Doug Connelly

Director of Outdoor Programs & Club Sports

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Doug Connelly arrives with fifteen years of experience as an outdoor professional and ten years as athletic coach.  He blends skills in these two fields - wilderness and sport – to motivate and inspire students at Middlebury.  As an outdoor professional, Connelly has served NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) since 2002 as instructor and program supervisor in the mountain program and winter program, reaching the level of senior staff.  In higher education, Connelly has developed a university outdoor program that continues operating today.  He migrated west to Jackson Hole for four years to teach in the graduate program at Teton Science School.  In this faculty role, Connelly taught ecology and oversaw all backcountry expeditions.  Then, returning home to New England, he taught courses in Outdoor Leadership at University of Vermont and continued to get in the backcountry with NOLS.

Connelly has coached athletes at club, NCAA, masters, and JR National Team levels in the sport of rowing.  In 2013, his crews won the ACRA National Championship and he was awarded ACRA Regional Coach of the Year by his colleagues.  He has competitive experience in rowing, rugby, sailing, cycling, triathlon, and looks forward to working with all of the club sports at Midd.  Connelly holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and an undergraduate degree in Biology from NESCAC rival Colby College.  His favorite activity is to ski powder with his wife Liz.