Glacier Skate Academy has a great team of professional coaches who work together to ensure that each skater achieves personal excellence. Our dedicated coaching staff provides a full range of skating disciplines - freestyle, moves, dance and pairs - with professional specialists in jumps, spins, skating skills and choreography.


When choosing a coach for your skater, there are several factors to take into consideration. To assist you with this process, US Figure Skating and The Professional Skaters Association offer resources at:  

The Glacier Skate coaching team asks that all skaters and parents adhere to the Glacier Skate Academy club policies and USFSA Parent Code of Conduct. 

All coaches teaching private lessons at Glacier Skate Academy must be USFSA Coach Compliant.

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Sean Wirtz

(Available Year-Round)

Accomplishments and Coaching Information

2-time National Canadian Champion in Singles and Pairs

Represented Canada Internationally for over 10 years

Bronze Medalist at Four Continents in Pairs

Senior Grand Prix Circuit Competitor

Coaching experience for 15 years

Skated professionally for companies all over the world

Sean takes great pride in motivating skaters, developing their technical abilities, and helping them achieve their personal goals

Kristin Cowan

(Available Year-Round)


Accomplishments and Coaching Information

10 years of coaching experience

Performed as a principal pair skater for several companies, including Holiday on Ice and Disney on Ice, performing in Europe, North America, and South America for the past 11 years

Professional shows include:  Disney on Ice - 'Rockin' Ever After', Holiday on Ice - 'Aladdin', 'Mystery', and 'Spirit', Busch Gardens - 'Turn It Up' and 'Christmas on Ice', Phantasialand - 'Ice College 2016', and Rand Productions - 

'Holiday Ice Spectacular'

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Kristin has a keen eye for performance and choreography and loves to work on artistry and grace with her students.

Jennifer Boye

(Available Year-Round)

Accomplishments and Coaching Information

33 years of figure skating with 13 years competing 

20 years coaching experience and directed over 35 Ice Shows

Coached several regional competitors and a two-time National Showcase Silver medallist

Jennifer's mission statement is "To develop athletes to their full potential while instilling a love of figure skating."


Coaching Areas of interest: Moves in the Field, Freeskate, Showcase


Katherine Sivanish

(Available year-round)

Katherine grew up skating competitively in Spokane, Washington.  She has so many memories from early morning practices, skating after school, and traveling to competitions.  Her friendships from skating and the discipline she learned are her favorite memories from childhood.  She is now a mother of three children and loves being at the rink again, helping kids build their confidence both on and off the ice.

Katherine teaches Star Skate and Learn to Skate.


Elyse Knudsen

(Available year-round)


Accomplishments and Coaching Information

16 years coaching experience

Elyse skated professionally for Disney on Ice and as a principal pair skater for Willey Bietak Productions (on Royal Caribbean Cruises).  She toured Japan, South America, Mexico and the U.S.

Gold medalist in Moves in Field; Silver medalist in Free Skate; Intermediate Pairs

Degree in Occupational Safety and Health


Elyse loves choreography and is inspired by creating beautiful moments for skaters.


Sophia Burrough

Junior Coach

Sophia has been skating with the Glacier Skate Academy for twelve years and especially enjoys Showcase Skating.  She is currently training to join an international ice show.  She has been teaching young skaters at GSA for four years. Sophia teaches Learn to Skate, Star Skate, and junior coaching private lessons.

Sophia recently passed Senior Moves in the Field, the highest level in US Figure Skating.


Willem Gray

Junior Coach

Willem has skated with the Glacier Skate Academy for six years.  He has won many medals throughout the Northwest, including at the Regional Championships.  He is currently competing in pair skating.

Willem teaches Learn to Skate, Star Skate, and junior coaching private lessons.