Coaches may teach any skating discipline (dependent upon their own experience) on any TCFSC session. Senior Coaches determine their own rates – please check with them individually.
Ellie Kolb - Executive Director
“My favorite part about being the Executive Director of the Traverse City Figure Skating Club is getting to know the families and their needs; working with a great staff of coaches to achieve a common vision; and watching the skaters grow and progress. It is important to me to help provide opportunities and fun events for all to enjoy no matter their age, skill level, or goal. I am committed to providing a positive experience for each skater and family involved in the club, alongside our talented coaching staff!
When I was 7 years old and saw Disney on Ice, I was determined to skate in their show one day. It was an incredible feeling to achieve that many years later and perform all over the world with Disney. As a coach, I enjoy watching skaters set and achieve their own goals no matter the size! My coaching philosophy has always been to coach a great person not just a good skater as skating can instill many fantastic life lessons along the way. It brings me so much joy to be on a unique journey with each skater!”
COACHES FREESTYLE, MOVES IN THE FIELD, ICE DANCE, POWER AND EDGES, BASIC SKILLS, AND CHOREOGRAPHY.
Passed Gold Freestyle, Gold Moves, Gold Dance, Canadian Gold Dance, Intermediate Free Dance, and Preliminary Figure.
- 7 Time Regional Freestyle Competitor, Upper Great Lakes and North Atlantic Region
- US Junior National Championship Competitor, Ice Dance
Professional Skating Experience:
- 5 years as a professional skater with Disney on Ice
- Toured North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
- Media Mentor for PR events with Disney on Ice
- Freestyle and Adagio Pairs Skater
- 13 years of coaching experience
- Coached in Jamestown, NY; Buffalo, NY; and New Ulm, MN
- Coached and choreographed for Regional, Sectional, and National competitors
- Worked with skaters to audition for Disney on Ice
Leadership Experience / Education:
- Sports Management Degree from Minnesota State University
- Executive Director, Traverse City Figure Skating Club, 2021-present
- Previous Skating Director, Learn to Skate Director and Show Director in Minnesota
“My passion for figure skating began after watching an ice show in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio when I was 5 years old. Scott Hamilton was the guest skater; he’s also from Bowling Green! After the show, after everyone had left, he was walking alone down the hallway squeaking his shoes on the floor. I started following him. He turned back and looked at me, smiled, waved, and winked. I knew I wanted to be just like him! I also already had some killer roller skating moves, so I was ready for the ice!
Since I started skating at 5 years old, I have never stopped. I love to skate! In all of my years of skating and coaching, I have maintained so many lifelong connections with my skating families and other coaches. I am always willing to learn and grow and try new things within the sport. Figure skating has taught me so much: perseverance, trust, patience, discipline, courage, and how to pick myself back up.”
COACHES Freestyle, Moves in the field, Choreography, Basic skills, Synchronized Skating, Production, Theater on Ice, Hockey, and Adults.
- Skated for 15+ years, ISI Freestyle 7, Couples 6, Synchronized Skating, Team Compulsories, Figures
- Have competed in numerous ISI competitions across Michigan, individually and as a member of Synchronized Skating
- I have 29 years of coaching experience with both ISI and USFS Clubs in Big Rapids, Kalamazoo, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, and Cumberland, Maryland.
- Current Director of Skating for the Ferris State University Learn To Skate program
- Director and creator of the FSU / Big Rapids FSC Summer Skating Camp
- Have coached skaters through Juvenile FS and Juvenile Moves, ISI levels up through FS 8 and other areas of ISI
Leadership Experience / Education:
- Directed numerous ice shows
- Have attended multiple conferences and seminars over the span of my coaching career
“I was five when I started skating and I was immediately hooked! I took my freshman year of college off and I quickly realized how much I missed it! During that short break, I learned I always wanted skating to be a part of my life.
I love coaching because I get to share my passion for the sport with others and build great relationships with my students. There are many different outlets in skating – freestyle, dance, synchro, and showcase – and it is fun to explore all avenues with my skaters.
I think the most important thing that I have gained from figure skating is confidence and my strong work ethic. If you have a goal, you must have the confidence in yourself to believe you can achieve it, and then you need to put the work in to make it happen. My priority as a coach is to support the skaters and help them reach their goals.”
Coaches freestyle, moves in the field, ice dancing, BASIC SKILLS, and Synchronized skating.
