Coaches

JSC is very proud of our devoted coaching staff. All of our coaches are registered with USFSA or Learn to Skate USA and have passed a safe sport background check.

All of our coaches teach Learn to Skate (LTS) group classes.

We are always working to develop a strong coaching staff.  If you think you would enjoy teaching Learn to Skate basic skills, hockey skills or figure skating, please contact JSC at LearntoSkate@JuneauSkatingClub.org.

Pam Leary

Pam Leary

Figure Skating Coordinator, LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Pam co-founded the Juneau Skating Club in 2003, has sat on the JSC Board of Directors, and is the current Figure Skating Coordinator.  Over the years, she has organized and directed the club’s activities including the holiday and spring shows, Basic Skills competitions, and USFS test sessions.  Pam skated competitively, starting at age 10, with the Long Island Figure Skating Club.  She passed her Novice Free Skate tests and Junior Figure tests and competed at the USFS North Atlantic Regional and Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships.  Pam and her identical twin sister were in a Doublemint Gum commercial where they were featured as figure skaters.

Currently, Pam is a member coach of both the Professional Skaters Association and U.S. Figure Skating and is a registered USFS Category A Coach, able to coach students at USFS tests, competitions, and other qualifying events.  Pam has personally experienced the benefits that figure skating can bring and hopes to pass on her passion and what she has learned from skating to her students.  Pam is available to coach group and private Basic Skills, Singles Figure Skating, Artistry, and Power stroking lessons and can be reached at 723-2031 or pammyjo00@yahoo.com.

Ryan Kauzlarich

Ryan Kauzlarich

Learn to Skate Coordinator, LTS Coach

Ryan began roller skating at the age of four. By age eight he was competing in Figures, Dance and Pairs Dance at the regional level in California. At age eleven, he began speed skating and playing recreational hockey after his figure skating coach relocated.

After battling serious health conditions, Ryan decided to begin ice skating in 2018 with the encouragement of his husband. Skating proved vital in his physical rehabilitation and improved his overall mental health. He has since begun testing in Ice Dance, FreeDance, and Moves in the Field.

In 2019 Ryan became the Coordinator for the Learn to Skate program with the hope of bringing the benefits and joy of skating to Juneau.  For questions about the Learn to Skate program, please email LearntoSkate@JuneauSkatingClub.org.

Leah Farzin

Leah Farzin

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Leah started skating when she was three years old, and went to her first competition when she was six. As a skater, she earned a gold medal in moves-in-the-field, silver level in dance, and juvenile free skate, as well as ISI freestyle 8. Leah’s competitive career included competing throughout the midwest and the lower 48 as an individual skater, as well as with the Miami University Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team in college.

Leah began assisting with learn-to-skate classes when she was 12 years old, and has been coaching private and group lessons part time for 16 years. Leah love skating because it’s a sport you can participate in through your whole life, and there is always something new to learn or improve on.

Alex Sargent

Alex Sargent

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

In her 24 years of skating, Alex started her career as part of the Fairbanks Figure Skating Club. Alex would summer in Lake Arrowhead, CA to train under the coaching team at Ice Castle International Training Center including World Team Member and Champion, Jennie Walsh, and International FS Choreographer, Phillip Mills. She has participated in numerous clinics and training with Olympic/National champions and coaches across the West Coast including Sun Valley, ID, Las Vegas, NV, Lake Tahoe, CA, Phoenix, AZ.

Alex started her focus on ice dancing at age 11, initially training with 4-time U. S. Championship Medalist, Glenn Patterson. She has continued her training with International Dance Medalist Peter Sasmore and most recently U. S. Nationals Medalist Todd Gilles. In 2014, she completed USFSA Gold Medalist achievements in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance.

Alex’s experience also includes 10 years as a competitive and social ballroom dancer. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Business from University of Alaska Southeast in 2011. Since 2013, she has held a certificate as an ACE Personal Trainer.

Alex has been coaching for 11 years and coached at USFS Sectional and National Competitions. Alex is a member of the Professional Skating Association and is a USFSA Cert. A and an ISI Certified coach. She is certified coach through USA Hockey and has completed the USA Hockey Level One Certification. Alex specializes in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Hockey, and Freestyle.

As a coach, teaches from the belief that anyone can accomplish their dreams, on and off the ice, at any age!

Emily Bowman

Emily Bowman

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Katherine Fritsch

Katherine Fritsch

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Katherine began skating when she was 3 years old and started taking skating lessons with the Juneau Skating Club Learn to Skate program when she moved to Juneau. After spending several years helping as an assistant in the Learn to Skate Program, Katherine began teaching Learn to Skate group classes and now also teaches group figure skating classes.

Katherine is a member of Team Forget Me Not, Juneau’s first competitive youth synchronized skating team, and she has been a competitor at the 2014 and 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Katherine enjoys all skating disciplines, including freestyle, Moves in the Field, synchronized skating, and ice dance. She loves helping students gain confidence in themselves as they learn new skills on the ice.

