Presque Isle, ME – Director of Athletics Dan Kane has announced Shea Cushman as head nordic ski coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Cushman takes over the Owls nordic ski program after Ryan Sederquist stepped down in May to pursue an education position in his home state of Minnesota.
Cushman is no stranger to UMPI. She graduated with honors from UMPI in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a minor in Business Management. Since graduating Cushman has worked as a Continuing Education Specialist for the YourPace program at UMPI. Other roles Cushman has had at UMPI as a student and a professional have included serving as a student worker for the YourPace program, Faculty Service Center Assistant, and Peer Advisor.
"The combination of ski knowledge, coaching experience, and strong ties to the Presque Isle community and UMPI campus makes Coach Cushman the ideal person to take over our nordic ski program," said Kane. "We are very excited to have Coach Cushman join our coaching staff."
Cushman has seven years of experience coaching and giving ski lessons. From 2013 to 2018 Coach Cushman spent time as a Ski Instructor at Quoggy Jo Ski Center where she taught ski lessons to kids of all ages, set up and conducted different ski races, and supervised the ski patrol. Cushman also has experience coaching at the high school level where she coached the Presque Isle High School alpine ski team in 2018.
"I'm looking forward to bringing excitement back into UMPI's winter sports by building our numbers, being more involved in the local community, while also providing a top-notch collegiate ski program which is focused on the overall student-athlete experience," stated Cushman.
Cushman's work within the community does not just stop at skiing. Cushman serves over the summer as the Adventure Camp Coordinator leading the Nordic Heritage Center Adventure Camp for grades 4-8. She has spent time as a volunteer coach from June of 2011 to October of 2015 in local youth soccer, basketball, and softball.
Cushman resides in Presque Isle with her husband Hale and their son Odin.