Hongyang Wang is the US Speedskating Development Coach of the Year

April 26, 2019, 1:49 p.m. (ET)

Hongyang Wang started as the Academy for Skating Excellence Short Track Head Coach in 2016 and coached the US junior world team. He used his experience to improve the technique, the strategy, the tactics, and the mental and emotional strength of his skaters in the United States.

Hongyang has made a positive impact on the culture of the program and the individual lives of the skaters. He stepped in and earned the trust of a new team and then grew that team, mixing the veterans with the new, into a cohesive group. He earned the trust of an Olympian and former coach making a challenging comeback, guiding her to a World Cup team and almost another Olympic team. He helped his team exceed their past performances by the end of the season at Am Cup Final/Nationals. He achieved putting three skaters on the US Junior World Short Track Team and two skaters on the US World Cup Short Track Team - a first for the ASE Short Track program!

Hongyang is a former member of the China National short track speed skating team. His career highlights in National Championship competition include gold in the 1500m in 2005 and All-Around National Champion in 2009. Hongyang competed on the Short Track World Cup circuit and World Championships for China between 2002 and 2010. He made the World Cup podium four times for both individual and the relay. He also helped his team to the 5000m relay gold at both the 24th and 25th Winter Universiade.

Hongyang works with skaters from a variety of ages and abilities - from his full-time training group, as well as the part-time training and club athletes who commute from around the Midwest region and around the country to learn at his camps and drop-in sessions.  He organizes several camps each year and does outreach to the clubs with clinics, impacting hundreds of club skaters throughout each season.

Hongyang made significant efforts in the growth of the sport and used his relationships to recruit new members to try speedskating. He developed excellent working relationships with community partners inside and outside the speedskating world, from coaches and parents to officials and administrators, to make speedskating a better sport.