Joint PSA USFS EDI AWARDS


U.S. Figure Skating/PSA Annual Coaching Awards
Nomination Procedure and Criteria

Every year, U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) recognize exceptional coaching achievement through the annual coaching awards. This is a function of the U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Committee and the PSA Board of Governors.

Nominations subcommittee
Following the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March, members of the awards nominations subcommittee will participate in a conference call to nominate coaches for the coach of the year, developmental coach of the year, choreographer of the year, and sports science coaching awards. Appointees for the nominations subcommittee are members of the U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Committee, PSA Board of Directors, coaching members of the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors, and staff members of U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA. The subcommittee will consist of seven to nine members and represent all four disciplines (singles, pairs, dance and synchronized) and all three sections.

Nominees and criteria
Nominees for all four awards are selected using specific criteria (see attached). There is no set number of nominees for each award, but the Coach of the Year and Developmental Coach of the Year awards must have at least one nominee from each discipline (singles, pairs, dance and synchronized).

The ballot
All nominees for all four awards are put on a ballot, which is sent to all members of the Coaches Committee of US Figure Skating and the PSA Board of Governors. In addition, the choreographer of the year award ballot is sent to the International Committee and the sports science coaching award ballot is sent to the Sports Sciences and Medicine Committee. Ballots detail coaching records for the appropriate season as well as other award criteria.

Determining the winners
Votes are tabulated by the U.S. Figure Skating office to determine the award winners. Nominees are announced at Governing Council and the winners are announced and honored at the PSA International Conference at the end of May. Winners of the coach of the year, developmental coach of the year and sports science coaching award are then nominated for the USOC coaching awards in December.

Coach of the Year Presented to a coach who has made a significant impact on an athlete's performance and has distinguished themselves through years of successful teaching culminating in a special career achievement during the past year.


2013

Christy Krall

2005

Igor Shpilband

1997

Frank Carroll

2012

John Nicks

2004

Priscilla Hill

1996

Carol Heiss Jenkins

2011

Igor Shpilband &

2003

Lynn Benson

1995

Richard Callaghan

 

Marina Zoueva

2002

Robin Wagner

1994

Peter Dunfield

2009

Tom Zakrajsek

2001

Frank Carroll

1993

Evy & Mary Scotvold

2008

Dalilah Sappenfield

2000

Frank Carroll

1992

Christy K. Ness

2007

Vicki Korn

1999

Audrey Weisiger

1991

John Nicks

2006

Pam Gregory

1998

Igor Shpilband &

1990

Ron Ludington

 

 

 

Elizabeth Coates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul McGrath Choreographer of the Year Award The Paul McGrath Award for Choreographer of the Year is given each year to the choreographer who best exemplifies the dedication to artistic excellence that was portrayed by Paul McGrath in his coaching and choreography. The Professional Skaters Association Board of Directors, the U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Committee and the U.S. Figure Skating International Committee select the Choreographer of Year each spring.

2013

Tom Dickson

 

2007

Braden Overett

 

1999

Lee Ann Miller

2012

Pasquale Camerlengo

 

2006

Tom Dickson

 

1998

Lori Nichol

2011

Igor Shpilband

 

2005

Igor Shpilband

 

1997

Peter Oppegard

 

Marina Zoueva

 

2004

Tom Dickson

 

1996

Lori Nichol

2010

Igor Shpilband

 

2003

Tom Dickson

 

1995

Jill Cosgrove

 

Marina Zoueva

 

2002

Tom Dickson

 

1994

Brian Wright

2009

David Wilson

 

2001

Lori Nichol

 

1993

Sara Kawahara

2008

Lori Nichol

 

2000

Igor Shpilband

 

1992

Sandra Bezic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Developmental Coach of the YEAR In recognition of new talent and superior teaching technique for a coach who has a career record of helping athletes develop to higher levels of the sport and as human beings.   A nominee for developmental coach must never have had a national champion and should be recognized for their work with skaters below the senior level.

2013

Tammy Gambill

2007

Mark Mitchell

2001

Pamela Gregory

2012

Tammy Gambill

 

Peter Johansson

 

Jeff DiGregorio

2011

Kori Ade

2006

Mark Mitchell

2000

Barret Brown

2010

Jim Peterson

 

Peter Johansson

 

Thomas Lescinski

 

Lyndon Johnson

2005

Tammy Gambill

1999

Tom Zakrajsek

 

Allison Smith

2004

Pamela Gregory

1998

Igor Shpilband

2009

Jim Peterson

2003

Mark Mitchell

 

Elizabeth Coates

2008

Yaroslava Netchaeva

 

Peter Johansson

1997

Megan Faulkner

 

Iouri Tchesnitchenko

 

 

1996

Peter Oppegard

 

 

 

 

1995

Traci Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pieter Kollen Sport Science Coaching Award The Pieter Kollen Sport Science Coaching Award is for a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and/or equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods and/or is involved in research, development, publication and education in the areas of sport science and medicine as it relates to figure skating and coaching.

2013

Christy Krall

 

2010

Heidi Thibert

 

2007

Debbie Pitsos

 

2012

Kat Arbour

 

2009

Heidi Thibert

 

2006

Kat Arbour

 

2011

Christy Krall

 

2008

Christy Krall

 

2005

Kathy Casey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

Mitch Moyer