Park City, Utah – Stratton Mountain School Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell has been named the Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). This is the country’s highest coaching honor, and one that Sverre has won three times prior in 2009, 2003 and 2001.
“I’m honored that USSA has named me Domestic Coach of the Year,” Caldwell said. “Our athletes have had a great year, and I’m proud to share in their success.”
In the 2014-2015 season, the SMS Nordic Team and SMS T2 Team scored four top-10s at World Championships (including one silver medal), two top-10s at U23 World Championships, a sixth-place finish at World Juniors, and 14 of 21 team members qualified for Junior Nationals, and eight of these 14 earned All American status (top-10 or top-3 relay). At Junior Nationals, the SMS Nordic Team extended its streak of winning at least one Junior National gold medal for 19 straight years.
In 2014, the SMS Nordic Program and the SMS T2 Team won the USSA Cross Country Club of the Year, the third time SMS has received this honor. Also in 2014, former SMS T2 Team Coach Gus Kaeding (SMS ’02) won the Cross Country International Coach of the Year, and he was named the Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year in 2013.
“We are inspired by Sverre’s long-time leadership in the world of Nordic skiing, and his commitment to driving the success of Nordic skiing development,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “He has inspired athletes at SMS since 1980, and he is known nationally as in Nordic skiing as the top coach at the development level.”
In a letter, USSA CEO Tiger Shaw said, “Congratulations Sverre, on your efforts and the leadership you provide to the development of your athletes.”
Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.