Area 4 Representative
PSA Area Representative Vice Chair
Recently relocated to Minnesota
Ratings/Rankings: SFS, SF, MM
Stacie Kuglin grew up in Great Falls, Mont., skating in the only indoor rink in the state, and where the coaching staff changed frequently. Despite the rink’s high turnover, coaches Larry Sperling and Myrna Casey Smith left a lasting impact on Kuglin and her skating.
“I’m looking forward to how skating and coaching will inspire this new chapter in my life,” she said
“Larry Sperling let my skating dreams soar and instilled in me such a love of learning in this wonderful sport,” Kuglin said.
Smith was Kuglin’s dance teacher, and coached the young skater through her gold dances. Kuglin said Smith was meticulous and detail-oriented.
“Myrna had a golden touch,” she said. “Under her tutelage, so many of her students – myself included – became gold medalists.”
Toward the end of her skating career, Kuglin worked with Barb Lytle Drew, whom she credits with helping her earn her gold medal in figures. She said Drew was an amazing technician who made the skater analyze everything she did and why she did it.
Kuglin said all the coaches she worked with shaped her skating and the way she teaches today. She continues to be motivated by coaches who are willing to share their expertise with the rest of the coaching world.
“I am constantly inspired by all the elite coaches who share their knowledge so willingly,” she said. “While they could rest on their laurels, year after year they are presenting at Conference and seminars, serving as ratings examiners, and taking ratings exams, themselves. They are just as excited as I am to learn and grow.”
Kuglin was the Learn to Skate director for the Clifton Park Ice Arena in upstate New York for the past 10 years. She recently relocated to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where she is currently coaching.
Area 9 Representative
Coaching for 22 years
Currently in west central Ohio
Ratings/Rankings: CFS, CG, MM
As a child, Lisa Bardonaro-Reibly spent four to five hours a day at the Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio. In fact, she said she grew up at the rink. She was the only figure skater in her school, which earned her a bit of notoriety.
“Growing up at the ice rink made us different from all of our friends at school,” Bardonaro-Reibly said. “It was a ‘good’ different, though
She described her coaches in Troy as wonderful, and that they helped her learn to love skating. They also helped her qualify at Regionals every year of her 11-year competitive career, which she capped off at the National Collegiate Championships in Lake Placid.
“Over those years, all of my coaches taught me discipline, determination, organization, perseverance, mental toughness, and time management,” she said.
After earning a bachelor’s degree and three years as a full-time psychometrist (working with quantitative tests for the measurement of psychological variables), she decided coaching part-time wasn’t enough.
“I knew I always wanted to be a coach,” she said. “I have been teaching skating for 22 years now, and I love my job.”
Bardonaro-Reibly said she enjoys coaching group lessons and privates, figure skaters or hockey players, because there is always something different every day. She loves seeing the look on skaters’ faces when they accomplish a new feat.
“That look on their faces is priceless, whether their goal was forward swizzles, a waltz jump, a footwork sequence, a double jump, or a hockey drill,” she said.
Growing up at the rink gave her a great sense of accomplishment, and she said she was lucky to have the coaches who taught her and a supportive family. Bardonaro-Reibly’s busy skating schedule left no time to try other sports, but she said she never wanted to try any others.
“I liked skating as an individual sport,” she said. “I always knew it was up to me – the skating was in my hands. If I failed at something, whether it was a test or a jump attempt, I would just have to try again and learn from my mistakes. Definitely a good life lesson!”