Meet our Skating Coaches

Meet our Skating Coaches2019-09-21T21:24:50+00:00

Heather Cristobal
UTC Ice Figure Skating Director
USFS, PSA, ISI, US Ice Rink Association member
Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Learn to Skate Basic Skills, Choreography, Off Ice
heather@utcice.com

  • UTC Ice Figure Skating Academy Director organizing all Learn to Skate events, classes, ice shows, and competitions
  • 10 years of coaching experience coaching skaters from beginning to advanced levels
  • USFS medalist/competitor at the Regional, Sectional, and Jr. National level
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Anthropology

Heather is extremely grateful to be able to direct a figure skating program that combines fun, athleticism, and good sportsmanship all in one building! She believes that every time a skater steps into the building, they should feel at home and part of a family. She has truly enjoyed her former competitive years and loves to teach the valuable lessons of persistence, independence, and determination that figure skating has taught her to all the students she gets to work with.

Gretchen Caudill-Bauer

USFS, PSA member
Moves in the Field, power skating (emphasis on edge quality), Learn to Skate Basic Skills

  • Over 25 years teaching experience; trained by former Olympic bronze medalists and other elite coaches in Southern California
  • USFS Double Gold Medalist in Figures & Freestyle, Pre-Silver Dance
  • PSA Registered Rating in Freestyle and Group Instruction
  • Regional, Sectional, and alternate National competitor
  • Former students currently playing in the NHL and AHL

Gretchen enjoys teaching all levels of skating and being able to be a part of influencing her student’s lives in a positive and rewarding manner. She loves sharing her expertise to help nurture her skaters and give them confidence in their skating and life experiences.

Julie (Holmes) Newman
USFS, PSA member, National Technical Specialist

  • 4th place Winter Olympic Games in Ladies Figure Skating
  • Inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2019
  • 40 years coaching experience
  • World Figure Skating Championships Ladies Silver Medalist
  • World Figure Skating Championships Ladies Bronze Medalist
  • Starred with Ice Capades
  • Skated on Donny and Marie Osmond Show

Terry Pagano Kudrna
USFS, PSA, ISI, ProSkaters member
Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Learn to Skate Basic Skills, Choreography, and professional ice show skating. akudrna1@att.net

  • 35 years coaching experience teaching and choreographing programs for National and International competitors at the National, World, and Olympic levels 
  • Currently coaches for Disney on Ice show for the past 25 years
  • World Professional Pair Silver Medalist, USFS Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Figures
  • 25 years star performer in Ice Capades, feature films, television specials, and theater

Terry’s dedication and love for figure skating is reflected in her coaching and choreography. She loves passing on her passion for the sport to the young and the young at heart. Her motto is “You never know what you can accomplish until you try” and she will always do her best to pass her skills on to you.

Tony Paul Kudrna
USFS, PSA, ProSkaters, NARC member
Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Learn to Skate Basic Skills, Pairs, and professional ice show skating. akudrna1@att.net

  • 35 years coaching experience; coach of record for National, World, and Olympic competitors
  • Current principal coach for Disney on Ice shows for the past 25 years
  • World Professional Pair Silver Medalist and USA national competitor in singles and pairs
  • USFS Triple Gold Medalist in Freestyle, pairs and figures
  • 25 years star performer in Ice Capades, feature films, television specials, and theater
  • UTC Ice Skating Academy Safesport co-chair

Tony has gratitude for all of the wonderful opportunities figure skating has provided for him and he enjoys passing on his knowledge and love of skating to future stars and all who share his passion for the sport.

Tess Edman
USFS, PSA member
Learn to Skate Basic Skills, Synchronized Figure Skating
tess.e.edman@gmail.com

  • 6 time National Synchronized Ice Skating competitor
  • 2 time National Synchronized Figure Skating medalist
  • Coaching all ages

Tess’s goal is to share the passion and sense of accomplishment figure skating brings!

Grace Toyonaga
USFS, PSA
Moves in the Field, Synchronized Ice Skating
gracetoyonaga@gmail.com

–       2 years of free skate coaching experience, 1 year of assistant synchronized team coaching at
the regional and sectional level
–       USFS Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, 3-time US National Synchronized Ice Skating
competitor
–       Coaching all ages and levels

Everyday, Grace hopes to ignite the same passion that she has for ice skating in all of her students. She loves to coach because she gest to be a part of her student’s journey to grow both on and off the ice.

Selina Chang
USFS, PSA, ISI member
Learn to Skate Basic Skills
selina.j.chang@gmail.com

  • 6 years of coaching experience
  • Coaches all ages and levels of skating

Selina loves to coach figure skating because she enjoys helping her skaters gain self-confidence and have fun!