Stanley Chang, Beginner Coach
Stanley has been with VSSC for over 8 years. First as parent and on-ice helper for Special Olympics and later an integral part of the development team for our club. Stanley has NCCP certifications as FUNdamentals Leader, FUNdamentals Coach and Introduction to Competition (In-Training).
Pete Friedel, Beginner and Dryland Coach
As a competitive cyclist, Pete took a keen interest in understanding all aspects of speed skating development since joining the club as a parent. He has acquired both NCCP certifications of FUNdamentals Leader and FUNdamentals Coach (Trained).
Giang-Vi Nguyen, Assistant Coach
Giang-Vi has been speed skating since 2012. She has competed in provincial competitions in long-track and short-track speed skating. She represented Vancouver-Richmond in the 2016 and 2018 BC Winter Games and CanWest. She also enjoys coaching and working with skaters of all levels. Giang-Vi is studying biochemistry at UBC, and is currently In-Training for her FUNdamentals Leaders certification.
More of our coaches (bios to come)
Come coach with us!
Join us – we are always looking for coaching help on the ice! We are currently looking for a head coach, but any support you can provide is more than welcome.
To learn more, feel free to come down to a practice and seek out a board member in the Kitsilano Rink club room to chat, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure we’re adhering to high standards for club safety and training, we require the following items from all our coaches:
1. Criminal Record Check – this is a provincial form: get in touch before you submit, as we can send you a form code to use to ensure there is no fee paid as you are working as a volunteer.
2. Vulnerable Sector Check – this is an extra check that ensures you can work with vulnerable people (children and adults with special needs). This requires booking an appointment with the Vancouver Police Department. Contact us before you go because we will need to provide you with a letter confirming that you will be volunteering with the club for the appointment. There should also be no fee for this services as you are working as a volunteer.
- Coaching Association of Canada SafeSport Module (1.5 hr online course):
- Coaching Association of Canada Making Head Way in Speed Skating (1.5 hr online course)
For the future, the club is also happy to support you in achieving speed skating coaching certifications through Speed Skating BC, such as FUNdamentals Leader, Coach, Competition coaching, and more. Let us know if you are interested in seeking these credentials!
Adam Ingle, Head Coach 2007-2023
Coach Adam Ingle began coaching speed skating in 2005 with the Prince George Blizzard where he spent seven years leading the Intermediate Group before moving to the Advanced Group. Ingle became Vancouver Head Coach in 2015 and continues to work with our Intermediate/Advanced Group.
Adam has multiple NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) certifications, culminating in a Competition Development Certification in June 2016. Adam is also recipient of both the viaSport BC Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year (2018) and BC Speed Skating Association Coach of the Year (2013). In both 2019 and 2023, Adam was selected to join the Long Track coaching team for TeamBC at Canada Winter Games.
Wilfred Chan, Junior Coach
Wilfred took a year off from high performance competitive skating to focus on academics. Lucky for us Wilfred is able to come out and inspire and coach our younger skaters.
Simon Mikulash, Junior Coach
Simon has competing at the highest level in British Columbia and recently represented our province at the 2021-22 Short Track Canada Cup Junior Final. Simon is In-Training for his FUNdamentals Leader certification.