Coaches

Andrey Zhuikov – High Performance Team Coach

AndreyPrior to joining the Midway coaching staff, Andrey was head coach for the Duluth Speedskating Team. He has focused on the development and implementation of speedskating programs from introductory to advanced level skaters. Andrey has also coached soccer and coached athletes as a personal strength trainer.

Andrey has competed in speed- and inline skating. Accomplishments include placing in the 1997-1999 Northshore In-line Marathon and Great Lakes Speedskating Champsionship in 1999. Andrey’s speedskating accomplishments include:

– First place – Finland Speedskating Marathon 25K, 1997
– First place –  North Festival Speedskating Competition, 1991
– Second place – Soviet Union Speedskating Cup, 1991
– First place – Russian Speedskating Championship 5000 meters, 1988

Sarah Krueger – Level 2 Coach

Sarah

As the newest member of the coaching staff, Sarah will be taking on a leadership role for mid-level youth skaters.

Krueger has an extensive and successful background in the sport of speedskating. A native of Little Canada, MN, she started figure skating at age two then discovered speedskating at age five through the Roseville, MN Novice program. At age seven, Krueger joined the ranks of Midway Speedskating Club. As a Midway skater she enjoyed a successful career with long track speedskating, winning multiple Age Class Nationals, multiple Category 1 achievements, and a 12th place finish in the 2006 Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City. In addition to long track, Krueger’s skating career also included short track and inline racing.

Krueger is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education. While pursuing her degree, Krueger balanced academics with a varsity position on the U of M rowing team, securing many victories including a second place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

In addition to Midway coaching, Krueger is an elementary school teacher at Minnesota Transitions School.

Chris Windman – Midget, Pony,  Pee Wee Coach

ChrisChris grew up in Somers, NY. His first time on ice was on speedskates when he was 7 years old and instantly loved it. He trained with Yonkers Speedskating and Connecticut Speedskating and competed mainly in short-track until he was 12 years old. Always being a taller than his competitors, he transitioned to long track in 7th grade and fell in love with it. Chris’s mom coached him through high school and they made countless 5-hour drives to Lake Placid to train long track on the weekend. Chris came to Roseville for competitions each year and formed lifelong friendships with “The Midway Boys”. Chris chose to come to University of Minnesota because he always felt welcome in the Midway club and wanted to train under Paul Dyrud and Andrey Zhuikov. Chris retired from skating in 2014 and came back to Midway to help coach in 2015. Chris has been the head coach of the youngest group of Midway skaters since 2016. Chris achieved Cat-1 status and represented USA in several regional junior world cups. He has trained short track and long track under many great coaches such as Dave Moneypenny, Lisa Floryshak, Bob Fenn, Paul Dyrud, and Andrey Zhuikov and brings a bit of each to his coaching style. Chris also is the head coach of the Novice Program through Roseville. Chris loves his experience working with children so much that he is currently studying at Hamline University to be an elementary school teacher. When not coaching or learning, Chris is probably cooking or watching sports (go Giants!). He loves coaching and has serious fun doing it! Chris is a USS level-2 certified coach and is always happy to help any and all looking to improve their Speedskating skills.

Paul Gangl- Development Coach

paul1Paul coaches the Midway Peewee and Pony skaters. In addition, Paul is the head coach for the Roseville Skating Center Novice Speedskating Program.