Athletics Hall of Fame
Muriel Gilman

Muriel Gilman

SPORT(S) Women's and Men's Cross Country Skiiing

Arriving at Bemidji State in 1975 as a women’s athletic trainer and professor in the University’s Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport, Dr. Muriel Gilman served as the only head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country ski teams during their run of existence from 1986-92. Under her direction and cutting-edge training methods, the BSU men’s team competed at the national championships on four occasions and the women’s team earned three national championship berths.

While the men’s team placed as high as third in 1991 and the women second at the 1992 U.S. Collegiate Ski Association National Championships, Gilman also coached many student-athletes to individual success. Margaret Borchers earned the 1988 Smith Corona Outstanding Scholar Athlete honors at the regional and national championships. John Schricker, Jon Halvorson and Kris VanWilgen each earned All-American laurels as Beavers.

In addition to her teaching/coaching roles at BSU, she was selected as the Central Division of United States Ski Association (USSA) coach for the Junior National Ski Championships. She has also been active within the ski community as a presenter speaking on subjects such a High Performance Eating for the Competitive Edge to the 1991 U.S. Ski National Development Team to wax clinics for the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club and serving as an instructor and speaker at the University of Minnesota, Duluth’s Nordic Skiing Camp and the Minneapolis Ski Club Camp.

In 2001 Gilman was honored as the Johnson-Jarvi Snowjourn Award recipient for demonstrating a long-term commitment and support for cross-country in the Bemidji area. In 2004, she was awarded the Merit Award at Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day for leadership and support of girl’s and women’s sports. As a member of the first class of women’s athletic trainers in 1975, Dr. Gilman was an active member of National Athletic Trainers’ Association for more than 35 years.