POTSDAM, N.Y. - Saint Michael's College men's cross country and Nordic skiing alumnus Torin La Liberte '17 was named interim head coach of the Clarkson University men's and women's cross country and Nordic skiing programs this week after serving as an assistant coach with the squads during the 2018-19 school year.
During the fall of 2018, La Liberte helped both Golden Knight cross country teams to a pair of invitational victories before taking sixth among nine programs at the Liberty League Championship. The women then placed ninth out of 44 at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championship, where Abigail Sullivan became the first female runner in Clarkson history to qualify for the NCAA Championship. Sullivan was 121st among 279 harriers at the national meet.
Clarkson's Nordic skiing teams are national powers on the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) circuit, as the women won their third national title in four years - and fifth overall - during La Liberte's debut season in 2019. The men claimed second place, moving up after five straight seasons in third.
As an undergraduate, La Liberte was a two-year cross country captain and senior captain of the Nordic skiing team at Saint Michael's. On the running trails, he was among his team's top three in 20 races, cracking the top 20 overall on seven occasions. La Liberte was one of the Purple Knights' top two scorers throughout his junior year, when he registered PRs in 8K (27:02.6) and 10K (33:29.91) events. He bested the Nordic skiing squad 31 times in 41 starts during individual carnival races, always finishing among the team's top three. A media studies, journalism & digital arts major, La Liberte was a four-year Athletic Communications staff member and president of the Cycling Club. He won the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Nordic Ski Jumping National Championship and the 2016 Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Eastern Road Race C Championship.