Alasdair Tutt

Alasdair Tutt, the head coach of our FXC youth race-training program, has been named "Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year" by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. Photo Courtesy Eric Troyer

Alasdair Tutt, head coach of the FXC program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, received the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year honor, according to a NSCF news release Saturday.

Tutt will be presented with the award Thursday at the USSA Congress 2019 in Park City, Utah.

Tutt guides the FXC junior training and racing program for NSCF, and he is the club’s director of skier development.

The national award is based on outstanding contribution which leads to high-level performances of a coach’s athletes in domestic or international competition during the past season.

Recent performances by Kendall Kramer, who has been coached by Tutt, were mentioned in Tutt’s nomination and congratulatory letter from Tiger Shaw, USSA president and CEO.

This past season’s accomplishments by Kramer, a West Valley High School junior, include sweeping all the junior women’s races at the USSA Cross-Country National Championships and placing fourth in the women’s 15-kilometer mass start classic race in her first participation in the World Junior Championships.  Kramer also will ski for Team USA at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

Tutt has worked with the club since 2016, and he started as an assistant coach for NSCF-FXC.

He was hired last year as the head coach and director of skier development, taking over from Pete Leonard, who grew FXC from a half dozen members to more than 100.

Tutt primarily coaches the FXC programs but he also oversees aspects of its adult lessons and Junior Nordics programs.

“Alasdair has done a tremendous job with the FXC program,’’ NSCF President Chris Puchner said in the news release.

“He has continued the high level of excellence set by Pete Leonord, the first coach for the program. Our youth programs are extremely important, so we feel particularly fortunate to have such exemplary leaders.”

Tutt grew up in Australia and has been Nordic skiing since he was 9. 

He represented Australia at the 2012-14 Junior and Under 23 World Championships while he worked on  a degree in sports coaching and exercise science from the University of Canberra.

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