May 29, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico Alpine ski coach Martin Kroisleitner has been named the 2009 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Alpine Coach of the Year. The RMISA announced its end-of-season awards following the association's spring meetings in Salt Lake City. Alaska Anchorage's Trond Flagstad was named RMISA Nordic Coach of the Year, while Colorado's Vegard Kjoelhamar and Denver's Antje Maempel were named RMISA Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Kroisleitner, in his second season as the Lobos Alpine head coach and assistant to Lobo head ski coach Fredrik Landstedt, led the UNM Alpine squad to one of its strongest performances. The Lobo Alpine squad was a key component of UNM's 2009 RMISA conference championship and third-place finish at the 2009 NCAA National Championships. UNM dominated the Alpine events, winning the women's giant slalom and slalom for a combined 240 points.
In 2009, four Alpine skiers earned five All-America honors, including women's slalom national champion Malin Hemmingsson, Estelle Pecherand-Charmet (women's national runner-up in giant slalom and slalom), Stefanie Demetz (women's giant slalom) and Petter Brenna (men's slalom). Hemmingsson and Pecherand-Charmet were the first Lobos since 1996 to finish 1-2 in an NCAA championship race. Brenna set a new UNM men's season record with five wins during the season. Sophomore Thomas Schwab also was named RMISA Most Valuable Men's Alpine Skier at the conference championships in February.