PLYMOUTH, N.H. – While winter is still far away, there’s news from the Plymouth State University varsity ski racing program with the announcement of a new head coach.
Andrew Gannon has been named head coach of PSU’s men’s and women’s alpine ski team. Gannon is a New Hampshire native who was a successful head ski coach at Colby-Sawyer College from 1997-03 and has spent the past seven years as the head coach at Alyeska Ski Club in Alaska.
“I’m excited to return home to New Hampshire and to become the head ski coach at Plymouth State,” said Gannon. “Plymouth State has such a tremendous tradition of success in ski racing, established by the achievements of former coach Kim Bownes, and I’m honored to accept the challenge of continuing that success. We plan to continue making Plymouth State an excellent school to get an education and continue your ski racing career.”
Gannon had tremendous success in his stint at Colby-Sawyer, with numerous NCAA National Championship individual qualifiers and six consecutive US Collegiate Ski Association national championships. Colby-Sawyer Alpine Skiing was recognized by Sports Illustrated in April ‘04, for having the most All-American skiing awards, 41 from 1998 through 2004. Gannon began his coaching career while a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a two-time qualifier for both the NCAA and USCSA National Championships.
“We are so pleased to have Andrew join our coaching staff," said Bownes, now PSU’s Associate Athletic Director and chair of the search committee. “Andrew was a long time friend and colleague while he was coaching at Colby-Sawyer during my tenure as the head ski coach here. I feel so confident handing this program and our student-athletes over to Andrew. The program is in great hands, with a high level, highly-regarded ski coach.”
Gannon grew up ski racing at Crotched Mountain in Francestown, N.H., and graduated from Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough. During his tenure the last seven years at Alyeska, Gannon helped host the US National Alpine Ski Championships three times, serving as Chief of Course in ’04 and ’07 and Chief of Race in ‘09.
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