Luke Patterson is in his first season at Utah as assistant alpine coach.
Patterson comes to Utah after coaching two seasons at Montana State, spending last season as the head alpine coach. MSU finished ninth at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
"I could not be more pleased with Luke joining our staff," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "This makes us exceptionally deep on the alpine staff which should have an immediate impact on the quality and variety of training opportunities available to the team. Luke is incredibly professional with a dynamite attitude. He is very respected in the ski coaching world and extremely well versed in the NCAA environment. Adding this full time position to our staff and filling it with such a wonderful person is a great step up for the entire Ute program! We are very excited to welcome Luke and his wife Chelsea to the team."
Prior to Montana State, Patterson spent five years with the Sugar Bowl Ski Academy. He spent two seasons as the head J3 and J2 coach and the head strength and conditioning coach, coaching skiers between the ages of 13-19. Patterson was the 2008 USSA Far West Skiing Rookie Coach of the Year. He has also coached at the Treble Cone Race Academy and with the Banff Alpine Racers and has worked with the Sky Tavern Adaptive ski program.
Patterson was a two-time All-America skier at Nevada. He finished fourth in the men's slalom at the NCAA Championships in 2006 and was seventh in the men's giant slalom in 2005. Patterson skied for the Alberta Alpine ski team. He was the recipient of the Cary Mullen Character Award in 2003.
Patterson, who is from Banff, Alberta, Canada, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health ecology from Nevada in 2008. Patterson is working towards a master's in exercise physiology.