Coaches

JSC is very proud of our devoted coaching staff. All of our coaches are registered with USFSA or Learn to Skate USA and have passed a safe sport background check.

All of our coaches teach group classes.

Coaches who also teach private & semi-private lessons have an asterisk (*) beside their name.  If you are interested in private or semi-private lessons, please contact the coach of your choice directly.

We are always working to develop a strong coaching staff.  If you think you would enjoy teaching basic skills, hockey skills or figure skating, please contact JSC at juneausk8@hotmail.com.

Laurie Balstad

Laurie Balstad

Emily Bowman

Emily Bowman

Patty Collins

Patty Collins

Learn to Skate USA Director

Patty Collins began taking Basic Skills skating lessons as a JSC adult student during the 2009/2010 skating season.  Prior to that she was an active participant in the ski and snowboard world.  She actively pursues improvement in her skating skills and has passed the USFS Adult Silver MIF & Adult Bronze Freeskate tests.  Patty began assisting and teaching at Basic Skills classes during her second year of skating with the Juneau Skating Club.  She enjoys working with both youth and adult Basic Skills & Beginning Figure Skaters.

* Sigrid Dahlberg

* Sigrid Dahlberg

Shannon Ely

Shannon Ely

* Leah Farzin

* Leah Farzin

Leah started skating when she was three years old, and went to her first competition when she was six. As a skater, she earned a gold medal in moves-in-the-field, silver level in dance, and juvenile free skate, as well as ISI freestyle 8. Leah’s competitive career included competing throughout the midwest and the lower 48 as an individual skater, as well as with the Miami University Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team in college.
Leah began assisting with learn-to-skate classes when she was 12 years old, and has been coaching private and group lessons part time for 16 years. Leah love skating because it’s a sport you can participate in through your whole life, and there is always something new to learn or improve on.
Katherine Fritsch

Katherine Fritsch

Melissa Fritsch

Melissa Fritsch

Although Melissa spent a lot of time roller skating as a child, it wasn’t until she moved to Juneau a decade ago that she started spending a lot of time at the ice rink. In previous seasons, she has skated with Team Avalanche, Juneau Skating Club’s adult synchronized skating team. For the past three years, Melissa has primarily taught the Snowplow Sam skaters, 4 and 5 year olds who are often taking their first steps on the ice. She loves watching young skaters gain confidence in themselves as they progressively gain new skills and she values the life-lessons that skating teaches, including fitness, goal-setting, and perseverance.

Meredith Fritsch

Meredith Fritsch

Kamy Hamrick

Kamy Hamrick

Jason Hort

Jason Hort

Jason is excited to add “skating coach” to his list of teaching and coaching experiences.  Jason spent 5 years teaching math and science in public schools in the Philadelphia area before moving to Juneau in August of 2000.  Once here, he worked to help at-risk teenagers navigate the demands of high school as a case manager for Juneau Youth Services.  However, his most challenging, and rewarding, occupation began after the birth of his first child in November of 2001.  To this day, Jason is proud to have the title of Stay At Home Dad.  Athletically, Jason played 4 years of NCAA Div. III college football at Albright College in Reading, PA.  He has also coached football at the high school and college levels. After football, Jason played 6 years of men’s club rugby for teams in Philadelphia and in Anchorage.  He has also had the honor of playing rugby for teams that have traveled to play matches in England and Canada.  Most recently, Jason has learned to skate and play hockey.  In his 10 years of skating, Jason has learned to love the ice and the challenge of “holding his edges”.  He hopes to pass along that passion for skating to his students through his work with the JSC.

Jaime Hort

Jaime Hort

Jaime Hort has been skating since she was 4 years old and started playing hockey at age 8. She is excited to be a member of the Juneau Douglas Hockey team this year. Jaime loves skating backwards even more than skating forwards. She has coached with the Intro to Hockey program and is thoroughly enjoying working with the Learn to Skate program this year.

* Pam Leary

* Pam Leary

Figure Skating Director

Pam co-founded the Juneau Skating Club in 2003, has sat on the JSC Board of Directors, and is the current Figure Skating Coordinator.  Over the years, she has organized and directed the club’s activities including the holiday and spring shows, Basic Skills competitions, and USFS test sessions.  Pam skated competitively, starting at age 10, with the Long Island Figure Skating Club.  She passed her Novice Free Skate tests and Junior Figure tests and competed at the USFS North Atlantic Regional and Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships.  Pam and her identical twin sister were in a Doublemint Gum commercial where they were featured as figure skaters.

