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June 5, 2008

PSU names new Alpine Ski Coach

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has announced the naming of a new men's and women's alpine ski racing coach.

            Topher Harlow, a standout skier for Plymouth State from 2004-06 and an assistant coach the past two seasons, has been named the new head coach of PSU's ski racing program.  He has tough ski boots to fill, taking over for 21-year veteran head coach Kim Bownes, who became PSU's Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator earlier this spring.

            Harlow (right), who transferred to PSU in 2004 after a year at Saint Michael's College, enjoyed an outstanding ski racing career for the Panthers. He was a seven-time All-American, capturing the honors all three years in the combined alpine along with twice each in both the slalom and giant slalom.  He finished runner-up in the combined at the Eastern Regional Championships in 2004 and placed third at the same event in 2006.

            "I am very excited to have Topher as our new ski coach because he has been a part of the program for five years, so it's a nice transition and continuation," said Bownes.  "He is someone who is knowledgeable about all aspects of the program.  His experience as an assistant for us the past two years, combined with the other high-level programs he's been involved with, such as New Hampton (N.H.) School and Mount Mansfield Academy in Stowe, Vt., provides him with the experience to do an outstanding job."

            While Harlow was an assistant for the PSU ski team the past two seasons, the Panther men's team posted runner-up finishes at both the Eastern Regionals and National Championships and the women's squad garnered fifth and third place finishes at the Nationals.

            "I am so honored and excited about taking over this program that has been built by Kim Bownes for the past 21 years," said Harlow.  "I know what a great opportunity and responsibility it is, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of PSU Skiing."

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