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For the 2019 season, James Upham, assistant coach for the men's and women's Nordic ski teams, begins his fourth year running the management aspects of both golf teams, including scheduling, travel arrangements, budget oversight, equipment purchase and recruiting. Upham will also travel with one or the other team, depending on the schedule.
The Bates golf teams will additionally benefit from the instruction of Nick Glicos, the head golf pro at Martindale Country Club, Bates' longtime home course and practice site, located in Auburn, Maine.
Nick will be an instructor/coache for the teams, running qualifying for each team, structuring weekly practices, determining the line-ups for competitions and offering instruction for both men's and women's teams on a weekly basis.
Now entering his sixth year as head Nordic coach Becky Woods' assistant, Upham boasts a wide breadth of knowledge about Nordic skiing. He served as head Paralympic Nordic coach for the U.S. Biathlon Association, following an eight-year stint as the association's development coach. He directly coached five athletes to the 2006 Olympic Biathlon team in Turin, Italy, and he coached athletes to four medals at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Games. From 1999 to 2001, Upham worked as Nordic specialist at Swixsport USA, and prior to that he was head Nordic coach and history teacher at Burke Mountain Academy.
Upham won a junior national biathlon championship and competed on two junior world championship teams. His father, Tom Upham, competed in the 1968 Winter Olympics and coached the U.S. women's cross country ski team at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Coach Upham graduated magna cum laude in 1995 from Northern Michigan University.
Glicos, Director of Golf and co-owner of Martindale Country Club, was hired in 2007 as head golf professional. He has competed in many events throughout the state, winning the Assistant's Championship at Martindale in 2001 and the Maine Individual Match Play Championship at Falmouth in 2007. He attended Elon College in Burlington, N.C., and played on the golf team before settling in Maine and entering the Professional Golfers' Association of America. Glicos also worked at Spring Meadows Golf Club in Gray, Maine, from 2003 to 2006.
“Bates Golf is clearly on an upward trend with some very talented players on both the men’s and women’s rosters," Glicos said. "I’m fortunate to work closely with all of the players over the season to get them ready for competition each week.
"We are looking at an exciting season ahead with many returning players along with a strong group incoming freshman. As a former college golfer, I feel it’s important to keep the process consistent and simple. College is a busy time for the players and we want them focused on their education first. Our team works hard on their swing fundamentals with a strong concentration on course management and short game.