About Coach Eric

I’ve been a coach for over 10 years now. My first job was with Sk8on hockey school. The experience was demanding, but an incredible opportunity. I got to work with pros including Steven Stamkos, Jason Spezza, Jeff Skinner, Mike Cammalleri, Rick Nash, and Mike Del-Zotto to name a few. I left this job when I went to Trent University where I started working as a strength and conditioning coach for members of the hockey team and other interested students. It was fun but I needed a change from hockey so I began training Muay Thai. It didn’t take long for me to start teaching as well, first kids then adult classes. After that I moved on to personal training, coaching at Orange Theory Fitness and began branching out on my own as a running coach. Over the years I’ve discovered that I absolutely love coaching. There is no better feeling than getting to take part in the highs and lows of someone else’s journey and getting to be there when they cross the finish line!

I’ve also been an athlete my entire life, so I truly understand what you are going through as you push yourself. My first sport was hockey; I had dreams of playing pro one day and almost realized them before my career was brought to an end. Searching to fill the competitive void I transitioned into Muay Thai where I trained and competed for 4 years, even competing internationally. This was a very exciting experience competing on the international stage against top tier competition. After Muay Thai, I moved onto ultra-marathon running then became obsessed with running and endurance sports in general. As a life long athlete I’ve always thrived off of the intensity that sports can bring. The rush of adrenaline, the extreme focus it requires, and the way everything can come together to create those wonderful moments of flow where it feels like your mind, body, and spirit are working together as one perfect unit. The role of athletics in my life has evolved over the years. While I’m still a very competitive athlete my main focus is now on my clients, and completing my Master’s Thesis. My research generally focuses on self-regulation and its relationship to physical activity habits (i.e. frequency, duration, intensity, etc.). I am also interested in exploring how physical activity can be used to promote well-being by helping individuals develop their self-regulation skills through the physical activity. I aim to use insights from my research to inform my coaching and training practice to achieve maximum results. At the end of the day athletics are my passion, I love competing in athletic events and helping individuals from all walks of life achieve their fitness goals!


  • B.A. Honours Psychology Trent University
  • M. Sc. Health Psychology Candidate Trent University
  • Trent University Varsity Cross Country Head Coach
  • Member of the Coaching Association of Canada
  • Registered Athletics Ontario Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Strength Coach
  • Certified Running Coach
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Respect in Sport Certified

Recent Publications

Samtleben, E. (2022). Ultra-Running, the Upcoming Sport of the Endurance World. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent3(1), 138-154.

Shep, J. (Host). (2022, September 22). Trillium Running Podcast Ep 34 – Eric Samtleben. https://athleticsontario.ca/road-trail-running/trillium-running-podcast/


With over 10 years experience coaching various sports my mission is to help my clients reach their fitness goals and realize their full potential as athletes, and more importantly humans. Whether my clients are training for competition or simply to improve their overall wellbeing, I bring a structured yet fun approach to training in order to get results and create engagement with my workouts.


I had the pleasure of working with Eric multiple times while preparing for my NCAA lacrosse season. After suffering multiple […] (more) (Matt M)

After having a baby, I struggled to get back into a consistent work out routine for over 2.5 years. I […] (more) (Kym H)

When I started with coach Eric, I knew what I was getting. He and I were close Muay Thai training […] (more) (Brandon G)

Eric is an absolutely fantastic personal coach! He is one of the most personable and approachable people I have ever […] (more) (Tobias B)