Aldrich Is National Coach Of The Year, Schmidt Honored

November 23, 2010

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Middlebury College head coach Terry Aldrich as its New England Region and National Coach of the Year. Joining Aldrich as an honoree was junior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.), who was deemed the Men’s New England Region Athlete of the Year.

Having announced his retirement earlier in the year, Middlebury’s Aldrich had a way of making a fond farewell to the coaching ranks by leading his team to another national team title. For Middlebury, their hard-fought eight-point victory over Washington (Mo.) brought the squad their NCAA Division III title in women’s cross country. Middlebury and Aldrich have now won all of those six titles in a span of 11 championships with crowns in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, and, now, 2010.

Middlebury’s success at this year’s championships stemmed from a top five crew that finished within 26 seconds of each other. Despite the team’s top runner finishing 40th overall, rookie Colette Whitney was responsible for just 24 place points and was followed closely by sophomore Addie Tousley who added 29 place points.

Earlier in the fall, Middlebury won a third-straight NCAA New England region title with a 33-point victory over Williams after placing all five in the race’s top 20. Middlebury also won their third-straight and 11th overall NESCAC title this season.

Schmidt was honored after winning the NCAA New England Regional race on November 13th. The junior won the 333-man event with a time of 25:40. Earlier this fall, Schmidt led the men’s squad to its first NESCAC Championship, finishing the race second overall. He is a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selection, earning second-team honors during his rookie season.