Presque isle, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce the hire of Ryan Sederquist as the Head Coach for their Men's and Women's Nordic Ski teams. Coach Sederquist has a strong background in a multitude of endurance sports, specializing in the training and conditioning of student-athletes. Sederquist replaces Tim Whiton who resigned in June.
Sederquist, originally from Moorhead, Minnesota, was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Moorhead High School while also starring on the cross country, basketball, and track and field teams. From Moorhead High School, Sederquist competed as a cross country runner at the NCAA Division II level at Bemidji State University for one season before transferring to NCAA Division III Concordia College.
With his leadership, work ethic, and running ability, Sederquist made an immediate impact at Concordia College for both the cross country and track and field teams. He was a three-time captain for the cross country team and a two-time captain for the indoor and outdoor track and field team. Sederquist was named All-MIAC in cross country and in the 10,000 meters as well as cross country team MVP his last two years at Concordia. In the classroom Sederquist also excelled, graduating with honors and a B.A. in Instrumental Music Education. The passion for athletics and Nordic Skiing led him to continue his education, as he is currently working on finishing his master's degree in exercise science from Adams State University where he has focused his studies on training elite endurance athletes, including best training practices for Nordic skiing.
On the hire Athletic Director Dan Kane commented, "We are thrilled to be welcoming Coach Sederquist and his wife Christie to our UMPI community. Coach Sederquist has a strong background in the science of endurance sports and has spent his career as an educator and coach helping enrich the lives of his students and student-athletes. His experience as a student-athlete himself brings great knowledge of what the overall college experience is supposed to be all about and his values align perfectly with the values of our athletic department. His knowledge, personality, and passion will make him a great fit for UMPI."
Sederquist currently holds certifications with the USSA and has served at Alamosa High School and Ortega Middle School assisting in the cross country and track and field programs, helping to guide the men to two consecutive Colorado State High School Cross Country titles. While living in Alamosa and studying at ASU, Sederquist also was a full-time elementary music teacher. Along with coaching and teaching, Coach Sederquist raced competitively in numerous running and Nordic ski races. He has run 1:14 at 6000 feet of altitude for the half marathon distance and also produced Wave 1 qualifying times for the American Birkebeiner from performances in the Alley Loop 42k, Leadville Loppet 44k, Snow Mountain Stampede 50k, and Rabbit Ears 34k in 2018.
"This is a dream opportunity for me and I can't wait to meet our athletes and grow our team. This community is one that values nordic skiing and I hope to build on the past efforts of coaches and athletes to increase UMPI's relevance in the extremely competitive EISA," said Sederquist. "I look forward to guiding our athletes to maximize their potential in nordic skiing and in the process learn the true meaning of success, work ethic, and goal setting. I hope to build and sustain a championship culture at UMPI that values athletes who are giving 100% effort to strive for true success by maximizing themselves on the snow, in the classroom, and in the community."