In 1987, he graduated from the University of Graz with a degree in philosophy, psychology, and sports science. His thesis was on the sociology of ski jumping. 1987-1989, he was a ski jumper and ski jumping coach. In 1989-1992 and 2001–2002, he was coach of the Austrian ski jumping team. In 1993-2001 and since 2002, he has been director of Nordic skiing in the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV). He is also the ski jumping expert for German TV channel ZDF.