Meredith Fritsch

Meredith Fritsch

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Meredith took her first steps on the ice at the age of 3 and has loved skating ever since. After graduating from JSC’s Learn to Skate program, she was a coaching assistant for several years before beginning to coach group classes herself. She now teaches several Learn to Skate and Figure Skating classes.

Meredith was a competitor at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks and the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games in Northwest Territories, Canada. She is a member of Team Forget Me Not, Juneau’s first competitive youth synchronized skating team. Meredith enjoys multiple skating disciplines, including freestyle, synchronized skating, Moves in the Field, and ice dance. She loves helping students learn new skills and she appreciates the life lessons that skating teaches.

Melissa Fritsch

Melissa Fritsch

LTS Coach

Although Melissa spent a lot of time roller skating as a child, it wasn’t until she moved to Juneau over a decade ago, that she started spending a lot of time at the ice rink. In previous seasons, she was a member of JSC’s adult synchronized skating team.

For the past five years, Melissa has primarily taught the Snowplow Sam skaters, 4 and 5 year olds who are often taking their first steps on the ice. She loves watching young skaters gain confidence in themselves as they progressively gain new skills and she values the life-lessons that skating teaches, including fitness, goal-setting, and perseverance.

Wendy Vuille

Wendy Vuille

LTS Coach

Wendy experienced the joy of skating on wheels, but when the Treadwell Ice Arena opened in 2003, she realized it was just as fun to skate on blades. After being approached to take lessons the first week the rink opened, she hasn’t stopped skating. Since 2003, Wendy has been very active with the Juneau Skating Club in various roles such as registrar, board member, treasurer, skate instructor, and basic skills staff manager.

In the USFS Moves in the Field (MIF) track (which replaced figures), Wendy passed the Gold Masters Adult MIF level and then moved into the standard track, and recently passed the Intermediate level. She is now currently working on the Novice Moves in the Field. In the USFS Dance track, Wendy is currently working on her Gold ice dances. Her goal is to be a double gold medalist.

Wendy has such a passion for skating, and her goal is to share the joy of skating with the community of Juneau and Douglas. One of her biggest joys is to watch her grandchildren skate & performing in shows with them.

Sigrid Dahlberg

Sigrid Dahlberg

LTS Coach

Jason Hort

Jason Hort

LTS Coach

Jason is excited to add “skating coach” to his list of teaching and coaching experiences.  Jason spent 5 years teaching math and science in public schools in the Philadelphia area before moving to Juneau in August of 2000.  Once here, he worked to help at-risk teenagers navigate the demands of high school as a case manager for Juneau Youth Services.  However, his most challenging, and rewarding, occupation began after the birth of his first child in November of 2001.  To this day, Jason is proud to have the title of Stay At Home Dad.  Athletically, Jason played 4 years of NCAA Div. III college football at Albright College in Reading, PA.  He has also coached football at the high school and college levels. After football, Jason played 6 years of men’s club rugby for teams in Philadelphia and in Anchorage.  He has also had the honor of playing rugby for teams that have traveled to play matches in England and Canada.  Most recently, Jason has learned to skate and play hockey.  In his 10 years of skating, Jason has learned to love the ice and the challenge of “holding his edges”.  He hopes to pass along that passion for skating to his students through his work with the JSC.
Haylee Hill

Haylee Hill

LTS Coach

Haylee Hill has been skating with JSC for 5 years and her favorite part is coaching in the Learn to Skate Program. She started out as an assistant for three years and was excited to finally be able to become a coach last year. Haylee started skating at age 10 when JSC coaches encouraged her to join lessons after seeing her interest in figure skating during open skate times. In 2018, Haylee was given the opportunity to skate at the Arctic winter games. While she was nervous to go all the way to Northwest Territories to compete, she had the best experience meeting other skaters from around the world. In 2019, Haylee went to regionals with the synchronized skating team and loved being surrounded with positive energy while skating with her friends. In Haylee’s free time she likes to hang out with friends, travel to new places and to play volleyball for JDHS.

Allison Hoy

Allison Hoy

LTS Coach

Allison is a junior at Juneau Douglas High School. She has been skating with the Juneau Skating Club for about 6 years. She has been a part of Team Forget Me Not for 5 years and she was recently named one of the captains of the team. Being a member of the synchro team is her favorite part of skating.

When not on the ice you can find Allison baking, playing oboe or viola in the Juneau Symphony, singing in Choir, practicing her shot with the Juneau Pistol League or spending time with her family. In the summer, you will always find her at Echo Ranch as she serves as a Junior Wrangler in the horse barn, teaching kids a love for the outdoors and for horses or selling soap at Glacier Silt Soap shop. One day she hopes to live on a ranch and practice Equine Therapy.

Melissa Maxwell

Melissa Maxwell

LTS Coach

Aliyah Overturf

Aliyah Overturf

LTS Coach

 

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