Plymouth State Skating Academy Coaching Staff

Meet Our Staff

In addition to Learn to Ice Skate group lessons, Plymouth State Skating Academy offers private lessons. Below is a list of our coaching staff.  Please feel free to contact an individual coach, or our Skating Director, Nicole Cochrane, at E-mail Nicole, with any questions.

Nicole Cochrane, Skating Director

Nicole grew up and trained in Orange County, California, where she gained experience  in freestyle, moves in the field and power skating.  She moved to New Hampshire in 2005 where she continued her training, passing juvenile freestyle and intermediate moves in the field tests with USFS. She passed the Professional Skaters Associations basic written exam, and has since participated in and directed numerous skating shows.  Nicole coaches all levels and ages in freestyle, moves in the field, power skating and ice theatre. E-mail Nicole

Barbara Adams

Barbara has 35 years of coaching experience after training under master rated coach, Leona Cooke. Coach Barbara specializes in beginning through intermediate freestyle, moves, and ice dancing. She has completed the USFS 5th level figures, novice freestyle, and silver level ice dance. She is a Professional Skaters Association (PSA) CER category A registered coach, ISI silver level judge, and adjunct faculty for PSU skating classes.  In 1997 she established a non-profit organization, Magic Blades Figure Skating Club, which has operated skating programs in Laconia, Waterville Valley, and currently in Tilton and at PSU.  In 2010 she was instrumental in establishing the Learn-to-Skate program at PSU. Sharing her love of skating and passing on her training to the next generation of skaters always provides her great satisfaction and joy. E-mail Barbara

Sarah Pirotta-Benoit ’01

Coach Sarah started skating at age six. Her parents recall that after placing her onto the ice, holding on to the back of a chair, she took two steps, letting go to glide over the ice without any assistance. From this time on over the next decade and a half, Sarah competed across New England, earning the distinction of gold and silver medalist in figures and moves in the field.  At the young age of 13 Sarah found her true love of skating while helping out as a junior coach, teaching to include designing program choreography for shows and competitions.  Sarah has been with Magic Blades for six seasons, while also coaching for the Concord Parks and Recreation department.  In the winter of 2012 as an active member of the US Figure Skating since the early 80′s, she received her Professional Skating Association Certification. Sarah resides in Gilmanton Iron Works with her Husband Erik and young son, Alexander (a future skater for sure).  Coach Sarah is available for private lessons year round for individuals who are interested in learning to skate for fun or for those that wish a more structured test/competition track.  E-mail Sarah

Meaghan Colligan ’12

Meaghan has been skating since she was two years old and since the age of 4 has been a member of the Pilgrim Skating Club, in Pembroke, MA.  As a member of the Pilgrim SC, Colligan developed her skills in freestyle, moves in the field, and was also a member of the club’s synchronized skating team gaining skills in that field of skating.  In 2009 Meaghan passed her senior moves in the field test and her intermediate freestyle. Meaghan has participated in many shows and competitions throughout her skating career earning gold, silver, and bronze medals for individual and synchronized skating.  Along with being a member of US Figure Skating she is also a member of the Professional Skaters Association. Meaghan started coaching as a volunteer and junior coach for her club at the age of 12.  She continues to participate in shows as a coach by choreographing group and solo programs for skaters.  Coach Colligan is available for private lessons on the weekends at PSU.  E-mail Meaghan

Britni Maine

Member of PSA, ISI and US Figure Skating. Britni has been coaching beginner to senior Levels in freestyle and moves in the field since 1998. Other focuses Include choreography, ice theatre, dance, power skating for both figure skating and hockey, and off ice training. While training at Colonial FSC and the SC of Boston, Britni competed regionally through the Junior level. She has been producer, choreographer, and guest skater in many ice shows and benefits all over New England. Britni also traveled and performed professionally with Advanced Entertainment Group for two years.  E-mail Britni

Rose Marie Marinace

Rose Marie has been a junior high and high school teacher at Sant Bani School since 1994.  She joined Magic Blades FSC in 2005 as a student, and the Board in 2006. She began as a volunteer coach in 2008 for MBFSC and in 2012 for PSSA. Trained in classical ballet in Oklahoma City, she takes her choreography and body sense onto the ice with students of all ages.  Rose Marie is a USFS registered coach, and has completed the USFS “Learn to Teach” written exam.  Rose Marie has passed USFS tests for adult pre-bronze moves in the field and freestyle, and adult bronze moves in the field.  She is preparing for the adult bronze freestyle test in order to qualify to compete in the USFS Adult Nationals competition.  E-mail Rose Marie

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Contact Information

Contact Information

January 14th, 2014 by Michael

General Information:
Main Phone (603) 535-2SK8 (2758)
Fax (603) 535-3369

Mailing Address:
Plymouth State University Ice Arena
17 High Street MSC72
Plymouth, NH 03264

Dave Gyger, Arena Manager
(603) 535-3360

Scott Shedd, Assistant Manager
(603) 535-3361

Marly Solebello, Business Services Assistant
(603) 535-3365





January 14th, 2014 by Michael

To arrive at Plymouth State Welcome Center and Ice Arena, from all points north and south take I93, exit 25, turn right onto Rt 175A.  We are the 4th building on the left. (2/10 of a mile from the off ramp)


Street Address:
129 NH Rt-175A (Holderness Road)
Holderness, NH 03245

Latitude 43 45 35
Longitude 71 41 02
0283950 UTM Easting
4848450 UTM Northing