Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Kate Barton '09 as the assistant nordic skiing coach. She comes to Middlebury from the Burke Mountain Academy, where she has served as the head nordic coach since 2012.
"I am honored for the opportunity to return to Middlebury and coach the ski program that had such a significant and positive impact on my development as an athlete and individual," said Barton. "Middlebury skiing has a storied history and I couldn't be more excited to bring my passion for nordic skiing back to this program and its athletes as we strive for success."
"Kate's enthusiasm for skiing – both as a skier and a coach – is inspiring and contagious," said fourth-year head coach Andrew Johnson. "Her experience as a student-athlete at Middlebury and her coaching background make her a phenomenal fit for our team and a big asset to our athletes."
During her Panther career on the trails, Barton and her teammates posted four top-eight finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a fifth-place effort during the 2008 event in Bozeman, Montana. She was a captain during her senior year, leading Middlebury to an eighth-place showing at the NCAA event hosted by Bates. She was also a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team, which claimed the 2006 and 2007 NESCAC Championships. Barton played in four NCAA Tournaments with a pair of teams making semifinal appearances.
A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Barton was an assistant coach at Burke Mountain Academy in 2011 prior to moving up to the head coaching position the following year. She was the head coach at Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, Wyoming in 2010, as well as a sailing instructor at SailMaine in Portland, Maine from 2004-09.
Barton was a three-time coach for the United States U18 National Team in Norway, Estonia and Sweden. In 2015, she traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan as the head coach of the USA U23 National Team. Barton is a three-time coach for Team New England at U.S. Junior Nationals and has worked for two years at the U.S. National U16 Summer Camp. She also leads summer training camps to Sweden and Norway, and was recently named the 2016 New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Coach of the Year.