Meet our Coaches
Rachel Firm -
has been teaching for more than 30 years. She has coached Regional, Junior National and USA synchronized team members through their Gold Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests. She is a retired Technical Specialist.
Andrew Hill -
His coaching philosophy "One of my strengths is giving children the knowledge of excellent basic skating skills. Without the best basic building blocks in skating it is impossible to continue on to the higher levels."
Coaching for over 15 years he's:
Coached in France, Switzerland and the USA
Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen, Switzerland. Jeunesse + Sport course of study for professional coaching
Fall 2005 – basic skills monitor accreditation
Summer 2006 – course and exam, figure skating coaching certification
Summer 2007 – freestyle coaching certification
Summer 2007 – choreography certification
PSA/CER Compliant coach
He focuses his coaching on ice-dancing, basic skills, freestyle, moves-in-the-field, adults
Some of his accomplishments include:
Three years training in Lyon, France under the direction of World and Olympic coaches Muriel Boucher-Zazoui and Romain Haguenauer, 2005-08.
Chosen to represent Switzerland in international competitions at the Novice, Junior and Senior levels in North America and Europe, including Junior Worlds.
Competed on the Junior Grand Prix tour representing Switzerland: 2006 & 2007 seasons
Medaled at National, Sectional and Regional levels of U.S. Championships
He is currently accepting students
Michelle Koewler -
Her coaching philosophy "It is my job to assist the athlete in achieving her/his personal skating goals, whether that be competitive, recreational, or test oriented. My continuing education plays a large role in passing on the most current and reliable skating techniques available. In addition, I strive to be a positive role model in the lives of each of my skaters and work to lift them up in a productive and constructive manner. "
Coaching since 1989 she's:
PSA Certified Moves-in-the-Field rating
PSA Certified Freeskate rating
PSA Master Sports Science & Medicine Certification
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Freeskate
Canadian Gold Freeskate
Canadian Gold Skills (MIF)
She focuses her coaching on Moves-in-the-Field; Freeskate; Power Skating; Off-Ice Jumps, Spins & Conditioning; Off-ice 4D Slide Board
Some of her accomplishments include:
Trained Southwest Regional, Swedish Regional, and Mexican Federation National Competitors.
Founded & Directed Special Skater program in Davenport, IA
Founded & Co-Directed Synchronized Skating Team in Davenport, IA
She is currently accepting students