US Speedskating announced the hiring of two National Team Head Coaches, Tom Cushman and Matt Kooreman, to lead their Long Track Program to success through the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea. Cushman and Kooreman have experience working together through their tenure in Salt Lake City coaching the FAST Team at the Utah Olympic Oval.
“Tom and Matt bring great experience, energy and dedication that will be a huge asset to the athletes of US Speedskating for many years to come” said Guy Thibault, High Performance Director of US Speedskating. “They bring a unique blend of technical and tactical knowledge along to our National Training Program. We’re excited to have both of these coaches joining us joining us in preparation for the 2018 Games in Korea.”
Cushman is from Roseville, Minnesota and has a history in the sport of Speedskating that spans more than 40 years, including 20 as an athlete and 24 as a coach. As an athlete Cushman competed in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and was a multi-time ISU World Cup Medalist. As a coach, Cushman has had success at all levels of Speedskating. His career started early as he coached the hometown Midway Speedskating Club in Roseville, MN and quickly rose to become the Allround National Team Coach where his success included Chris Witty’s Olympic Gold in 2002, Jen Rodriguez two Olympic Bronzes and Chad Hedrick’s World Allround Championship in 2004. Cushman was named US Speedskating Coach of the year in both 2004 and 2005.
“I can’t wait to get started!” said Cushman. "I look forward to working with a talented group of athletes at US Speedskating. This opportunity to build a team and program that will bring success for the next generation of speed skating in the United States excites and energizes me."
Kooreman is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and involved in the sport of Speedskating for 20 years as an athlete and coach. As an athlete, Kooreman had success at all levels including being a member of the US Long Track National Team and competing at the ISU World Cup level. As a coach, Kooreman led the FAST program at the Utah Olympic Oval helping more than 10 athletes earn positions on US Speedskating’s National Team Program and 2014 Olympic Team. Kooreman was an Assistant Coach and Head Team Pursuit coach for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
“It is an absolute honor to be selected as the new Coach for the US Speedskating National Training Program” says Kooreman. “I am grateful to US Speedskating, and excited to continue helping these great American Skaters achieve their World Cup and Olympic goals.”