Competitive skating, and now coaching, is a significant and important part of my life. I believe that through skating, athletes can learn skills to become better prepared to lead fulfilled and successful lives. In addition to skating, spending time with my family and our large dog is very important to me. We enjoy biking, hiking, traveling and discussing current events. Away from coaching, I have taught US and World History, and US Government and Politics at the college level since 2007. I am currently in a Doctoral Program in Global Studies at UMass – Lowell.
Doctoral Program in Global Studies at University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Harvard University, MA in Government
My thesis was the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union on the politics and coaching of figure skating in the US and the world.
University of California, Irvine, BA in History
Orange Coast College, AA in Liberal Arts
To be a role model both on and off the ice, in appearance and actions, and to help my students become better athletes in figure skating, and better people in the world.
Member of the PSA and a national PSA Seminar Speaker
As a PSA member I have had students win numerous national, international and have team-coached skaters into achieving World and Olympic medals.
Students’ Competitive Achievements:
As a main coach, I have brought students to Junior Grand Prix events and have had numerous national medalists, including the current National Juvenile Dance silver medalists. As an assistant coach, I have worked on skating skills for U.S. Olympic medalists, national senior medalists in ice dance and pairs, as well as the world medalist synchronized skating team of the Haydenettes. I have also been the main coach for the national Boston University Synchronized Skating team.
Last 4 Years – Students’ Competitive Achievements:
I am the main coach for the current National Juvenile Dance Silver medalists, and had skaters in other National events during the 2020 season. As an assistant coach, I worked with a skater who competed at the 2018 Olympics, skaters from the World Medalist Synchronized Skating team, the Haydenettes, and numerous other competitors in various skating fields.
Disciplines / Specialties:
I specialize in skating skills, presentation, and power at any level: beginners, adults and competitors. I also specialize in dance at any level and moves in the field.
1994 U.S. Olympic Team, alternate member
7-Time U.S. Senior Dance Medalist
U.S. Olympic Festival Champion
Skate Canada Champion
Multiple International Medalist
U.S. Junior Dance Champion
World Professional Bronze Medalist
World Challenge of Champions Bronze Medalist
U.S. Open Bronze Medalist
Performer on Champions on Ice
Performer on the Elvis Tour of Champions
Featured performer in the Skating Club of Boston’s Ice Chips show multiple times
Coaching Awards, Accomplishments & Seminars:
National Technical Ice Dance Specialist
National PSA Seminar Speaker
National U.S. Figure Skating Seminar Speaker
National seminar speaker on skating skills
First person since Dick Button to graduate from a university and win a national title in the same year: 1986 U.S. Junior Dance and 1986 University of California, Irvine – History
Skating Awards, & Accomplishments:
Winner of the 2020 PSA President’s Award of Excellence
Winner of The Skating Club of Boston’s own sportsmanship award, the “Bobby Black Award”
Winner of the U.S. Figure Skating national sportsmanship and educational award of excellence, the “Nutra-Sweet Giving It 100%”
Affiliation with U.S. Figure Skating, PSA, ISU:
Member, U.S. Figure Skating
Former 5-year member of the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors
Member of numerous skating committees, including Grievance and Ethics
College professor since 2007 in the fields of US and World History and American Government and Politics.