ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 21, 2022 – Coffman congratulates Scott Patterson, an Anchorage office mechanical engineer, on being awarded the 2022 Pride of Alaska Award by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the 14th Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony on April 21, 2022, held at the Anchorage Museum.
The Pride of Alaska Award is for athletes, teams, or coaches who excelled in their sports in the past year or recent years with integrity and sportsmanship and serve as a positive role model.
Scott has had a remarkable start to the year as he finished his 2022 Beijing Olympics run with an 8th place finish in the 50km Skate event, marking the U.S. men’s best-ever cross-country finish in nearly 50 years! Scott also posted impressive results in earlier events taking 11th place in the Skiathlon, another men’s best-ever for the U.S.
Scott first started skiing at the age of three. He gives credit to his parents for exposing him and his sister, Caitlin (also on the Olympic ski team) to skiing and racing at an early age. After moving to Anchorage during middle school, he became more involved with competitive club racing and competed for South Anchorage High School before joining the University of Vermont ski team.
Scott returned to Anchorage after his collegiate career to train with the Alaska Pacific University (APU) nordic ski center, and in 2017 was named to the U.S. national cross country ski team. He is a two-time Olympian, also showcasing his strength in the 50km Classic in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games earning 11th place. Other skiing accolades include top ten finishes at World Cup races and World Championships, four U.S. National championship titles, and more.
When Scott’s Not Skiing
Scott is also an accomplished mountain runner in the summer including winning Mt. Marathon in 2017 and Crow Pass Crossing seven times.
As a mechanical engineer at Coffman, Scott supports pipeline and production facilities. This includes development and implementation, planning, execution support, data analysis efforts for integrity management, pipeline pigging, and in-line inspection (ILI) projects, engineering support, and advanced analytics for pipeline integrity testing and transient flow modeling.
Sharing his experience at Coffman, Scott says, “Coffman has a great team and very supportive leaders. I’ve found my own niche where I can support both the mechanical-industrial and corrosion control teams.” He also appreciates Coffman’s flexibility, allowing him to balance his professional ambitions.
Racing is still in Scott’s future but next up next, he plans on summiting Denali this May. Stay tuned!