The University of New Mexico ski program has not skipped a beat in its pursuit of excellence while under the direction of Fredrik Landstedt. The former Lobo begins his eight season as head coach. Under Landstedt the Lobos have finished third at the NCAA Championships three times, 2009, 2010 and 2014. Landstedt while overseeing the entire program has direct oversight of the Nordic program.
Since taking over the program in the summer of 2007, Landstedt has maintained top performances at the NCAA National Championships as the Lobos have now finished in the NCAA top 10 in each of the last 32 seasons.
Under Landstedt, UNM has had 26 Nordic All-Americans and 21 All-RMISA skiers and 15 individual race champions, including the 2014 NCAA Freestyle National Champion.
Last season the Lobos finished a very close third at the NCAAs and picked up a meet title as UNM won the Jade Enterprises/New Mexico Invitational, the first team title since the 2011 season. The Lobos also picked up 10 All-Americans, nine All-RMISA skiers, six RMISA Skiers of the Week, the RMISA Men's Alpine MVP, the RMISA Women's Alpine MVP, and another NCAA National Champion in Eva Sever Rus.
In 2013, Landstedt helped the Lobos keep their 30-year streak of top-10 finishes at nationals alive as UNM finished sixth at the NCAA National Championships. The Lobos had an individual champion in Joonas Rasanen, who captured the men's slalom race. He became the 26th student-athlete in UNM history (all sports) and the 13th skier to win a national title. New Mexico brought home six All-America honors total as Chris Acosta (two), Mats Rudin Resaland (two) and Mateja Robnik joined Rasanen in finishing in the top-10 in their respective events.
In 2012 UNM placed eighth at NCAAs and had five All-America performances at the Big Dance. Acosta earned national honors in men's giant slalom and slalom, finishing 10th and third, respectively. Armin Triendl claimed fifth place in the giant slalom and Stefanie Demetz claimed sixth place in the women's slalom. On the Nordic side, Sjur Prestseater finished 10th in the men's classic to round out New Mexico's top performances at nationals.
Landstedt coached the Lobos to a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships and UNM brought home 10 All-America finishes.
In 2009 and 2010, Landstedt's ski squads captured third place. In 2010, Malin Hemmingsson captured her third individual title in the women's slalom while junior Martin Kaas was the national runner-up in the men's 20-kilometer freestyle race and senior Polina Ermoshina earned her seventh All-America honor in eight tries.
Hemmingsson earned the Lobos' an individual championship in the women's slalom in 2009 as Landstedt's Lobos claimed 11 All-America honors at the NCAA Championships that season after winning the NCAA West Region/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships. The West Region/RMISA championship was the first for New Mexico since 1992 and included five individual wins and team wins in overall Alpine, overall men's Alpine, women's Alpine, women's giant slalom, men's slalom and men's freestyle. The Lobos ended up with 17 Top-10 finishes to claim the conference title in the Reno, Nev. ski area.
The Alpine squad led all NCAA teams in points at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Hemmingsson and junior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet finished No. 1 and 2 in the women's slalom, making it the first time the Lobos finished 1-2 in a national finals since the 1996 men's slalom pair of Mattais Erlandsson and Jimmy Renstrom. Pecherand-Charmet was also the national runner-up in the women's giant slalom, while freshman Petter Brenna was the national runner-up in the men's slalom. Junior Polina Ermoshina also added to her string of national runner-up finishes in the women's classical race.
In his first season as head coach, despite illness and injuries throughout the 2008 season, UNM finished seventh at the NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Mont. The squad was led by sophomore Polina Ermoshina's national runner-up finish in the 15K classic and All-America finish in the 5K freestyle races. All-American performances by Malin Hemmingsson (giant slalom), Karin Ohlin (slalom), Thomas Schwab (slalom) and Tor-Hakon Hellebostad (20K classic) boosted the Lobos into the top-10.
Landstedt is the secretary-rules editor on the NCAA Ski Committee. He also served as the President of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association from 2000-06 and currently serves as the RMISA vice president.
Landstedt became just the second head coach in the history of the Lobo ski program on June 14, 2007, succeeding long-time UNM ski mentor George Brooks.
