Noyes named Colby alpine skiing head coach

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 18, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­-- Danny Noyes is coming back to Colby College as the new head coach for the men’s and women’s alpine ski teams.

Noyes, a 2002 Colby graduate and a former assistant alpine ski coach with the Mules, begins his new job August 1. He takes over from Mark Godomsky, who is leaving after 13 years as head coach to become the Director of On-Snow Programs at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Noyes also will be an assistant for the Colby football team as part of his other duties in the athletic department.

Noyes has been the head coach of the alpine ski teams at Colby-Sawyer College for the past two years. He also had assistant coaching stints at St. Lawrence University and his two years with the Mules.

“Coming back to Colby is rewarding on many different levels,” Noyes said. “When I came back for the interview it was nice to have that familiarity with the campus, but also the familiarity with the people there.”

Noyes led Colby-Sawyer to third-place finishes out of 19 schools in the giant slalom for the men and women at the United States Collegiate Skiing Association (USCSA) Championships this past March. The Colby-Sawyer women also placed fourth in the slalom. In those events at the 2006 championship meet, Colby-Sawyer placed fourth in all three at Sugarloaf USA.

Noyes started his collegiate coaching career as a senior at Colby. Despite being recruited to play three sports for the Mules, Noyes elected to play football during his four years and did not ski or play baseball. After the 2001 football season ended, Noyes worked as a student assistant coach for the 2002 alpine ski season and stayed at Colby as an assistant for the 2003 season. Noyes worked with Colby All-American skiers Warner Nickerson, Rob Saunders, Abbi Lathrop and Jenny Lathrop.

“Not skiing (in college) gave me a different perspective on things,” said Noyes, a native of North Conway, N.H. “I became more of a student of the sport ­ watching, learning and instructing others. The coaching and teaching part of the sport escalated to a different level for me.”

Noyes moved on to St. Lawrence for the 2004 and 2005 ski seasons. He also earned his master’s degree at St. Lawrence and was an assistant football coach.

In addition to the coaching experience, Noyes served as president of the USCSA’s MacConnell Division for the past two years. He also holds referee certification for the United States Ski Association.

Noyes had an outstanding athletic career at Colby. He was the men’s Millett Award winner, given to the senior who has contributed the most to Colby athletics in their four years. Noyes still holds football career receiving records for yards in a game (209), season (977) and career (2,466). Noyes’ 65 catches in 2001 and his 164 career receptions also are school records.

Noyes earned first team honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the New England Football Writers after his junior and senior seasons.

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