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

 

Rebekah Raftshol – Junior C Coach

RebekahRebekah started in novice at the age of 3.5 years old, making this year her 20th season! She is the youngest of 5, all having skated for Midway Speedskating club. She grew up playing soccer year round as well, and adding track and field in high school. She grew up competing seriously in short track as well until the age of 16.  She competed at the 2009 and 2011 long track junior worlds, getting a bronze team pursuit medal.  After a year of Bible school, she has been attending the U of MN as a nutrition major, slowly chipping away while still competing herself until 2015.  She moved back to her hometown of Plymouth, MN, after training in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the last two years. Prior to moving to Utah, she coached novice for 3 years, the last one being the head coach. Now she is the junior C coach. 

 

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.