Private Lessons

Private Lessons

The instructors at the TGH Ice Plex are available for private as well as group lessons.  All of our staff instructors are highly qualified and are certified ISI, PSA or USA Hockey.

Once figure skaters have passed Freestyle 1, private instruction is encouraged to enhance development.  Hockey Private lessons are available for all skill levels.  Training ice time is available for skaters to have private lessons for a separate fee.  For more information, please email the Skating Director, Tommy Brannen.  

Coaching Staff

Professional Instructors

The instructors at the Ice Sports Forum Skating Academy are availabe for private as well as group lessons.  All of our staff are qualified and are cerfified with the ISI or PSA.

Once skaters have passed Freestyle 1, private instruction is encouraged to enhance development.  Training ice time is available for skaters to have private lessons for a separate fee.  For more information, please email the Skating Director, Tommy Brannen.

VANESSA CORSON

I am a USFS double Gold Medalist, professional performer in both skating and dance, and have been coaching since 2010. I specialize in edge quality, ice dancing and presence,posture, and performance. I also enjoy teaching edge work, turns, and specialized skating to beginning hockey players. Memberships include USFS and ISI (Gold).

Contact: vgilbert2010@gmail.com

Penney Jackson

I have been coaching since 1998, but have over 27 years of professional show skating experience from performer to show director. I have coached skaters from preliminary to senior levels and have had a national showcase medalist. Memberships include ISI (Gold) and PSA.  

Contact: Vic1cent@aol.com

MARK ROSENGARD

Mark Rosengard is from the Boston Massachusetts area, where he learned to skate on local ponds, and played hockey for multiple groups – culminating in playing for Tufts University from 1975 to 1979.  He was commissioned into the US Army upon his graduation from Tufts, and subsequently served for over 30 years.  During his time in the Army, Mark played for military hockey teams in Colorado, Washington DC, North Carolina, and Germany.  Since retiring from the Army in 2010, he has settled in the Tampa area, and has coached a number of groups in the region.  He is a decorated combat veteran, and brings leadership/mentorship skills to our rink, in addition to his multi-level experience as a hockey coach and goaltender.

Angela Pandolfo

I started skating at TGH Ice Plex as a young child in the Learn to Skate Program and instantly fell in love with skating. I got involved with Synchronized Skating and from there moved onto Professional Ice Skating. I got the opportunity to start traveling and skating in ice shows around the World. I’m currently skating in the ice show at Busch Gardens Tampa. I love being able to take my experiences and help all ages learn and grow on the ice.
 

Tommy Brannen

I have been skating for over 35 years and starting coaching here in 2002. I performed for 17 years with professional shows including Disney on Ice and Advanced Ent. Productions. Coaching over 20 years, my students have tested through USFS Senior MIF & Freestyle, ISI 8.  I am currently coaching all levels and ages. Membership ISI (Gold), USFS , PSA (B.A.)
 

Contact:  tommy.brannen@TGHIcePlex.com

Michael Cappiello

My coaching Philosophy incorporates attention to technical details without losing focus on the mental side of the game. On and off ice training is available with a focus on game time preparedness.

What we do off ice impacts how we perform on ice!

10 + years of competitive youth hockey experience

USA Hockey and ISI Certified instructor

Certified Trainer

 

Contact:  mcappiello72@gmail.com

Ryan Cronin

Ryan is the Youth Hockey Director at TGH Ice Plex, as well as, a private hockey coach. He grew up in the small city of Canandaigua, NY, located southeast of Rochester, NY, and made the move down south to Tampa in July 2012!

Youth travel hockey career was spent throughout the Upstate/Western NY area. Member of the varsity team for 5 seasons at Canandaigua Academy where he graduated 6th all-time in career points. Attended/played 1 season at Monroe Community College (NJCAA) before transferring to SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY). Played 2 seasons for Cortland’s A.C.H.A. Division 1 team and received Academic All-American honors senior year. Graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.

Has over 10 years of coaching experience at various skill levels and age groups. Currently, the Head Coach of the TGH Ice Plex Bullsharks 10U and 12U “Rec Select” teams. During the 2017-18 season, Ryan was Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Crunch U10A travel team and led the squad to the SFHL State Semi-finals in the first year of program existence.

 

Contact: Ryan.Cronin@TGHIcePlex.com

Kristin Folch

Kristin has over 20 years of hockey experience including 4 years of NCAA hockey at The University of Southern Maine and prep school hockey at Tilton School in New Hampshire.  Her strong coaching skills, athletic background and years of playing experience has given her the ability develop players both on and off the ice.  Kristin currently coaches, runs hockey camps and offers private lessons. 

