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Harvard Skiing Head Coach Position Endowed by Paul J. Finnegan ‘75

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Nichols Family Director of Athletics, Bob Scalise, and Harvard University are proud to announce the generous gift of Paul J. Finnegan '75 to establish the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing.

This is the 14th endowed head coach at Harvard and 15th endowed position in Harvard Athletics.  It is also the third gift to endow a Harvard head coach position in the last three months. In February, Charles Egan'54 endowed the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving; in mid-April, Harvard announced the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Endowed Coach for Lightweight Crew.

"I would like to thank Paul for his generous gift to Harvard Athletics. His commitment to skiing is a wonderful example of the loyal and dedicated alumni who make it possible for Harvard to pursue excellence," said Scalise. "Harvard skiing enjoyed great success this season including its first ever NCAA alpine champion; Paul's gift will allow for many more great seasons and NCAA champions." 

Finnegan, a former Nordic ski captain for Harvard, was a four-year letterwinner and two-time MVP for the Crimson. He has remained involved with Harvard, its athletics program and the Friends of Harvard Skiing since graduating. He is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, chair of the Visiting Committee on Athletics, former president of the Harvard Alumni Association and board member for Teach for America.

"The ski team was a very important part of my undergraduate experience," Finnegan said. "The spirit and camaraderie of that group are things I will never forget."

Chris City'94 and Tim Mitchell will both serve as the first Paul J. Finnegan Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Skiing. City, a Nordic skier for the Crimson completed his fourth season with the Crimson, while Mitchell finished his sixth season at the head of the Alpine program.

"I'm very grateful to Paul for his incredible commitment to Harvard Skiing," said City. "His very generous gift assures the team will continue to thrive for future generations of Harvard skiers.  Above all, it recognizes the special role of the ski team and the importance of the lessons our student-athletes learn from being skiers and a part of this team.  Like Paul, I'm an alumnus of this team, and I have similar fond memories of being a skier here.  Indeed, I returned to Harvard to coach because I believe strongly in the role of athletics in a Harvard education.  I am incredibly excited that skiing will always be a part of Harvard."

"Paul's generosity is the evidence of how passionately so many people feel about Harvard skiing," said Mitchell. "The sport of skiing has brought so many wonderful things into my life; I am excited by the long-term stability Paul has brought to the ski team, ensuring our student-athletes have the same formative experiences I was fortunate enough to have through collegiate athletics and ski racing."

Current Harvard Athletics Endowments
Listed alphabetically by sport

The Nichols Family Director of Harvard Athletics
The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 MBA '71 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball
The Thomes Bolles Endowment for Men's Heavyweight Crew
The Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew
The Thomas Stephenson '64 MBA '66 Family Head Coach for Harvard Football
The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey
The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse
The Paul J. Finnegan Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Skiing
The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer
The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University
The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving
The Costin Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving
The Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis
The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling