Renee Hildebrand

この柳原体型の Renee Hildebrand さんは世界中から引切り無しのオファーが来る、多忙な女性スケートコーチです。フロリダで Brittany Bowe や Joey Mantia を育てた経歴の持ち主と聞けば、只者では無い迫力を感じますが、海外の有名なスケートコーチって、皆さんこんなメタボ体型なのでしょうか?。Renee Hildebrand さん、Bill Begg さんの写真を見ると、そーとしか思えませんネ。記事をネットで見つけたので、載せました。

Area skating coach draws an international crowd

By C.J. Risak of STAR-BANNER
It's been kind of busy for Renee Hildebrand. And it doesn't look like it'll let up anytime soon.

Hildebrand is a coach. The sport she specializes in: inline speed skating. Her successes have been numerous, on a local, national and international scale, and the more success she brings the more she's in demand.

The Belleview resident has coached Ocala's Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia for 11 years. Last August, the pair combined to win 10 gold medals, each setting a new world record, at the Inline Speed Skating World Championships in Cali, Columbia. That came a month after each had captured 3 gold medals apiece at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Certainly Hildebrand could be proud of their success, but there was more for her to relish. She had been hired to coach the Belgian team at the World Championships, and her impact was immediate.

"They hadn't won a gold medal at the World Championships in 11 years," Hildebrand said while waiting for three of her proteges to complete their training session at Greenway Trails Park. "Last year in Cali, they won 2 golds, a silver and a bronze."

Hildebrand will continue to coach the Belgian team for two more years (at least), but that won't be the limit of her duties. The three athletes she waited for at Greenway Trails had a multinational background; only Jacob Richardson, a 15-year-old seeking to succeed on the junior stage, called Ocala home.

Renee Hildebrand, left, talks to members of her speed skating team during Team Florida practice at the Baseline Trailhead on Southeast Baseline Road in Ocala, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Hildebrand is now also coaching athletes from Belgium, the Netherlands and Brazil.
(Star-Banner Photo/NYTRENG, Bruce ACKERMAN) : Renee Hildebrand - Biography (USA Roller Sports)

Britta Vantournhout is a 24-year-old from Oostende, Belgium, who is perhaps the best of her country's senior women's speed skaters; Maurina Kroon, a 27-year-old from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, is attempting to make the transition from competitive skating on ice to inline.

Both women had traveled thousands of miles to spend three weeks in Ocala to train with Hildebrand.

"She's very famous in the skating world," said Vantournhout. "She knows a lot about different techniques."

Hildebrand's reputation has obviously spread. Certainly it started with an American flavor:

"My skaters have garnered 86 percent of the medals the U.S. has won since 2002," she noted. "Now, those were mostly by Brittany and Joey, but I've also had two others, Emily Scott and Briana Kramer."

Skaters from other nations continue to seek her services. During the Christmas break, two from Belgium, two from south Florida and two locals were in town to train with her, all staying at her house. On Feb. 9, a skater from France and another from Holland will board with her through the end of March, while five Germans visit from Feb. 16 until March 2.

Her training sessions aren't limited to her hometown. Hildebrand has made a few trips to Belgium to coach, and will do so again.

What makes her a success isn't just the physical aspect, but the mental approach to inline racing.

"Just convincing them they can do it, that they're really, really good," she said. "They've got to expect to do it."

It certainly worked with Bowe and Mantia. Last weekend, Hildebrand and her student/guests traveled to Fort Lauderdale for the Palm Beach Challenge to watch Mantia compete. It turned out to be not a big challenge for Mantia - he won 6 of the 7 races he competed in, capturing both the road and track versions of the 1,500-meter and 10-kilometer contests, as well as the 500-meter race and the marathon. He was second only in the 500 on the track, easily winning the overall gold.

That sort of achievement is what attracted Vantournhout and Kroon.

"My first goal was to come here to learn about inline skating," Kroon said, adding she wants to compete in the Dutch Championships at the end of May.

Vantournhout "wants to make the European World Team and skate really, really well." She does have added incentive; she was left home during last year's World Championships, as were all members of the Belgian senior women's team, for apparent financial reasons. Only the Belgian junior women's team went to Cali.

Cultivating the sort of focus Vantournhout is currently feeding off of is a major reason for Hildebrand's success. And, consequently, the cause of her demand worldwide.

