ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The University of Alaska Anchorage announced Trond Flagstad as the new head coach of the Nordic ski team. Flagstad, who last coached the Seawolves in 2011, replaces Andrew Kastning, who left the program to chase other opportunities outside of coaching.
“Andrew did a great job guiding our Nordic program these past eight years, and we all wish him the best in his new pursuits,” said head Alpine ski coach Sparky Anderson in a press release Friday. “While I'll miss my comrade across the hall, I'm ecstatic that an old friend will take his place.”
Flagstad started as an assistant coach for cross country running and skiing in 2001, and was promoted to head coach in 2004.
Flagstad led the Seawolves to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, and was named the NCAA West Regional Nordic Skiing Coach of the Year. He also coached three NCAA national champions, eight national runner-ups, five third-place finishers and 32 All-Americans.
“I am very excited to be back at UAA and in the Seawolf family,” said Flagstad in a press release Friday.
Since leaving UAA, Flagstad worked as a physical education teacher in Anchorage before returning to Norway where he was a ski coach with Norges Toppidrettsgymnas (NTG). Several of his skiers at NTG earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the Norwegian Junior National Championships and represented Norway at the World Junior Championships.
Flagstad is an accomplished athlete in both running and skiing. He was a professional Nordic skier for 12 seasons with a best finish of 56th on the World Cup and he won a bronze medal in the relay at the Norwegian National Championships.
He is a two-time winner of Mount Marathon (2008 & 2010) and represented Norway at the 2003 World Mountain Running Championships held in Girdwood.
Flagstad begins on August 18.