2003-04 Ski Team (National Champions)
The University of New Mexico ski team enjoyed the most successful season in its 34-year history in 2004, including a school-record three wins in collegiate competition. The icing on the cake was March 13 when the Lobos won the 2004 NCAA Championships in Truckee, Calif. It was the first ever NCAA title in any sport by the University of New Mexico.
Head coach George Brooks, the 2004 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Coach of the Year and the only coach in the history of the UNM ski program, predicted early on that the Lobos were going to have a strong team. The team backed up that claim with a win at the season opener against Utah in the RMISA Invitational. UNM went on to win the New Mexico RMISA Invitational in February, and finish second in the RMISA regular season standings.
On the opening day of the 2004 NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Nevada, senior captain Jennifer Delich set the tone by winning the women's giant slalom individual title. She became the first Lobo woman to win an NCAA grand slalom title. The second day, the Lobos had strong performances by the Nordic team. The third day, the Men's Alpine team raced well, and by the fourth day, New Mexico was able to hold on to its lead with another strong showing by the Nordic team in the Freestyle races.
Ten Lobos earned All-American honors and All-RMISA honors in 2004, setting single season records for the team, while 11 earned All-Academic honors.