|Title:||Head Coach- Alpine|
Brian Blank is in his sixth season as UNH alpine head coach in 2012-13. Brian is a 1995 UNH graduate with over 10 years of experience as an alpine ski racing coach as well as 15 years experience as an alpine ski racer. He lettered on the UNH ski team from 1991-95 and served as team captain in 1994-95.
The 2012 season featured a third-place finish at the EISA Championships and a full allotment of six alpine racers competing at the NCAA Championships: Paul Atkinson, Taylor Vest-Burton and Zach Clayton for the men's team; Marie-Elaine Lepine, Jenna Kantor and Laura Rozinowicz on the women's side. Four other skiers -Catherine Blanchard, Sam Coffey, Chad Lawrence and Coley Oliver- qualified for NCAAs but did not compete due to the three-skier limit per discipline. Atkinson and Lepine were named to the EISA All-East Team.
In 2011, Blank mentored a pair of All-Americans in Zach Clayton (slalom, giant slalom) and Sam Coffey (slalom), helping the Wildcats post an eighth-place finish at the NCAAs, the school’s best showing in 11 years. Further, junior Paul Atkinson was named to the All-East First Team.
Under Blank’s guidance, the 2010 alpine team boasted of a pair of All-America selections in seniors Veronique Archambault-Leger and Dylan McGuffin.
In 2009, Blank was named EISA Alpine Coach of the Year. During that season, the alpine team earned eight All-America honors. The alpine team was the top scoring team in the east and the second-highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships. Through the regular season, the men’s alpine team won 11 of 12 events.
In the 2007-08 season -- Blank’s first year -- there were three alpine Wildcats who earned All-America status.
From 2001-2006, Blank coached at Stratton Mountain School. While at SMS, Blank served as the men’s FIS coach. Prior to that position, coach Blank worked at Rowmark Ski Academy (1998-2000) in Salt Lake City, Utah and with the Brighton Ski Team (1995-98).