University of Maine at Farmington's Director of Athletics, Julie Davis, is pleased to announce the hiring of three new assistant coaches: Lauren Olson will assist in the competitive ski program by heading up the Nordic racers, while Patrick Hunt assumes the lead role with snowboard and freeriders. Earlier this year, Ryan Smith joined the cross country and track and field staff with a focus on distance and middle distance racers.
Lauren Olson is a Maine native who graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2014 where she competed, enjoyed study abroad and earned a degree in environmental studies. Most recently, she coached the Maranacook Middle School program. Since returning to Maine, she has interned with Farm to Institution New England, and worked with Farm to Sea Campus Network, as well as for Tender Soles Farm. Olson has continued to hone her knowledge of the sport since graduation and will have an eager cadre of mostly underclass racers to train and develop. She recently attended a NENSA clinic to hone her skills as a coach. Lauren spent a winter at Rickert Ski Center in Vermont as an instructor and wax technician
"From recreational skiing, to racing, and now coaching, my love of Nordic skiing has never stopped, but rather it has taken on a new role in my life. I always look forward to sharing that fun with others."
Patrick Hunt comes to the snowboard position via Sunday River where he worked as the snowboard training coordinator, with additional responsibilities at the Highland Mountain Bike Park Camp. Previous to Sunday River, Hunt interned with Perfect Turn as a snowboard coach and staff trainer. Hunt has instructed and trained individuals of all ages via seasonal snowboard programs. Hunt is a 2014 UMF graduate who earned his bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies – outdoor recreation business administration. Patrick has a level II AASI certif
"As a UMF alumnus, I look to grow our freeride and snowboard programs to an elite level and have competitive teams at the USCSA national level on an annual basis," said Patrick.
Ryan Smith brings a ton of energy to the UMF cross country and track and field teams. He comes to Farmington from Indiana where he worked as a private coach throughout his own collegiate experience. Smith has successfully helped numerous high school athletes achieve their goals to improve performance and prepare for collegiate opportunities.
"I am very excited to work with Coach Campbell and the student-athletes here at UMF. The culture of the team is already beyond many other teams', and we have a lot of development in our near future. Coach Campbell has done a great job getting the athletes ready to compete near the top of our conference, and I hope to use my experience as a high caliber runner to help the athletes go beyond what they ever imagined they could do as individuals and as a team!"
Smith graduated from Goshen College in 2017 with a degree in business. He excelled there as a student-athlete on both the cross-country and indoor/outdoor track and field teams. During his tenure, he broke multiple school records and made numerous national appearances for the Maple Leafs. Smith obtained USATF Level 1 coaching certification in June 2013.
"We are very excited about the rich experience and passion each of these coaches brings to our program, and believe they have much to offer our student-athletes in terms of holistic and competitive development," said Director Davis.