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History

The Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona was founded in 1974 as the Arizona Figure Skating Club. The name was changed in 1998 when the Ice Den, original home of the Phoenix Coyotes, became the club's home rink. Our membership exceeds 250 individuals, putting us among the top 10 clubs in the Pacific Coast section. We encourage the instruction, practice, and advancement of our skating members in all disciplines, including Synchronized Skating and Theatre on Ice, while cultivating a spirit of camaraderie. For our non-skating members, such as parents, we provide education and guidance of the sport.


Board of Directors

The Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Its primary source of funding is from membership fees, competitions, and contributions. Directors serve three-year terms and are elected annually by club members. Board meetings are held monthly at the Ice Den. All members are welcome and invited to attend.


2013 - 2014 Board of Directors

Amanda Gagnon: President & Co-Test Chair Marlene Bernstein
Terry Fields:         Vice-President Judy Civiello
Rose Jones:         Secretary & Test Chair Kim Krause
Debbie Shepherd: Treasurer Douglas Razzano
Mike Rounis:        Assistant Membership Chair Ashley Wilcox
Michaela Cannon: Assistant Secretary

Competitions

Annually, in July, we host Cactus Classic, a US Figure Skating sanctioned event open to skaters of all levels. Hundreds of skaters from across the country choose to visit the great state of Arizona and participate in this exciting competition. 

The club has also been proud to host a variety of US Figure Skating and International Skating Union sanctioned events for Regional, Sectional, National and International competitors. Events have included:

Competitors

We take great pride in our competitive individual and team skaters, who have ranged from the youngest of non-qualifying competitors at the Basic Skills Snowplow Sam level to the elite qualifying competitors at the Gold/Senior level. Many of our skaters have received special awards at a variety of non-qualifying competitions.

2013 Regional Team
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Members who have passed the Juvenile Free Skate test, and compete at Southwest Pacific Regional Championships, Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, or the US Figure Skating Championships, are identified as our "Regional Team" for the season. First-year members receive the official Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona team jacket. Chevrons are awarded in recognition of significant events.



                        Olympic Pride

Our club's most accomplished competitor to date is Ryan O'Meara. Ryan, along with Jamie Silverstein, represented the United States in Dance at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games

Several of our skaters have been honored with an appointment to
Team USA. (skaters listed in parenthesis are partners that represented a different club)


2012
Douglas Razzano
Caitlin Fields (with Jason Pacini)
Madeline Aaron (with Max Settlage)

2011
Douglas Razzano
Morgan Agster & Adam Civiello
Madeline Aaron (with Max Settlage)

2010
Douglas Razzano
Morgan Agster & Adam Civiello

2009
Douglas Razzano

2008
Chelsi Guillen & Danny Curzon
Molly Aaron & (Daniyel Cohen)
(Shannon Wingle) & Ryan Devereaux
 
2007
Chelsi Guillen & Danny Curzon
Douglas Razzano

2006
(Jamie Silverstein) & Ryan O'Meara
Brianne Oswald & (Buck Withrow)
(Shannon Wingle) & Ryan Devereaux

2005
(Jamie Siverstein) & Ryan O'Meara
Molly Aaron & (Taylor Toth)
Douglas Razzano

2004
Douglas Razzano

2003
Jenna Yount & Grant Marron

1999
(Lia Nitake) & Ryan O'Meara


Testing

US Figure Skating tests are administered to competitive skaters that desire to enter qualifying competitions. Recreational skaters can also opt to take tests in order to challenge themselves and their abilities. Test sessions are offered on a regular basis. Official US Figure Skating patches are awarded for tests passed. Skaters who have successfully completed their Gold/Senior tests are eligible for medals. Congratulations to club members who have passed their Gold/Senior tests!

Activities

Club activities include periodic on-ice sessions and off-ice get togethers for club members to become more acquainted in a recreational or celebratory atmosphere. At selected times activities also include community service projects. Junior Board members plan and host club sessions with the Board of Directors, hosting send-off receptions and the annual club banquet. The banquet is held each spring to elect board members, celebrate the end of the season, and give recognition to skaters' accomplishments.

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