Aug. 6, 2004
Providence, RI - Karen Finocchio has stepped down from her position as Head Coach of the Brown Ski team to return to her alma mater Bates College where she will be working as an Assistant Dean of Admissions. "I wanted to move in a new direction with new challenges," said Finocchio. "My time at Brown has been great. I will greatly miss the team and wish them all the best." In her four years at Brown, Finocchio guided the program to new heights, producing more All-Americans and receiving its highest national rankings in the program's history. In February, she was named a Sports Ethics Fellow for her commitment to ethics and fair play. "Coaching has been a very rewarding experience for me," added Finocchio. 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. 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. 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. A national search for Finocchio's replacement will begin immediately.