Aldrich Named National Coach Of The Year

December 1, 2008

Middlebury College cross country coach Terry Aldrich has been named the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) National Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Aldrich recently led the women's team at Middlebury to its fifth NCAA Championship.

During his tenure at Middlebury he has coached 26 cross-country All-Americans. After the '00, '01, '03 and '06 seasons, in which the women won the National Championship, Aldrich was named the NESCAC, New England, and National Coach of the Year.

Aldrich coached his 31st and final season with the Middlebury ski team in the winter of '05-'06. He spent 20 years as the director of skiing before the job was split in 1995-96, when he became the Director of Nordic Skiing. During his time in that position, Aldrich coached 30 All-Amercians as well as three Olympians (Sue Long '84, Dorcas DenHartog '88, '92 and Andrew Johnson, '02). His teams captured the '79 and '80 AIAW Women's National Championships, while the '04 squad won the EISA title, earning him EISA Coach of the Year honors.

Aldrich has been a member of the NCAA Ski Committee since '84, serving as the rules editor since '88. He worked as an assistant coach for the '80 Olympic nordic team in Lake Placid, while also working with the '83 World Cup squad.

A 1968 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Aldrich was an outstanding scholar-athlete, serving as captain of the ski, track, and soccer teams. Shortly after graduation he earned a spot on both the national nordic team and the Olympic biathlon training squad and competed in the 1970 and 1971 World Championships.