Joint PSA USFS EDI AWARDS

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

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.

2016 Rafael Arutyunyan,
Vera Arutyunyan & Nadezda Kanaeva
2015 Rafael Arutyunyan
2014 Marina Zoueva
2013 Christy Krall
2012 John Nicks
2011 Igor Shpilband & Marina Zoueva
2009 Tom Zakrajsek
2008 Dalilah Sappenfield
2007 Vicki Korn
2006 Pam Gregory

2005 Igor Shpilband
2004 Priscilla Hill
2003 Lynn Benson
2002 Robin Wagner
2001 Frank Carroll
2000 Frank Carroll
1999 Audrey Weisiger
1998 Igor Shpilband & Elizabeth Coates

1997 Frank Carroll
1996 Carol Heiss Jenkins
1995 Richard Callaghan
1994 Peter Dunfield
1993 Evy & Mary Scotvold
1992 Christy K. Ness
1991 John Nicks
1990 Ron Ludington

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

2016 Cindy Stuart
2015 Rohene Ward
2014 Marina Zoueva
2013 Tom Dickson
2012 Pasquale Camerlengo
2011 Igor Shpilband & Marina Zoueva
2010 Igor Shpilband & Marina Zoueva
2009 David Wilson
2008 Lori Nichol

2007 Braden Overett
2006 Tom Dickson
2005 Igor Shpilband
2004 Tom Dickson
2003 Tom Dickson
2002 Tom Dickson
2001 Lori Nichol
2000 Igor Shpilband

1999 Lee Ann Miller
1998 Lori Nichol
1997 Peter Oppegard
1996 Lori Nichol
1995 Jill Cosgrove
1994 Brian Wright
1993 Sara Kawahara
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.

2016 Aleksey Letov & Olga Ganicheva
2015 Alexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Dmytri Ilin
2014 Todd Sand & Jenni Meno
2013 Tammy Gambill
2012 Tammy Gambill
2011 Kori Ade
2010 Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnson & Allison Smith
2009 Jim Pterson

2008 Yaroslava Netchaeva & Iouri Tchesnitchenko
2007 Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
2006 Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
2005 Tammy Gambill
2004 Pamela Gregory
2003 Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
2001 Jeff DiGregorio & Pamela Gregory
2000 Barret Brown, Thomas Lescinski
1999 Tom Zakrajsek
1998 Igor Shpilband, Elizabeth Coates
1997 Megan Faulkner & Jeff DiGregorio
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.

2016 Lindsay Slater
2015 Diane Miller
2014 Melissa Parker Vriner
2013 Christy Krall
2012 Kat Arbour
2011 Christy Krall
2010 Heidi Thibert
2009 Heidi Thibert
2008 Christy Krall
2007 Debbie Pitsos

2006 Kat Arbour
2005 Kathy Casey
2004 Mitch Moyer