Mark Wild Joins SSC Long Track Coaching Team in Calgary

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the appointment of Mark Wild as Long Track National and Development Team coach, effective immediately. Under a revised coaching structure led by Long Track Program Director Sean Ireland, the 35 year-old Wild will team up with long time SSC coach Xiuli Wang to coach the middle and long distance skaters based at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

“I am honoured to be offered a role as a National Team coach with Speed Skating Canada,” said Wild. “I am committed and proud to work with all members of our team as we embark on a new Olympic cycle pursuing performance excellence.”

Mark Wild has been involved with speed skating for thirty years, starting as a short track skater in Fort St. John, BC. When his family moved to Ontario, he skated with the Kitchener-Waterloo Speed Skating Club and subsequently, the Cambridge club. In 1992, he moved to Calgary to join the newly created National Short Track Training Centre at the Olympic Oval. He was a member of SSC’s Development Team from 1999 to 2001, and the National Team the following year. He then became a long track skater until his retirement in 2004.

From 2004 to 2006, Wild coached short track at the Olympic Oval before moving on to coaching long track and the Own the Podium crossover recruitment program. Since 2006, he has been a long track coach at the Calgary Oval. Last year, he coached the young Anastasia Bucsis, who surprised many by qualifying for Canada’s Olympic Long Track Team at age 20.

“We are pleased to have Mark join our coaching team in Calgary,” said SSC’s recently appointed Long Track Program Director Sean Ireland. “Mark will bring new energy to our program and I am confident that he, along with Xiuli, will be able lead our middle and long distance skaters through the next Olympic cycle.”

Mike Crowe, who has worked with SSC in the past three years leading up to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, will be one half of the coaching team for sprint and middle distance skaters in Calgary. SSC is continuing its search for a second qualified coach to work with this group. All Calgary-based National and Development Team skaters will be split into those two groups. The Québec based training group will remain with coaches, Robert Tremblay and Gregor Jelonek.