Aldrich Ends His Tenure At Middlebury - Watch Interview
December 17, 2010
Middlebury College coach Terry Aldrich will end his 36-year tenure with the school on December 31st. The Cornwall, Vermont resident has spent all 36 years coaching the cross country running program at Middlebury, stepping down as the nordic ski coach after 31 years in 2005-06. He also spent time as an assistant track coach at Middlebury.
“It doesn’t seem possible it’s been 36 years - I guess it’s true about time flying when you are having fun,” said Aldrich. “I’ve truly enjoyed the privilege of working with such intelligent, highly motivated, and extremely dedicated student-athletes. The one thing I’m going to miss most is the daily interaction with the students. I’ve looked forward each year to a new group of students and challenging them to be the best they can be. I’m also going to miss my colleagues here at the Field House.”
Aldrich couldn’t have seen his career end on a better note, as his women’s team captured its sixth NCAA Championship with him garnering national coach of the year honors. His men’s squad also made history, winning its first NESCAC Championship while also advancing to the NCAA’s for the first time in school history.
Aldrich led his women's teams to 11 NESCAC and NCAA Regional Championships, as well as six NCAA Championships ('00, '01, '03, '06, '08 and ‘10 ) during his career. His teams have also won numerous state and ECAC titles during his tenure.
Sixteen times his women's teams qualified for the NCAA's, while he coached 16 individuals to NCAA appearances, including '85 NCAA Champion, Dorcas Den Hartog '87. Nine racers on the men's side have advanced to the NCAA's under Aldrich.
During his tenure at Middlebury he coached 29 cross-country All-Americans. After the '00, '01, '03, '06, '08 and ’10 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 also 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.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work in such a supportive environment here at Middlebury,” added Aldrich. “It’s been a great place to live, work and bring up a family. Our roots are very deep here in Vermont however Beth Ann and I plan to do some travelling and visiting our children and grand children.