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The Man Can Even Run in the Snow!

Nacho Hernando in the Horse Hill 7KIn case you didn't notice, there's a lot of snow out there everywhere.  Many runners have taken to putting on snowshoes in the winter and competing in the snow.  The local NH snowshoe race scene has become very competitive during the last several years.  NHTI’s Cross Country All-American Nacho Hernando has joined in the fun, and he is just as fast on snowshoes as he is in sneakers!

Last Saturday, Nacho won the Horse Hill 7K Snowshoe race in Merrimack, beating 101 other snowshoers.  It was his second snowshoe victory in a row.  Coach Tom Walton finished in 32nd place and won his age group.

If you would like to run with Nacho, join the NHTI Running Club!  Contact Perry Seagroves,

Nacho in the Horse Hill 7K.
(Photo by Gianina Lindsey)

Martin Wins Walter Smith Coaching Award

Curt MartinNHTI assistant women’s basketball coach Curt Martin received the Walter Smith Coaching Award at the Union Leader Parade of Champions banquet that was held on Sunday February 9 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  The Walter Smith Coaching Award is presented annually to a deserving coach who has made a significant impact in NH athletics.

Reflecting on Martin’s career, NHTI Athletic Director Paul Hogan said, “Curt Martin has been an outstanding coach and role model serving many athletes in a number of sports at the high school and college level. His dedication to the areas of physical education and health provide our students with exemplary model.”

Curt taught physical education at Hopkinton (NH) High School for 30 years.  During his tenure at Hopkinton Coach Martin also coached junior varsity and varsity level girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and girls’ lacrosse.  He led the boys’ soccer team to a state championship in 1984 and the girls’ soccer team to championships in 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2004.  Curt also won the girls’ basketball championship in 2003 and made the final four in 10 of his last 11 seasons.  Martin was the inaugural coach of the Hopkinton women’s lacrosse program.  Recognized for his success over many years Curt was also named the Coach of the Year four times and was named to the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2010.

According to Hopkinton High School Athletic Director Dan Meserve, “[Curt] was a great motivator of players and a true sportsman.”

Coach Martin joined the NHTI family in 2007 as an assistant women’s basketball coach.  His leadership helped the Lynx women’s basketball program transition from former head coach Shelley Winters to current head coach Kevin Gibbs after the 2010-11 season.

Prior to his coaching days Curt was also a standout athlete at Hopkinton High School.  In 1966 and 1967 he was a part of the boys’ basketball championship teams; Hopkinton has not won a boys’ basketball championship since.  Coach Martin in also the only individual golfer from Hopkinton High School to win the state championship.

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