GLACIER SKATE ACADEMY COACHES

 

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.

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

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 performing characters such as Jasmine, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, and Nala. She also enjoyed her comedy roles as Druzzela, Dopey and Sebastian. 

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.    

Coaching Areas of Interest: Choreography, Beginner to Advanced USFS Moves in the Field & Freeskate; Pairs; LTS

 Katherine Holley

(Available by request)

Accomplishments and Coaching Information

Over 30 years of personal skating experience, including international competition and professional shows

Figure skating coach and dance instructor since 1998

Directed and assisted in numerous amateur ice shows

USFSA Gold Medalist in Dance, Freestyle and Moves in the Field

Coaching Areas of Interest: All ages and levels, Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Dance and Pairs