Alpine skiing returns to UNR

For the first time since 2010, the University of Nevada, Reno will compete in alpine skiing.
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RENO – For the first time in more than a decade, alpine skiing is returning to the University of Nevada, Reno.

“The Pack is back in women’s and men’s alpine skiing,” UNR President Brian Sandoval said at Tuesday’s press conference.

The university cut the program in 2010, but following the acquisition of the University of Sierra Nevada in July, alpine skiing is returning to the Wolf Pack varsity sports lineup.

“We are at a really special time in the history of athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno,” Sandoval added. “We have all the right people in place.”

University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval (left) and athletic director Stephanie Rempe introduce new head alpine ski coach Mihaela Kosi.
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Mihaela Kosi, who has been head alpine skiing coach at the University of Sierra Nevada since 2018, will lead the program. Kosi teams have won a total of 16 team national titles at the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association collegiate national championships. The Eagles have won eight combined tag team titles at the 2022 championships.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kosi, who grew up and competed in Slovenia before graduating from the University of Sierra Nevada. “I’m honored and grateful to be a part of this and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Nevada will compete at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association. Other conference teams include Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver, Montana State, Utah, Westminster College and Wyoming. The team will compete in slalom and giant slalom and will open the season at the end of December. Nevada will not host any meets this season, but will explore hosting races in future years.

The program has partnered with Sky Tavern and will train at area resorts, according to athletic director Stephanie Rempe. The team will have a roster of eight to 10 men and eight to 10 women, and this year consists primarily of student-athletes from the former University of Sierra Nevada team. Additionally, the program has 6.3 scholarships available for men and seven scholarships available for women.

The university has a rich history in sports, dating back to Nevada’s first collegiate team, which was established in 1936 by Wayne Poulsen. The program has produced Olympians Dodie Post Gann, Glenn Jobe and Katerina Hanusova Nash. Also, Olympic coach Lane Monroe came from Nevada.

The program has won five individual national titles, 39 All-America honors and 14 top-10 NCAA championship finishes. The team will be eligible to compete for championships this season.

Nevada’s schedule previously included a Nordic team that Rempe says will be brought back at some point.

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