Kris Shampeny

Former Montana State skier Kris Shampeny was named the school's new alpine head coach on Thursday. 

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Kris Shampeny, a former Bobcat skier and past assistant World Cup technical coach with the United States Ski and Snowboard Women’s Alpine team, has been named head alpine coach at Montana State University, athletic director Leon Costello announced on Thursday afternoon.

Shampeny, a native of Manhattan who was raised in the local ski community as part of the Bridger Ski Foundation program, raced for Montana State from 2010-12 under the leadership of Dan Brelsford. He also served as a student assistant at MSU, a move that proved to be the start of a successful coaching career at both the national and international levels.

“I’m excited to welcome Kris back to MSU Athletics as the head alpine ski coach,” Costello said. “Kris has a strong heritage at MSU, and the Bozeman ski community and I look forward to working with him on continuing to grow the success of our alpine ski team.”

Most recently, Shampeny was the lead post graduate FIS (International Ski Federation) coach with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club in Colorado where he helped navigate training and racing competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with recruiting athletes, he also managed equipment acquisition, preparation, fitting and maintenance as well as writing and administering the club’s strength and conditioning program.

From 2013-2020, Shampeny worked in a variety of positions with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team. In his last two seasons with the national program, he served as ann assistant World Cup technical coach where he influenced the technical and tactical development of the team. Shampeny also managed the on-road strength and conditioning program working with the USST sports science department. He was also responsible for equipment, transportation, surface preparation and training logistics across the globe.

“I am extremely excited to be returning to the Bobcats to lead the alpine team,” Shampeny said.

“My coaching career has really come full circle, and to have the opportunity to lead my alma mater toward a national championship is a dream come true. We have some work to do to get there, but the amount of support from the athletic department and the surrounding community makes the possibilities endless in the pursuit of a national title.”

Shampeny served as head development coach from 2016-2018 where he oversaw the technical and tactical direction of the team, along with on-hill analysis. He was also responsible for the program’s budget which included eight athletes and three staff members that crossed between World Cup, Europa Cup and NorAm.

Shampeny started his stint with the US Ski and Snowboard women’s squad as an assistant development coach. Over three seasons, he helped build and supervise the strength and conditioning program, assisted in process and long-term goal setting for athletes, helped with technical and tactical training and acted as ski technician for 10 athletes.

A 2012 honors graduate of Montana State in plant science and plant pathology and horticulture science, he is the son of former Bobcat men’s ski coach John Shampeny and the nephew of former MSU women’s ski coach Gary Shampeny.

Shampeny will begin his coaching duties in August.

Cross-country sets 2021 schedule

Montana State returns to action this fall as the Bobcats gear up for a schedule that features four events prior to the Big Sky Championships in the Portland area on Oct. 29.

The Bobcat Time Trials get the season started for MSU in Bozeman on Sept. 3 while the MSU Cross Country Classic returns to Bridger Creek Golf Course for the 44th edition of the meet on Sept. 18.

“We are looking to build off the momentum of a strong 2021 outdoor track and field season, have a great fall in cross-country, and put together a spectacular year of track and field and cross-country,” said Lyle Weese, Montana State’s director of cross-country. “We will get this started with our annual test of fitness at Glen Lake Rotary Park in early September.

“On Sept. 18, we will host a meet that our student-athletes are always so excited about at Bridger Creek Golf Course. We are so fortunate to be able to host some high-quality teams here in Bozeman and showcase, in front of their hometown fans, the talent and hard work of our cross-country student-athletes.”

The Bobcats will send runners on the road for the first time to the Montana Invitational in Missoula on Sept. 24. Montana State follows that trip by sending a group of high performers to compete in the Florida State Invitational/Pre-National Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee on Oct. 15.

After its appearance at the Big Sky Championships hosted by Portland State, MSU will appear in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 12.

Qualifiers will return to Tallahassee for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 20. MSU has had representation at the national championships three consecutive seasons in Duncan Hamilton (2020-21), Camila Noe (2019) and Ty Mogan (2018).

“The Big Sky Conference is one of the top cross-country conferences in the NCAA, and the Mountain Region is the strongest in the NCAA,” Weese said. “We know we have to be prepared to take on some of the best teams in the NCAA in order to finish strong in the Big Sky Conference and NCAA Mountain Region meets and have an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships.”

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Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.

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