We’ve got two great new assistant coaches for the NSCF-FXC program. Hilary Saucy and Alasdair Tutt recently came on board, replacing Rebecca Konieczny and Kenny Brewer. We will miss Becca and Kenny, who have gone on to other pursuits, but Alasdair and Hilary have been doing a great job filling their shoes. Here are some photos and quick intros. If you get a chance, say hello and welcome them to Fairbanks.
Hilary grew up in Pennsylvania and has always loved being outside. She was a competitive runner and swimmer for 10 years and picked up biathlon and Nordic skiing at age 13. Hilary attended college at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she competed on their Division I cross-country ski team and graduated in May with a degree in exercise science.
Hilary has a passion for working with young athletes and has been coaching youth sports since she was in high school. She saw the job with FXC as an opportunity to be a part of a unique program and to be mentored by other excellent coaches in order to grow her knowledge. Hilary is excited for what this season will bring and looks forward to exploring the amazing outdoor playground Alaska has to offer.
Alasdair grew up in the southeast of Australia and has been cross country skiing since age nine. Alasdair represented Australia at the 2012-2014 Junior/Under 23 World Championships while completing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science from the University of Canberra. From 2014 until early 2016 Alasdair was coaching state-level teams and the Australian Junior Team before coming to Fairbanks.
Alasdair has been involved in ski coaching and outdoor education since 2011 and is looking forward to applying himself to the challenge of working in Alaska with such a large group of enthusiastic junior athletes and helping them to have every opportunity to achieve their goals. Alasdair is also looking forward to some huge backcountry crust skate skiing tours in the springtime.