February 25, 2004

Finocchio Named 2004 Sports Ethics Fellow

Feb. 25, 2004

In conjuction with the 14th annual National Sportsmanship Day (NSD) program, Brown head skiing coach Karen Finocchio has been selected as an honorary Institute Sports Ethics Fellow for her commitment to ethics and fair play.

Each year, the Institute selects 12-15 honorary Sports Ethics Fellows, respected individuals who represent various sectors of international sport and education. The selection process involves the accepting of nominations from prominent educators, athletes, past Ethics Fellows as well as the Institute following the careers of individuals who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to ethics and fair play.

Past Ethics Fellow honorees include Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, Grant Hill, Bonnie Blair, Mia Hamm, David Robinson, Carl Lewis, Brad Faxon and Kirby Puckett. The objective of NSD, which will be held on March 2, is to promote students' appreciation of the critical role of ethics, sportsmanship and fair play in athletics and society, through the mediums of education and sport.

Finocchio is in her fourth year as Head Coach of the Brown men's and women's ski teams. Under her leadership the Brown women's ski team has shattered school records, produced more All-Americans and has achieved the highest national rankings in the program's history. Recently, Finocchio's 2004 squad won the ECSC Regional Championships. Last year the Bears secured a fourth place finish at the USCSA National Championships and gained six All-American selections.

Finocchio has also coached the recipients of the 2002 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) Athlete of the Year, Brown Athletic Department's Kate Silver and Bessie H. Rudd Awards and fourteen All-Americans.

Extending outside the competitive arena Finocchio's athletes have attained high academic standards to compliment their athletic abilities. Included in her teams' accolades are Brown University Dean of the College Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, three Academic All-Ivy selections and fifteen Academic All-Americans.

Finocchio, a native of Marblehead, MA, started her career in sports at an early age. Growing up in a small coastal New England town, Finocchio was an avid athlete in sailing, swimming, skiing, soccer and tennis. She began skiing at Sugarloaf/USA (Carrabassett Valley, ME) in 1973 in their junior race program. Finocchio's experiences, while involved with the Sugarloaf program, helped guide her towards her present coaching career.

A 1992 graduate of Bates College, Finocchio earned a BA in Political Science and French, while also competing for four years in varsity soccer and tennis. During her years at Bates, the women's soccer team set new standards with top ten national rankings and an ECAC title. While at Bates, Finocchio began her coaching career with the Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) Junior Competition Program.

After graduation, Finocchio coached for CVA along with two years coaching at Perisher Blue Resort in New South Wales, Australia. While at CVA, Finocchio served as Program Coordinator for the Junior Competition Program. Under her leadership, the program achieved top results from Junior Olympic competitions to Eastern regional projects. She also served as a staff trainer and co-founded the women's ski programs for Sugarloaf/USA.

Following her time at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Finocchio moved to Mammoth Mountain, California where she worked with Junior Olympic medalists in two of their most successful years. In her first year coaching at Mammoth, she received the 1999 Far West Division Rookie of the Year Award.

Moving from Mammoth Mountain to Park City Ski Team, Finocchio served as Head Coach for Development. Under her coaching, the team was named the United States Ski and Snowboard Association 1999-2000 Best Alpine club. While at Mammoth and Park City, Finocchio worked with World Cup events and U.S. and Foreign National Team athletes. Finocchio has also served as a guest coach with the United States Ski Team, Men's Development and Europa Cup Teams, where she coached with the legendary Phil Mahre.

A National Certified Coach with the United States Ski Coaches Association (USSCA) and Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Level III, Finocchio continues to develop the Brown Ski Program into a strong contender for the National Championship.