1839 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587,USA
info@trianglefscnc.org

Our Coaches

Elena Bechke

  • Rate: $80/hour
  • Email: eybetchke@gmail.com
  • Facilities: Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, IcePlex and eventually WCC
  • Specialization: Singles, Moves in the field,  Pairs,  Power,  Jumps,  Spins
  • PSA/USFSA member; Registered and Certified in FS category
  • Personal Skating Achievements: 1992 Olympic Pairs Silver medalist; 1996 World Professional Champion in Pairs
  • Skater Accolades: 2006 National competitors in Pairs, 2007 and 2008 Junior National competitors in singles and pairs. Lots of Gold tests in Moves in the Field and Free Skate categories
  • Experience: 24 years coaching
  • Coaching Philosophy: Learn everything new every day. Use your time wisely.  Keep your chin up and keep working hard.

“If at first you don’t succeed….Try doing what your COACH told you to do the first time”

Holly Elizabeth Eisenhour

  • Rate: $72 per hour
  • Email: hippo_creations@hotmail.com 703 582-9012
  • Facilities: Polar Ice House Wake Forest & Wake Competition Center
  • Specialization: Singles, MIF, Jumps, Spins, Power Skating to Hockey Players, Off-Ice Conditioning & Certified Pilates Instructor
  • PSA/USFS Accolades: PSA Basic Rating, CER Level A, Skate USA LTS Instructor, ISI Gold-Level Judge, PSA Hockey Accreditation I & II; Former Competitive Figure Skater in Singles, Dance and Synchronized Skating
  • Skater Accolades: Regional, Sectional and Jr National Singles Coach & National Synchronized Skating Coach - some of my student's competition achievements, while I was their Head Coach:   Vanessa James – Novice Ladies – Easterns Sectional Competitor 2004 (she went on to skate Pairs for France in 3 Olympics);    Leslieann Alasagas - Senior Ladies – Easterns Sectional Competitor 2009 & 2017;  Hannah Rotman – Pre-Juvenile Ladies Champion – South Atlantic Regionals 2013; Ian Kang – Juvenile Men – Easterns Sectional Competitor 2016; Dennis Palaganas – Adult Gold Men – Adult Nationals Competitor 2009; Joanna Nishimoto – Juvenile Ladies – Junior National Competitor 2007
  • 35 years Coaching Experience
  • My coaching philosophy toward Figure Skating and Power Skating for Hockey Players is to create a positive sports experience, train every skater individually to reach their potential and develop a love for the sport. I encourage skaters to practice often to constantly improve their skating skills, while holding the skater accountable for their progress.

Janet Ford

  • Coaching rate: $42.00/30 min, $84.00/hour
  • Email: albford@msn.com
  • Cell: 919-815-0483 (text preferred)
  • Facilities: Iceplex (home base), Cary (limited mornings)  but will and do teach at all Polar facilities based on scheduling
  • Specializations: Singles/Freestyle, Moves
  • 26 years coaching experience
  • Personal Skating Background: USFS National Competitor 1991; USFS Collegiate National Champion 1990; Trained under National, World, and Olympic Coaches;
  • US National Technical Specialist; Cornell University Graduate
  • Students: Regional and Sectional Coach.   Multiple Regional Championship Round competitors and top 10 finishes. 6 USFS Dual Gold Medalists (Gold MIF, Gold Freestyle); 21 total Gold Medalists (15 moves, 6 freestyle); PSA Member
  • Coaching philosophy: I focus on the athlete as a whole person, developing not only just skills on the ice but life lesson skills that will stay with the athlete forever.   I am a firm believer in team teaching and collaboration.  None of us has all the answers.    I also believe in the "long term process", where the longevity and the "bigger picture" is more important than small, instant, early successes.    Mental process and confidence building are huge.   Youth will rise to the expectations set for them.