OCALA.com: Area skating coach draws an international crowd (Jan. 27, 2008)
Renee Hildebrand: Facebook

Interview with Coach Renee Hildebrand

  1. How long have you been coaching?
    I have been officially coaching since 1983, however, I was always one of the oldest skaters on my speed team and have always helped with the younger skaters. I started coaching basketball, softball and T-ball when I was 15. I have always loved kids and any kind of coaching. Being able to coach the sport I am so passionate about is the best.
  2. Did you compete before coaching?
    I competed from 1978 -1982 on quads. I started speed skating at 16 in Charleston, South Carolina at Starlite Rink. I made it to nationals in 1982 in a Senior 4 lady relay, but we got lapped out of the semi-final at Nationals. Good thing for my skaters that I can coach better than I could skate!
  3. If so, do you still compete?
    I have flirted with skating Quad Nationals one year, but I doubt it will ever happen.
  4. How many practices per week?
    Team Florida has 4 rinks, but the most intense practice schedule is in Ocala. Most of the serious skaters from the other rinks travel to Ocala at least once a week to train with us. The other three rinks practice 3 times per week, all indoor. The Ocala part of the team has 3 indoor practices a week and 2 outdoor practices per week. The Jr and Sr world class skaters also do 1 - 2 outdoor training or cycling sessions on their own each week. Ideally, the older skaters should skate 6 days a week, with one day off to rest and recover.
  5. Do you include outdoor practice?
    See answer to #4
  6. What drill do you use the most and what are the benefits?
    I use a lot of drills for technique--I guess if there is one I do MOST of the season, day in and day out, it's right foot, left foot drills. It is the basis for cross overs. I learned the basic right foot/left foot push drill from Virgil and Sue Dooley in the 80's for quads and have slightly modified it over the years for inlines. I also use a right foot/left foot hold drill that I got from Diane Hollum's book on ice speed skating. Another variation is right foot push on the smaller circles, with left elbow on the left knee, which I got from Larry Osborne at a coaches conference in Vegas several years ago. I use all of these variations of push drills to develop technique and power at the beginning of the season, but continue to do them less often later in the season.
  7. Do you have a lot of parent involvement? Describe.
    I have great parent involvement on my team--there are some parents I could not do without. I think this has "evolved" over time. I remember when I first started coaching, I would load a van up with 20 kids and take off for a meet. It was fun, but its much better with parental support. As a matter of fact, I have never known a skater to stay in this sport WITHOUT parental support. As a coach, you can dictate how much parent involvement there is. You need to delegate things to the parents to make them feel important and involved. You also have to educate the parents about the sport--its much more exciting if you understand the sport. The more comfortable they feel with you and the sport, the longer their children will skate and the more support they will offer.
  8. What is one thing in your opinion that could be done to grow inline speed?
    This is a hard question. We all have lots of complaints about how things are done, but few of us can state what SHOULD be done. I think in order to grow inline speed we have to find a better way to market our sport to the public.

    We have to get people to recognize the sport and get excited about it--both as participants and spectators. I think having a "starter" skate that parents can afford is a big factor. The Powerslide R2 package has been the only affordable skate I have found to actually hold up to the rigors of speed skating. If a parent can get their kid in a $300 skate instead of spending $800-900, they might be more interested. One other thing to help the sport grow is local, inexpensive meets for the new skaters to compete in. I think the reason our state is so strong is due to the success of the South Florida Speed League where kids can skate once a month in a one day meet for a nominal fee. If a kids first meet is an invitational and a parent has to pay $100 entry fee, travel expenses, etc. PLUS they just had to spend big bucks on skates--sometimes it is overwhelming to the new parent.
  9. What do you think makes your team successful?
    I think what makes my team successful is lots of hard work and dedication to the sport on my part and the part of the skaters and parents. Consistency is a big part of being successful on a year to year to basis. I have a training program that I run every year, with minor modifications each season based on new or learned information. In September, everyone starts over at the beginning, even the World Champions, with squat drills, circles, technique drills, power and strength building activities. We also do off-skates training most of the season, emphasis is on power and strength in the beginning of the season and on speed in the latter part of the season. Yes, sometimes its boring--I would much rather watch the kids go fast, however, it is the most important aspect of the program. The rest of the season is built on the basics. I think the other component of my teams success is the fact that they know I will be waiting at the end of the floor with a hug no matter what happens in the race. In other words, they know I care about them, unconditionally, not just when they win.
Grow Inline Speed: Coach Renee Hildebrand
Renee (MySpace.com): INLINE SPEED SKATING ADVENTURES

Renee Hildebrand trains Belgians

(Feb. 06, 2008)
The clinics of the American speed skating trainer Renee Hildebrand are very popular in Belgium. Some Dutch people go specifically for her to Belgium and even to Florida.

Renee Hildebrand is a well-known name in the speed skating. She is o.a. coach of world champion Joey Mantia and was the coach of Belgium in last season. That the Belgians performed so well last year was perhaps its merit. Swings for example Bart was also European champion next World Champion.


ROB TV

The American coach is popular in Belgium is obvious from the clinics they this week. The brief report was broadcast on the regional channel ROB TV and shows how much enthusiasm there is among the Belgians.

The Belgian team for WC Cali 2007 (except for Wouter Hebbrecht)

left to right : Renee Hildebrand, Jens Maertens, Ferre Spruyt, Wannes Van Praet, Bart Swings, Annabel De Cleer, Jore Van den Berghe.
SkatePodium.com: Renee Hildebrand traint Belgen (Feb. 06, 2008)
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