Currently, Pam is a member coach of both the Professional Skaters Association and U.S. Figure Skating and is a registered USFS Category A Coach, able to coach students at USFS tests, competitions, and other qualifying events.  Pam has personally experienced the benefits that figure skating can bring and hopes to pass on her passion and what she has learned from skating to her students.  Pam is available to coach group and private Basic Skills, Singles Figure Skating, Artistry, and Power stroking lessons and can be reached at 723-2031 or pammyjo00@yahoo.com.

Katie McKenna

Katie McKenna

Sadie Murphy

Sadie Murphy

Jennie Oxman

Jennie Oxman

Beth Parsons

Beth Parsons

Katie Perry

Katie Perry

Katie skated a bit in her youth on frigid outdoor rinks in Minnesota.  When Treadwell was built, she was strongly encouraged by a friend/coach to sign up for beginning adult lessons.  At age 52 she began to fulfill a lifelong dream to learn to figure skate.  Katie strongly believes that learning to skate as an adult is an achievable goal and that no one is too old to start.

She is passionate about her skating and says skating continues to be immensely rewarding.  Katie’s focus is ice dancing and Moves in the Field (edge work) and is currently working on Silver MIF and Pre-Silver Ice Dances.  Attending yearly out of town adult skating camps, she says that “nothing is as exciting, or as hard, as flying over the ice, dancing with a national/international level coach-partner.”

She has served on the JSC Board of Directors and began teaching the Learn to Skate classes four years ago.  Katie loves working with the youngest skaters and the absolute beginners.  She marvels at how quickly they learn and enjoys seeing their progress over each 6 week session.  She hopes she passes on her love of skating to everyone she works with.

* Debbie Roberts

* Debbie Roberts

Debbie grew up in Anchorage, and was a member of the Anchorage Figure Skating Club until 1990 when she moved to Juneau.   During my time in with the AFSC, she held the Jr. Board Member positon for 4 years, performed in over 15 Fur Rondy On Ice Shows, numerous local competitions, and was a basic Skills student instructor.  After Debbie graduated from high school she become a Coach for the Anchorage Figure Skating Club helping in the basic skills program, and taught for the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Rec program.

Debbie has been teaching in Juneau since the rink opened for both JSC and JDIA.  She is currently on her second term for the JSC Board, and third year as Artistic Director for the Holiday and Spring shows. Debbie has also, been coaching Team Forget-Me-Not since the team was formed in 2010, and traveled with them for 2 years to perform in Anchorage in Rondy on Ice.

Wendy Vuille

Wendy Vuille

Wendy experienced the joy of skating on wheels, but when the Treadwell Ice Arena opened in 2003, she realized it was just as fun to skate on blades. After being approached to take lessons the first week the rink opened, she hasn’t stopped skating.  Since 2003, Wendy has been very active with the Juneau Skating Club in various roles such as registrar, board member, treasurer, skate instructor, and basic skills staff manager.

In the USFS Moves in the Field (MIF) track (which replaced figures), Wendy passed the Gold Masters Adult MIF level and then moved into the standard track, and recently passed the Intermediate level. She is now currently working on the Novice Moves in the Field.  In the USFS Dance track, Wendy passed two of the silver ice dances with one more silver dance to pass before completing the silver dance series.  Wendy is currently working on the silver Rocker Foxtrot and the first pre-gold dance, the Killian.

Wendy has such a passion for skating, and her goal is to share the joy of skating with the community of Juneau and Douglas.  One of her biggest joys is to watch her grandchildren skate & performing in shows with them.

 

Coaches Not Pictured:
Sabrina Jones

 

 

Haylee Hill

Haylee Hill

Assistant Coach

Haylee Hill has been skating since she was 9 years old. Halyee loves doing jumps and spins. This is Haylee’s second year helping as an assistant coach with Juneau Skating Club’s Learn to Skate program. Haylee’s favorite figure skating movie is Ice Princess. When Haylee isn’t on the ice, she’s spending time with her adorable bunny, Bun Bun.

Maggie Higgins

Maggie Higgins

Assistant Coach

Maggie Higgins is 11 years old. Maggie first laced up ice skate when she was two years old! Maggie has been skating the Juneau Skating Club for the past four years. Maggie has passed Basic Skills levels 1-8 and is now excited to be working on Figure Skating levels! Maggie loves helping as an assistant coach!

Kara Hort

Kara Hort

Assistant Coach

Aurora Shriver

Aurora Shriver

Assistant Coach

Aurora Shriver is 11 years old. Aurora has been skating with the Juneau Skating Club for the past four years. Aurora has passes Basic Skill levels 1-8 and is now excited to be working on Figure Skating levels.  Aurora loves helping as an assistant coach! When Aurora isn’t on the ice, she’s either reading or playing with her three dogs, Red, Dutch, and Chatham.

Assistant Coach Not Pictured:
Grace Walli

 

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