Dale Solotruck enters his 13th season coaching the alpine ski team at Castleton and 31st overall with stints at Morrisville College, Adirondack Community College, Green Mountain College and Dartmouth College.
The 2018 season was another historic one for the Castleton ski teams, highlighted by the program's first individual national champion. Paul Rechberger won the USCSA National Championship in both the slalom and the combined standings. The men's ski team won the ECSC Regional Championships and finished third at the USCSA National Championships for the second straight year and the third time in the last five years. The Spartan women also finished in third at the national championships, their best-ever national finish, after winning the ECSC Regional title for the second time in the past three seasons. In total, Castleton collected 17 USCSA All-America honors and seven USCSA Scholar All-American awards.
In 2016-17, the men's ski team matched its best-ever finish at the USCSA National Championships, reaching the podium with a third place finish in the combined standings. Jan Klindic became the first Spartan skier to earn three All-America honors in a single national championships, while Erik Brobacke also earned All-America recognition in the giant slalom. It was the sixth consecutive top-10 finish for the men's squad at the national championships.
The women's ski team finished in seventh place at the national meet, led by Linn Ljungemo, who became the first female skier in Castleton history to earn three All-America awards in the same national championships.
In 2015-16, the Spartans accomplished something which had never been done in program history, as both teams claimed USCSA Eastern Regional Championships - to secure appearances in the USCSA National Championships once again. In the national championships, a pair of All-America performances from Matt Couture helped the men place sixth overall in the combined standings. The women also placed sixth as it received a pair of All-America performances from Linn Ljungemo.
In 2014-15, Solotruck helped lead Castleton to one of the best finishes in program history. The men's team finished second at the USCSA Eastern Regionals and then opened the USCSA National Championships by taking fourth in the giant slalom, the best finish in program histoyr. The team followed it up by placing third in the slalom for the second straight year and finishing just off the podium in fourth overall - due only to a tiebreaker. Matt Couture and Ben Hannah both earned All-America honors for the second straight year.
On the women's side, Castleton took second overall in the USCSA Eastern Regionals to advance to the National Championships. The Spartans placed sixth overall in the GS and followed it up by taking eighth in the slalom to place seventh overall in the combined standings. It was the second-highest finish in program history.
Solotruck left Castleton during the 2007 and 2008 seasons to coach at Dartmouth College and Green Mountain College before returning to Castleton in 2009. Over his 25-year career, Solotruck has coached at three different levels of higher education including the NJCAA, USCSA and NCAA. Throughout his career, Solotruck has been a part of several Divisional, Regional and National Championship teams. In addition, he has coached individual National Champions at the NJCAA and USCSA levels.
Solotruck is certified in both PSIA and USSA and has coached at a variety of mountains in both Upstate New York and Vermont. He remains current as a VARA and USSA ski coach and has served in executive roles for the USCSA New York Conference’s Adirondack Division.
During his time away from Castleton, coach Solotruck earned many honors which include an EISA Championship and a NCAA Division I National Championship in 2007 as the Development Team Coach at Dartmouth College in 2007, two USCSA Eastern Regional Championship appearances with Green Mountain College in 2007 and 2008, and five USCSA Regional Championship appearances with Adirondack Community College (1993-1997).
He has also coached the 1991-92 NJCAA Men’s Individual National Champion at Adirondack Community College, earned NJCAA National Championships with both the men’s and women’s squads at Adirondack Community College in 1998 and 1990, four NJCAA Region III Championships at Adirondack Community College with both programs in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991, coached the 1985-1986 NJCAA Women’s Individual National Champion at Morrisville College and led Morrisville College (men) to a NJCAA Regiona III Championship in 1984.