Built on a Tradition of Excellence

Nordic Coaches

The SMS Nordic Program is one of the top cross country skiing programs in the country. The program provides guidance and support for athletes as they progress from, regional through national and international levels. Athletes are given year round training plans and opportunities. Our competition season begins during the fall camp in late November and culminates with a spring racing series in North America or Scandinavia.


Sverre Caldwell, Nordic Program Director

Under Sverre’s guidance, SMS has placed 15 Cross Country skiers on the U.S. Olympic team and has had at least one World Junior Team member and at least one Junior National Champion for 18 straight years.

Education: B.A. Dartmouth College, Mathematics


  • Coach of the Year 2001, 2003, 2009

  • Club of the Year 2002, 2003, 2014

  • Girls High School (SMS) National Champions 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

  • Boys High School (SMS) National Champions 2011, 2012

U.S. Ski Team

  • Regional Coach 1988-1990

  • Olympic Team Coach 1988

  • Junior World Team Coach 2000, 2002, 2010


Matt Boobar

Matt brings a plethora of endurance sports experience from both a competitive, coaching and educational background to SMS. His 12 years of Nordic coaching has included private school head coach, collegiate NCAA, Junior National and International trips. This has provided him exposure to all aspects and levels of the sport.

Education: B.S. Plymouth State University, Exercise Science


  • USST J1 Development Trip Coach 2006

  • Girls High School (SMS) National Champions 2008, 2009


  • 2009 NENSA Coach of the Year

  • 3-time New England Junior National Team Head Coach 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

  • 3-time Team New Hampshire J2 and Eastern High School Coach

Holderness School

  • Head Nordic Coach 2002-2006

  • Cycling Coach 1998-2005

Colby College

  • Nordic Coach 2006-2007


  • Nordic Skiing training and technique articles for Cycle Sport Magazine and Carmichael Training Systems

Athletic Highlights

  • 2-time World Champion and 4-time National Champion in Xterra

  • 5-time New England Mountain Bike Champion


Poppet Boswell

Poppet has extensive experience working with younger and developing Nordic athletes. Before coming to SMS she had been head of the Putney Ski Club BKL and Junior Program for 10 years. During that time the club had over 15 New England BKL individual Champions. Prior to coaching, she was a 2-time captain of the Dartmouth Ski Team, 3 time NCAA All-American, and a member of the US Development Team. She holds a USSALevel 100 Certification, has coached at 6 Junior National competitions, and is a member of the NENSA BKL and Athlete Development Committees.


Patrick O’Brien, SMS Elite Team Coach

Pat O’Brien is an alumnus of the SMS class of 2006 and Dartmouth graduate and has returned to coach our eight-person SMS T2 Team, which includes five U.S. Ski Team members. Patrick stays busy helping oversee all aspects of the SMS T2 Team.



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