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Thompson Graves Named National Nordic Coach of the Year

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By Dennis & Ellen Curran
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth skiing coach Cami Thompson Graves was named the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Nordic Coach of the Year, while Colorado’s Richard Rokos, whose team won the national title, was named the Alpine Coach of the Year. The award is voted on by the USCSCA membership at the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.

Thompson Graves, who coached the men’s cross country ski team this year along with her usual duties as the women’s coach, led the Nordic teams to 14 victories in 24 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races with 25 podium finishes and six victories for the individual skiers. The Big Green earned at least 100 points in 21 of those 24 races and did not finish lower than third even once. She also had eight skiers earn All-East honors and was named the EISA Nordic Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career.

Dartmouth finished second in the Nordic standings at the NCAA Championships held at Middlebury, Vt., on March 6-9, helping the Big Green place fifth overall in the final team standings.

A native of Stowe, Vt., Thompson Graves was an All-American skier at St. Lawrence before going on to earn a spot on the U.S. Ski Team and compete in the 1985 FIS World Championship Team in Seefeld, Austria. After her competitive career, which included many World Cup events, she went on to coach with numerous teams ranging from Eastern Junior Olympic squads to International U.S. Ski Team Trips. Honored as a member of the St. Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame, Thompson Graves has also received the Ski New Hampshire Al Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in the State of New Hampshire.