Coaches

The Olympicview and Lynnwood Arenas are home to a premiere international staff, featuring World & Olympic competitors from the UK, Poland, France and the USA.  Our dedicated coaching staff provides a full range of skating disciplines - freestyle, dance and pairs - with professional specialists in spins, stroking and choreography.

When choosing a coach for your skater, there are several factors to take into consideration.  To assist you with this process, U.S. Figure Skating has outlined the following information.  We hope that this helps you in making your coaching choice.  

 

 Seattle Skating Club Professionals  (listed alphabetically)

 

Sharon Baker  88iceolympian@comcast.net  Cell: 425-772-2659

1988 Olympian, British National Senior Ice Dance Champion,
World Professional Champion all with Paul Askham. Member of the Moves in the Field task
force that created the NEW MOVES. Toured Europe as a principal skater with Holiday
on Ice. Over 20 years coaching National, International and World level skaters. PSA
Master rating in Moves in the Field and Dance. PSA ranking – Level 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Baker 88iceolympian@comcast.net  Cell: 425-772-6562 

British National Champion and competitor at Junior World Championships as well as World Professional Championships. Over 27 years experience coaching skaters from beginner thru National and International Levels. PSA Certified rating in Free Skate , PSA ranking-Level 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Brinkley  pattyskate@gmail.com   

USFS Adult Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle & Moves
in the Field as well as Intermediate Moves in the Field. Juris Doctor Degree from
Chicago-Kent College of Law. Over 19 years teaching beginners thru Senior level skaters.
PSA Registered rating in Moves in the Field and Free Skate, PSA Certified rating as
Program Director. PSA Ranking-1. ISI Certified Arena Programmer. ISI Gold Certified
Judge. PSA & USFS member.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Franchock rmfranch@mtu.edu  Cell: 248-787-6849 

  • USFS Triple Gold Medalist - Ice Dance (solo and partnered) and Moves in the Field
  • International and National Senior level Synchronized Ice Skating Competitive Experience
  • 2010 Synchronized Ice Skating World Championship Competitor
  • 6+ Years coaching experience from youngsters to adults
  • 2+ years synchronized ice skating coaching experience

Rachel is from Michigan and grew up skating in the Detroit area. During her youth, she was fortunate to train in a highly competitive area and has been influenced by top US and Canadian coaches. Rachel skated competitively through her high school years and traveled nationally and internationally as a member of Team USA while skating for the Crystallettes, a Senior Level Synchronized Ice Skating team.

Rachel attended Michigan Technological University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2014. During her time at Michigan Tech, Rachel continued to coach individual skaters and also gained experience as the head coach of a pre-juvenile synchronized ice skating team. Rachel has had experience coaching both locally competitive and recreational skaters and enjoys sharing her knowledge while tailoring each lesson to the skater’s physical and psychological needs. Additionally, Rachel views figure skating as a life long sport and encourages her students to fall in love with the sport at any age. Rachel’s preferred coaching disciples include basic or foundational skills, compulsory ice dance, moves in the field and low-mid level freestyle. Rachel also enjoys coaching choreography, edge and power technique as well as synchronized ice skating.

Currently, Rachel is attending Seattle Pacific University and is earning her Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She plans to use her degree to instill effective leadership and teamwork practices within individuals as well as help organizations navigate seamlessly through change. Additionally, Rachel hopes to apply what she has learned to team sports such as synchronized ice skating.

 

 

Anne H. Goldberg annehgoldberg@gmail.com  Cell: 508-243-3449 

Anne believes in a holistic approach to coaching, calling on her unique skillset as an avant-garde classical composer, choreographer, and performer. She seeks to empower each individual to reach his or her highest potential on and off the ice through safe technique, humor, and exploration. Anne seeks to instill the values of persistence, patience, and sportsmanship, imparting manageable goal setting, accountability, and optimistic thinking. No matter the students' goals, they learn to have healthy relationships with success and failure, build relationships with their peers, and celebrate their individuality and improvements on a daily and long-term basis.

Anne excels at choreography, and is the Artistic Director of her own contemporary dance company, the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, was accepted to Disney on Ice and Ice Theater of New York, and has appeared as a model skater for a series of instructional videos distributed through the Professional Figure Skaters Cooperative.

Anne has worked with Broadway Blades TOI (USA 2), Nexxice Senior (CAN 1), and other regional, national, and international skaters in their on and off-ice training and choreography. She also directed and choreographed the Theater on Ice team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with her adult group placing 4th at Nationals.

 

 

Ellen Kenny-Berg Cell: 425-876-5403 

Ellen has been coaching in the Seattle area for over 20 years and has become one of the premier coaches.

Ellen is native to the Seattle area and began her skating career at Lynnwood Ice Center. As a competitive skater Ellen achieved the USFSA Silver Medal in Figures and the Gold Medal in Freestyle. Ellen also skated at the Sr. Ladies level in many Regional and Sectional competitions and became an alternate at US Nationals before turning her attention to professional skating.

As a professional, Ellen has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Puerto Rico while skating in many different ice shows. Disney on Ice and Holiday on Ice are only two of the professional ice shows she has been involved with.

As a coach, Ellen believes that figure skating is a lifelong sport and considers it a privilege whenever she is asked to help create a solid skating foundation for any student. She coaches beginner through adult and has coached at many different competitive levels, including Junior Nationals. Ellen is Professional Skating Association (PSA) rated coach and is a US Figure Skating Level ‘A’ Competitive coach. 

 

Anna Li  SkateWithAnna@monkeymind.net  

A U.S. Figure Skating Gold medalist in Dance, Anna believes and lives the ideal of figure skating as a lifetime sport. She has been involved in figure skating in a variety of capacities since her childhood in New York. Her roles have included skating student, competitor, skating club founder, test chair, board member, Skate America organizer, assistant to Dick Button’s World Professional Figure Skating Championships and coach. This is in addition to working professionally in marketing for firms such as American Express, Ogilvy & Mather, and Disney Online.

Anna has coached for 15 years and is a PSA Level A accredited coach. She with her partner, Will Eastler, are the 2012 U.S. National Adult Ice Dance Champions. In addition, they are the 2008 and 2009 U.S. National Adult Championship Ice Dancing silver medalists.

Currently, in addition to coaching both children and adults, Anna continues to actively refine her own skating skills, which provides reminders of the challenges all skaters experience and provides personal experience with the newer IJS rules of the sport.

A coach in basic skills, freestyle, ice dancing and edge work (MIF), Anna’s coaching style focuses on basics, building blocks and key concepts that help skaters to self diagnose when practicing independently. For adult skaters, Anna uses a thoughtful analytical approach that reduces fears. While with children, Anna uses an experiential approach. With all age skaters, her hope is to ignite a sense of fun, wonderment and accomplishment fueled by curiosity, discovery and a love of skating.

 

 

Barbara Murphy    bmiceskate@aol.com

Over 18 years coaching experience. Competed internationally for Poland as well as achieving a Silver Medal in Pairs in Poland. After turning professional toured with Fantasy on Ice and Germany Theater on Ice. PSA Certified rating in Free Skate, Registered rating in Synchronized Skating and Registered rating in Moves in the Field. PSA ranking-Level 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Lenssen -Over 7 years coaching experience. USFS Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. For over 16 years competed throughout Montana, the Pacific Northwest Region as well as Nationally. Has trained skaters from beginner through Pre-Juvenile.

 

Olivia Olsen

Charlotte De La Torre

 

 

The Seattle Skating Club and the Washington Ice Skating Academy (WISA) work closely together. For more information about WISA coaches, click here to download the list.