MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University men's and women's Nordic ski coach Sten Fjeldheim was named the Central Collegiate Ski Association Coach of the Year on Saturday for the second-straight season.
"It is a real honor to receive the CCSA Coach of the Year award for both the men's and women's teams, especially since it is all of the CCSA coaches who vote on this award," Fjeldheim said. "It's a real big honor to be selected by a group of coaches who we compete against all season long."
Fjeldheim, now in his 25th year at NMU, led the Wildcats men's and women's squads to a sweep of the CCSA and NCAA Central Region team championships this year.
Between the CCSA Championships at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming and the NCAA Central Region Championships at Michigan Tech in Houghton this month, Wildcats won five of the eight individual events.
"Much of the credit goes to the NMU ski team athletes and the way that they have supported one another all season, not just with their racing, but also their fall dry-land training and respecting one another as individuals," Fjeldheim said. "The team has depth and talent and most of all, a very competitive atmosphere exists within this group. They pushed one another during the intense training sessions all fall and were ready to train no matter what the weather was, rain, shine, sleet or storm."
In addition to Fjeldheim's honor, NMU senior George Cartwright was named the CCSA Skier of the Week after placing fifth in the men's classic and first in the freestyle at the NCAA regional.
Up next for NMU is the NCAA Ski Championships March 5-8 in Utah with the Nordic portion taking place on March 6 and 8 at Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway.