We are fortunate to have the following coaches with top-notch credentials as members of and coaching at TBSC:
Diane has been a Recreational Figure Skating & Hockey Coach for 30+ years. She trained to the level of 5th Figure, Intermediate Freestyle & Pre-Silver Dances. Her experience includes Ice Capades performer, Skating Director, ISI Board of Directors, recipient of the ISI Great Skate Award, & Amateur Ice Show Producer. She is an ISI Gold Certified Judge & PSA member.
As a competitor, Nadine passed her Intergold Competitive Figure test in the U.K. She performed worldwide for 10 years with Disney on Ice and also directed the show for 2 years. She has been a PSA rated coach for 10 years, beginning in Ashburn, Virginia. She has instructed ISI and USFSA senior level students and gained valuable off-ice training experience as an aerobic instructor.
Contact: (941) 704-7840
World, International and National Coach. Laura has been coaching for over 25 years in USFS and ISI. She coached students from Beginning through International and World levels. Laura has a Ballet and Ice Dance background that enables her to really understand music in order to choreograph programs to virtually any style of music. She has worked as a choreographer for many years and has experience with many different levels and abilities. PSA Ranking Level IV. PSA Rated.
37 years teaching experience. Trained by World and Olympic coaches. Competed for nine years in USFSA, regional, and sectional competitions. Qualified in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, and Figures. Two years of ballet training. Member of USFSA and PSA. ISI Gold Rated Certified Judge.
Contact: (727) 422-7087
(TBSA SYNCHRONIZED SKATING DIRECTOR)
Rachel has a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and brings many years of experience in working with children with special needs. She has a PSA Registered Rating in Moves in the Field. She is USFSA CER-A compliant, a USFS Gold Medalist in Solo Ice Dance, and has passed her Junior Moves in the Field. She competed with the Miami University Collegiate Varsity Synchronized Skating Team and earned two USFS National Gold medals and one silver medal. She has been synchronized skating for more than 20 years and 10 of those at the Intermediate, Junior, and Collegiate levels. She has coached recreational and competitive USFS skaters from Beginner to Senior level. She loves to teach Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
Contact: (314) 566-1933
Simone has US Figure Skating and ISI Coaching experience for over 28 years. She was trained by Olympic Coaches in numerous world class facilities including the Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO. She is a USFS Gold Dance, Figures & Freestyle Gold medalist. She was also a performer in International Ice Shows & a former skating director. Simone is ISI Gold Certified & PSA rated as well as a Member of ISI,USFS & PSA.
Contact: (727) 939-2293
Georgia has a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) along with a Florida Teaching license in elementary education grades K-6. She is a Professional figure skating, hockey skating skills, and Special needs skating coach and has extensive experience helping tots develop basic skating skills to continue in the sport for many years. Georgia ia an International Skating Institute, Certified Gold level Judge, & PSA member. She has over 10yrs experience coaching figure, hockey, and special skaters of all ages and skill levels. She also has experience choreographing performances for ice shows, competitions, and recitals. She loves to help all who desire to skate develop a lifelong passion for the sport.
Pauline has coached over 35 years at all levels of ISI and US Figure Skating. She has trained Skaters to top 4 places in 3 Olympic Games & 8 World Championships as well as developed multiple International Champions, including 8 National Champions and several National Medal Winners. Pauline coached at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs & she has been honored with numerous awards by peers through the PSA, including a Ranking Level Seven�this requires candidate to have coached in multiple Olympic & World Championships. She has skated to a Bronze Medal at the World Professional Championships.
Contact: (727) 204-7980
Vanessa Gilbert is a Double Gold Medalist in Moves in The Field and Dance. She has been skating for 16 years and coaching for 3 years. A professional performer in both dance and skating she is currently employed by Advanced Entertainment Group (AEG) and skates professionally at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. Vanessa is an Associate Member of the PSA and teaches exclusively at The Brandon Ice Sports Forum. She specializes in Moves in The Field, Ice Dancing, edge quality, ice presence, posture and performance. In addition, she also enjoys working with young hockey students to build a strong foundation for edge work, turns and other specialized skating skills. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida in December 2009.
Mary has over 25 years Coaching experience. She has produced ISI World & Winter Classic Champions. She primarily trained at the prestigious Skating Club of Boston under World & Olympic coaches. Mary is a Regional Champion and decorated USFSA medalist in the New England area in both Freestyle and Ice Dancing. She was an Ice Chips performer as a soloist and in group numbers. She is versed in various styles of Dance and Choreography & was a choreographer to the Skating Club of Natick & the Tampa Bay Skating Club in solo and group programs. She is an ISI Gold Certified Judge & also is a USFSA CER-B compliant registered coach. Her coaching goal is to bring out the skater in the skater, no matter what the age, ability or dedication level.
Maida has over 30 years of coaching experience, over 27 years at TBSA Countryside. BS degree in Social Work and Psychology from MSU. Member ISI (Gold certified), USFS (CER certified) and PSA (rated in freestyle). Comprehensive dance and theater background. Teaches Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Learn to Skate, and team events such as Synchro and Production. Taken teams to numerous ISI World Championships, as well as Florida Sunshine State Games, where students earned top placements. Students have tested through ISI FS 9 and USFS Senior MIF and Freestyle. Several students have gone on to show skating and/or coaching careers.
Contact: (727) 460-7092
SHA'NON MCMANUS (TBSA COUNTRYSIDE FIGURE SKATING DIRECTOR)
23 years coaching experience. Teaches Freestyle, Choreography, Synchro, Learn-to-Skate and Moves in Field, as well as team events, such as ensemble and production. Member USFS (CER certified), ISI (Gold certified, Synchro certified) and PSA. Featured performer at Busch Gardens for 5 years, currently one of the choreographers and a talent scout for Busch Gardens shows. Graduate of Pinellas County Center for Arts, specializing in choreography.
Contact: (727) 543-0442
Alexander is PSA Master Rated in Freestyle. He is an Olympic Forth Place medalist as well as World and European Silver medalist. He has been coaching for over 30 years. Alexander has produced many National, International and World Champions and medalists. He combines his life long knowledge of Figure Skating with his technological abilities to bring to the rink a truly unique skating experience. The combination of skating and technology enable him to instantly give skaters feedback on their performance not only with words, but also with the use of computer analyzing programs.