{Sports Briefs}

Dual coaches for UAA Nordic and Alpine

The sport with the most dual athletes now has dual coaches.

Longtime assistants Greg Rust and Trond Flagstad will take over the head Nordic and Alpine coaching duties, respectively. The duo replace head coach Greg Cress, who resigned in March after the NCAA Championships.

Flagstad has worked with the Nordic team for three seasons. During his tenure, the Seawolves have had eight individual All-Americans. Joining Flagstad for his first season as an assistant will be recently graduated dual-athlete Eric Strabel.

Rust was an assistant for two years and under his watch UAA has qualified eight individuals for NCAA Nationals. Meegan Lynch will return for her second season as an assistant to round out the Alpine staff.

Catch some air for UAA skiing

Can’t wait until the snow covers the slopes at Alyeska? Then come live vicariously through pro skiers with Matchstick Production’s Yearbook: The Year of Skiing 2004.

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The movie, which is being put on by UAA ski team, will show at 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $10 at the door of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

The movie features some of the world’s most famous extreme ski stars flying off mountains and jumps with mind-boggling results. Whether doing a double back somersault off a cliff into a parachute free fall or going airborne on skies that breathe fire, Yearbook takes winter sports to the extreme.

Proceeds benefit the UAA Nordic and Alpine ski programs. For more information call 786-4806.

Former Seawolves infiltrate East Coast Hockey League

The four departed seniors from last year’s Seawolf hockey teams aren’t having much trouble finding jobs after graduation. Each player has the same employer: the East Coast Hockey League.

The ECHL is one step away from the American Hockey League, which is a step below the NHL.

After four seasons with the Seawolves, forward Vladimir Novak didn’t even have to leave Anchorage to find a new home on the ice. Novak is on the training roster for the Alaska Aces, who are in the Pacific Division of the ECHL. He joins former Seawolf Mike Scott on the Aces’ roster.

Former goalie Chris King had an outstanding senior year for UAA, where he set the all-time record for save percentage at .921. The Anchorage native turned those numbers into a one-year contract with the Trenton (N.J.) Titans of the ECHL’s Northern Division, where he will reunite with former UAA center Steve Cygan.

The duo of goalie Kevin Reiter and forward Chris Fournier are on the same team again but this time with different uniforms. Both are members of the Northern Division’s Johnstown (Penn.) Chiefs.