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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 2, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College head coach Danny Noyes was honored as the 2010 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Alpine Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Noyes, who shared the honor with University of Vermont's Bill Reichelt, is in his third season with the Mules and has continued to lead Colby into national prominence. The EISA coaches voted on the award at this past weekend's Eastern Championships at Middlebury College.
"It was a great honor to have my peers recognize the work that our team has put in and the great year we are having," Noyes said. "I told the team that I proudly accept the award for them, because it is their success that I'm being recognized for."
The Colby men's alpine team had never won a slalom or giant slalom team event at an EISA ski carnival, but the Mules won three slalom races over a five week period this year. Meanwhile, senior co-captain Josh Kernan won the individual slalom title at the Williams Ski Carnival. The women's team is young and has made great strides over the course of the season, finishing fifth in the slalom at the Williams races.
Noyes has had seven skiers qualify for the NCAA Skiing Championships in his first three years with the Mules. Kernan earned All-American honors in the slalom and the giant slalom at last year's NCAA meet, while junior Vincent Lebrun-Fortin earned slalom and giant slalom All-American honors in 2008 and added a 2009 honor in the slalom. Dana Breakstone, a senior women's captain, and Emily Colin '09 also have skied at the NCAA meet under Noyes.
Noyes, a 2002 Colby graduate, was the head coach of the alpine ski team at Colby-Sawyer College before coming back to Colby. He also had assistant coaching stints at St. Lawrence University and at Colby.