Rachel Koroscil – Head Coach

Rachel grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba. She fell in love with the sport of biathlon and soon began training as a part of the provincial team. After graduating in 2009, Rachel moved to Winnipeg to begin university and subsequently began coaching for the province of Manitoba. After representing Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in 2011, she completed the switch from athlete to coach and was named the Provincial Head Coach of Biathlon Manitoba the following year. Between her coaching responsibilities, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2013 and a Bachelor of Education in 2015 from the University of Manitoba. In 2015, she moved out to Canmore to begin working with the Canmore Nordic Ski Club as the Lead Biathlon Coach and Biathlon Program Manager. Through her 8 years with CNSC, she coached athletes just starting out in the sport, all the way to athletes competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2021. She completed her Advanced Coaching Diploma in 2019 and has been accepted to the IBU Coach Academy for the Level 2 course in 2023-24. Between domestic coaching, she has also led and assisted on many international tours including World Youth and Junior Championships, IBU Cups, World Cups, and World Championships. Additionally, she served on the Biathlon Canada Domestic Committee from 2017-2020 and the Biathlon Alberta Board as the Coaching Development Director from 2019 to 2023. Beyond coaching, she can be found applying her Manitoba farming skills in her garden, traveling, or out enjoying the mountains through backpacking, fishing, or running.

Contact Rachel: Headcoach@biathlon.ca

Jakub Procházka – Assistant Coach

Jakub is a retired national biathlete from Czechia who originally came to Canada to discover the Rockies. He took the opportunity to coach with the BATC and is excited for the opportunity to work with the team. Throughout his racing career, he achieved good results at both Junior World and European Championships and raced a couple of IBU Cups as well. Jakub has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Conditioning which he got at Masaryk’s University in Brno. He has coached biathlon at various levels for the past 4 years back in Czechia. He implements his mix of knowledge and experience from his education and athletic career to develop athletes and thoroughly enjoys this process. While not on the range, he is exploring the Rocky Mountains, in the best way…by using ski touring gear!

Christian Gow – Assistant Coach

Christian was born and raised in Calgary and found his love for biathlon early in life after participating in a summer camp at Canada Olympic Park.  That experience set him on an over 20-year-long journey into high-performance sport culminating in two trips to the Winter Olympic Games representing Canada.  Some of his career highlights include 5 Youth and Junior World Championships, 8 World Championships, 10 years on the World Cup circuit, and 11 years on the Senior National Team.  Among his proudest achievements was his role in securing a bronze medal as part of the Relay team at the 2016 Biathlon World Championships.

Transitioning into a role as an assistant coach, Christian’s enthusiasm and wealth of experience promise to enrich the team. Eager to impart his elite racing knowledge to the next generation of athletes, he brings a passion for teaching honed through years of dedication to his sport.

When not coaching, you might find him on the golf (or disc golf) course and enjoying the trails on his mountain bike.