Long-time Middlebury College Assistant Nordic Coach Patty Ross will transition into a new role in the fall of 2016. Ross recently completed her 29th and final season as an assistant coach for the Middlebury Nordic skiing program. The veteran coach will continue to assist the track & field teams, while taking on some administrative duties in her new role.
"This felt like a great time for me to reduce my duties and transition into semi-retirement as I move toward the end of my career," said Ross. "I am very fortunate to have worked with such amazing athletes and people at Middlebury. I can't begin to thank them for making my life and job so enjoyable everyday – putting a smile on my face."
"Patty has made a significant contribution to the Nordic ski program over her long career at Middlebury," said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. "Her contributions not only have been key to the success of the program and its skiers, but more importantly she has helped create a meaningful experience for our skiers. Her relationships with her athletes have been a cornerstone of the program for almost three decades and will be missed," added Quinn. "We are fortunate that she will continue to work with us, and we look forward to this next chapter in her career."
Ross joined the Middlebury staff in 1987 as an assistant Nordic ski coach. During her time, she has coached 18 Panthers who achieved All-American status. Three of her former skiers, Garrott Kuzzy '06, Simi Hamilton '09, and current head Nordic coach Andrew Johnson, represented the United States in the Olympic Games.
Several of Ross's former skiers have moved into coaching positions, including Barney Hodges '91 at Middlebury High School, Matt Whitcomb '01 for the U.S. Ski Team, Molly Enman '97 at St. Michael's College, and Johnson for Middlebury. Also in the coaching ranks are Colin Rodgers '04 at Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Kuzzy at Green Mountain Valley School, Matt Johnson '08 at Montana State University, Kate Barton '09 at Burke Mountain Academy, and Chase Marston '12, at Stratton Mountain School.
Ross came to the College after four years of world-class competition. She was one of five American women Nordic skiers to compete in the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984. Ross also competed internationally with the U.S. National Team from 1983 to 1986. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1982, where she was an All-East collegiate skier and captain of the Wildcat team. While at UNH, Ross competed in the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.
As a coach for the International Special Olympic Games, she received a Distinguished Service Award in 1984. She was also a coach for the U23/World Junior Championships in Italy in 2008.
"I'm looking forward to the new challenges ahead," said Ross. "Middlebury has been a great place for me and I'm excited to have the opportunity to move into a new role."