Boobar Named Director of SMS Nordic
STRATTON—Longtime Stratton Mountain School Assistant Nordic Coach Matt Boobar will assume leadership of the SMS Nordic program following the retirement of Nordic Director Sverre Caldwell at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year.
“Matt has a long history here at SMS, and I am excited for him to transition into a leadership role,” said Head of School Christopher G. Kaltsas. “His experience and familiarity will ensure a smooth transition and continued success for the SMS Nordic program.”
“The opportunity to direct the Stratton Mountain School Nordic Program is extremely exciting as the program is rich in tradition and success,” Boobar said, noting his commitment to continuing Caldwell’s legacy. “I look forward to carrying on the tradition of this program, as well as being a part of the coaching team that continues to expand and build on its history.”
For the last decade, Boobar has brought a plethora of endurance sports experience to Stratton Mountain School, working closely with Caldwell and even serving as interim Program Director during his tenure. In his 24 years of coaching, he has served as the Head Nordic Coach at the Holderness School and the Assistant Coach for Colby College as well as a 5-time team USA World Junior Team coach.
Boobar was Head Coach for the New England team at Cross Country Junior Nationals for the 9th time this winter and helped to lead SMS Nordic to their 24th consecutive year with at least one gold medal at Junior Nationals. He was also recognized as the NENSA Coach of the Year in 2009 and, in addition to coaching the SMS Nordic team, he created and coached the SMS Mountain Bike team to win the New England Championships in both 2017 and 2018. He is also a two-time World Champion and four-time National Champion in Xterra.
Going forward, Boobar plans to continue the athletic philosophy that has grounded the SMS Nordic program since its inception: to create and maintain an educational, collaborative, accountable, and fun team environment that empowers athletes to find and define their own paths to success—wherever those paths may lead.
“Coaching comes naturally to me and is a true passion of mine,” Boobar concluded. “I’m excited to continue pursuing that passion as the Director of the SMS Nordic Program.”
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.