"When we started looking for someone to replace George Brooks, Fredrik Landstedt was the easy choice," stated UNM Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs. "He has been an integral part of our ski team for the last 10 years and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He brings continuity to one of the top ski teams in the country and we are confident he can continue the success UNM has enjoyed in skiing under coach Brooks."
Landstedt continues to oversee the Nordic portion of the Lobo program, becoming head coach after ten seasons as the Nordic head coach under Brooks. Landstedt guided the Nordic Lobos as UNM took the 2004 NCAA National Championship and runner-up in the 2006 NCAA title race. Since 2000, Landstedt's women's Nordic squad has won four NCAA team event championships - 2000 15K classic, and 2003, 2004, and 2005 15K freestyle.
During his tenure at UNM (assistant coach from 1990-91;98-2007 and head coach from 2007-present) he has coached 42 Nordic Lobos to 69 All-American awards and four individual event Nordic team national championships. Since taking over as the head coach, Landstedt has fostered 27 Alpine All-America performers and four individual event Alpine team national championships. He has mentored two Nordic individual national champions Kristina Strandberg (2000) and Jimmy Vika (2003) and has been a integral part of the coaching staff for six Alpine individual national championships Marte Dolva (2002), Jennifer Delich (2004), Malin Hemmingsson (2007, '09, '10) and Joonas Rasanen (2013).
Prior to his return to UNM, Landstedt coached at the University of Colorado for three years where he coached the Nordic team during the Buffs' 1995 NCAA championship and third-place finish in 1997.
Before moving to Colorado he coached the West Valley High School ski team in Fairbanks, Alaska, to two state team titles in 1992 and 1993. Landstedt also served as an assistant coach in New Mexico prior to his move to Alaska, including the 1990 and 1991 seasons at UNM.
During his skiing days, Landstedt was a top national skier and placed in the top-10 in the U.S. National Championships eight times between 1991-93. Landstedt was one of the top collegiate skiers in the nation while competing for the Lobos, earning All-American status after he finished fourth in the NCAA Championships in 1987. In 1988 and 1989, he finished 11th at the NCAAs.
As a young ski racer in Sweden, Landstedt took three medals in the Swedish Junior Championships and finished in the top-20 in many national competitions as a senior racer.
Originally from Solleftea, Sweden, Landstedt graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1991 and an associate degree in Accounting/Bookkeeping in 1989. Landstedt represented the U.S. Ski Team as a coach during the 2006 World Junior Championships and the U-23 World Championships.
Landstedt and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Gabriel, Adrian and Andreas, and a daughter, Zara.
Nordic All-Americans under Landstedt
Men's Classical: Tor-Hakon Hellebostad 2008, To-Hakon Hellebostad 2009, Martin Kaas 2009, Pierre Niess 2010, Martin Kaas 2010, Martin Kaas 2011, To-Hakon Hellebostad 2011, Sjur Prestseater 2012, Mats Resaland 2013
Women's Classical: Polina Ermoshina 2008, Polina Ermoshina 2009, Polina Ermoshina 2010, Martine Weng 2011, Sofie Jonsson 2011, Eva Sever Rus 2014
Men's Freestyle: Simon Reissmann 2009, Martin Kaas 2009, Martin Kaas 2010, Tor-Hakon Hellebostad 2011, Mats Resaland 2013, Aljaz Praznik 2014, Mats Resaland 2014
Women's Freestyle: Polina Ermoshina 2008, Polina Ermoshina 2009, Polina Ermoshina 2010, Eva Sever Rus 2014
Nordic All-RMISA under Landstedt
Men: Simon Reissman 2008, Tor-Hakon Hellebostad 2009, Simon Reissman 2009, Simon Reissman 2010, Martin Kass 2010, Pierre Niess 2010, Martin Kaas 2011, Tor-Hakon Hellebostad 2011, Mats Resaland 2013, Aku Nikander 2014, Mats Resaland 2014
Women: Polina Ermoshina 2008, Polina Ermoshina 2009, Polina Ermoshina 2010, Anne Cecille Brusletto 2010, Martine Weng 2011, Anne Cecile Brusletto 2011, Christina Hellberg 2011, Linn Klaesson 2012, Anni Nord 2013, Eva Sever Rus 2014