Whether you’re an athlete or just love cheering them on, you’ll find lots to love about our athletic community
Middlebury has a rich tradition of athletics. It is the hometown of Olympians, US Ski Team members, and two-time United States Open Golf Champion and LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan.
Middlebury College is one of the most prolific athletic powers in NCAA Division III, having won 31 national championships in the last two decades. In 2012, the College won the Directors’ Cup, which is awarded to the NCAA Division III school with the best cumulative performance in 18 NCAA championships in 18 sports.
The College’s tradition of excellence is mirrored by Middlebury’s high school. Middlebury Union High School is a perenial state power in lacrosse, football, hockey, and skiing. Many of its alumni have competed as NCAA student athletes (both Division I and Division III). In addition to traditional sports, Middlebury even has a fencing club, whose fencers have been nationally ranked.
Our community’s sports programs emphasize fun and participation at the lower levels, and championships at the upper or varsity level — which of course are also fun. Whatever your sport, you will be sure to find an enthusiastic athletic community in Middlebury. Below are a sampling of Middlebury’s athletic opportunities.
Middlebury Swim Team
The Middlebury Aquatic Club (MAC) offers an organized age-group swimming program for children 5 years and up. MAC offer instruction from beginner to advanced competitive swimmers, and its swim team competes all over the New England area. During the winter, MAC practices at the Middlebury College Natatorium, and in the summer it is part of the Champlain Valley Swim League and practices at the Middlebury Town Pool.
Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association promotes youth hockey in Middlebury and the surrounding county. Each year, hundreds of kids from age 3 to 14 participate in its programs. The boys’ and girls’ teams have had tremendous success at the state and New England levels. In 2013, MAHA teams brought home 3 state titles, and the Under-14 girls placed highly at the New England level.
The Middlebury Ski Club is a non-profit organization of families and friends with a common goal: promoting healthy activity through alpine skiing while supporting and developing skiers and ski racers. The club’s coaches have solid experience in teaching skiing fundamentals and racing, and they emphasize a commitment to the club’s philosophy. All have raced and have many years of coaching experience between them. The club is very grateful to have the generous support of The Middlebury College Snow Bowl and its staff, the coaches and athletes of the Middlebury College Ski Team, and the many local volunteers and sponsors who help out at race time.
Frost Mountain Nordic is a club that oversees all levels of nordic skiing in Middlebury. The club maintains programs for all ages, from toddlers to octagenarians. Frost Mountain’s mission is to get members out onto the snow by offering programming for all abilities. It also maintains an elite racing program. These racers work out year-round (roller skis in the summer), with the aspiration of competing in college and, ultimately, the Olympics. Frost Mountain is affiliated with Rikert Nordic Centers which has been called one of the top three Nordic centers in the country.
Ski Bum Racing League
Middlebury is also home to the Ski Bum Racing League which congregates every Friday at the Snow Bowl for a GS “race.” While the course is timed, and there are usually a few really good skiers participating, the emphasis is on fun and comradarie. Afterward, participants get together at Two Brother’s Tavern or another fine establish in downtown Middlebury to have a beer and embellish their “legendary” runs. The League is open to everyone