Area 7 Representative
Coaching since 1988
Currently coaching in Raleigh, N.C., and Estero, Fla.
Ratings/Rankings: MFS, CM, ELCC, RFF; Hockey Power, Level I and Level II
Some skaters hang up their boots to pursue a life away from the rink once reaching adulthood. Others, such as Scott Cudmore, find their way back to the ice and discover it’s where they were meant to be all along.
Cudmore last competed at the U.S. championships in 1978, placing third in the novice men’s event, but he remained a competitor until 1984. After he left the ice, he attended Boston University as a physical therapy major.
“I attended BU from 1984 to 1988. I was ready to move on to the next phase of my life,” Cudmore said.
However, a chance encounter on campus became a defining moment which led to his return to the ice. Barbara Pinch, a member of BU’s physical education department and a skating coach, recognized Cudmore in a BU fieldhouse one day in 1987.
“During my senior year, she convinced me to get back into skating,” Cudmore said. Despite his protests, he said Pinch told him, “’Oh, no. You’re going to be skating again!’”
Pinch, Cudmore, and a group of students formed the Boston University Figure Skating Club and hosted their first collegiate competition in 1988 – which was won by Cudmore. He is quick to point out, however, that the field was small and included men and women in his group.
Finally deciding to hang up his medals, if not his skates, Cudmore began substitute coaching several students to assist a local coach when she was out of town. At the time, his career goals still didn’t include a life back at the rink.
“I moved to North Carolina and was going to finish my degree,” he said. “I was going to just skate for fun, and then I tried coaching for a while.”
Cudmore stayed on the ice. He still coaches in Raleigh, N.C, and regularly commutes to teach in Estero, Fla., as well.
He began as a competitor, and was fortunate to experience the thrill of participating on the national stage. Since returning to the ice, he has been involved in many capacities at the U.S. championships including coaching multiple national-level skaters, serving as a technical panel member, and most recently serving as the ice monitor co-chair at the 2015 championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Cudmore is not a physical therapist, as he had once planned. Instead, he has enjoyed a long and successful coaching career which includes a PSA Master Freestyle rating, serving as the PSA Area 7 representative, skating directorships and club presidencies, secretary of the S.T.A.R. executive board, and USFSA committee memberships including the pairs committee and serving as the Eastern SVC for both the technical panel and membership committees.
He is definitely back home on the ice – where he was clearly meant to be.