Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team Head Coach Tom Smith was named Coach Of The Year by the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA). Smith's team wrapped up the 2017-18 regular ski season with five First Team All-Conference honorees; Sarah Goble, Gaspard Cuenot, Tom Bye, Mitch DeLong and Reid Goble and two Second Team All-Conference award winners, Amanda Kautzer and Patrick Acton.
Under the leadership of Smith, the Huskies Nordic ski team has had five podium finishes in CCSA competition. In addition, five of his athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado — Sarah Goble, Kautzer, Cuenot, Bye and Reid Goble.
Smith and Assistant Coach Kristen Monahan, executed their first fundraising efforts as collegiate coaches, raising more than $8,000 and fully funded the team's new race suits. Joe Haggenmiller was the last Tech Nordic ski coach to be named Coach Of The Year in 2009.
CCSA skiers receive points based on their performance for each race. The five skiers with the most points receive First Team honors. The remaining five athletes in the top-10 tier are named to the Second Team. Cuenot and Reid Goble earned All-Region honors for their top-10 performances at the regional championships Feb. 18 as well.
The Huskies will now get a break before finishing their 2017-18 season at the NCAA Championships March 8 and 10 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.