Cherise Wilkins is a Level 2 US Speedskating certified coach who has been coaching the sport for the past 9 years. As a skater, Coach Cherise competed internationally at some of the most elite levels of the sport, including the World Cup and Olympic Trials. One of the Syracuse Speedskating Club’s most decorated skaters, she won many awards during her career, including multiple National and North American Championships. Most recently, she set new National Age Group Short Track Speedskating records in both in the 500m (:49.933) and the 777m (1:18.411) and was named Masters National Champion in both 2018 and 2019. In addition to coaching speedskaters, Coach Cherise trains first-time marathon runners as part of her job at Fleet Feet Syracuse. Her coaching philosophy is to encourage and support all athletes as they reach for their goals.
Gretchen Byrne Burns is a Level 1 US Speedskating certified coach who has been coaching since 1991. In 2002, Coach Gretchen was named the US Speedskating Development Coach of the Year. She has won many accolades throughout her speedskating career, including National Long Track Champion. A former member of the US National Speedskating Team and Olympic Trial participant, Coach Gretchen has helped hundreds of speedskaters reach their competitive goals, including coaching three National Short Track Champions. Coach Gretchen became the youngest member ever inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, for her accomplishments in speedskating and golf. Her goal is to encourage skaters to try and to help them reach whatever level of competition they can. In her spare time, Coach Gretchen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and golfing.