Coaches

One of the greatest benefits of joining the Binghamton Figure Skating club is the ability to take private lessons with our team of highly qualified coaches. Since private lessons occur during club ice, you must be a member of the club to enjoy private lessons. (If you prefer group lessons, please see our Learn to Skate USA page.) 

If you are interested in private lessons, you must make arrangements with a coach yourself (the club will not assign you to a coach). Hourly rates for private lessons vary from coach to coach. See below to learn more about our coaches.

Please note: Coaches' schedules fill up quickly, so be sure to contact a coach early in the season! 

Matthew Essigmann

Matthew is a beginning coach who has trained with Stacy and Jeff Petri for about 10 years. He has competed in both Regionals and Sectionals and has earned three USFSA Gold Medals (Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Dance). Matthew is a graduate of Davis College.

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Russell Green

Russell has over 25 years of experience in ice dance instruction with skating clubs in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany areas. Russell has coached all levels of ice dancing, from beginning skaters through international testers. He has taught and partnered over 50 skaters to their Gold Dance medals and numerous skaters through Canadian and International Dances. During his skating career, Russell competed nationally and internationally. He twice became British Junior National Ice Dance Champion, earned 6th place at the British Senior National Championships and 4th place at the Junior World Championships. He also competed in Canada, China, France, Germany and Switzerland. Russell is available by prior arrangement to coach students interested in testing at all levels and ages, including adults.

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Fred Hottenstein

Fred has over 30 years of experience teaching Basic Skills and has taught private lessons for 5 years. A PSA-rated coach, he specializes in basic skills to pre-juvenile level in moves, freestyle and bronze dance. His ability, experience, and friendly attitude make him an excellent coach for skaters of all ages.

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Alison Lovejoy

Alison Lovejoy has nearly 40 years of teaching experience. She coaches skaters from Basic to Novice Freestyle, from Basic Skills to Senior Moves in the Field, and from Preliminary to International Dance. She is PSA Rated.

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Isadora Park

Isadora has completed her senior moves in the field and the senior supplemental moves in the field, passed through her international dances and completed her intermediate freestyle. She also joined the Genesee Express synchronized skating team and won at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship and the Empire State Games both in 2010. She also has competed in several ISI competitions including ISI Worlds in Boston, showcase being her favorite event. Isadora started coaching at 16 years old in the Chemung county area, helping with her hometown Learn to Skate program, along with giving private lessons. Five years later, she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh, with a bachelor's in biology and still continues to help with Learn to Skate USA, as well as give private lessons. Teaching others and sharing the joys that skating brings is a true passion of hers.

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Sarah Park

Sarah has been a USFS and ISI coach for more than 10 years. She strives to make skating a fun and safe activity for all of her students. Her specialties include Choreography, Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Synchronized, Showcase, Rhythmic Ribbon, Ball and Hoop, as well as, Theater on Ice. Sarah is also the Binghamton Figure Skating Club's Test Chair.

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Julie Raway (Tucker)

Julie has been a figure skater for 22 years and has over 9 years of experience as a coach. As a highly skilled skater, she has achieved senior test levels and competed in several major competitions, including Empire State Games, Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition, US Synchronized Skating Team Championships, and more. She has shared her skills with students in Binghamton, Skaneateles, Ithaca, and Lansing. Julie's specialties include Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Dance, and Choreography.
 

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Megan Sheerin

Currently living in the Cortland area, with a degree in childhood education from SUNY Cortland, Megan has been a figure skater for the last 20 years and coaching for the last 10 years. She has completed her Senior Moves in the Field, Junior Freestyle and Pre-Gold Dance test levels. She has competed at North Atlantic Regionals as well as at the US National Synchronized Skating Championships and Empire State Games. Megan's specialties are in moves in the field and freestyle.

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Lianna Thomas

Lianna is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in biology with a geared track towards pediatric occupational therapy. She has accomplished Junior Moves In the Field, Junior Freestyle, and Novice Pairs in her skating career of 13 years. She has four years of coaching experience. Lianna is a 3 Time Nationally ranked competitor, 3 time sectional medalist, and 2012 State games of America Gold medalist, as well as a member of USFSA.

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