Ski coaches take on new roles at UVM and Dartmouth

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 04:00 PM

UVM nordic ski team reorganizes; Change of leadership at Dartmouth

The University of Vermont Nordic ski program coaching staff has been reorganized. Patrick Weaver (pictured here) was recently named head coach of the men's and women's nordic ski program. Former head coach Paul Stone will continue on with the program as an assistant coach. Apparently he will begin work on a master’s degree while continuing to work with the team.
Patrick Weaver of UVM
Weaver, who has served as an assistant the past two seasons, was a member of the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team in 1998 and 2002. He also competed with the U.S. team at the World Cross-Country Championships in 1997 and 1999 and won the U.S. National Championship in back-to-back years, 1998 and 1999.

Head Alpine Coach Bill Reichelt said in a press release: "I am pleased to announce Patrick Weaver as head Nordic coach for our program. Patrick's personal career as two-time Olympian and two-time national champion is an outstanding testament to the knowledge he will bring as head coach and his experience with the program over the past three years will be a huge asset to the team."

UVM will host the NCAA Skiing Championships in March 2011. You can bet I'll be in Stowe to watch.

Over at Dartmouth College, the Big Green have hired Chip Knight as the women's alpine ski coach. Knight will replace Christine Booker, who resigned shortly after last season ended. Knight comes to Hanover with coaching and ski racing experience.

Knight has competed in three Olympic games. His last appearance on the US Ski Team in the Olympics came in 2006 in Salt Lake City where he finished 11th in slalom. Most of his success was on the Nor Am circuit, where he has won two overall slalom titles. In 2003, he finished 11th at the World Championships in slalom and was 10th at the 2004 World Cup. He has also finished sixth and seventh in World Cup races.

"We are very excited to bring Chip in as the new women's alpine coach," said Cami Thompson, Dartmouth's director and women's nordic head coach. "Not only will Chip's background of elite racing and experience coaching at various levels inspire the women's team, but his commitment to education will provide the balance that our athletes are seeking."

Recently Knight has been the alpine director with the Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, Vt. He managed the staff and oversaw training programs for 150 junior athletes.

He replaces Christine Booker, who is stepping down to spend more time with her husband and son. Booker has been the women’s alpine coach for the past seven years, helping the Dartmouth ski team bring home four consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association and NCAA East Region Championships, as well as undefeated Eastern Carnival seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The Dartmouth ski team also won the national title in 2007 as she earned the EISA Coach of the Year award.

Collegiate Ski Racing in the East

Wondering how eastern ski teams fare on the national stage? Here's how they did at the NCAA Championships in March:

NCAA Championships
03/10/2010 Steamboat Springs, Colo.           
Team Scores                            

1.   UNIVERSITY OF DENVER               DU    785.5           
2.   UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO             CU    714.0           
3.   UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO           UNM   677.0           
4.   UNIVERSITY OF UTAH                 UU    595.0           
5.   DARTMOUTH COLLEGE                  DAR   523.0           
6.   UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT              UVM   516.5           
7.   UNIV OF ALASKA-ANCHORAGE           UAA   506.0           
8.   MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY           MSU   402.0           
9.   UNIV OF NEW HAMPSHIRE              UNH   303.0           
10.   MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE                 MID   270.5           
11.   UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA               NEV   258.0           
12.   WILLIAMS COLLEGE                   WIL   176.0           
13.   COLBY COLLEGE                      CBC   172.5           
14.   NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIV             NMU   166.0           
15.   UNIV OF ALASKA-FAIRBANKS           UAF   118.0           
16.   BATES COLLEGE                      BAT    98.0           
17.   UNIV OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY        UWGB   88.0           
18.   ST LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY             SLU    75.0           
19.   MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY           MTU    30.0           
20.   WELLESLEY COLLEGE                  WEL    25.0           
21.   ST MICHAELS COLLEGE                SMC    19.0           
22.   GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE          GAC     7.0    

And here is how they stacked up regionally in February:

EISA Eastern Championships
2/26-27/2010  Middlebury, Vermont
Team Scores

1.   DARTMOUTH COLLEGE                  DAR   846.0           
2.   UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT              UVM   806.0           
3.   MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE                 MID   741.5           
4.   UNIV OF NEW HAMPSHIRE              UNH   734.0           
5.   ST LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY             SLU   610.0           
6.   COLBY COLLEGE                      CBC   547.0           
7.   WILLIAMS COLLEGE                   WIL   520.0           
8.   BATES COLLEGE                      BAT   492.0           
9.   HARVARD UNIVERSITY                 HAR   404.0           
10.   ST MICHAELS COLLEGE                SMC   278.0           
11.   BOWDOIN COLLEGE                    BOW   166.0           
12.   WELLESLEY COLLEGE                  WC     77.0           
13.   UNIVERSITY OF ME -PRESQUE ISLE     UMPI   70.0           
14.   PLYMOUTH STATE COLLEGE             PSU    40.0           
15.   BOSTON COLLEGE                     BC     39.0           
16.   COLBY SAWYER COLLEGE               CSC    34.0           
17.   BROWN UNIVERSITY                   BRN    11.0 

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