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.   Please feel free to contact an individual coach, or our Skating Director, Sarah Pirotta-Benoit, with any questions.

Sarah Pirotta-Benoit, Skating Director

Coach Sarah started skating at age three in Carol Stream Illinois moving up to Skating Club of Maine in 3rd grade  Sarah enjoyed skating and competing across New England earning gold and silver placing in Figures and Moves in the Field.  At thirteen Sarah found her true love of skating while helping as a junior coach including designing program choreography for shows and competitions.  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 for 8 seasons, 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 at the Basic Skills Instructor Level Ranking in 2012.  Sarah resides in Gilmanton Iron Works with her Husband Erik and 2 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 Freestyle, test track, show/competition training and Adult instruction. E-mail Sarah

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 beginner ice dancing. She has completed the USFS 5th level figures, novice freestyle, and pre-silver level ice dance. She is a Professional Skaters Association (PSA) CER category B 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 PSSA 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

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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Coach Peggy is a relative newcomer to the skating stage. Although she did plenty of pond skating as a kid, she decided she wanted to “really skate” in her adult life and began taking skating lessons at the age of 30. Her passion for the sport took off with those very first lessons, while learning freestyle basics and then advanced skills in classes filled with youngsters. She began coaching in 1997, assisting Coach Barbara in the early days of Magic Blades Figure Skating Club in Waterville Valley, and has continued as a coach through the evolution of the Magic Blades program and now with PSU’s Learn To Skate program. She is a USFS member and has passed her Adult Bronze Moves In The Field and Freestyle tests, as well as Adult Silver Moves In The Field; she has been preparing for the Adult Gold Moves in the Field and the Adult Silver Freestyle test. She occasionally competes in adult USFS competitions. Although she enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels of skaters, she has a soft spot for her adult skating students, enthusiastically reminding them that “it’s never too late to learn something new” and “If I can do it, you can too”!  E-mail Peggy

Beth Weick

Beth Weick is pleased to be returning to the figure skating world after a decade away pursuing other interests. Previously, Beth has coached and choreographed beginner through Intermediate-level skaters in the Mid-Atlantic region, while competing throughout the East Coast at the Novice, Junior, and Senior levels. She has passed Freestyle and Moves in the Field tests at the Senior level, and has completed through her Silver level dances. Beth lives in Dorchester, NH with her partner Ryan on their off-grid homestead. She is a Spanish teacher at Waterville Valley Academy, as well as a self-employed garden designer and landscaper. Beth has her USFSA Full Membership.   E-mail Beth

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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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

Tina Freitas

Tina graduated from PSU in 2009 with a BS in Marketing and owns a Property Maintenance business with her husband here in Plymouth, NH. Tina started skating at the age of 12 while she was living in Pennsylvania. Once her family moved to New Hampshire she joined the Salem-Haverhill Figure Skating Club. She competed and performed in shows throughout middle school and high school and was coached by Disney on Ice Stars Mark & Kathy Farrington. She was working on her Intermediate Freestyle and Novice moves when she decided to take a break from skating. She has recently just picked up her skates again and is excited to start coaching! E-mail Tina

Mark Anthony Jaillet

Mark Anthony Jaillet is our newest Junior Coach. Figure skating has been his 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

Amanda Dunn

Amanda is our new synchro coach for the summer. She began skating as a young child and started taking lessons at the age of 12.  She skated competitively through middle and high school, in both singles and synchronized skating.  She was a member of the Metroliners Junior team from Bowie, MD and the University of Delaware Senior team.  In 2001 she competed at Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a member of the University of Delaware Senior Synchronized skating team.  Before taking a break from the ice to finish college and graduate school, Ashley was working on her Juvenile freestyle, Novice moves, and Silver dance.  Now, she’s very happy to be back on the ice and hopes to compete again this fall.  When Ashley isn’t at the rink, she works as an emergency veterinarian in Meredith, NH. E-mail Amanda

Amanda Dunn

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
degyger@plymouth.edu

Scott Shedd, Assistant Manager
(603) 535-3361
sashedd@plymouth.edu

Marly Solebello, Business Services Assistant
(603) 535-3365
marlanas@plymouth.edu

 

 

Directions

Directions

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)

Map

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

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