Our Coaches

Columbus Speedskating has a team of strong coaches, drawing both from former elite ranks, and from experience masters skaters.

Coach Buddy Gurr

Coach Buddy Gurr

Buddy Gurr was a junior national champion inline skater prior to making the switch to ice.   He got his start on ice in Columbus, before moving on to Virginia and Milwaukee to pursue skating.  He holds the junior national record for 1000 meters.   Buddy lives in Marysville and is studying computer science.


Coach Rachel Gurr

Rachel Gurr is a past junior national champion in short track.  She hails from Virginia.  During the day, she works in early childhood education, and brings those skills with her onto the ice as an excellent coach for children as well as adults.

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Coach Dianna Harrell

Dianna Harrell is a past masters national champion.  She is an original member of the Columbus Speedskating club, joining in 2002.  She enjoys working with new skaters in the Learn to Speedskate program.

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Coach Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer comes to speedskating from cycling.  He is an elite cycling coach, and coached the Ohio State University cycling team for 10 years.   He has a strong background in exercise science and training for endurance competition.  He is also the father of two younger skaters, and enjoys working with new and young skaters.