Kristy Hemstreet

  • Rate: $70/hour
  • Email: Kristy.Hemstreet@polaricenc.com
  • Coaching for 17 years, Polar Skating Director since 2015
  • Facilities: WCC, Cary, Garner, Iceplex
  • Coaches: Singles, MIF, Jumps, Spins, Power, Strength & Conditioning
  • PSA Master Rated Program Director, Master Rated Group Instructor, Registered Rated MIF
  • Personal Skating: Regional competitor, Gold Medalist MIF, Adult Championship Masters Int/Nov Sectional Medalist, Adult Nationals Championship Masters Int/Nov Competitor
  • Coaching Philosophy: My goal every time I step on the ice is to instill the love and passion for the sport of figure skating in each of my students first.  Success cannot happen in this sport without the love of sport first to drive you towards your goals and success.  I create a strong grassroots foundation in each of my skaters from the moment they step on the ice to create the ideal well rounded skater that helps them achieve their jump and spin goals.

Jannika Lilja

  • Rate: $92.00/h
  • Email: jannika.lilja@gmail.com
  • Facilities: Wake Forest, Cary, Ice Plex, Orange County Sportsplex
  • Coaches: Skating Technique, Blade & Edge, Moves In The Field, Artistry, Choreography, Synchro, Head Coach and Director of Triangle Formation Synchronized Skating
  • Personal Skating Achievements: World Champion, National Champion, Junior World Medalist, International Competitor (all in Synchronized Skating representing Finland), International Guest Coach and Choreographer
  • National Competitors, Eastern Sectional Medalists, Sectional Competitors (all with Triangle Formation), International and National Medalists (Guest Coaching)

 

Marilyn Nolte

  • Coaching rate - $60 per hour
  • Email: builderskater@gmail.com
  • Facilities you teach at - Cary, Garner, IcePlex (occassionally), WCC
  • Specialization - Singles, MIF(first 2 tests), Intro to Hockey, Beginners of all ages - just getting started with skating.
  • PSA/USFS Accolades - Registered Group, Hockey Power Skating Club, Adult competitive skater, Eastern Section Bronze Competition Series winner 2017-2018
  • Skater Accolades - Adult Competiton Series sectional placements since program began.
  • Coaching since 2007
  • Philosophy- focus on beginner skaters of all ages, and having skaters develop a desire to skate throughout their life

 

Kara Taylor

  • Rate: $72/hr
  • Email: karavtaylor@gmail.com
  • Facilities: Raleigh Iceplex & WF
  • Specialization: Singles, MIF
  • Member of USFS & PSA Basic Accredited
  • Personal Skating Achievements: Former Regional, Sectional, & Junior National Competitor; Former Disney on Ice Performer - 5 Tour Seasons; Gold Moves in the Field; Silver Freestyle; Silver Free Dance; Bronze Pairs
  • 5 Years Coaching Experience
  • Coaching Philosophy: I strive to help students' create habits that strengthen them as a person on and off the ice. Skating can be a lifelong journey that keeps challenging you to overcome obstacles, to finetune your skills as an art, to constantly learn new things, and to enjoy the process.

Nathan Truesdell

Rate: $84/hour

Contact: idanc.org

Nathan Truesdell is the founding director of the Ice Dance Academy of North Carolina (IDANC). With 24 years of experience in competitive figure skating, his vision is to bring more authenticity and appreciation to figure skating through education. He facilitates engaged training by augmenting on-ice work with off-ice strengthening and conditioning, various dance classes, and education on the rhythms and dances used in skating.

Nathan’s students have competed at the US Figure Skating Championships, US Adult Figure Skating Championships, US National Solo Dance Series, international competitions representing Team USA, and earned US National medals.

In addition to being the highest placing African-American ice dancer at the US Figure Skating Championships, Nathan is also the first African-American figure skating coach to produce US National Champions and Team USA athletes in ice dancing.

 

Katherine Xing

  • Rate: 60$ per hour
  • Email: kxing1415@gmail.com
  • Facilities: Cary and Iceplex
  • Specialties: Singles, MIF, Power, Jumps, Spins, Choreography
  • Awards: 3x Regional Finalist, 2 Gold Medals (MIF, FS), Honorable Mention of the 2019-2020 Scholastic Honors Team
  • Experience: 4 years of coaching
  • Belief: There comes a time when trying your best is no longer enough. You have to strive to be the best.