Short Track Speed Skating Coach, Olympic Oval, Faculty of Kinesiology - University of Calgary

Post date: Jun. 14, 2019

Application Deadline: Jun. 23, 2019

The Olympic Oval in the Faculty of Kinesiology is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Short Track Speed Skating Coach for approximately 10 months.

Reporting to the Manager, High Performance Programs, this position ensures the highest level of coaching and program expertise is provided to the Oval Program and the National Team athletes to ensure athletes progress towards the elite level and meet performance standards established by the different governing bodies. The focus for a Speed Skating Coach is in Stages 1, 2, and 3, of the Elite Pathway. This position has a variable work schedule including evening and weekend hours. Extensive travel throughout the year is required, although most travel will occur in peak competition season.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Coaching and Training

  • Direct coaching, interaction, communication, and evaluation of elite pathway athletes, primarily Stages 1, 2, and 3

  • Continuous development of athletes in the progression through the pathway from one stage to the next

  • Training program design and implementation, including technical and equipment aspects

  • Ensure a holistic approach to athlete development

  • Responsible for the creation, implementation and monitoring of the Program as it relates to Oval athletes and their development path

  • Provide video analysis of technique and race strategies to help athlete's progress

  • Provide athlete evaluations for review

  • Assist in the co-ordination of and conduct summer training camp for elite pathway athletes

  • Attainment of the goals set out by the athletes, coaches and the administrative staff

  • Show initiative to ensure the success of the program area and perpetuate the strength of the team coaching concept

  • Demonstrate ethical leadership qualities and work to install the virtues of the fair play and sportsmanship in athletes and staff

  • Work with the various provincial and local organizations in the development of speed skating

  • Provide additional support as necessary to all level athletes in the elite athlete pathway

Budget and Financial Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate responsibility for a set budget in their area

  • Demonstrate respect for, and adhere to University policies and procedures

Communication and Professional Development

  • Show continued self-development and encourage it in others

  • Work closely with the Manager and Oval staff

  • Maintain strong communication with athletes, peers and Oval staff

  • Continual two-way exchange of knowledge and ideas with other coaches in the program

  • Educate athletes on equipment maintenance

  • Maintain contact with other Olympic Oval employees and attend meetings and functions as required to be kept aware of Oval information and functions

  • Ensure continual professional development of self

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Fully Certified NCCP Level 3 Coach or equivalent from other related education

  • Five years coaching experience at Provincial level and National competition experience

  • Experience as a high performance athlete at the international level would be a definite asset

  • Knowledge/experience of designing training programs and preparing for training camps and competitions

  • Comprehensive knowledge of speed skating technique and race strategies and use of video analysis is required

  • Experience working with speed skating equipment (i.e. blade bending, rockering machine, technical adjustments) is required

  • In-depth knowledge of the LTPAD program of the Long and Short Track Elite Athlete Pathway curriculum of stages 1, 2 and 3

  • Strong communications and leadership skills to ensure continual performance and progression of the athletes

  • Knowledge in the field of physiology

Application Deadline: June 23, 2019. Please apply directly at

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level P1 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Kinesiology visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Matthew Achtymichuk