Our Coaches

We are honored to sponsor highly qualified and experienced coaches.  Each coach takes tremendous pride and care in developing the future of Figure Skating.

Lee Cabell

  • Figure Skating Coach (Singles Free Skate) – Jump specialist, Jump pole harness,
    Dartfish Video Data Analysis, certified as Dartfish Certified Technologist
  • Master Rated Figure Skating Coach in Freestyle and Figures, certified by
    Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Triple Gold Medalist (Figures, Free Skate, Dance) from the Czech Republic
  • 2017 US Olympic Committee “Doc” Counsilman Sport Science Award in Figure
  • 2017 U.S. Figure Skating/PSA “Pieter Kollen” Sport Science Coach of the Year
  • 39 years coaching experience
  • Sport Scientist with a Doctorate in Biomechanics
  • Off ice strength and conditioning by NSCA – Chair of Figure Skating Special Interest
  • Committee member and chair of PSA, USFS, NSCA, and ACSM

Karen Christensen

  • 25 years of coaching experience
  • Coached many skaters from Pre-Preliminary Moves-in-the-Field and Freestyle through Senior Moves-in-the-Field and Freestyle tests
  • Served as the head coach of the synchronized skating team, the Laurellettes, in Connecticut
  • Member of the Professional Skaters Association and holds ratings in Moves, Freestyle, and Group
  • Certified hockey instructor
  • Performed in the United States and Canada with the Ice Capades

Kevin Garrett

  • Three time USFSA National competitor in Pairs.
  • USFSA Gold Medalist in Singles, Moves in the Field, and Pairs.
  • Disney on Ice
  • 20 years coaching experience

Keauna McLaughlin

  • 2008 & 2009 US Figure Skating Champion, Senior Pairs
  • 2007 World Junior Champion Pairs
  • Prior coaching experience in Yorba Linda Ice Palace and Las Vegas Ice Center, 2012-2017
  • Principal ice skating soloist on the Royal Caribbean with Willy Bitak Productions
  • “The Ultimate Variety Show”, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
  • Featured performer for ABC and NBC Entertainment such as “Stars on Ice” and “Skate for Hope”

Rick Reyor

  • 19 years experience coaching Freestyle, Group, Moves in the Field, and Theatre on Ice
  • ISU and USFS Coach
  • PSA Level II Ranking, Certified Freestyle, Registered Moves and Group Instructor Rating
  • National Head Coach – Cambodia
  • Coach of TOI National Preliminary Bronze medalists
  • USFS Double Gold Test medalist – Freestyle and Moves; USFS Bronze Test medalist – Dance
  • 2-time Junior Olympic competitor; 8-time Eastern Sectional Championship competitor;
  • time National Collegiate Championship competitor; US Synchronized Skating Championship competitor
  • Founder of the Towson University Figure Skating Club
  • Founder of the Young Grackles Ice Academy

Jessica K. Smith

  • PSA Registered Ratings in Freeskate – ’14, Group – ’13 and Moves-in-the-Field – ’13, Certified Sport Science and Medicine, Basic Accreditation
  • CER-A Compliant
  • B.S. Kinesiology– Health Promotion; B. of Journalism– Copyediting & Design
  • Experienced in off-ice strength and conditioning using USFS STARS Testing and NASM guidelines
  • Director/producer roles for various skating shows (including Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in a Winter Wonderland, The Force on IceLet it Defy GravityChristmas Past…and Presents! and Chaparral’s former Halloween Show)
  • Other speciality classes include power skating, edges, dances through Bronze level
  • Coach member of Austin FSC and PSA
  • Chaparral Ice Basic Skills instructor since 2006

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Alexandra “Alix” Vargo

  • Certified strength & conditioning coach
  • Certified Moves in the Field instructor
  • M.Ed. Sports Science and Nutrition, The University of Texas
  • B.S. Nutrition Sciences, Boston University
  • Senior Coach and Learn-to-Skate Instructor, Chaparral Ice Arena
  • USFS Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipient
  • National Silver & Gold Medalist Showings; 2013 MVP
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