North­eastern Uni­ver­sity was hon­ored with a pres­ti­gious U.S. Olympic Achieve­ment Award at the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­le­giate Direc­tors of Ath­letics (NACDA) Con­ven­tion this summer. The Uni­ver­sity was one of only 41 schools nation­ally to receive the award, in its inau­gural year, and was the only Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion school and one of just two Hockey East schools to receive the honor.

The award – which rec­og­nizes col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties whose student-​​athletes and coaches have won Olympic medals – was cre­ated by the U.S. Olympic Com­mittee, U.S. National Gov­erning Bodies for Sport (NGBs) and the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­le­giate Direc­tors of Ath­letics (NACDA).

A total of 28 ath­letes and 38 coaches from 41 insti­tu­tions con­tributed to the USA’s medal suc­cess at the last two Olympic Games in Bei­jing (2008) and Van­couver (2010). Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties are rec­og­nized based on two cri­teria: having a cur­rent student-​​athlete who was part of a medal-​​winning per­for­mance or a coach who was a cre­den­tialed member of the U.S. Olympic Team del­e­ga­tion and his/​her ath­lete or team won a medal.

North­eastern was rep­re­sented by women’s ice hockey head coach Dave Flint, who won a silver medal as an assis­tant coach for the U.S. women’s ice hockey team. Flint is no stranger to USA Hockey, serving on the staff since 2005. In 2008, he was appointed the goal­tending coach and advisor for the women’s national pro­gram, where he eval­u­ates and instructs goal­tenders at all levels. Flint also served as an assis­tant coach to the U.S. Select Team that par­tic­i­pated in the Four Nations Cup in 2009.

When Dave Flint was selected to coach our Olympic women’s hockey team, it was an honor for everyone asso­ci­ated with North­eastern and our ath­letics pro­gram,” said Peter Roby, Northeastern’s director of ath­letics. “We are thrilled to be rec­og­nized by the USOC, NGBs and NACDA, and we are proud of Coach Flint. We remain com­mitted to sup­porting our coaches and student-​​athletes as they pursue their Olympic dreams.”

The U.S. Olympic Achieve­ment Award will be pre­sented every two years fol­lowing the Olympic Games. Two ver­sions of the award will be given: an actual medal that will be pre­sented to each institution’s ath­letics director, and a pre­sen­ta­tion piece to be show­cased by the ath­letics department.