SSM Guest Coaches
Jeremy Allen (Week 1, June 6-12, 2021) - Jeremy Allen is a National and International coach teaching in the Greater Chicago area. Coaching since 2003, Jeremy is a renowned jump specialist and pole harness coach, and has helped skaters such as Jason Brown, Gracie Gold, Alexa Scimeca, and Danny O’Shea on their rise to success. He is perhaps best known as 2018 U.S. National Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Bradie Tennell’s technical coach. Jeremy is the 2001 US Junior Pairs Champion (with partner Deborah Blinder), and went on to finish 5th at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships that year. He competed as a member of the US International Figure Skating Team in pairs at both the Junior and Senior levels. Jeremy is a true student of the sport, studying video and teaching techniques from skaters and coaches around the world. His interests in cutting edge jump technique and teaching methods make him one of the country’s top technical coaches.
Phillip Mills (Week 2, June 13-19, 2021) - Choreographer for skaters at 23 World Championships and 6 Olympic Games and more than 25 U.S. National Champions in singles, pairs, and dance, Phillip Mills has been faculty for Team USA Camps, U.S. Figure Skating Coaches College, and numerous U.S. Figure Skating Judges Schools. This involvement keeps him tuned into the continued changes in figure skating. Phillip joined Carlo Fassi as the choreographer for the world-class training center at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs in 1988. He later joined Carlo again at the famous Ice Castle International Figure Skating Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California as Choreographer and Artistic Director of Ice Castle’s International Ice Theatre. Teaming together with John Nicks in 2011, Phillip and Mr. Nicks worked together helping Ashley Wagner become the first US National Champion to repeat the title since Michelle Kwan. Phillip created acclaimed programs for the likes of Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Katia Gordeeva, Courtney Hicks, Tara Lipinski, Rena Inoue & John Baldwin, Calla Urbanski & Rocky Marval, Nicole Bobek, Suzie Wynne & Joseph Druar, Elaine Zayak, Tatsuki Machida, Rionna Kato, Tsao Chih-I , Michael Martinez and Jill Trenary just to name a few.
Mirai Nagasu (Week 3, June 20-26, 2021) - Mirai is a three-time Four Continents medalist (silver in 2016, bronze in 2011 and 2017), the 2007 JGP Final champion, a two-time World Junior medalist (silver in 2007, bronze in 2008), and a seven-time U.S. national medalist (gold in 2008, silver in 2010 and 2018, bronze in 2011 and 2014, pewter in 2016 and 2017). In 2008, Nagasu became the youngest woman since Tara Lipinski in 1997 to win the U.S. senior ladies’ title. Nagasu represented the US at the 2010 Winter Olympics at the age of 16 and placed 4th in the ladies’ event. In 2017, she landed the very difficult triple Axel for the first time in international competition at the US International Figure Skating Competition. During her free skate in the team event at the 2018 Olympics, she became the first American female figure skater to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, and the third woman from any country to do so.
Tom Hickey (Head Coach) - Tom Hickey is the Director of Figure Skating and Head Coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Coach for U.S. National, International, and Jr. World Championship competitors, Tom is PSA Master-Rated, and has a PSA Level V Ranking. He developed programs such as “Power Plus” (Figure Skating & Hockey) and the Coaches Education Program (CEP). He has also directed schools and elite training facilities in Bethlehem, PA, Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion (DuPage FSC) in Buffalo Grove, IL.
Peter Biver - Peter Biver is a U.S. National Coach and Competitor and a two-time Regional Medalist in pairs. Specializing in jump technique and the Fishing Pole Harness, Peter offers the highest-level instruction in Freestyle, Pairs, and Dance. Head coach to Regional, Sectional, National, & International Competitors, he uses a holistic approach to coaching by focusing on the complete development of each skater’s personal potential as an athlete and an artist.
Surya Bonaly - Surya Bonaly is a 9-time French figure skating champion, 5-time European figure skating champion, 3-time Olympian, and 3-time silver medalist at the World Figure Skating Championships. She is the first female figure skater to attempt a quadruple jump, and is known for being one of the only skaters who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. Her coaching style is electric and innovative and draws upon her years as a featured skater in some of the world’s premier skating shows.
Sarah France - Sarah France has been an ice dance coach and choreographer since 1998, and works with Regional, Sectional, National and International competitors across all skating disciplines. An active professional skater, she is a company member and choreographer with the prestigious Ice Theatre of New York, as well as a frequent performer for shows, professional competitions, and events nationwide. Sarah has more than 20 years of off-ice dance experience and performs professionally in modern dance and several other disciplines. Sarah looks at skaters as athletes & artists, and seeks to draw out their performance skills with a keen eye towards technical accuracy and precise movement on and off the ice.
