Coach Profiles

long track national racing program coaches
  • Matt Kooreman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Title: National Training Center Coach
     
    Years Skated: 1993-2000 
    Years Coached: 2002- Present 

     

    Skating Career Highlights

    Probably not notable to anybody but myself, but pushing through pain that I’ve never imagined possible would be one of my notable accomplishments. I would also include making great friends and learning how to be a teammate in an individual sport. Results wise - I once beat a Dutch guy in a world cup. 

     

    Coaching Career Highlights

    Nearly all my skaters have improved their performances. 

     

    Why did you want to start coaching? 

    I love helping people improve and working with people who have high level goals. 

     

    How did you get into coaching? 

    I was hired by Todd Porter in 2002 at the Utah Olympic Oval to help coach their development program. 

     

    Favorite part of coaching? 

    Helping people skate faster

     

    Hobbies outside of skating 

    It’s not really a hobby but I love playing with my kids!

  • Kip Carpenter

    Long Track Speedskating

    Title: National Allround Head Coach
     
    Years Skated:1984-2008
    Years coaching: 2008-current

     

    Skating Career Highlights

    2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist (500m)

    2002 & 2006 Olympic Team member

     

    Teams you have coached

    Head coach of Swift Speedskating (MKE) 

    US Speedskating National Allround Coach

     

    Coaching Career Highlights

    Coached skaters to world cup medals

     

    How did you get into coaching?

    Transitioned into coaching directly from racing due to inability to compete (back issues)

     

    Favorite part of coaching?

    "got to love the negative splits at the end of a 5k"

     

    Hobbies outside of skating

    Enjoy spending time with my family,  building custom skate boots, and a big movie fan 

  • Ryan Shimabukuro

    Long Track Speedskating

    Title: National Sprint Team Head Coach

     

    Years Skated: 1985-1998
    Years Coaching:  15 years

     

    Skating Career Highlights: 

    1991 & 1995 & 1997 National Sprint Team member  

    Overall American Cup Sprint Champion

     

    Teams you have coached 

    2006 & 2010 Olympic Sprint Team Coach

    2002-present USS National Sprint Team

    1999-2002 USS Long Track Jr. National & Jr. World Team

    1998-2002 USS Midwest Regional Development Team

     

    Coaching Highlights:

    Joey Cheek (2006 Olympic Gold Medalist 500m / Silver Medalist 1000m & 2006 World Sprint Champion)

    Tucker Fredricks (2007 & 2010 Overall 500m World Cup Champion)Shani Davis (2010 Olympic Gold Medalist 1000m & Silver Medalist 1500m & 2009 World Sprint Champion)

    Heather Richardson (2011 Overall 1000m World Cup Champion & World Single Distance Bronze Medalist 1000m)

     

    Why did you want to start coaching?

    I felt from my years in the sport that I had gained a lot of experience and information that I wanted to pass on to our younger, developing skaters while contributing to US Speedskating's tradition of excellence.

     

    How did you get into coaching? 

    After I retired from competition following the 1998 US Olympic Trials, I was approached by 3 skaters who asked me to coach them part time until I moved back home to Hawaii in the spring of 1998. After a month, I had 11 skaters that I was coaching full time so I decided to stay and train my own private group. I was approached by USS later that spring and was hired as the Midwest Regional Development Coach later that summer.

     

    Favorite part of coaching? 

    Helping skaters achieve their dreams!

     

    Hobbies outside of skating 

    Wakeboarding