Coaching Approach

 

My goal as a coach is to spread my love for and knowledge of the sport of figure skating to skaters of all levels, abilities, and ages.  The skills I gained throughout a decade of training under and coaching alongside World & Olympic Hall of Fame coaches Evy & Mary Scotvold as well as my experience competing internationally and nationally, have provided me with invaluable tools.  I now have the rewarding opportunity of passing along these tools and specialized knowledge to my students. 


I enjoy coaching skaters of all aspirations whether you simply want to learn basic skating skills, you are looking to improve your skills for a theater on ice or synchronized skating team, or if you are an aspiring elite level skater.  I strive to accelerate my students’ advancement through the sport while helping them gain all of the many positive life skills and healthy lifestyle attributes that the sport affords.  I believe that these skill-sets and lifestyle attributes help skaters succeed not only on the ice, but in whatever they decide to pursue in life outside of figure skating as well.   Therefore, my hope is for my students to not only become stronger skaters through their training, but more importantly, to grow into stronger and more confident individuals and to build lasting friendships through their skating endeavors.


I have traveled the world extensively both in representing the US in international figure skating competitions as a member of Team USA as a teenager and in working to develop projects and companies around the globe as a business development consultant for the past decade.  This experiences has given me a unique perspective for a figure skating coach.  As a result of my experiences, I encourage excellence in my students not only in technique, artistry, training, and work ethic on the ice, but also in complementary off-ice work, academics, and personal character off the ice.  I also encourage my students to cultivate their other interests and ambitions whether they are in academics, the arts, dance, music, theater, other athletic activities, community service, etc.

I strive to create a fun and positive, yet disciplined, focused, and motivating environment for my students.  I encourage a blend of serious training with the intent of progressing through the US Figure Skating (USFS) testing process and competing at USFS qualifying events with recreational and fun events such as shows, basic skills and open competitions, and team skating opportunities and events.


I am fortunate to teach at one of the world’s preeminent figure skating training centers which provides all of the resources that skaters of any level require. The Skating Club of Boston offers complementary classes in strength and conditioning, ballet and dance, and stretching, as well as experts in skate sharpening and equipment.  Boston is also a center of excellence for some of the leading experts in figure skating-specific sports science and medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy, sports psychology, and nutrition.  Therefore, I utilize these resources as well as partner with other coaches on The Skating Club of Boston’s prestigious coaching staff in order to fulfill all of the needs of each individual skater.


My comprehensive coaching approach consists of the following:
     • Teaching skaters of all levels and ages 

     • Developing excellence in technique, performance,

        presentation, and conditioning 

     • Focusing in disciplines of free skating, moves in

        the field, choreography, and basic skills

     • Choreographing competition and show programs

        for my students
     • Teaching off-ice jumping, plyometrics, and  

        figure skating- specific core & strengthening

        exercises
     • Mentoring my students on the balance of skating,

        academics, health and well-being, social life, and

        other life issues and interests
     • Choosing and editing music to best suit each

        individual student's skating style and ability
     • Coaching students through USFS Tests
     • Preparing students for competitions and shows

        and coaching them at these events

 

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