By Olivia Hamilton, Staff Writer

UMF Ski Team (photo courtesy of UMF Athletics)

UMF Ski Team (photo courtesy of UMF Athletics)

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Ski team has welcomed Scott Hoisington as their new head coach for the 2014-2015 season. The team’s new coach is already a part of the UMF community and is eager to start the season.

Hoisington was hired as the team’s coach in September. He has been an adjunct professor at UMF teaching three classes in the recreations department. The topics of his classes include golf and skiing management. His years of experience and background in skiing will be an asset as he coaches the team this season. Hoisington is also a level 400 USSCA Ski Coach and a member of the Development Team for Eastern Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Sean McCoy, a junior and third year Alpine and Nordic racer on the team noticed Hoisington’s experience level right away. He believes that the team will benefit from being coached by someone with that level of experience, and obvious passion for the sport. “He is a very well qualified coach and knows a lot about the sport,” said McCoy.

Hoisington was happy to be offered the position as head coach. “My friend was the previous coach and I wanted to see the program continue to grow,” he said. Both Hoisington and the players are excited to see what the season will bring. “I am a UMF Alumni who competed in skiing so being a part of its tradition and future at the same time is exciting!” said Hoisington.

With a new coach joining the team a transition period is to be expected, but both the skiers and Hoisington believe it was a smooth shift. “He is a very friendly and down to earth guy who fits well with the team,” said McCoy. Hoisington has moved comfortably into the coaching position. “They have accepted me well and we can’t wait to hit the slopes!” he said.

The team began working with Hoisington in September for dry land conditioning practices and workouts. With the competition season and the team’s first race fast approaching McCoy is confident Hoisington will take the team far. “He has great expectations and a good plan for the team this year,” he said.

Hoisington’s goals for this season include, “having fun competing and skiing well as a team.” He went on to add, “qualifying for nationals would also be great!”

Last season the team made it to the United States Collegiate Ski Association National Competition. This was quite an accomplishment considering the fact that the team gained no new members last season. Under the direction of Hoisington the team has, “already recruited a lot of new members for both the Men’s and Women’s alpine team,” said McCoy.

Hoisington is enthusiastic for the season to begin. He hopes to, “watch the athletes improve as the season progresses.” Hoisington has no plans of giving up his position as head coach anytime soon.  “I hope to coach for a few years,” he said. “I want to build the team and be a reason a student wants to attend UMF.”