HANOVER, N.H. — The United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association today announced the winners of the National Coaches of the Year for both alpine and Nordic and the National Skiers of the Year for alpine and Nordic, both men’s and women’s, with Dartmouth garnering four of the six awards.
Sophomore Tanguy Nef was chosen as the Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year while freshman Katharine Ogden was selected as the Women’s Nordic Skier of the Year. Their respective coaches were also honored with Peter Dodge being named the Alpine Coach of the Year and Cami Thompson Graves the Nordic Coach of the Year.
Nef posted a terrific sophomore campaign, completing 11 of the 12 races he competed in this winter, finishing on the podium 10 times with six victories, and placing fourth in his other race. At the NCAA Championships, the Swiss native finished second in the giant slalom by two-tenths of a second before winning the slalom by more than three-quarters of a second to earn first-team All-America honors in both races. Nef is the first Dartmouth skier to win the slalom in a dozen years.
Ogden was just as impressive for the Big Green as a rookie, winning seven of her 12 races while placing second in three others and fourth twice, earning EISA Women’s Nordic Rookie of the Year honors along the way. Her last two victories came at the NCAA Championships, cruising to victory in the 5K Classical by a stunning 46.9 seconds and besting the field again in the 15K Freestyle by a very comfortable 38.4-second margin, becoming the first Dartmouth skier to win two races at NCAAs in 56 years and the first Big Green woman to win a national title in a cross-country race.
Dodge, the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year for the third time, just finished his 29th season at Dartmouth with two of his skiers — senior Brian McLaughlin and Nef — winning individual NCAA Championships in the giant slalom and slalom, respectively, in mid-March in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Dartmouth men racked up 166 points at the Championships, more than any other team. For the season, his skiers won 10 of 14 races in men’s alpine action, with Nef winning six and McLaughlin four. The squad also racked up 18 podium appearances, 30 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes.
Like Dodge, Thompson Graves also finished her 29th season at Dartmouth, serving not only as the head coach of the women’s Nordic team but also as the Director of Skiing. She coached Ogden to a pair of NCAA Individual Championships, both in dominating fashion, last month, and Thompson Graves’ team won eight of the 14 possible races. Her skiers also racked up 21 podium appearances, 38 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes.
The other awards went to Denver’s Amelia Smart as the Women’s Alpine Skier of the Year and Northern Michigan’s Ian Torchia as the Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year.