Johnson honored as one of the nation’s top nordic coaches

May 6, 2016

Matt Johnson nordic skiing

Matt Johnson

In his first year coaching on campus, Matthew Johnson of Anchorage orchestrated the Montana State University cross-country ski team to its greatest season in school history.

The Bobcats earned their best-ever finish of fourth at the NCAA Championships and Anika Miller won the freestyle race to give the school its first national champion since 1978.

Johnson, of Service High fame, was honored after the season.

He was named co-Nordic National Coach of the Year along with Denver’s Dave Stewart by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

Johnson is hardly a rookie when it comes to coaching.

The former Middlebury College captain had recently served as head junior coach of the Alaska Winter Stars.

In addition, he served as wax technician at the 2013 World Juniors in Slovenia.

At Montana State, one of Johnson’s top skiers was Forrest Mahlen of Anchorage. Mahlen was a national qualifier and earned a top-20 finish in the freestyle race.