Nordic coach Cote earns EISA honor

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 27, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­- Colby College Nordic ski coach Tracey Cote has been honored as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Co-Coach of the Year after helping the Mules to one of their best seasons in many years.

Cote has helped the men’s Nordic team to eight finishes in the top five during races this year. The Mules had one second-place finish and one third. The third place came at last weekend’s Eastern Championships at Middlebury College. The women’s team does not have the depth of the men’s squad, but the women had better finishes than in past years.

“This has been an incredible season for Colby Nordic and I feel very fortunate to have been able to coach this group of athletes,” said Cote, who is in her ninth year of coaching skiing at Colby.  “This team has worked very hard and made a lot of sacrifices to be so focused on their training and racing. I give them a ton of credit and thank them for making me look good.”

Cote and men’s Nordic skiers Nick Kline (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Fred Bailey (Andover, Maine) will be heading to the NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by the University of New Hampshire at the Jackson Cross Country Center, from March 7 to 11.

Cote, who skied at Northern Michigan University, also is a Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at Colby. She shared the EISA award with Saint Lawrence University’s Ethan Townsend.

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