Nick Cooper is in his third season at the helm of the Norwich University cross country program.
The first two years under Cooper the Cadets earned many honors including eight All-Conference honors, two 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.
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.
In addition to coaching Cooper is a lawyer graduating with high honors from Drake University Law School and acts as Norwich’s regulatory compliance specialist. He is also a co-founder and director of the non-profit James A. Albert Foundation which helps provide educational opportunities to children and families in Belize. www.helpingbelizekids.org
Cooper and his wife Kylie, a resident physician and former Division I track athlete, reside in Colchester.
Danielle was a Division I Academic All-American in alpine ski racing in college and coached 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. Danielle also works at Norwich as an assistant director of class giving.