September 5th, 2013
ANCHORAGE – Head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced Thursday the addition of former Seawolf All-American Nicole De Yong to the 2013-14 coaching staff. De Yong will serve as the assistant Nordic coach.
“I’m extremely excited about bringing a Seawolf back home,” said Anderson. “She was a standout athlete and she will be an exceptional coach. Nicole really rounds out our staff and will bring a lot to our program.”
De Yong returns to UAA after serving as assistant Nordic coach at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in Ketchum, Idaho, since 2011, where she facilitated practices for high-school level skiers. Additionally, De Yong assisted with the organization of summer training for university-level skiers.
De Yong was a four-year letterwinner for the Seawolves in skiing, and a three-year competitor in cross country. A two-time All-American on the nordic trails, the local East Anchorage High School product was the NCAA runner-up in the 15-K freestyle at the 2005 NCAA Championships. In addition to her multiple skiing honors, De Yong was also a key runner on the 2004 Seawolf team that earned the school’s first-ever NCAA berth in women’s cross country.
De Yong, who graduated magna cum laude in May 2006 with a natural sciences degree, was a member of a the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honors societies, and made a pair of appearances on UAA’s dean’s list. She was named an academic All-American four times by the NCAA ski coaches, and she twice earned GNAC all-academic honors. On top of her full academic and athletic workloads, De Yong also volunteered her time with UAA’s student-athlete advisory committee (as SAAC president in 2005-06), and at local hospitals.
May 28th, 2013
Following the departure of Andrew Johnson for the head coaching job at Middlebury College, University of Vermont nordic head coach Patrick Weaver announced on Monday that Chris Mallory will be the new assistant coach for the Catamounts next season.
From the UVM press release:
Colchester, Vt. native and a former Vermont High School Nordic Skiing State Champion Chris Mallory has been hired as an assistant coach with the University of Vermont Nordic Ski Team. Head coach Patrick Weaver made the announcement today.
Mallory spent the last eight years working in Sun Valley, Idaho with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. He started out as a development team coach in 2006-07 and moved up to a head post-graduate coach in 2010.
While with the foundation, his responsibilities included coaching and teaching athletes 8-21 years old, implementing year round training programs for the competitive and post-graduate teams, and organizing summer training programs for visiting collegiate athletes.
“I am excited and feel very fortunate that Chris will be joining us next year. He comes to UVM from one of the top clubs in the country and I look forward to implementing his experience with our program. Chris grew up in this area and it feels good to bring a Vermonter back home,” said Weaver.
For the past three years, he has served as a service technician for the U.S. Ski Team at the World Junior/U23 Championships. At the 2013 championships he was promoted to the head service technician for the U.S. squad.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Mallory earned a spot on the Wildcats’ NCAA squad all four years and was a two-time captain. He earned All-EISA honors twice and was a two-time Academic All-American during his collegiate career.
The Catamounts finished third at the 2013 NCAA Championships and nordic skier Anja Gruber won an invidiual national title in the women’s 5k classic race.
April 3rd, 2013
Members of the University of Vermont (UVM) women’s nordic ski team got more than they bargained for while backcountry skiing on Dix Mountain near Keene Valley, N.Y., on Saturday, helping to evacuate a snowshoer who injured her ankle.
According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the group was skiing the mountain’s slides five or six miles into the woods and below the snowshoers when they heard about the injury. Julie Rheaumb, 30, of Montreal, Quebec, slid and injured her ankle that morning, and members of her party used a cell phone to call the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s dispatch center. Seven forest rangers and a state police helicopter responded, with some rangers heading out on foot and Forest Ranger Kevin Burns flying in via helicopter.
Burns was lowered near the side of the slide to reach Rheaumb, and he created a makeshift sled from ski poles, skins, a harness, and rope to keep her leg elevated. With the UVM contingent, including Janey McClelland, her father Scott, and Scott’s brother Vinny, who owns The Mountaineer outfitter shop in Keene Valley, the group worked together to move her to a clearing.
Rheaumb was evacuated by helicopter and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for medical attention.
As witnessed by FasterSkier, the UVM group completed its journey around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a couple women having enough energy to race each other to the parking lot. Coming off a third-place finish at NCAA Championships in early March, Vinny McClelland said they were having a fun end-of-season outing.
“It was full-on winter conditions up there,” McClelland said. “It was powder skiing.”No comments
March 29th, 2013
March 26th, 2013
Middlebury College announced on Tuesday that its search for a new nordic ski coach concluded following Andrew Gardner’s decision to leave the position earlier this season. Andrew Johnson, who has been an assistant coach at the University of Vermont for three years, will take over the program starting next season. Below is the official press release from the college:
Former Middlebury skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years, helping the Catamounts to the 2012 NCAA title.
“Middlebury’s demonstrated commitment to skiing coupled with its outstanding campus facilities and impressive upgrades at Rikert Nordic Center make it an ideal place to be,” added Johnson. “Having attended Middlebury College and skied for the program, it’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to return and help lead the ski team into its next chapter.”
March 19th, 2013
If you’re like us and wish the college season could keep going indefinitely, check out this great video of the nordic races from NCAA Championships put together by Middlebury College skier Stella Holt. There’s only a few hundred days before racing starts up again, right?
March 14th, 2013
March 9th, 2013
RIPTON, Vt. — University of Utah senior Miles Havlick went out on a high note on Saturday, defending his 20 k mass start title in the 2013 freestyle edition at the NCAA Skiing Championship at Rikert Nordic Center. Havlik outsprinted nearly 10 others at the finish, edging Colorado University’s Rune Ødegård, who won Thursday’s 10 k classic individual start, by 0.6 seconds.
Havlick finished in 50:13.4 and teammates Einar Ulsund and Niklas Persson took third (+1.0) and fifth (+3.1), respectively. A 2012 NCAA individual start champ, Erik Soderman of Northern Michigan University placed fourth.
Colorado University (CU) clinched the combined-team title with 708 points, 43 ahead of Utah in second and 55 ahead of the University of Vermont, which led through two alpine races and one nordic competition coming into Saturday.1 comment
March 9th, 2013
RIPTON, Vt. — Colorado University senior Joanne Reid put down a commanding performance in Saturday’s 15-kilometer freestyle mass start at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships at Rikert Nordic Center to win comfortably by 26.8 seconds and carry the CU flag across the finish.
Teammate Eliska Hajkova, also a senior, placed second after outsprinting Marine Dusser of the University of Alaska-Anchorage by 0.4 seconds. A former French national team biathlete, Dusser notched her second podium of the two-race championships and finished 27.2 seconds behind Reid’s winning time of 38:17.8 (unofficially).
The men’s 20 k freestyle mass start begins at noon Eastern time.
March 7th, 2013
Unofficial results are in from the women’s NCAA Championship 5 k classic: Anja Gruber (University of Vermont) countered CU’s win in the men’s 10 k with a victory in the women’s race a few hours later to keep UVM in the lead at conclusion of day two of the championships. She finished the 5 k course at Rikert Touring Center in 15:31.1, 11.1 seconds ahead of Dartmouth’s Mary O’Connell. Marine Dusser (University of Alaska, Anchorage) took third (+ 11.9).
Joanne Reid (Colorado University) finished fourth (+13.1), Sloan Story (University of Utah) took fifth (+31.0) and Maria Nordstroem (CU) rounded out the top six (+32.2).
At the halfway mark of the Championships UVM still (unofficially) sits in the lead and CU moved into second place headed into the last two events of NCAAs.
Live timing results (unofficial)No comments