Nathan Alsobrook, a 1997 graduate of Bowdoin College, was named the new head coach of the Nordic Skiing program at his alma mater in 2007. Formerly the head coach of the Whitman (Wash.) College nordic ski program, Alsobrook began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant under Marty Hall at Bowdoin in 1999.
"As a former Division III athlete, Nathan is able to relate to the demands of being a student-athlete at a place such as Bowdoin," according to former Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "Our nordic skiing program took great strides under the leadership of Marty Hall, and we look forward to seeing Nathan continue that trend."
An English major who graduated magna cum laude, Alsobrook was a four-year competitor on the nordic ski team as well as a cross-country and track team member. After serving as an instructor at Sunday River for two years following graduation, he joined the staff at Bowdoin as an assistant to Marty Hall for the 1999- 2000 academic year.
Following a season as an assistant at Colby, Alsobrook moved west where he earned his first full-time head coaching job at the Pocatello (Idaho) Cross-Country Ski Foundation, promoting cross-country skiing through coaching and training sessions. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2003 as the assistant coach at Montana State University and then earned his first collegiate head job at Whitman in 2005.
At Whitman, he supervised the Division I nordic ski program and was also a member of the faculty as a Lecturer of Sport Science. Alsobrook has a wealth of academic experience and holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State. His thesis work for the degree was specific to his sport, entitled "The Role of Upper Body Power in Classical Cross-Country Ski Performance."
Alsobrook takes the reins of a program that has improved in depth and performance over the past few seasons. In 2012-13, Bowdoin nordic skiing saw several best-ever performances by individuals during the EISA season and finished tenth at the Eastern Championships this past winter. The Polar Bears sent an indiviudal to NCAA Nationals in 2013.