Utes finish fourth in first meet of season.
Utah in second at DU Invite and improve to fifth at CU Invite.
Sophomore takes second in women's slalom race.
DuPratt finishes third in women's GS.
Jeremy Elliot takes second in giant slalom.
Jaka Korencan begins his 13th season with the University of Utah ski team where he has served as Head Alpine Coach for the past eight years.
During his tenure, Korencan has driven the Ute alpine contingent to consistently be among the best in the country, delivering 21 All-American athletes, nine NCAA Championship Medals, and two NCAA champions.
Korencan has also guided numerous individual successes during his years as Head Alpine Coach. Eva Huckova was a six-time All-American and 2010 NCAA giant slalom champion. Tague Thorson, who finished the 2008 regular season as the top overall men's alpine qualifier, became one of just a handful of alpine skiers (men or women) to reach the U.S. Ski Team as a collegiate skier. Utah alpine national champions during his 12-year tenure as a coach include Scott Veenis, Ben Thornhill, Jemej Bukovec, Petra Svet and Lina Johansson.
Korencan was named the RMISA's Alpine Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading a consistently excellent Utah performance throughout the season that resulted in a first-place finish in the RMISA Regular-Season Alpine Team standings. The Utes accumulated 1,785 points in the combined Alpine events, which was 143 points ahead of runner-up Denver. The Ute women's alpine skiers also took first place with 977 points, finishing 137 points ahead of Colorado. Utah's men's Alpine team finished in second among the RMISA Men's Alpine leaders with 808 points.
Additionally, under Korencan's guidance, the Ute alpine team has consistently delivered stellar academic results, achieving the highest average team GPA levels. Most recently, five alpine athletes were named ot the University of Utah's Dean's List for the 2012 spring semester (minimum 3.50 GPA with at least 12 graded credits), while 10 Utes were named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.00 GPA).
"Student-athletes at the University of Utah are getting extraordinary support from the athletic department and the University itself," he said. "The University provides student athletes an outstanding environment to develop their athleticism as well as gain a world class education. This team has a rich tradition of excellence, and I am extremely excited, motivated, and honored to lead this team to continued success."
A native of Slovenia, Korencan earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2004, and in 2007 he completed a master's degree in Sport Psychology.