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Ken Thoman Named Massachusetts Ski Coach
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Thoman skied for the Minutemen from 1999-2002.

Thoman skied for the Minutemen from 1999-2002.

Sept. 10, 2003

AMHERST, Mass. - Ken Thoman (Lebanon, Ohio) has been named Head Coach of the University of Massachusetts men's and women's ski teams, announced by UMass Athletic Director Ian Mccaw Sept. 1. Thoman was a member of the men's ski team from 1999 through 2002, serving as captain for three years.

In 2002 he received USCSA All-American honors, as he finished eighth in the USCSA National Competition. Thoman was also named an All-Conference skier all four years in the MacConnell Conference.

Thoman is currently completing his bachelor's degree in exercise science at UMass, concentrating on the physiology and biomechanics of ski racing.

"We are all very sorry to see Igor leave," said Thoman. "Igor was a great coach and has left us with a solid foundation for the future. I'm very excited for the opportunity to pick up where he left off and bring this team back to the pinnacle of success they enjoyed last season."

He replaces Igor Vanovac, who left UMass last month after serving two years as Head Coach. The 2003 season was his most successful, as the women's squad won the USCSA National Championship as well as the Eastern Regional and Macconnell Conference. The men finished fifth at Nationals, after a second-place performance at Regionals and a third-place finish in the conference. Seven skiers were named All-Americans.

"It is very difficult to leave UMass," said Vanovac. "I have very good relationships with all of the skiers and coaches, and hope to have the same great experience in Lake Tahoe that I had at UMass.

Vanovac left the university to accept a full time position as Director of Ski Racing for the Diamond Peak ski area in Lake Tahoe, Calif.



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