Plymouth State Athletics announces hiring of new alpine ski coach

Plymouth State Athletics announces hiring of new alpine ski coach

Trevor Hamilton, former program director of Loon Race Team, to lead Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's ski programs will be under a new direction as Trevor Hamilton, former program director for the Loon Race Team, has been selected to lead the Panthers following a national search.

            Hamilton replaces Geoff Ouellette, who led the program for the last two seasons. He brings a wealth of ski racing experience to the team following a career of nearly 20 years as the program directors for both Loon and the Franconia Ski Club.

            "We are very fortunate to have Trevor joining the athletics department as the head men's and women's alpine ski coach," said PSU director of athletics Kim Bownes. "He brings years of coaching experience with him and has built some very strong New Hampshire ski programs."

            Hamilton inherits a program that has had at least one athlete qualify to compete at the National Collegiate Skiing Championships each of the last six years. This winter, senior Karl Kuus will have the chance to become the first Panther to qualify for the sport's largest collegiate stage for a fourth time. Hamilton becomes the ninth head coach in program history, and the third since the program joined the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) for the 2012 season.

            "I'm thrilled to be a part of the Plymouth State staff," said Hamilton. "The ski program has a very strong history and I look forward to continuing that tradition."

            As the program director of the Loon Race Team since the fall of 2012, Hamilton managed all aspects of the organization while also serving as head coach of the U10, U12, U14 and U16 programs, boosting program membership by more than 25% during his tenure. He coached two different New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) slalom champions, while earning multiple team championships for the program.

            He also coached multiple U14 athletes to both U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) Eastern Championships and Eastern CAN-AMs at Mont Tremblant, Sunday River Resort, Whiteface Mountain and Sugarloaf. Hamilton served as Eastern USSA staff for multiple regional events and last season brought two athletes to the Eastern U16 Championships, where one was the top seed in the slalom.

            Prior to running the Loon Race Team, Hamilton spent 11 years at Franconia Ski Club. After five years of coaching he was named the program director while continuing to coach, working with athletes from U12 local races all the way to U18s at National Championships. Under his direction, Franconia Ski Club hosted the Eastern Cup FIS and NHARA and USSA Championship events. In 2006, he was one of two Eastern Staff for the Whistler Cup National Development System project, where he was selected as course setter for GS.

            Hamilton led three Franconia Ski Club athletes to the Whistler Cup, two to US Nationals and three to the Tropheo Topolino ski games in Italy, called "the most prestigious children's ski event in the world" by SkiRacing.com. He coached two athletes to Junior Olympic podiums, had multiple athletes race at JII Nationals and claimed several team championships at various levels.

            A USSA Level 300 certified coach, Hamilton is also a Level 3 Referee, Chief of Course and Chief of Race certifications. He resides in Franconia, N.H., with his family, just minutes from Mittersill Ski Area, the home training facility for the Panthers.

 

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