Nick Cooper will begin his fourth season at the helm of the Norwich University cross country program in 2014-15.
In the first three years under Cooper, the Cadets have earned many honors including 12 All-Conference honors, three GNAC Rookie of the Year awards, runner-up in the GNAC championship on the men’s side in 2011, a men’s GNAC championship in 2012, and the women’s team earning an Academic All-American Team Award in 2012 and 2013.
Before coming to Norwich, Cooper was an assistant coach for both the cross-country and track and field programs at his alma mater, NCAA Division I Drake University in Iowa. He helped coach two freshman men to the NCAA Championship Preliminary Rounds with their performances of 29:54 in the 10k and 3:48 in the 1500. In addition he coached the women’s team helping one of his women to 17:35 in the 5k.
Cooper competed at Drake University where he qualified for USA Track and Field's Junior Nationals his freshman year, was two-time team captain, all-conference performer, and a four-time member of the Missouri Valley Conference all-academic squad.
He continues to run and trains side-by-side with the team. While coaching the Cadets, Cooper placed 7th in the 2012 Vermont City Marathon and was the top Vermont finisher in the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Cooper and his wife Kylie, a resident physician and former Division I track athlete, reside in Colchester along with their new-born baby girl, Hazel.
Danielle LaCavalla enters her second season as the volunteer assistant cross country coach at Norwich.
LaCavalla was a Division I Academic All-American in alpine ski racing at St. Lawrence University. She graduated from SLU in 2009 and then coached alpine ski racing at Tufts University for several seasons.
Danielle is an avid runner and in the past three years she has completed two Half Ironman triathlons, and marathons in Toronto, Montreal, Washington D.C. and Vermont. She also works at Norwich as the Assistant Director of Bicentennial Celebrations after spending her first two years at Norwich as the Assistant Director of Class Giving.
She lives in Northfield.