Memberships:  USA Hockey

Social Media  FB- Facebook.com/lifeontheice1, IG-  coachKristin_

Justin Keopke

I am originally from Bloominton, Mn and have been coaching for over 5 years.  I coached on both youth and the professional level which include 2 State Championship teams and  International Championships at Silver Sticks.  My focus is on skill development (puck control and stick handling).

Contact:  justinkoepke2@gmail.com

Alexis Van Vliet

I have been skating with the TGH Iceplex for over 19 years, competitive both ISI and USFS.  Professional member of ISI (Gold certified, Synchro certified) PSA, and USFS.  Coaching all ages and levels, specializing in figure skating, synchronized skating and hockey.
 

Terry Lynn Zellner

Formerly with Ice Capades, Ice Follies, Holiday International and Cypress Gardens Ice Shows.  Current Head Synchro coach here at TGH Iceplex specializing in sync and production.  I enjoy coaching all ages and levels including edgework for beginner hockey players.  I have 15 years experience with Special Olympics.  I enjoy coaching special needs students. 

Membership:   ISI (Gold Judge-Certified Syncro), PSA – BA-04, RG-05, Certified Sports Science 1&2 -05

Contact:  larueterrylynn@aol.com

Alyssa Krajacic

I began skating as a young child right here at the TGH Iceplex and I haven’t left the ice since!

In addition to coaching freestyle figure skating, I love teaching moves in the field, ice dance, synchronized skating, as well as training future hockey stars.  During my collegiate years, I had the privilege of competing from coast to coast for Miami University.  I welcome students of all ages and levels.

Memberships:  ISI (Gold) , USFS

Contact:  theoneskij@gmail.com

Courtney O'connor

I started skating here at TGH Iceplex at the age of four.  I have over 16 years of competitive experience.  I am a USFS Gold Medalist and Regional Medalist.  I have extensive ballet and dance background.  I enjoy teaching all ages and levels.

Memberships:  ISI (Gold), USFS, PSA

Contact: courtney.oconnor1@aol.com

Tara Ruhmel

I was a USFS competitor for 14 years through the Senior level.  I am a double gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field.  I coach all levels of figure skating ( USFS and ISI) and skating skills for hockey players.

Memberships:  USFS, PSA, ISI (Gold)

Contact:  tbulzone@aol.com

Cindy Sokolis

Cindy is a dedicated coach specializing in power skating, edges, balance and agility.  She trains individual hockey players as well as teams, and is on the coaching staff of A Plus Hockey Camp.  Her attention to detail helps develop and motivate players to become stronger, faster and more successful. 

With 22 years of coaching experience she is rated in the following: USA Hockey Level 4, ISI Hockey Level 5, ISI Gold Test Judge, PSA Hockey 1&2, SG, & RFS

Contact:  iceprincess1985@hotmail.com

Carla Brunini

I have been skating for over 20 years here in the Tampa Bay area. I have competed both ISI and USFS. I had the privilege to compete for Miami University on their freestyle and synchronized skating teams. I love to teach figure skating but I also enjoy teaching edgework, synchronized and hockey skating. I also am a certified elementary school teacher which has taught me how to effectively communicate with children and help them reach their goals both on and off the ice. My main goal as a coach is to make sure your child is not only progressing but having fun!
Memberships: ISI

Contact: cbrunini96@gmail.com

Joe Santagata

Goaltending Coach, Joe Santagata is a native of Long Island, New York. He graduated from The University of Tampa in 2015, where he completed a degree in Entrepreneurship. Over the course of his playing and coaching career, Joe has had the opportunity to work with many goalie coaches all throughout North America. His passion for the position and his love of coaching led him to launching his own Goaltending School, GataGoalie, in 2019. His mission is to develop goalies of all ages and levels, into reaching their maximum potential by teaching, coaching, and providing guidance on every aspect for living the life, of a goalie. He most recently held the position as Head Goaltending Coach for Westchester Skating Academy, in Elmsford, NY. He relocated back to Tampa, with the goals of helping grow the sport of hockey, in Florida and making Tampa known as a hotbed for producing great goaltenders.

Contact: joe@gatagoalie.com

Danny Villagran

I’m originally from the Washington, DC area and I have a passion for both the game of hockey and coaching athletes to meet and exceed their goals to prepare for their next level of play. I’ve been coaching for approximately 5 years for the local rec league, high school and tournament teams. I enjoy teaching all levels of skaters from Hockey 101 to advanced level travel players. I focus on mental and physical development by instilling good technique and fitness habits, as well as understanding the importance of teamwork and unity. My mission is to assist young athletes in reaching their full athletic potential by focusing on developing and strengthening their mind, body and spirit for their sport and beyond. I am USA Hockey and SafeSport certified.

