Maria Stuber founded the Women Ski Coaches Association (WSCA) in 2019, a grassroots organization that gives women ski coaches a voice. The WSCA works to develop, retain and advance women in ski coaching leadership. Just three months into this project, the WSCA has over 90 members and has unanimous support from women head coaches and program directors in US cross-country skiing. The WSCA was recognized internationally at the Norwegian Ski Federation’s Ski Leaders of Tomorrow event in September 2019 and has begun collaborating with the skiing National Governing Body to change skiing sport culture to support and value women coaches.
Stuber is the Head Men’s and Women’s Ski Coach at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She leads the largest ski team of any division in the NCAA, serves as president of the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) conference, and is an assistant coach to the men’s and women’s cross-country running teams. She has coached athletes to six CCSA All-Conference honors and 15 All-Region finishes. The Saints have qualified 4 individuals for the NCAA DI National Championships in her first 3 seasons.
Stuber arrived in Duluth from Aspen, Colorado where she had been the Nordic Program Director of the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club from 2013-16. In Aspen, Stuber coached athletes to 8 Junior National Championship podium finishes and qualified athletes for the World Junior Championship and Scandinavian Cup each year.
Stuber, a Waukesha, WI native, attended Northern Michigan University where she is a 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee. She skied and ran cross-country from 2002-08. She was a three-year team captain, including the 2007 season where NMU became the only ski team in NCAA history to sweep the podium in both cross-country events at the NCAA Championships.
Stuber has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology/Physiology and a Master's in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University. She is also a NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduate.