Brian Blank is in his eighth season as UNH alpine head coach in 2014-15. 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 Wildcats finished eighth at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships, which matched their top result since 1994. Men’s alpine racers Sam Coffey (SL), Taylor Vest-Burton (SL) and Coley Oliver (GS) earned All-America First Team honors. Vest-Burton added a Second Team (GS) merit, and the Wildcats placed runner-up in both men’s disciplines. On the women’s side, Catherine Blanchard competed at NCAAs for a third straight season; the senior was joined by Jenna Kantor, a repeat NCAA competitor, and Randa Teschner, the lone Wildcat freshman to earn a trip to nationals. Two other Wildcats –Kris Hopkins (men) and Marie-Elaine Lepine (women)- qualified for NCAAs but did not compete due to a three-skier limit per team. Coffey, the men’s alpine team MVP, was named to the EISA All-East First Team.
Men’s skiing program earned NCAA Public Recognition Award for boasting perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1,000 (2008-12). Women’s ski team tallied 994 APR, which finished behind only perfect 1,000 APRs of Dartmouth and Harvard among EISA programs.
The 2012 season featured a third-place finish at the EISA Championships and a full allotment of six alpine racers competing at NCAAs: Paul Atkinson; Vest-Burton and Zach Clayton for the men's team; Lepine, Kantor and Laura Rozinowicz on the women's side. Four other skiers 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 Clayton (SL, GS) and Coffey (SL), helping the Wildcats post an eighth-place finish at the NCAAs, the school’s best showing in 11 years. Atkinson was named to the All-East First Team.
The 2010 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).