Annette Hickey - Annette Hickey is a figure skating and professional theater choreographer. She has coached and choreographed for US Regional, Sectional, National, and International skaters. By incorporating artistry, mental training, goal-setting, and correct technique, she helps develop each skater’s full potential. As a professional skater, Annette toured with Disney on Ice, and as professional actor performed in theaters across the US. Annette has a BA in Theatre, is a MACTE certified Montessori teacher, and an SSM Staff Coach.
Sandra Johansson - Sandra Johansson has coached figure skating professionally for more than 30 years and specializes in Moves in the Field. Her encouraging coaching technique and extensive experience includes International and National singles competitors, and National and International Synchronized skating teams. Sandra coached in Sweden for more than 6 years and founded Sweden’s successful synchronized skating program.
Garrett Kling - Professional figure skater and choreographer, Garrett’s clients include international competitors such as Jason Brown, Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue, and Ryan Bradley. Garrett has performed with Holiday On Ice, Willy Bietak Productions, Ice Theatre of NY, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, and Dynamic Shows. He is PSA Master-Rated for Choreography &, in 2017, won the Groundbreaker Award at the US Professional Open. He serves on the Steering Committee for American Ice Theatre (AIT) and graduated from AIT’s Master Choreography Techniques class. An SSM Staff Coach, Garrett helps teach MCT classes and runs AIT seminars across the country.
Robyn Petroskey - Robyn Petroskey is a 7-time US Championship competitor and is the 1988 Novice Ladies Silver Medalist, 1989 Jr. Ladies Champion in Figures, and International Jr. Champion representing the US in East Berlin at the Blue Swords Junior Cup. A PSA Master-Rated, Level IV Coach, Robyn specializes in technical Jump, Spin, and Skating Component skills. Her Power Skating, Off-Ice Harness, and Off-Ice Spinner classes are popular staples. Robyn has coached many US Championship competitors and medalists, and is currently on the PSA Seminars Committee, PSA National Education Committee, and is a PSA Oral Examiner for PSA Oral Ratings. She has been a key PSA member and has served on the PSA Board of Governors, US Figure Skating Basic Skills Committee, US Figure Skating Grievance Committee, US Figure Skating Coaches Committee, US Figure Skating Competitions Committee, and has hosted and presented at numerous PSA Workshops.
Jamie Santee - Jamie Santee is a Canadian double Gold Medalist in figures and free skate and a three-time Canadian national competitor in singles and pairs. Her first title as a professional was a silver medal at the 1981 World Professional Championships in Jaca, Spain. In 1982 she was featured as a soloist in Toller Cranston’s TV special, “Strawberry Ice” shortly after joining Disney on Ice. Jamie toured the world with Disney for 11 years as a solo/pair principal performer and the last 2 years as a Performance Director. She met her husband Jimmie while touring together. They were married in 1987 and have 3 children – all professional figure skaters currently touring with Disney on Ice. Jamie has coached for over 30 years and specializes in MIF, FS, and choreography. She is also a Theatre on Ice Director in Rochester, MN where she currently is a coach.
Jimmie Santee - Jimmie Santee is the Executive Director of the Professional Skaters Association and has led the organization since 2006. The 1977 Novice Men’s U.S. Champion and 1979 Junior Men’s U.S. Champion, Jimmie was a member of the U.S. International Skating Team for 5 seasons. He was also a principal performer and coach with Disney on Ice from 1985-1995. Jimmie is a PSA Double Master-Rated coach, and specializes in spins & jump technique.
Carey Tinkelenberg - Carey Tinkelenberg is a PSA Master Rated coach and the Founder, Director, and Head Coach of the Northfield Skating School. She was a nationally competitive skater and a past PSA Board of Governors officer. The author of numerous leadership articles for SKATING, RINK, and Professional Skater magazines, Carey is a Learn to Skate USA specialist and trainer as well as U.S. Figure Skating consultant and committee member. She regularly leads Learn to Skate USA instructor workshops and PSA Foundations of Coaching seminars. Carey holds a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College and is a published research author. She has worked with athletes around the country on mental training skills, informed by her academic background and her intensive training in yoga and mindfulness.
Alex Volpicelli - Regional, Sectional, National competitor, and three-time Intercollegiate National medalist, Alex Volpicelli is an SSM Staff Coach and founder of Performance Plus Power Skating, a progressive on and off-ice power and conditioning program for figure skaters and hockey players. Specializing in dynamic stroking and explosive jump technique, Alex helps her skaters with balance, agility, and endurance. Her energy and teaching style makes even the most grueling workouts enjoyable. With more than 10 years of coaching experience, and classes growing each year, Alex makes training personal and ensures that every student becomes a better skater while still having fun.