Plymouth State Skating Academy Coaching Staff

Meet Our Staff

In addition to Learn to Ice Skate group lessons, Plymouth State Skating Academy coaches offers private lessons.   Please feel free to contact any individual coach or Skating Director Sarah Pirotta-Benoit with any questions.

Sarah Pirrotta-Benoit, Skating Director
Coach Sarah started skating at age three in Carol Stream Illinois moving to Skating Club of Maine (now Skating Association of Maine) in 3rd grade.  Sarah enjoyed skating and competing across New England earning gold and silver placing in Compulsory Moves and Figures.  At thirteen Sarah found her true love of skating while helping as a junior coach which included choreography for shows and competitions.  While with Skating Club of Maine Sarah got to skate in Skate America’s opening and closing ceremonies in the late 80’s which was a huge highlight to many years of training.  Coach Sarah has been with Magic Blades Figure Skating Club for 10 years, while also coaching for the Concord Parks and Recreation Department and then joining PSSA in 2012.  Sarah has been an active member of USFSA since the early 80’s and joined the Professional Skating Association PSA (CER C) and the Basic Skills Instructor Level in 2012.  Sarah resides in Gilmanton Iron Works with her Husband Erik and 4 year old son Alexander (a future skater for sure).  Coach Sarah is available for private lessons year round in the Learn-to-Skate Basic Skills levels through Preliminary Moves and Freestyle, competition training, choreography, power hockey skills/edge training, and Adult instruction. E-mail Sarah

Barbara Adams
Barbara has 35 years of coaching experience after training under master rated coach, Leona Cooke. She specializes in beginner through novice freestyle, moves, and beginner ice dancing. She has completed the USFS 5th level figures, novice freestyle, and silver level ice dance. She is a Professional Skater Association (PSA) CER B registered coach, ISI silver level judge, and adjunct faculty for PSU beginner skating classes.  Sharing her love of skating to the next generation of skaters always provides her great satisfaction and joy. Outside of the arena she enjoys hiking the mountains of NH and is an avid motorcyclist exploring many back roads of the USA and Europe. E-mail Barbara

2017-02-14-10-16-32Beth Weick
Beth Weick holds her Gold level in Freestyle and Moves in the Field tests, as well as Pre-Gold Dance tests. She began working as a coach and choreographer in the early 2000s, while living and training in PA.  After a decade-plus off the ice studying, working, and traveling, Beth now lives in Dorchester, NH and coaches at the Plymouth and Waterville Valley ice rinks, as well as Riverwalk in Lincoln.  Beth works with beginners to elite-level skaters of all ages – tots, kids, teens, and adults. She is a PSA certified and fully-insured coach through the USFSA, and available for private lessons year-round. When not at the rink, Beth is a self-employed gardener/landscaper, as well as holding periodic stints as a Spanish teacher/tutor. She is perpetually working on her off-grid homestead with partner Ryan, which provides endless projects, beauty, and joy. E-mail Beth

Mark Anthony Jaillet
Figure skating has been Mark’s passion since he was 9 years old. He loves to help people of all ages prosper throughout their figure skating careers. He enjoys Mathematics and foreign languages of all sorts, and takes a multitude of Honors classes at his high school. His goal for his future self would be to become a skating coach and a math teacher in high school or college. Mark is a Gold Level Skater in Moves in the Field and Junior Freestyle Level. E-mail Mark Anthony

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Kacey started skating at the age of 12. She skated through the Skating Club of Maine for 6 years. She competed in competitions in Maine and throughout New England, earning gold in most of her events. Kacey began learning synchro in 2009 and continued non-competitive synchro for 4 years until 2011. During her senior year at Medomak Valley High School she competed with the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club in Falmouth, Maine on their open juvenile synchro team, the Nor’Easters. They went to Easterns (sectionals) in Hershey, Pennsylvania where the team placed second in the qualifying round and 10th over all out of 26 teams. Kacey is a category C level coach and is currently a junior undergraduate student at PSU studying Elementary Education with a minor in History. E-mail Kacey

Sophia Simard
Sophia has been figure skating for eleven years and is a State Games of America Gold Medalist. She has completed her Moves in the Field up to the junior level. She has extensive experience with children, coaching ice skating and working at McIntyre Ski Area for three years teaching children to snowboard. She is majoring in Art Education and believes that there are many forms of self expression, figure skating being a great example. As an artist she continues to apply her artistry to choreography and the essence of ice skating. Sophia graduated from Londonderry High School as an honors student with a GPA of 4.0. She has been a teaching aid for 5 years at her mother’s preschool, and continues to enjoy working with children of all ages. E-mail Sophia

Rose Marie Marinace
Rose Marie has been a junior high and high school teacher since 1994, currently teaching at Bishop Brady High School in Concord.  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

Nicole StevensNicole Stevens
Nicole began skating at the age of four with the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club. As a teen, she began her experience coaching with Magic Blades as a Junior Coach and more recently with the PSSA. Nicole is a current undergraduate at Plymouth State University, earning her B.S. both in Environmental Science & Policy, and Environmental Planning. While studying at Plymouth State, she enjoys sharing her passion for skating with the beginner levels at PSSA. E-mail Nicole

Amelia Dougherty
Amelia Dougherty started skating in Exeter, NH when she was three years old. She competed individually for 13 years all over the East Coast including the 2008 Regionals. She has completed almost all of her tests, Moves and FS in the field and competed as high as Novice and Junior Ladies in competition. She is new to coaching skating but is studying Elementary Education at Plymouth State University and has been teaching 3-5 year olds how to ski at Waterville Valley for three years. Amelia lives in the area year round and is available for private lessons. E-mail Amelia

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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

Barbara Adams, Program Support 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