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.