- CLAD, National University
- BA, Lewis and Clark College
Coach Blamey joined Sierra Nevada College after serving as Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach for Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. After a successful inaugural MCLA season with Dominican in 2015, Coach Blamey was honored by being named Division 1 WCLL Coach of the Year. Blamey came to Dominican from Sonoma State University, where he served as an assistant coach for two years.
Prior to relocating to California, Blamey was the founder and head coach of the Northern Virginia Community College Men’s Lacrosse Program (NOVA), the first NJCAA lacrosse program in the state. Before NOVA, he spent seven years as the head coach at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA., during which time Blamey was recognized twice as the Liberty District Coach of the Year. In 2009, he had the honor of coaching South Lakes High School’s first-ever US Lacrosse High School All-America selection.
Growing up playing defense in Northern Virginia, Blamey earned multiple MVP honors as a captain for Gar-Field High School. A four-year varsity player, Blamey was selected First Team All-Conference three of those years. He was a two-time Virginia Commonwealth Games starter and an All-Met nominee his senior year. After graduating in 1996, Blamey continued his playing career as a defender with the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
In addition to playing defense, after college, Blamey served as goaltender and captain for Team America, a post-collegiate men’s box lacrosse team in the Metro Area Box Lacrosse League (MABLL). In 2008, Team America successfully captured the MABLL Senior A Championship.
Blamey resides in Incline Village with his wife, son and newborn daughter.
- BA, Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado
Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education. In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.
- BS, Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
Keli Brown has seventeen years of experience working with children and adults in educational environments including early childhood, experiential outdoor education, and private K-8 programs. Keli has extensive knowledge in Emilia Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies and curriculums and has taught second through fifth grade using Waldorf methods. In addition to being an administrator, advisor, and instructor in the Teacher Education program, Keli is currently working on her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Following his graduation from Vassar College, Ben Busch served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying for two combat tours in Iraq. He returned to the U.S. to play a Marine in HBO’s Generation Kill, where he pretended to invade towns he had actually invaded in the line of duty. His written work has been published in Harper’s,The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and North American Review among others, and was notable in the 2010 Best American Essays anthology.
Busch’s searing memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco 2012) reflects a complicated relationship between destruction and creation. In chapters such as “Water,” “Metal,” “Bone,” and “Blood,” Ben reflects on his rural upbringing, his combat training, his relationship with his father—acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch—and, most poignantly, his own mortality, his family and the natural world.
His photographs have been featured in Five Points, Connecticut Review, Photography Quarterly, and War, Literature, & the Arts. As an actor, he is best known for his appearances in Homicide, The Wire, Generation Kill, and The Beast. His first film, Sympathetic Details, came out in 2008 winning numerous international film awards, and his new film as writer/director, BRIGHT, was released in January 2011.
Busch was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his essay, Growth Rings, printed in the Michigan Quarterly Review, and for his poem, You Know Who You Are, printed in the Dunes Review. Busch Received a Purple Heart medal in 2005 for combat wounds sustained in Ramadi, Iraq.