Utes finish fourth in first meet of season.
Utah in second at DU Invite and improve to fifth at CU Invite.
Sophomore takes second in women's slalom race.
DuPratt finishes third in women's GS.
Jeremy Elliot takes second in giant slalom.
Jaka Korencan is in his ninth season as head alpine coach at Utah. He is in his 14th year with the Utes after beginning as an assistant in 2001. During his tenure, Korencan has driven the Ute alpine contingent to consistently be among the best in the country. His athletes have won seven individual NCAA titles and 27 skiers have earned All-America honors.
Most recently, Eva Huckova was the 2010 NCAA giant slalom champion. Ben Thornhill was a two-time men's giant slalom national champion in 2003 and 2004. Also earning national titles was Jernej Bukovec (2001, slalom), Petra Svet (2001, slalom), Lina Johansson (2003, slalom) and Scott Veenis (2006, giant slalom). In 2008, Tague Thorson, who finished the regular season as the top overall men's alpine qualifier, became one of just a handful of alpine skiers (men or women) to reach the U.S. Ski Team as a collegiate skier.
Korencan was the RMISA's Alpine Coach of the Year in 2012. Korencan helped lead Utah to the 2003 NCAA title, while the Utes have finished as the NCAA runner ups four times during his tenure.
Additionally, under Korencan's guidance, the Ute alpine team has consistently delivered stellar academic results, achieving the highest average team GPA levels. In the spring of 2013, five alpine athletes were named to the Dean's List while eight athletes were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll, earning at least a 3.00 GPA.
"Student-athletes at the University of Utah are getting extraordinary support from the athletic department and the University itself," he said. "The University provides student athletes an outstanding environment to develop their athleticism as well as gain a world class education. This team has a rich tradition of excellence, and I am extremely excited, motivated, and honored to lead this team to continued success."
A native of Slovenia, Korencan earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Utah in 2004, and in 2007 he completed a master's degree in sport psychology.