Gabriel Girard joins the USS Long Track Coaching Staff

Oct. 10, 2019, 4:07 p.m. (ET)
Gabriel Girard has been selected as the new National Team coach for the Long Track Program, and will coach along current NT Long Track Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. Girard’s blend of education, international experience, technical knowledge, hunger to learn and incredible desire to see the team succeed is the perfect combination for US Speedskating.
“I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next few months and to get to work with the athletes,” he said. “It is an honor to be part of a team with such a rich speedskating history and I am extremely motivated about having the opportunity to contribute to its promising future as well.”
Gabriel has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education & Health and was previously the assistant coach for the Dutch professional team JustLease.NL which included Olympic legend Ireen Wüst, who won multiple World Championships medals during that period. In the lead up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Gabriel coached Patrick Beckert, who won the 2017 World Single Distance Championship 10km bronze, with the fastest 10km of all-time by a non-Dutch speedskater. 
“We were lucky to have some very qualified candidates apply,” said Matt Kooreman, USS Long Track Program Director. “But in the end, the hiring group believed Gabriel was the best-suited to meet the needs of the position and help USS athletes maximize their potential.”
Girard attended the USS coaching summit this past August in Salt Lake City, and made his official debut with the US Speedskating National Team this fall.