National search for new coach to begin immediately
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's ski programs will be under new direction starting in 2019 as head coach Geoff Ouellette announced his resignation effective immediately.
"My decision to leave PSU was not an easy one and only came after countless hours of consideration," said Ouellette. "In the end, my desire to spend more time at home with my wife and children outweighed the excitement of the ski racing world. It has been an honor to coach the PSU ski team and there is no doubt that they are well on their way to an NCAA alpine championship someday. The friends and colleagues I have had the pleasure of working with is what I will miss the most."
Ouellette took over the reins of the Panthers' ski program in the summer of 2017, becoming the eighth head coach in program history and the second to lead PSU since joining the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) in 2012.
"Geoff did an unbelievable job with the ski team here at PSU," said Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "His leadership with the team and his work in the department were fantastic. We cannot thank him enough for being a part of our team and we wish him well."
Ouellette was highly successful in his two years at the helm, guiding a program record three skiers to the National Collegiate Men's and Women's Skiing Championships in 2018 (Freydis Einarsdottir '19, Karl Kuus '20 and Cooper Yates '21), marking the first time in school history that two male skiers qualified in the same year. Additionally, Einarsdottir became the first PSU student-athlete to compete in the Olympic Games when she skied for her home country of Iceland at the PyeongChang Games that February.
Last winter, Ouellette coached Kuus to a third straight National Championship appearance, becoming the first male athlete and second PSU skier with three NCAA appearances. It marked the sixth straight year that a PSU skier qualified to compete on the sport's largest collegiate stage. Prior to his promotion, Ouellette spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Panthers as part of a coaching career spanning nearly 30 years.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
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