Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Sten Fjeldheim, the headmenâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™s cross country ski coach at Northern Michigan University, has been selected to receive the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)Coach of the Year Award â€Â“ Development and the USSA Cross Country Domestic Coachof the Year. Ã‚  The USSA is the National Governing Body for Olympic Skiing andSnowboarding.  This is the second time that he has picked up the award as hewon it in 2000 and is the only two-time recipient. 


USSA Coach of the Year Awards are made in each sport to aUSSA staff or USSA Competition Club coach based on outstanding contribution toeither the domestic program or international program, resulting in high-levelperformance of his or her athletes in domestic or international competitionrespectively during the past season.  Each respective USSA Sport Committeemakes selections.  Fjeldheim at NMU has produced 40 NCAA All-Americans, threeNCAA National Champions and six Olympians.  The NMU cross country ski team underFjeldheim has produced a number of skiers who have represented the U.S. in international competitions.


â€ÂœBeing voted Coach of the Year is an honor,â€Â Fjeldheim saidabout winning the award.  â€ÂœI would like to share this award with the wholecoaching staff.  I would not have this award without the support of NMU.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ Fjeldheim also stated that he is very proud of the skiing community in Marquette. 


Fjeldheim served as the assistant national team coach/juniordevelopment coordinator for the United States Ski Team from 1994-97.   Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœSomethinglike this is an outstanding recognition to his coaching abilities anddedication to his sport,â€Â Ken Godfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, said.  â€ÂœTheaward is most deserving without a doubt.  As an athletic director, I am proudof someone like him on my staff.â€Â


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director