Trond Flagstad returned to Alaska Anchorage in 2019 after coaching the Seawolves for 11 seasons. Flagstad started as an assistant coach for cross country running and skiing in 2001, before being promoted to head coach in 2004, a position he held until 2011.
Flagstad led the Seawolves to a fourth place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, the highest finish ever in program history, and was named the NCAA West Regional Nordic Skiing Coach of the Year. During his tenure with the Green and Gold, he coached three NCAA national champions, eight national runner-ups, five third-place finishers and 32 All-Americans.
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 earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees in sport science and social sciences from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and holds teaching degrees from both the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Flagstad and his wife have three children.