FAIRBANKS, AK-Yesterday the Alaska cross country ski team announced the hiring of a new assistant coach to their staff and she's a Sourdough. Christina Turman, a Fairbanks native, is the newest addition to the staff.
Turman was recently the head coach of West Valley's boy's skiing team who won their first state title in 20 years this past season. She also coached Team Alaska on their way to the 2013 Junior National title this year in Fairbanks.
Turman used to be a Nanooks rival skiing for Northern Michigan in the CCSA. For the Wildcats, Turman was a two time NCAA qualifier and CCSA region champion.
Head coach Scott Jerome emphasized adding her for this co-ed team is a boost but she was the best fit because of her credentials not just because she is a woman. I caught up with both of them today and asked what's they're coaching approach going to be? Mom and Dad or good cop, bad cop?
"Oh it'll be bad cop, bad cop all the time," Jerome joked. "When you have someone like Christina who has been a D2 athlete, has gone through the ringer, you know she has been a top student athlete at a very good school; she can speak to them intelligently about what it takes. That'll be a great motivation for them," Jerome said.
Turman is overwhelmed with excitement by how things have come together for her on this stage.
"I remember talking to someone like midway through the winter and saying 'Oh man I'd love to just continue with this and get into college coaching someday'," Turman said. "Then, this position opened up and it all just worked out. I'm just-I'm really excited."