Hillary Rockwell Cahn
Skiing
​Inducted in 2007
Hillary Rockwell Cahn graduated from Suffield Academy in 1988. She was raised in Suffield, attending Bridge Street School, Spaulding and McAlister Schools before enrolling at Suffield Academy. Hillary began her alpine racing career at the age of six, competing for the Ski Sundown Racing Team. In each of the years she was eligible, she represented the State of Connecticut in the New England Buddy Werner Ski Championships. When she reached the age of twelve she competed in the Tri-State Region (CT, MA and RI) of the United State Ski Association. In each year she was eligible, Hillary was selected to compete in the Junior Olympics skiing in both the slalom and giant slalom events. As a twelve year old, she was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy as the top Junior three skier in the region. She was a Junior Olympic participant from the age of twelve and skied against this high level competition for six years. During this time she was selected to represent the United States in an international race against Canadian skiers. Hillary continued to compete through high school at the highest level of Eastern Alpine racing, as a representative of the Tri-State Alpine Racing Association in the Eastern Cup Series.

As a member of the Suffield Academy Ski Team, Hillary was often the only female skier competing in the Berkshire Ski League. She earned the distinction of being the only female in the league to beat all of her male counterparts. In each of her four years at Suffield Academy, she was selected to the All-New England Prep School ski team. She was elected captain of her team in her senior year. Throughout her high school years, she trained (during the summer) with several United States Ski Team coaches. Hillary went on to ski for the University of New Hampshire. As a member of UNH’s nationally ranked team, she represented the school on their top competitive team.

Upon graduation, Hillary coached in Breckenridge, Colorado for one year before accepting a position as a coach at the Holderness School in New Hampshire. She coached at the school for three years and some of her skiers participated in USSA events. Following her stint at Holderness, she returned to Suffield Academy to take over the Alpine Ski program. Since returning to Suffield, Hillary has coached numerous All-New England skiers, at the same time establishing Suffield Academy as one of the top independent school programs in Southern New England. They have been Berkshire Ski League champions the past two years.
Hillary’s athletic career also included stellar years as a soccer and lacrosse player at the Academy. She captained both teams in her senior year and played on several undefeated teams in both sports. At graduation, Hillary was awarded the Butler Cup as the Outstanding Female Athlete at the Academy.

In addition to coaching the ski team, she also coached the Girls Lacrosse Team for a time. No longer the lacrosse coach, Hillary is on the faculty of the Academy and remains the Head Coach of the Alpine Ski Team.