Liz Kantack and Gus Kaeding of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) Nordic Team have been recognized at the regional and national level for their coaching achievements. New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) named Kantack the coach of the year. The United States Ski Association (USSA) named SMS T2 team coach, Kaeding the Domestic Coach of the Year.
The SMS ski and snowboard academy serves students in grades 7 to 12 in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.
Kantack raced for Kennett High School and Mt. Washington Nordic club and was a three-time New Hampshire State Champion. Before beginning her coaching career at SMS in 2011, Kantack was a member of the New England Junior National Team in 2005, competed on the Eastern Cup circuit and skied for Williams College.
Kaeding is the inaugural coach of the SMS T2 Team, an elite-lever Nordic ski team with six athletes in its first year, including Jessie Diggins, who was on the gold-medal relay team at World Championships this year. Diggans and Kikkan Randall were the first American gold medalists at World Championships ever.
Kaeding studied at Northern Michigan where he raced on the cross-country team. Before returning to coach the SMS T2 Team this past fall, he was a coach for the Central Cross Country Team.
“We are so proud to have Liz and Gus recognized in the Nordic ski world for their coaching talent,” said SMS Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell. “Liz and Gus both bring great personal ski experience to their coaching, which has had great results for our team.”