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Dusser New Assistant Coach for UAA Nordic Ski Team

(Courtesy: UAA Athletics)

(Press release)

ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced that former All-American Marine Dusser has joined the team as an assistant coach for Nordic.

“It’s fantastic to bring back one of our own,” said Sparky Anderson. “Marine is a three-time NCAA All-American for the Seawolves and knows our program from the inside out. She understands what it takes to compete at the elite level and I’m excited about what she brings to the table. Having Marine back in green and gold is a big win for our program.”

Dusser was a student-athlete for the Seawolves for two seasons (2012-14). She finished third in both the classical and freestyle races at the NCAA Championships to earn a pair of All-American honors in her first season of competition for UAA. Dusser earned the third All-American honor of her career with a ninth place finish in the freestyle race the following year.

“Marine had a very successful career as a Seawolf Skier, and I’m excited to have her join our coaching staff,” said Andrew Kastning, associate coach for Nordic skiing. “She will bring fresh perspectives to our training and race preparation having recently finished her ski racing career. She is also in very good shape having won the Government Peak and Knoya Ridge runs this past summer so she should be able to push our athletes during the hard trainings. With snow on the Chugach peaks, the excitement for the coming winter is really starting to build, and Marine will help make the UAA ski team a great program to excel in for years to come.”

Dusser focused mainly on biathlon prior to joining the Seawolves. She was a member of the French national team for seven years, winning three medals at the Junior World Championships and was a six-time French Junior National Champion.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from UAA and earned a master’s degree in management from the Grenoble Business School.

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