Passed Gold Ice Dancing, Junior Moves in the Field and Juvenile Freestyle
- 13 years of competitive synchronized skating
- 10 years of dance, including ballet (pointe), tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballroom
- Began coaching in 2004 at the Traverse City Figure Skating Club
- Head Coach of the Northern Lights Synchronized Skating Teams
- Coach at Mount Pleasant Figure Skating Club, 2007-2012
- Coach for teams Intro-Preliminary, Allegro! Synchronized Skating, 2012-2014
Leadership Experience / Education:
- President of the Central Michigan University Synchronized Skating Team, 2009-2011
- Director of Snowplow Sam, Mount Pleasant Figure Skating Club, 2007-2012
“It was love at first glide! I took my first learn to skate class when I was five and was immediately hooked. Figure skating has taught me perseverance, determination, and grit. Sharing my joy and passion for the sport with others is an incredibly rewarding experience. I love helping my students achieve their goals and watching them grow and progress in their skills. The teamwork and camaraderie among all of our coaches, skaters, parents, and board of directors is what makes Traverse City Figure Skating Club such a special organization – one I am proud to be a part of.
My other passion is the environment! I have a bachelor’s degree in freshwater science and sustainability from Western Michigan University and serve on the board of directors for Grass River Natural Area. In my spare time, you can often find me on the trail hiking, biking, or collecting macroinvertebrates for stream quality monitoring.”
Coaches freestyle, moves in the field, choreography, off ice training, and basic skills.
Passed Senior Freeskate and Senior Moves in the Field.
- 7 Time Regional Competitor, Upper Great Lakes Region; Pre-Juvenile-Senior ladies (1999-2006); Final round qualifier, Juvenile ladies (2000) and Senior ladies (2006)
- Represented the DuPage Figure Skating Club
- Trained at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, IL; Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, IL; World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the US Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY
- Coached since 2004 (ISI and USFS)
- ISI Gold Certified Judge, 2010-2013
“I have been figure skating since I was sixteen. My passion for the sport has continued to grow over the years. Seeing that same enthusiasm in our skaters is what fuels me to keep coaching. The best part of being a coach is watching the kids grow and succeed in their skating journey. They learn the importance of teamwork and self-confidence; skills that are instrumental in life. I also enjoy getting to know the skaters and their families and believe these relationships are what truly makes our club so great.
Outside of the rink, I am a costume designer! I have designed costumes for World and Olympic skaters and continue to do so. I make costumes for any level skater. I am a proud mom and grandma too!”
Coaches dance, moves in the field, synchronized skating, basic skills, stroking, and edges.
- Competitive ice dancer for 10 years
- Synchronized skater for 17 years
- 25 years of experience as a figure skating coach
- Started coaching at Traverse City Figure Skating Club in 1999
- Synchronized skating coach for 13 years
- Former USFS Judge
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“Figure skating has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I enjoy sharing my love of the sport with others and teaching each student how to be the best they can be on the ice. My favorite moments as a coach are when a student achieves a new goal, whether it be landing a new jump, performing a program, or simply learning how to stand up by themselves on the ice. Nothing beats the excitement and pride of accomplishment that’s shared on the ice. That excitement combined with the sense of family I experience being a part of the Traverse City Figure Skating Club makes my job so fulfilling! The support of the parents and skaters is amazing.
When I was 7 years old, I attended an ice show, and I instantly fell in love. The fact that I also love all things Disney and anything glittery helped too! I am thankful for the many life lessons that figure skating has taught me, especially learning how to perform, face my fears, and achieve goals I never thought possible. It is truly a remarkable sport!”
Coaches freestyle, moves in the field, basic skills, LOW ICE THEATRE, choreography, and junior club.
Passed Senior Freestyle, Senior Moves in the Field, and Pre-Silver Dance.
- Competed at all levels through junior freestyle from 1996-2008
- Competed at Eastern Great Lakes Regionals, 2004-2008
- Eastern Great Lakes Regionals final round qualifier, 2004, Intermediate Ladies
- Started coaching in 2005
- PSA Basic Accreditation
- ACE certified personal fitness trainer
“I can’t remember ever not having a passion for skating! I recall begging my mom to sign me up for “one more day” until I was at the rink six days a week by the age of 8.
Skating has taught me about self-discipline, teamwork, and how to succeed and fail with dignity. It has also taught me that there is no substitute for hard work. I love helping my skaters achieve their goals!
From learning basic skills to competing to skating with Disney on Ice, I have enjoyed every experience. It is exciting watching my skaters embark on such a memorable journey. I hope they enjoy the ride as much as I have!”
Coaches FREESTYLE, MOVES IN THE FIELD, ADULTS, HOCKEY, AND BASIC SKILLS.
Passed Junior Freestyle, Junior Pairs, and Pre-Gold Dances.
- Competed in ten regional competitions
- Qualified for three Midwestern Sectionals
- Junior Pair Midwestern Bronze Medalist
- Senior Synchronized Skating Silver Medalist at US Nationals
Professional Skating Experience:
- Featured guest skater in Ann Arbor, St. Clair Shores, Wyandotte, and Houghton, MI ice shows
- Skated professionally in the North American, European, and Middle Eastern Tours of Disney on Ice
- Previously coached at Detroit Skating Club, University of Michigan Skating Club, and Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club