Ernie Overland is the Senior Head Coach and the Head Coach of the Elite Team at Cambridge Speed Skating Club. Ernie has been coaching with the Club since 1982. Currently he is the longest standing active coach in Ontario.
As well as coaching the Elite group at Cambridge, Ernie has logged many miles and hours traveling as the Team Coach for Ontario to the Canadian and North American championships all over Canada and the U.S., both at long track and short track competitions. He also competed as a Senior B skater for a few years often providing some comic relief from the stresses of racing.
In 2015, Ernie received the Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award. This honour is awarded by the Coaches Association of Ontario to one recipient in Ontario from across all sports disciplines. The awarded coach must embody the spirit of sport as seen by past Olympic Decathlon coach, Andy Higgins. These coaches have significant experience and a proven track record of 20 plus years.
In 2016, Ernie was inducted into Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame as a Builder. Ernie’s coaching program in Cambridge has helped to produce many elite athletes including Olympians at each of the past 7 Olympic Games. While being a mentor across the country, he also developed and delivered speed skating specific programs for coaches at the Special Olympic World Games. Ernie Overland is the first inductee into Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame since 2006.
Ernie holds a Level 3 NCCP designation.