Coach Scott (Head Coach)
Coach Scott is our head coach and an active competitor. He is an Age Group National Champion (March 2013), and has competed repeatedly at the national level. He wants to instill in his athletes the importance of staying fit and active. He has USS Coaching Level 2 certification, and brings this knowledge, skill, passion, and dedication to all our members.
Coach Joe competed as a childhood Gateway speedskater way back in the 1960’s and 70’s. He has a longstanding history of club memories and the original mission of the club. He can be found in many early photos as a grade school kid. He came back to the sport as a coach when his son and daughter started with the Gateway Club. Joe has US Speedskating Level 2 coaching certification and enjoys teaching racing skills to club members of all levels.
Coach Russ started his journey into speedskating competing as a teenager and stayed involved by helping with meets. He is a national and North American Masters level champion and brings his teaching abilities out on the ice as he skates next to skaters to give feedback. His expertise is appreciated by adult and kid skaters, alike. He enjoys working with skaters to help them achieve their potential.
Coach Kelly is a family legacy skater whose grandfather got her mother into the sport. Both of her kids have also grown up speedskating! Kelly trained and competed at the National level. Her strength is in having the kids reach out of their comfort zone to new levels and trying to help with technical changes that are individual to that skater. The main goal is to show kids what is possible if they want to put in the time and create a racing community where kids have fun.
Coach Ed brings 60 years of speed skating experience, first as a competitor, then as a referee and coach. Combined with his Physical Therapist background, Coach Ed is able to help young skaters progress through the developmental stages of skating, from beginner to national level competition. He believes in positive reinforcement when helping skaters, and parents. He is passionate about creating a constructive atmosphere for young athletes and families, where good sportsmanship is demonstrated both on and off the ice.
Coach Phil focuses on the entry level skaters. Phil came to the sport of short track as an adult and parent of a skater. He decided to go out on the ice to just give it a try himself. His helper attitude had him assisting in the group he was in: the entry level. He was having so much fun there, that he never wanted to grow up and leave! Phil achieved his USS Coaching Level 1 certification under the mentoring of Coach Joe Gier – benefiting from the lifetime of experience that Coach Joe had to offer. Phil is honored to be a part of the team that grows young skaters into confident young men and women.
Coach Garry began speed skating in his early 30’s and enjoyed the time he skated competitively but more important was the bond that skating gave him with his son-Joshua. He ended his competitive skating when his son chose to pursue other activities but continued to in-line and skate ice recreationally at Steinberg. After retiring as an endocrinologist at Washington University School of Medicine, he has enjoyed reconnecting with Gateway speedskating. He looks forward to assisting others to experience the joy of skating well.