Meet Our Coaches

Come join us for our sixth annual Adult Skating Camp featuring Olympian’s and World Class coaches at AZ Ice Peoria.

Russ Witherby - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • US Ice Dance Champion 1992
  • US Olympic Team Member 1992
  • National Competitor
  • International Competitor
  • Olympic Competitor

Russ is a National International Coach who has been teaching since 1996. He is a member of the PSA and serves on many USFS committees including the Judges Committee.

As a skater, Russ was a National, International, World & Olympic competitor for Team USA in ice dancing, a 1992 US Ice Dance Champion and a member of the 1992 US Olympic Team.

Mimi Wacholder - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

After 30 years of coaching figure skating, and after working in production for ABC Sports, and as a Public Affairs Coordinator for the Olympic Authority, founded SOS™ as a way to give more skaters and coaches access to the tools and techniques she has gathered throughout her career.

As a US Team Member and International Competitive Ice Dancer, she was known for her authenticity as a performer. After retiring from competition, she was a principal performer in the Ice Capades and performed and choreographed with the Ice Theatre of NY.

Richard Alexander - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

As a coach, Richard Alexander specializes in free skate, pairs, spins, moves in the field, stroking, power and off-ice training.

Skating Achievements:

  • 1990 US Junior Pairs National Champion
  • 1989 Junior Pairs Nationals 2nd
  • 1988 Junior Pairs Nationals  3rd
  • Bronze Medal | St. Jervais International Competition in France
  • Bronze Medal  | International Competition Obersdorf Germany
  • Second Place | 1988 Novice National Championships free skate
  • 1992 World and Olympic Alternate
  • 4-Time Pacific Coast Pairs Champion
  • 3-Time Pacific Coast Solo Champion
  • Former Principal Skater | Knotts Berry Farm Show
  • Principal Skater | Italian Stars On Ice
Brendyn Hatfield - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • National and International Competitor for the United States
  • 2021 Dancing On Ice U.K. Semi-Finalist
  • 10 Years of Professional Ice Show Experience
  • Principal Soloist Performer for Holiday on Ice
  • Principal Adagio Pairs Performer for Disney on Ice
  • Principal Adagio Pairs Performer for Royal Caribbean
  • Skated competitively for 15 years
  • USFSA Double Gold Medalist in Moves and Freestyle
  • USFSA Junior Level Pairs Test
  • Three Time Regional Champion in Singles
  • Specializes in Choreography, Jumps, and Edges
  • Coaches all levels beginner to advanced
Gary Kemp - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • USFS Double Gold Medalist in pairs and freestyle
  • Performed in over 50 professional ice skating shows
  • Stared in Ice Capades
  • National and International medalist
  • Coached pupils in National and International competitions
  • Coaches:
    • Basic skating skills
    • Moves in the field
    • Freestyle
    • Choreography
    • Pairs
    • Hockey Power skating
Todd Gilles - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • U.S. Figure Skating Quadruple Gold Medalist (Freestyle, Moves, Free Dance, and Compulsory Dance)
  • U.S. Junior Ice Dance National Champion
  • U.S. Novice Ice Dance National Champion
  • 2-Time Alternate for the Olympic Games
  • 3-Time World Figure Skating Championship Alternate
  • Skated in shows in the U. S. (including recently televised in Ice Dance International on PBS
  • Specializing In: Ice Dancing, Moves in the Field, Footwork, Choreography Edge Work, and Power Stroking
Husband and Wife team of Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn - Coaches at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

Husband and Wife team of Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn

  • President & Co-Owners of Glacier I.C.E., Inc. (a Full service Ice show production company)
  • USFS Gold Medalists and competitors
  • World Professional Champions
  • Coaches for over 25 years including international skaters from US, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Canada, UK, & Sweden
  • Extensive Ice Show experience both past and present
  • Casting Director for “Ice College” Phantasialand, Bruhl, Germany,  Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, Germany-  Ice Show co producers, performers. Company manager and performance director
Trina Pratt - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

Trina Pratt is an enthusiastic coach for skaters of all levels and disciplines and has made lifetime friendships through competition and coaching adult skaters. She understands that positive training environments and positive reinforcement support all levels of skater’s efforts and achievements.  Trina is excited to be invited to the Valley of the Sun Adult Skating Camp, and hopes to be a source for all skaters in need of ice dance technique whether solo or with a partner, as well as choreography. She looks forward to visiting with current friends and making new one while having fun and learning!

  • 2 time US National Ice Dance Champion in Novice and Junior levels (2003 & 2005)
  • 4 time Junior Grand Prix Medalist
  • 2011 Adult National Ice Dance Champion and coach/choreographer with Justin Ly
  • Team USA member for seven years
  • Coach and choreographer to National Champions and competitors in the Juvenile-Senior levels of ice dance, solo ice dance, and singles
  • Trained in modern dance with Kathy Johnson
  • 2013 Choreographer for Shipstad Entertainment
Marie Stroukoff - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp
  • PSA MASTER RATED MOVES
  • USFS DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST
  • COACHING ICE DANCE, MOVES
  • FREESTYLE AND FIGURES
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITOR
  • COACH of Nationally Ranked Skaters
  • Over 25 years experience
Peter Sasmore - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • USFS Gold Dance Medalist and International Dance Medalist
  • Gold Free Dance
  • Alternate for the Olympics
  • 30+ years teaching experience, coaching competitors at all levels on U.S. National and International teams (except for pairs)
  • Specializing in ice dance and choreography
  • Concentrating on fundamentals of stroking and edge execution, with emphasis on body alignment.
  • USFS Gold Dance Medalist and International Dance Medalist
  • Gold Free Dance
  • Alternate for the Olympics
  • 30+ years teaching experience, coaching competitors at all levels on U.S. National and International teams (except for pairs)
  • Specializing in ice dance and choreography
  • Concentrating on fundamentals of stroking and edge execution, with emphasis on body alignment.
John Mucko - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona
  • PSA Master Rated Choreographer
  • PSA Master Rated Moves in the Field
  • PSA Master Rated Theater on Ice
  • PSA Registered Free Skate
  • American Ice Theater/Master Certified Choreographer
  • RiverWalk Resort Ice/ Creative Director
  • JoySkate Productions/ Performance Director , Head Coach
Alex Sargent - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

Alex is a USFSA Triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Dance and Solo Free Dance. Alex’s experience also includes 10 years as a competitive and social ballroom dancer. Since 2013, she has held a certificate as an ACE Personal Trainer.

Alex has been coaching for 14+ years and coached at USFS Sectional and National Competitions. PSA Member, USFSA Cert. A and an ISI Certified. Alex specializes in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Hockey, and Freestyle.

Sam Kaplun - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Peoria, Arizona

Sam has the title of “Master of Sports” by Ukrainian Olympic Committee, has a background of working with the leading coaches and top-class choreographers that show the highest results in figure skating and is able to use his vast knowledge and experience in his coaching career.

Show Career:

  •  Disney on Ice performer 2013 – 2016
  •  Ice Age on Ice 2016,
  •  Russian Ice Stars 2016-2017
  • Royal Caribbean Int. ice skater 2017-2018