Craig Pielechowski - US Speedskating Level 2 Coach
Craig began skating in the late 1950’s when speedskating was the ice sport of choice, and everyone skated on long blades. In 2002 (after a long break), Craig returned to speedskating, joining a club and receiving coaching for the first time. Clickhere for a newspaper article dated January 23, 1961 picturing a then 18 year old Craig Pielechowski competing in the Courier-Express Buffalo Speedskating Championships.
Among Craig's many speedskating accomplishments are:
2003 Nationals - Bronze medal in the 1500M (50-59 age class)
Two time World record holder in the 1000M (60-69 age class)
Multiple National and North American Championships (60-69 age class)
Two time World Champion (70-74 age class)
November, 2013 - Craig was married to Christina Pisaric. The couple meet when Christina joined the BSC in 2010. Christina soon realized that she not only liked speedskating but also liked the speedskating coach. Craig it seems, liked her too. Christina in addition to being Craig’s wife is also the club Treasurer.
Craig is a retired mechanical and Design engineer from Moog Inc.
Nathalie Rodrigue-Hassleback - US Speedskating Level 1 Coach
Nathalie was born and raised in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. As a child she loved figure skating and in her teens was a Senior Pairs Figure Skater, competing at the National Level and also performing at the 1988 Calgary Olympics closing ceremonies.
Nathalie turned her passion for Athletics into a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Sherbrooke and went on to teach Physical Education. After completing her Master Degree in Business Administration, Nathalie found herself working and traveling throughout the United States. It was during this time that she met her husband, they currently live in Hamburg, NY with their three children.
Nathalie started Speedskating and joined the BSC with her Son Gabriel in 2014. Nathalie actively competes in Masters meets, and is on the Board of the BSC. In addition, Nathalie holds several certifications in Figure Skating, Group Fitness, Nutrition, Yoga and has been teaching in the Fitness Industry for over 20 years. For the past few years, Nathalie has been working with athletes of all levels including the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills.
Julie Gehring (Head Coach) - US Speedskating Level 2 Coach
Julie started skating with her dad, Jim, when she was three years old. When she was seven, Julie attended her first competition and fell in love with the sport. Throughout her high school years, Julie had the pleasure of training in Buffalo, Rochester and Canada. After High School, Julie skated with an elite group of skaters in Pittsburgh and trained full time while attending college classes for a year. From this experience she gained significant knowledge about the sport of Speedskating. In 2011 Julie was named a US National champion along with becoming one of the top 16 Junior skaters in the country. In addition to Buffalo, Julie continues to coach and skate in Rochester. In 2017 Julie placed Third at US Long Track Nationals.
Julie graduated from Medaille College in 2016 with a Masters in Literacy Education. She received her BS in Childhood and Special Education from St. John Fisher College in 2014. Currently she is working as a 2nd Grade Teacher at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo.
Alan Jay - US Speedskating Level 1 Coach
Alan joined the BSC in 2005 after being introduced to the sport by a couple of his inline speedskating friends. Alan became active in the club soon after, and is presently on the board as the club's secretary. In 2014 he helped establish the club's highly successful Summer Training Camp program, and serves as its director. Alan is also the developer and co-director of The North American Virtual Short Track Masters TT Challenge. As a coach, Alan enjoys working with our Learn to Skate Program skaters, and our younger athletes. He is also involved with our dryland training program.
Off the ice, Alan enjoys playing squash and is a member of the Nardin Academy Athletic Center. Throughout his life, Alan’s had a passion for sustainable active travel and commuting. In the past, as a professional bicycle tour leader, he’s led groups across and throughout the U.S., and in numerous other countries. Presently, Alan and his wife Nike, greatly enjoy long distance walking trips, so far having traveled to Ireland and Scotland, with many more destinations planned for the future. They also enjoy active water sports both above and below, spending time locally and in their travels, kayaking, paddle boarding and scuba diving. Weather permitting, Alan can often be seen getting around Western NY by bike, inline skate and foot.