The University of Connecticut Ski Team has a rich and storied history which began in 1970’s
with both a men’s and women’s team. The team is currently coached by Jeff Lagasse. Coach
Lagasse is a former Husky ski team member graduating in 2009. He has been the assistant
couch since graduating. Jeff has seen the team develop from a truly student run club team
without a coach in 2007-2008 and no postseason berths, all the way to the highest level of
competition in the USCSA with the team’s routine presence at nationals. Throughout his time
here he has been an integral part of developing and creating a good environment to breed
success here at Uconn as ski racers, but also helping shape successful young adults ready to
take on the real world after college.
The University of Connecticut Ski Team is a club team and is funded by the UCONN Club Sports
Council and the Undergraduate Student Government. The team is also supported extensively by
an extended Alumni base, family and friends through donations of their time and money.
UCONN is proud to call Wildcat its new home training base for a month during Christmas break
starting in 2019! We are proud to start this new relationship with this storied skiing destination
and bring husky ski racing to New Hampshire for the month. Division competition begins in
early January and extends into February. Mt. Southington is the teams’ training facilities when
school is in session.
The skiing Huskies compete in the McConnell Division in the United States Collegiate Ski
Association (USCSA). USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing in America.
Almost 200 colleges and universities and approximately 5000 athletes compete in USCSA
competition. USCSA follows NCAA Division II rules and guidelines. The team starts 10 men and
women in each collegiate race.
There are 10 races during the Division season. Six of these races are U.S. Ski & Snowboard (
USSA) scored while the remaining four races are FIS scored. The top five men’s and women’s
teams qualify to compete at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships. The top five men’s
and women’s team from the Regional Championships then compete at the USCSA National
Championships. The McConnell Division has traditionally been the most dominate USCSA
Division in the Nation sending most if not all the teams from the eastern division to the national
The McConnell Division consists of ten universities and colleges from the Northeast and is in the
Eastern Conference of USCSA. University of Connecticut, Babson College, Brown University,
M.I.T., University of Massachusetts, Castleton, Clarkson, St. Anselm, and New England College
are all members of the McConnell Division. The Division is named after Bill McConnell who was
the long time coach of the University of Massachusetts.