Terry Aldrich was a 36-year head coach at Middlebury, primarily coaching skiing and cross-country running. He became the Director of Skiing in 1975 and coached both alpine and Nordic programs until 1996, when he began coaching just Nordic. He left the ski program in 2006 after a 31-year reign. His women’s teams captured the 1979 and 1980 AIAW National Championships, and he coached 30 All-Americans and three Olympians. Aldrich had a major impact on the evolution of collegiate skiing and was a longtime member of the NCAA Ski Committee, while also serving as the rules editor. He earned the EISA Service Award in 2010.
On the cross-country course, Aldrich served as the head men’s and women’s coach from 1975–2010. His women’s teams captured six NCAA Championships, 10 NESCAC titles, and 11 NCAA regional crowns. The team won seven straight NESCAC titles from 1998–2004, while taking home back-to-back NCAA titles in 2000 and 2001. The men’s program began its rise under Aldrich, capturing its first NESCAC Championship during his final year in 2010 and advancing to the NCAAs for the first time.
He coached nearly 30 All-Americans in cross country, including fellow Hall of Famer Dorcas DenHartog ’87, who won the 1985 NCAA Individual Championship. Aldrich was a six-time NESCAC, New England, and National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the St. Lawrence Hall of Fame in 1987.