Coaching Staff

Learn to Skate instructors

All BGSU professionals are dedicated to the advancement figure skating and carry personal liability insurance. Interested customers may contact staff to arrange an appointment with a professional. Most lessons are conducted on the main ice during a figure skating session or, with advanced booking through the Skate Shop, on the studio ice.

The coaching team meets on a regular basis, in conjunction with Ice Arena management, to continually fine-tune curriculum and disseminate information about the world of skating to you!  Class offerings feature several sessions of most skill levels which allow a teacher to student ratio of 10 - 1 or better for all classes.

In addition to focusing on the progress of your child many coaches also serve as mentors to younger potential teachers who wish to learn more about the instruction of basic skating skills. These volunteers are screened and trained by the program director and provide more individual attention for each participant. Ice Arena management is very proud of the commitment and hard work demonstrated by all Learn to Skate coaches.

  • Shelly Bressler
  • Danielle Brogley
  • Betsy DeWitt
  • Laura Fischer
  • Laurie Haener-Buckley
  • Tracy Koehler
  • Aleksandr Nagorny

Private Lessons

Skaters desiring individualized lessons, preparation through the competitive ranks, or hockey skating skill development are advised to consider private lessons.

We have professional coaches who are independent contractor skating coaching who conduct lessons at the BGSU Ice Arena. Fees, lesson times, and availability are entirely at the discretion of the individual professional.

Shelly Bressler

Phone: 419.353.3829

  • PSA,USFS, ISI Member
  • 35 years coaching experience; on and off-ice
  • Skate Holiday on Ice, 1978-1979, Guest Skater Dubai, U.A.E. 1980, Adzio skater, 1981
  • BGSC Junior Club Director, 2001-2005
  • Director of BGSU Group Lesson Program 1996-2008
  • Ice Horizons Director, 2003 & 2005
Aleksander Nagorny, 419.352.1248

  • PSA, USFS Member
  • 37 years coaching experience
  • Ukrainian National Figure Skating Team Member
  • Gold Medalist of Ukrainian National Championships
  • Master of Sports of USSR in Figure Skating
  • Master of Education in Coaching and Choreography, Ukrainian State Academy of Physical Education and Sports, Kiev, Ukraine, 1975
Amy Barber-Rybak, 419.353.2438

  • PSA Registered Group Rating, USFS Member
  • 23 years coaching experience
  • USFS Gold Dance, 5th Figure, and Novice Freestyle tests
  • Featured skater in Ice Horizons & International Stars on Ice, 1975-1983
  • BA & MA in English, BGSU 1987 & 1989