HANOVER, N.H. – Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on Thursday that Dartmouth graduate and former assistant Brayton Osgood has been named head coach of the men’s Nordic ski team.
Osgood graduated cum laude from Dartmouth in 2003 with a degree in mathematics. While in Hanover, he was a four-year member of the ski team (1999-03), was captain of the cross country ski team as a senior and was twice named an NCAA All-American.
“I’m so excited to return to Dartmouth and to continue the ski team’s long history of excellence,” Osgood said. “It’s a great privilege to be the next head coach of men’s Nordic, and for me, it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to working with the other ski team coaches to keep developing outstanding student-athletes, and achieving success on the trails."
After graduation, Osgood became a professional cross country ski racer (2003-11), competing in the Under-23 World Championship (2004) and World Cup (2009). He was also a U.S. Ski Team European Continental Cup Trip team member (2007-10). During his time as a professional, he had six top-10 finishes at U.S. National Championships, three victories on the U.S. SuperTour and one podium finish.
From there, he returned to Dartmouth as the Nordic assistant, a position he held from September of 2011 until April of 2012. While serving as assistant, he facilitated development and coordinated in-season training sessions.
“We are thrilled to have Brayton join our skiing coaching staff,” Sheehy said. “As a Dartmouth graduate and NCAA All-American, he truly understands what it takes to achieve success at the highest level. We have no doubt that his passion for Dartmouth Skiing combined with his technical knowledge of the sport will help Dartmouth continue as the premier college in the country for competing nationally in skiing, while receiving a first-class education.”
In his years since leaving Hanover, Osgood mostly stayed in the New England area, working as a Race Data manager with the New England Nordic Ski Association (2012-16) in Maine, a coach and head wax technician for the New England Junior National Ski Team (2015 and 2016) and as software engineer with AMP Sports (2008-13, 2014-2016). He also worked as a World Cup Wax Technician with the U.S. Ski Team (2015) in Europe.
Osgood graduated from Northeastern with a masters in accounting and business administration in 2013.