Northern Michigan University continues to work on implementing its 2020-21 enrollment initiatives, today hiring Erik Lundteigen as coach of the new Alpine ski program slated to begin competition this fall.
The NMU Board of Trustees approved the eight initiatives last December with a focus on full implementation by the start of the upcoming academic school year.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Forrest Karr, and the search committee, for this opportunity,” said Lundteigen. “I am excited to reestablish the Wildcat Alpine Ski Program. Northern Michigan University has had some great skiers in the past. We hope to add to this tradition. I also look forward to working with Marquette Mountain and it’s incredible terrain. I believe NMU and the Marquette community is a wonderful place for our student athletes to thrive.”
Lundteigen will lead both the Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski programs, which will compete as varsity members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and train at Marquette Mountain.
“Erik is a natural teacher with significant experience helping high level skiers reach their full potential,” said Karr. “His plan for recruiting and developing students along with the strong skiing tradition in this region will allow Northern’s alpine ski teams to take the next step as competitive intercollegiate programs.”
Before coming to NMU, Lundteigen was the varsity ski team coach at Petoskey High School from 2013-20. During his tenure, he led Petoskey to six State Championships and was named the Coach of the Year four times.
Starting in 2006, he was the Alpine race coach for Boyne USA where he implemented youth programs and adult clinics. For five years, he was a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) coach at the Junior Olympics.
In addition to his ski coaching duties, he has also served as a tennis professional at the Belvedere Club in Charlevoix since 1980.
He was a third-grade teacher and coach at Charlevoix Public Schools from 1983-2010. In addition to teaching third grade for 26 years, he organized and developed programs for children and young adults and mentored elementary through high school students. He also managed regional and state ski meets. For 13 years, he served as the Charlevoix High School varsity ski team head coach.
Lundteigen received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Michigan State University in 1982. He is a certified USSA coach as well as a certified referee, chief of course, and jury advisor.
For information on joining the NMU Alpine Ski teams, please contact Head Coach Erik Lundteigen at 231-675-6672.
Press release courtesy of Northern Michigan University