I played amateur hockey in Portland, Oregon, until age 16 when I was recruited to play for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL (‘91-‘92 hockey season). Often referred to as a smooth skating, defensive defenseman, I played four seasons with the Black Hawks and had my jersey retired by the organization. Providence College offered me a hockey scholarship in 1995, and I played on the Hockey East championship team that same year. While playing college hockey, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education. After returning to Oregon, I served as a teacher in the greater Portland area for 9 years and provided private skating lessons on a part-time basis. As my clientele grew to include NHL players and prospects, I transitioned into a full-time career providing skating instruction for youth and amateur players as well as training programs for pros.

Teaching Style

After teaching power skating for over ten years, I’ve learned that exceptional skating improvement comes from a collaborative effort that’s grounded in mutual respect and trust. Using my special education background, I assess each student’s learning style (visual, auditory, physical) and help him or her truly comprehend their skating. Through positive reinforcement, humor, hard work and repetition, students will master and then ascend the skating concepts ladder. Comprehension and retention are consistently assessed to ensure their efforts are rewarded. Whatever the game demands, students will be able to react instantly and instinctively with the most effective skating maneuver needed.