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Aukland Turns Down Head Coach Position

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Fredrik Aukland turned down the offer to become Norway’s next head coach for the men’s national cross country team.

“I don’t want to accept this position due to my family situation. At the same time, it would be a dream come true for me to coach the Norwegian national team, and I would like to work with the national team at a later point in time,” Aukland said to Norwegian television station NRK on Sunday.

The 32-year-old is the father of two young children, and his wife is expecting their third baby soon. To Aukland, that is not compatible with the more than 200 days of travel each year that is a part of the job description for the head coach position.

“It was a huge surprise that Morten Aa Djupvik decided to retire and that this position would be open. I have considered the offer carefully, and after discussing it with both my family and national team director Åge Skinstad, I’ve concluded that this is not the right path for me at the moment,” Aukland explained.

Fredrik Aukland will continue to be the personal trainer for Dario Cologna (SUI). Aukland will also be the athletic director at the high school elite sports academy Wang in his hometown Tønsberg.

Aukland’s decision to decline the position was not entirely surprising. However, after Aukland pulled his name out of the running, the short list of candidates is down to three names. According to the report from Norwegian news agency NTB Saturday, those three are Trond Nystad, Tor Arne Hetland and Kåre Tønne.

From, May 8, 2011. By Geir Nilsen, translation by Inge Scheve

Four Candidates in the Running for Norway’s Head Coach Position

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Tor Arne Hetland, Kåre Tønne, Fredrik Aukland and Trond Nystad have been called in to interview with the Norwegian Ski Association, as potential candidates to fill the head coach position for the men’s national cross country ski team.

According to NTB, Trond Nystad is the hottest candidate to pick up where Morten Aa Djupvik left in April, after five years as the Norwegian national team head coach.

Nystad is the twin brother of Knut Nystad, the head wax coach for the Norwegian national team. He coached with the US national team for a while and has also been the sprint coach for the Swiss national team.

Kåre Tønne has been the head coach for the private elite development project “Team Manpower” for several years, and has graduated an impressive number of athletes to the national team.

Tor Arne Hetland has worked as the Swiss national team coach after retiring from the World Cup after the 2008-09 season.

Fredrik Aukland has also been the Swiss national team coach, and is Dario Cologna’s personal trainer.

The interviews with the four candidates are expected to be completed within the next few days. The interview process is handled by the staffing/recruitment firm Adecco.

National team director Åge Skinstad said to NTB earlier this spring that the new head coach should be in full business no later than August 1.

From NTB, May 7, 2011. Translation by Inge Scheve

Aukland to Leave Swiss Team After Season

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Fredrik Aukland of Norway, the Swiss National Team coach will leave the Swiss team after the season.

Earlier today he explained reasons for his decision.

“I want to spend more time with my girls at home and therefore want to reduce traveling.”

Aukland will continue to be involved in Cross-Country skiing.

“I’ve got new job with Arena Group.  I will help them to develop concepts for health and motivation.”

Aukland, however, will not leave Dario Cologna.

“I will continue coaching for a few racers like Dario. I have had a fantastic time in Switzerland and will take with me this great experience. Now new challenges are ahead of me!”