Nick Cooper is in his second season at the helm of the Norwich University cross country program.
The first year under Cooper the Cadets earned many honors including four All-Conference honors, GNAC rookie of the year, runner-up in the GNAC championship on the men’s side, two freshmen earning rookie of the week awards, and two GNAC sportsmanship awards.
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 began running in middle school and after setting his middle school record in the 800 he went on to high school to set all the distance school records at his school and qualify for his state meet in cross country and track his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Cooper went on to compete 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 regularly trains side-by-side with the team. Last spring he won the Vermont Corporate Cup on behalf of Norwich University as well as placed 7th in the Vermont City 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. In addition, he is the vice-president and a director of the non-profit James A. Albert Foundation which helps provide educational opportunities to children and families in Belize. www.helpingbelizekids.org