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  Kevin Sweeney
Kevin Sweeney

Player Profile
Position:
Director of Skiing

Experience:
10th Season

Alma Mater:
University of New Hampshire

03/09/2013

Utah Skiing Takes Second Place at NCAA Championships

Senior Miles Havlick claims second career national title in men's 20-km Freestyle.

03/07/2013

Utah Skiing Climbs to Third at NCAA Championships

Sloan Storey takes fifth in women's 5-km Classic.

02/23/2013

Utah Skiing Control Second Place at RMISA Regional Championships

Havlick wins second career RMISA title.

02/22/2013

Utah Skiing In Second Place After Day 1 of RMISA Championships

Two Utes on podium of men's 10-km Classical.

02/14/2013

Havlick Repeats as RMISA Men's Nordic MVP

Has won four consecutive races and five overall.

Kevin Sweeney is in his 10th season as Director of Skiing at Utah. He has recently led the Utes to three-straight runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships from 2011-13.

Sweeney has led the Utes to significant team and individual success. Utah won the NCAA West Regional/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association championship in 2012 and finished as the runners up in 2011 and 2013. The Utes were awarded the RMISA regular-season title in 2011 and 2012.

Individually, Miles Havlick was a two-time NCAA champion from 2012-13 in the 20-km classical race. He was a three-time Ski Racing Magazine Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year, a two-time RMISA men's nordic MVP and a seven-time All-American. Maria Graefnings won NCAA titles in the 5-km freestyle in 2011 and 2012. She was the 2011 Ski Racing Magazine Nordic Skier of the Year, FasterSkier.com 2011 Women's Collegiate Skier of the Year, the RMISA's Female Skier of the Year and the Women's Nordic MVP.

Sweeney is in his fourth season of his second stint leading the program. His first stretch as the Director of Skiing ran from 2000-05. In nine seasons under Sweeney's direction, the Utes have experienced a great deal of national success. He led the school to its 11th NCAA title in 2003, and Utah has finished second at the NCAA meet four times under his leadership. In his nine seasons as director, Utah has won 13 national titles and 48 athletes have earned All-America honors. In addition to Havlick and Graefnings, Henning Dynendel (10-km free and 20-km classic) Katrin Smigun (5-km freestyle and 15-km classic) and Ben Thornhill (men's giant slalom) were all two-time national champions.

Sweeney has also coached Olympians Torin Koos (2002, '06, '10, '14), Kristina Joder (2002), Rowena Bright (2002) and Luke Bodensteiner (1992, '94) during their time at Utah.

As the leader of a program that is so rich in tradition and vying for the NCAA title each year, Sweeney emphasizes excellence in the classroom and on the racecourse. In the spring of 2013, all 18 members of the team were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll, while eight student-athletes were selected to the Dean's List. Jeremy Elliott earned Academic All-District honors in 2013. The ski team won the athletic department's 2011-12 Utes Cup, an annual team-by-team competition that awards points for academic and athletic performance, personal development (including attending Life Skills events), community service, attendance at Crimson Games and SAAC/SAM participation.

Sweeney first became an assistant coach with the Utah ski program in 1991 and served in the role before being elevated to Director of Skiing in 2000. He is a two-time recipient of Utah's prestigious Don Reddish Award (2003 and 2011), which is presented annually to the coach of a sport other than football, men's and women's basketball and gymnastics who is deemed to have had the most successful season the previous year. Sweeney has chaired the NCAA Skiing Rules Committee and was also a member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association's Cross Country Skiing Committee. He was also an assistant on the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff at the World Championships in Ramsau, Austria.

Sweeney served as the National Director of Competition for Swix Sport USA from 2005 until returning to the U in 2010.

Sweeney skied collegiately at New Hampshire and represented the U.S. Ski Team in World Cup competition at Mountain Dell, Utah, and Biwabik, Minn. He graduated from UNH cum laude in 1985. An avid outdoorsman, Sweeney immensely enjoys the mountains and desert of Utah.

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