Contact: dvillagran08@gmail.com

Lilian Erwin

Lillian Erwin

I’ve been skating for 13 years and have both experiences in ISI and USFSA. I’m a double gold medalist, regional medalist,
competitive figure skater, and performer with both memberships; ISI and USFSA. I coach private lessons and teach group lessons in our Learn to Skate program. I have ballet, power skating, off-ice training, and show experience.

Contact: lillian.erwin07@gmail.com

Leah Nicholes

Collective hockey skill based mechanics:

  • Puck control
  • Shooting
  • Power Skating
  • Stick Handling
  • Edge Control

Certifications:

  • USA Hockey Level 1 Coach – 522184
  • 16/18/19 & Under Age Specific Training Development
  • 14/12/10/8U & Under Age Specific Training Development
  • Goaltender Development

Experience: 

  • Trained under: Lee Gilner, Myles Harvey & Kristen Folch
  • Playing Experience: 6 Years 
  • Coaching Experience: 1 Year

My overall coaching goal is to expand & advance women/girls in hockey throughout the State of Florida. 

Contact: leah.n.nicholes@gmail.co

Kelley Steadman

Kelley Steadman is a former member of the US Women’s National Hockey Team, as well as the NWHL and CWHL women’s pro leagues. She currently serves as the Girls Hockey Coordinator for Lightning Made Hockey, the community hockey department of the Tampa Bay Lightning where she runs all on ice program for girls. 

As a member of the US Women’s National Team, she won two IIHF World Championship gold medals, in 2011 and 2013. She played with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL; renamed PHF in 2021). 

Kelley also has 7 year of Division 1 women’s hockey coaching experience. She was Director of Hockey Operations for Robert Morris University for 3 years, as well as the assistant coach for her alma mater, Mercyhurst University, for 4 years.


In addition to her college coaching experience, Kelley has over 10 years of experience in private lessons and small group instruction.

kelleymsteadman@gmail.com

Mike Lozicki

I started my hockey career in Tampa at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum playing for the Jr. Bulls Organization until I entered high school. I was recruited to play for a top level hockey academy in Lake Forest Illinois (Lake Forest Academy) where I had the honor of playing with and against some of the highest level players in the country at that age group. We competed in U18 AAA as well as the MPHL (Midwest Prep Hockey League). While at Lake Forest I trained with OHL, USHL, and NHL players under the training staff of the Chicago Wolves AHL organization. 

After Lake Forest I trained for a summer overseas with HC Sparta in the Czech Republic and then continued my career playing on the east coast for the Islanders HC in Massachusetts and the Boston Bandits (EHL). I was then recruited to play for Davenport University for the ACHA D1 team for my collegiate career. 

My goal is to help teach the modern style of hockey to those interested in working on their skills as well as hockey knowledge. I take the time to specialize lessons for each athlete both perfecting current skills and learning new ones. 

Sean Hughes

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Sean has been skating since he was 3 years old, played through several youth leagues, and made the varsity team as a freshman for his high school hockey team. Following high school, Sean continued to play hockey in College Development Leagues until pursuing trade school where he became a Merchant Marine. Sean spent the next 8 years traveling the world until his career led him to Tampa, where he settled into family life and discovered the TGH Ice Plex and his coaching career began.

Sean started out at the Ice Plex as a volunteer assistant coach in February 2021 and became the Assistant Youth Hockey Director in February 2023. Sean has served as a head coach for 8u, 10u and 12u Rec League teams and as an Assistant coach for 14u. His results include several finals appearances with multiple Championship Titles. Sean has also been involved with coaching the 10u and 12u Bullsharks, the TGH Iceplex’s Rec Select teams.

Sean is passionate about helping kids develop their hockey skills and specializes in power skating and defensive techniques.

Email S.hughes91@outlook.com

Elle Vaske

I have been skating for 18 years with the first 3 being in hockey skates as I followed my fathers footsteps, he was my idol with the privilege of playing in the NHL. I eventually found my own love for the ice and stepped into the competitive world of figure skating at the age of 6.

I trained for 10 years and traveled the country to train under the best coaches and ended up in Florida 8 years ago to train under world class coach Cindy Watson Caprel.


I am a 6 time regional competitor, 5 time final round qualifier, Moves In the Field gold medalist, I have competed up to the Novice level and tested up to Junior level free skate. My love for this sport has transitioned into coaching and my goal is to inspire young children and build them not only into incredible, confident athletes, but even better people by structure, adaptability, endurance, perseverance and a positive environment to train in everyday.


My passion is watching my students step onto the ice for the first time to leading them to their first gold medal performance.

Email: Ellevaske@gmail.com

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