Skip Fox is in his third season as the head coach of the men's and women's ski teams. Fox has an extensive career in skiing and has been coaching at various levels since 1979.
In 2008 Fox led both the Men's and Women's Ski teams to appearances in the USCSA National Championships. The men's squad took both the Giant Slalom and Slalom National Championships in 2008, the first time in 23 years that an eastern team had captured either title. Prior to last season, the highest placing for the men was third in 2005. The Minutewomen came in third place in the Slalom of the USCSA National Championships, and finished in third place in the ESCS Conference Standings.
In his first season, Fox led the Minutemen to a second place finish in the MacConnell Division, third in the ECSC Regionals, and seventh at the USCSA Nationals. The Minutewomen finished in sixth in the division and did not qualify for Regionals. However, Fox coached Eliza Hawkins to an individual appearance at Nationals, where she finished in third in the Giant Slalom.
Prior to UMass, Fox served as the head coach and programs director of the Mount Ashland Racing Association from 2004-06. He was responsible for the management, organization and implementation of program operations for 150 athletes and 15 coaches. He coached all racers of all levels and was responsible for technical training, race and event organization and many other duties.
He has run his own Fox Ski Camps since 1997, serving as camp director. He has organized and developed successful summer camps for the development of skiers.
Fox was a guest coach for the United States Development Ski team from 2003-05 as part of the Europa Cup Ski Team during those summers.
He served as a head alpine ski coach at the Vermont Academy in 2003-04.
From 1993-2003, Fox served as the head coach and program director at the Stratton Training Center in Stratton, Vermont. He coached racers, provided technical training for coaches, organized races, handled staff selection and the budget.
He has handled a variety of coaching roles at the following for the following programs as well: Bromley Outing Club in Peru, Vermont from 1991-93 and 1981-83; Jay Peak Ski Club in Montgomery Center, Vermont from 1986-87; Ski Club Vail in Colorado from 1983-85 and the Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, Vermont in 1979-81.
Fox is a graduate of Stratton Mountain School and former college ski racer at Johnson State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
He is a USSA International Certified Coach who truly cares about each individual's progress. Fox also a member of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association's Board of Directors and serves on the Junior Alpine Competitions Committee & Scholarship Committee.