Paul Smith’s College Coach Named to the Coaching Staff of the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games

Dec 22, 2022 | News

PAUL SMITHS, NY–Paul Smith’s College head Nordic Skiing coach, Matthew Dougherty, has been named to the coaching staff for U.S. Biathlon for the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games. The biathlon events will begin on January 14th with the individual competition followed by four more races over the course of the games.

In addition to selection of Coach Dougherty to the Games, Paul Smith’s has seven athletes competing in Anchorage Alaska December 28-31 for a chance to be named to the US Biathlon team for World University Games.

The 2023 FISU Winter World University Games will be held January 11-21, 2023, in Lake Placid, and Paul Smith’s College will be hosting student athletes from across the globe. Staged every two years in a different city, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university student athletes by the International University Sports Federation. Teams from more than 50 nations will compete in 86 medal events.

“Congratulations to Paul Smith’s Matthew Dougherty for being named a coach to the upcoming Winter World University Games,” said Dan Kelting, Interim President at Paul Smith’s College. “The Paul Smith’s community is proud of what Coach Dougherty has accomplished and we can’t wait to root him—and our student athletes—on at the Games. Paul Smith’s College is honored to be an official host of the Games so we can showcase our second to none campus, Nordic facilities, and academic programs.”

“It’s an honor to be named to the coaching staff for World University Games. I am excited to be working with and helping these athletes compete in the Games,” said Paul Smith’s Biathlon Coach, Matthew Dougherty. “Having spent the past three years working with athletes on the trails at Mt. Vanhovenberg and on the range, I hope that experience will give the athletes a little advantage. The biathlon races should be one of the marquee events during the games full of tremendous athletes and challenging races it will be a great experience being in the thick of it.”

Paul Smith’s College is a leader in the biathlon with more than 31 miles of trails and the nation’s only college with a biathlon shooting range. Paul Smith’s has also been designated an official biathlon training facility by U.S. Biathlon and USA Nordic.

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