Chad Wolk, a former team captain and All-American for the University of Colorado who has skied and coached for the U.S. National Team, has returned to Boulder as the assistant alpine coach, head coach Andy LeRoy announced Thursday.
Wolk replaces Stefan Hughes, who held the position for the previous four seasons.
“I am ecstatic to have Chad back at the University of Colorado and honored to be coaching alongside him this coming season,” LeRoy said. “Chad was a fantastic athlete for the Buffs and has since become an even better coach and mentor to young people across the country. He returns to CU with a wealth of experience from coaching at this level and is certain to make an immediate impact on our program.”
Wolk skied for former CU coach Richard Rokos from 1998-2001 and skied with LeRoy for the Buffs during the 2000 season. The two were also members of the U.S. National Team in 1996 when Wolk was on the Alpine C-Team and earned two World Cup slalom starts.
“I am excited to return to the University of Colorado as the Alpine Assistant Coach,” Wolk said. “My time at CU formed indelible memories including National Championships and a lifelong family of Buffs. Richard Rokos has always been a strong supporter of me and my family and I’m honored to be part of the post Rokos era under the leadership of a proven champion Andy LeRoy in order to meet and exceed the standards of CU’s illustrious past.”
At Colorado, Wolk competed in 46 career races picking up one race win, seven podium appearances, 16 top five and 31 total top 10 finishes, earning five All-America honors including one in each of his four seasons. He helped the Buffs win back-to-back National Championships in 1998 and ’99, won the team’s Dick Schoenberger Award as team MVP in 2000 and the team’s Buddy Werner Award in 2001.
He earned second-team All-America honors in the slalom as a freshman in 1998, then picked up a second-team honor in the GS as a sophomore in 1999. In 2000, he picked up two second-team honors and his senior season he finished second in the GS race at NCAAs to earn first-team honors. Wolk graduated from the University of Colorado in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration.