MSHSNSCA Award Nominees 2010-2011
Nomination for “Nordic Coach of the Year”– Rich Heilman Lakeville North High School
Leading by example both on and off the ski trails, Rich has an extraordinary level of energy and passion that he pours into coaching and the sport of nordic. His many years of both competitive and coaching experience make his knowledge of nordic skiing, high school athletes and the development of our sport second to none.
Rich has coached skiing for thirteen years, the past seven of which have been dedicated to the development of a booming program at Lakeville North High School.
On the snow, under the leadership and guidance of Rich, the Lakeville North program has seen a noticeable jump in success since he took over the program. His individual athletes, as well as the boys and girls teams, have been competitive year in and year out at the conference, section and state level. Skiers and coaches in our section and conference have great respect for Rich and his leadership. He leads by example and dedication. He has been instrumental part in getting the newly created South Suburban Conference up and running successfully. Ensuring that meets are run fairly and accurately and being certain that all skiers are recognized for their accomplishments. Off the snow, Rich is able to foster his philosophy of the balance needed for student-athlete success. His section Boys and Girls teams had an impressive combined GPA of over a 4.0. In the community, both students and parents alike respond very positively to his coaching style and philosophy. This is evident in the successful recruitment and retention of new athletes, strong alumni involvement (in coaching and volunteering) and a big, loyal parent-volunteer base. Rich Heilman is highly deserving of The Coach of the Year recognition for his dedication and leadership to the world of nordic skiing.
Head Coach, Lakeville South Boys and Girls Nordic Ski
Section 1: Volunteer of the Year Brad Bullard , Winona Nordic
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