A 2006 graduate of Farmington, Willihan returns for his fifth (5th) year as Head Alpine Coach to his alma mater. Willihan received the Eastern Region Coach of the year in his 2nd year (2018) with the Beavers for collaboration amongst conferences and teams. His passion for bringing skiers, teams, and conferences closer together to support the ski racing community is at the heart of his philosophy. Willihan believes in development first, depth of knowledge, then pushing for maximum speed and results. Coach states, “It’s about testing the athlete's knowledge of the sport and then increasing their skill set through developmental coaching and programming.”
Willihan has led Farmington to 3 conference titles, 2 overall men and women combined Ricker Cup titles, and qualified the Men's Alpine team to the National Championship in 2020 just 4 years after taking the reins.
Willihan holds certifications as a USSA Alpine Coach (Level 300), USSA Skills Quest Evaluator, and USSA Alpine Official (Referee-2). Willihan has sat on the board of Maine Alpine Racing Association since 2014.
Willihan also serves as the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Willihan leads the development and delivery of Mainely Outdoors®, the University's four-season outdoor recreation programming that operates under the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center umbrella. Andrew works closely with student staff and other resources on campus in the region to build on the solid foundation of recreation Farmington is known for, to deliver diverse outdoor recreation/adventure experiences for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
Willihan's outdoor education experience is also extensive and includes but is not limited to working as a boating director at Wavus Camps in Jefferson, Maine for three years managing the staff, maintaining over 25 boats, and leading overnight canoe and kayak trips.
Willihan holds a Level 2 American Canoe Association (ACA) tandem and river certification to support getting students and community on the waterways of the western mountains of Maine. Willihan also spent numerous days in his formative years volunteering at Hurricane Island Outward Bound School supporting logistics.
Willihan graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in psychology.