympian Aleksandar Milenkovic in 1992. He also worked as a conditioning coach in soccer and volleyball. In addition, he taught physical education and worked almost ten years at a preschool education project, including publishing a book for preschool teachers, “Step by Step, Education for Preschool Kids.” His family moved to Bozeman in 1996, when he started coaching BSF. Since then, Dragan has coached over 1000 skiers, who have won over 40
national championship titles. More than 30 BSF skiers have skied at NCAA championships. Leif Zimmerman, Kristina Trygstad, Shayla Swanson, Karin Camenisch, Torin Koos and Jennie Bender have all skied in World
Cups. Leif was an Olympian in 2006 and Torin in 2014. And we're looking forward to much more!