BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont has named Paul Stone its new head Nordic coach. Vermont Director of Skiing and head alpine coach Bill Reichelt made the announcement Thursday. Stone a 1999 graduate of Dartmouth College joins the Catamounts after spending last year as the program director and coach of the Maine Coast Nordic Junior Team.
â€œI am excited to announce Paul Stone as our new head Nordic coach,â€ Reichelt said. â€œHaving raced and coached at the EISA and Division I level, Paul brings experience, enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence to our program. I am really looking forward to working with Paul to bring the alpine and Nordic teams together as one unit. I also look forward to sharing the resources available to help us reach our collective goals for each individual and the team as a whole.â€
â€œI’m really excited to work with such a strong group of student-athletes in a program with such a rich history in skiing,â€ Stone said. â€œI hope to build on the team’s reputation to ensure Vermont remains the preeminent skiing power in New England.â€
Before coming to Vermont Stone served as the interim head Nordic coach at Colby College in 2005. He also was an assistant Nordic coach at Williams College from 2000-02 and again in 2003-04. During the 2002-03 season he served as the interim head coach of the Nordic team at Williams.
At Dartmouth Stone was a three-time captain for the Big Green Nordic team and earned a B.A. in history. He participated in the NCAA Ski Championships four times and was named Second Team All-East in 1997. He was also named the team MVP in 1997 and won the Cooke Award as the most outstanding first-year skier on the team in 1995.
Before heading to Dartmouth, Stone qualified for the 1994 World Junior Ski Team but chose not to attend because of school commitments. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Alaska Junior National Ski Team and was named an All-American at the Junior Olympics in 1993 and 1994.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Stone replaces Allan Serrano who resigned in June.
Source: UVM Press Release/Chris J. Wojcik