CHESTERTOWN, Md.- Washington College Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Matthews announced the hiring of Conner Blouin as the school's new head sailing coach.
Blouin is a 2010 graduate of the school and an All-American and Academic All-American collegiate sailor. Since his collegiate career, he has been an impressive competitive sailor.
During his sailing career at Washington College, Blouin was a two-year team captain, three-time team Most Valuable Sailor, two-time All-America honorable mention skipper, two-time All-MAISA selection and 2010 first-team Academic All-American. At the end of his senior year, he became the second student-athlete in school history to win the Senior Athletic Award given to the top senior athlete and the Alfred Reddish Award, given to the senior male athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. He sailed in the program's first three ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinal Regatta appearances and in 2009, the team's first-ever appearance at the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship regatta. He completed his collegiate career with a school-record 12 career divisional first-place finishes. With Blouin on the team, Washington College sailing was consistently ranked in the ICSA Co-Ed National Top 20, peaking at eighth in the nation in 2009.
Blouin was an exceptional student while attending Washington College, having been in both Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He received the college's Economics department award.
Blouin went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a degree in economics and a minor in Philosophy in 2010. He also earned a Masters degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst two years later.
Matthews said that he is excited to have Blouin join the sailing team.
"As the most successful sailing scholar-athlete in the history of the program, it is wonderful to have him as a member of the Athletic Department," Matthews said.
Blouin's former coaching experiences came in the spring of 2013 when he served as head race team coach for Rogers and Middletown High School's in Rhode Island. He also served as the high school and youth race team coach and, earlier, as the coach of sailing and racing development at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa; the race team and travel coach at the Chicago Yacht Club and as a double-handed racing specialist at Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Md.
Blouin noted that he is honored to represent his alma mater as the new head sailing coach.
"This is a very exciting time to be a part of this program and I am dedicated to making it a perennial national contender," Blouin said.
Since graduating from Washington College, Blouin continued his competitive national and international sailing career. His top finishes include a second-place finish in the 2011 International Laser Class Association Grand Prix, Laser Radial; a bronze medal in the 2011 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta, Laser Radial; a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Laser Radial North Americans and a fifth-place finish at the 2010 Sunfish World Championship in Italy. He was the third-highest finishing American in the 2011 Laser Radial North Americans, qualifying him for the 2012 Laser Radial Open World Championship. He also won 2011 state championships in both Sunfish and Laser Radial.