Conner Blouin joined the Seahawk sailing coach staff as an assistant in June 2015. Blouin comes to St. Mary's after two years as the head sailing coach at his alma mater, Washington College.
In his first season at Washington, Blouin guided Washington to a berth in the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship Semifinals. His second season saw Washington win three regattas - the Central Fall Qualifier, the Salisbury Open, and the Jeremy A. Pinkerton Memorial.
As a sailor for 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 both the College's 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.
Blouin 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 finished his collegiate sailing career with a school-record 12 career divisional first-place finishes. With Blouin leading the way, the Washington College sailing team was consistently ranked in the ICSA Co-Ed National Top 20, peaking at eighth in the nation in 2009.
Since graduating from Washington College, he has continued his competitive national and international sailing career. His top finishes since that time include a second-place finish in the 2011 International Laser Class Association (ILCA) 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. In addition, he won 2011 state championships in both Sunfish and Laser Radial.
In the spring of 2013, Blouin served as the head race team coach for Rogers and Middletown High Schools in Rhode Island. He also served as the high school and youth race team coach as well 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's sailing background also includes time spent as a marketing and sales associate for Zim Sailing in Rhode Island and as a communications assistant for US Sailing, the sport's national governing body. He is a certified Level I Instructor of Sailing by the U.S. Sailing Association.
Blouin, who was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa while attending Washington College, received a degree in economics from the school in May 2010. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, minored in Philosophy, and received the Economics Department Award. He went on to earn a Masters in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst two years later.