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Chris City
Chris City
Title: Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Nordic)
Organization: Skiing
Phone: (617) 384-9491
Email: city@fas.harvard.edu
College: Harvard 1994
Experience: Sixth Season

Chris City was named as Harvard’s head coach of the men’s and women’s Nordic skiing teams on June 9, 2008 and enters his sixth season as the program's Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Nordic) in 2013-14.

This is City’s second stint with the Nordic program after serving as co-head coach during the 1996-97 program before stepping down to attend law school.

“I am very pleased to announce that Chris City is returning to our staff in the capacity as head Nordic coach,” said Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise.  “He has a tremendous understanding of the sport and shares our strong vision in where this program – as well as our alpine program can go in the future. As a Harvard graduate, Chris also understands our student-athletes and will be uniquely qualified to help us grow as a program in the toughest racing league in the country.” 

City has been a member of the Crimson’s coaching staff since the 2006-07 season under then-head coach Peter Graves, who recently stepped down for personal reasons. In that role, City designed the team’s training plan, led practices, provided instruction and assisted at carnivals and other races.

“This is an exciting time for Harvard Skiing and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” said City. “Coach (Tim) Mitchell has made great strides with the alpine program, and my predecessor, Peter Graves, has built a solid foundation for the Nordic squad over the past few years.  The Friends of Harvard Skiing, led by Charles Hirschler and Erich Horsley, continue to lead tremendous support and development of the programs. Skiing was a formative part of my own Harvard experience, and I'm looking forward to working with a new generation of Harvard athletes.”

City is a 1994 Harvard graduate and a former Captain of the Harvard Nordic Ski Team. Following his graduation from Harvard, City attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and subsequently practiced law in the Boston area while remaining active in Master's skiing and coaching.