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Rec-Plex Coaching Staff

Shannon Adams

Heather Dirksen

Pam Forster

Mandy Hauk

Kelly Fiala

Kelsey Himmel

Liz Houle

Heather Hyatt

Brittney Pfister

Cindi Thomas

Mandy Whitacre

Click on names for contact information and biographies.


Shannon Adams Specializes in Synchronized Skating

Email: SLKA8D@yahoo.com

Shannon has coached at Jefferson City (2004-2005) and the Rec-Plex (2006-2007, 2014 - present) She has passed USFS Preliminary Moves in the Field as well as Pre-Preliminary Freestyle. She has also passed ISI Freestyle 4. She has represented the Rec-Plex at numerous ISI local and national events as a member of the Diamond Edges synchronized team.

Shannon is the coach of Synchro St. Louis Ruby Edges and Jade Blades.

Shannon is ISI Bronze and Synchro Certified, and a USFS Registered CER Category B Compliant Coach.

 


Heather Dirksen Specializes in Freestyle, MIF, and Synchronized Skating

Email: hadirksen1015@gmail.com

Heather began coaching in the Chicago area in 1996, and joined the Rec-Plex coaching staff in 2002.

She grew up skating in the Chicago area where she was taught by David and Ingrid Santee. Heather competed at many USFS and ISI competitions in both individual and synchronized events. She has passed USFS Junior Moves and Figures, Novice Freestyle, along with ISI Freestyle 8 and Figure 5.

Heather is the coach of Synchro St. Louis Ruby Edges, Onyx Ice and Ice Gems.

Heather is ISI Gold and Synchro Certified, a USFS Registered CER Category A Compliant Coach, a PSA Member and has completed USFS "SafeSport" Training in addition to being awarded the 2015 ISI District 9 Merit Award.

 


Pam Forster Specializes in Freestyle and MIF

Email: pjforster1@charter.net

Pam began coaching in 1994 when the Rec-Plex first opened.

Pam has passed USFS Junior FS and Figures, and competed at the Regional level. She has coached skaters from the grass roots to the national level.

Pam is PSA Certified Group and Freestyle, and PSA Registered Moves. She is ISI Gold Certified and a USFS Registered CER Category A Compliant Coach. She was named Coach of the Year in 2003 by the St. Louis Sports Commission, and was awarded the 2010 ISI District 9 Merit Award.

 


Mandy Hauk: Specializes in Freestyle

Email: mhauk2205@yahoo.com

Mandy has been coaching at the Rec-Plex since 2007.

Mandy has passed USFS Juvenile FS, one Pre-Gold dance, Junior Moves, and ISI FS7. She represented the Rec-Plex in many ISI competitions.

Mandy is ISI Gold Certified.

 


Kelly Fiala Specializes in Freestyle, MIF, and Synchronized Skating

Email: haynesk38@yahoo.com

Kelly joined the Rec-Plex coaching staff in 2000.

Kelly is a USFS Double Gold Medalist, and competed individually in USFS Regionals. As a member of a USFS Junior synchronized skating team, Kelly was a USFS Sectional competitor. She has also passed ISI Freestyle 8.

Kelly coaches the Synchro St. Louis Ice Gems and has coached teams to multiple ISI National and USFS Sectional Championships.

Kelly is PSA Registered Moves and has passed the PSA Basic Accreditation and Registered Sport Science and Medicine Exams. She is ISI Gold and Synchro Certified and a USFS Registered CER Category B Compliant Coach. She is on the PSA Honor Roll of Synchronized Coaches for 2008, 2009, and 2011.



Kelsey Himmel Specializes in Freestyle and MIF

Email: khimmel87@live.com

Kelsey has been coaching at the Rec-Plex since 2004.

Kelsey is a Regional, Sectional, & National level coach. Kelsey has passed the PSA Registered Moves Rating, the PSA Basic Accreditation Exam, & holds a Level 3 Ranking through PSA. She is ISI Gold Certified a USFS Registered CER Category A Compliant Coach.

Kelsey is a USFS Double Gold Medalist. She is the 2001 Novice National Champion, 2001 Eastern Sectional Silver Medalist, and 2001 South Atlantic Novice Regional Champion. She is also the 2002 South Atlantic Junior Regional Champion. Kelsey captured the Silver Medal at the 2002 Triglav Trophy in Slovenia, and was a competitor at the 2003 Vienna Cup and the 2003 US Figure Skating Championships. In addtion, Kelsey has passed the ISI Freestyle 10 test.

 


Liz Houle Specializes in Freestyle and MIF

Email: lizhoule1@gmail.com

Liz began coaching at the Rec-Plex in 2012

Liz is a USFS Double Gold Medalist and also passed ISI freestyle 8. She has represented the Rec-Plex at many ISI local and national events.

Liz is ISI Gold Certified, a member of PSA and a USFS Collegiate Member.

 


Heather Hyatt Specializes in Freestyle, MIF, Ice Dance, and Synchronized Skating

Email: hhyatt72@yahoo.com

Heather began coaching in Atlanta in 1991, and joined the Rec-Plex coaching staff in 1996.

Heather is a USFS Double Gold Medalist, and has passed three USFS International Ice Dance Tests. She competed individually in USFS Regionals and the US National Collegiate Championships. As a member of a USFS Senior synchronized skating team, Heather was a Sectional and US National competitor. She has also passed ISI Freestyle 8, Figure 9, and Dance 9.

Heather is the coach of the Synchro St. Louis Emerald Blades, Jade Blades, and Diamond Edges. She is also the Head Coach of the Lindenwood University Synchronized Skating Team. Heather has coached teams to multiple ISI National and USFS Sectional Championships.

Heather is ISI Gold and Synchro Certified, weSKATE Core and Intermediate Certified, and a USFS Registered CER Category A Compliant Coach. Heather is on the PSA Honor Roll of Synchronized Coaches for 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2014. She was a member of the ISI Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. Heather was awarded the ISI District Merit Award in 2004 and 2009, and was named ISI Instructor of the Year for 2010.

 


Brittney Pfister Specializes in Freestyle, MIF, and Synchronized Skating

Email: brittney_pfister@yahoo.com

Brittney began coaching at the Rec-Plex in 2005.

Brittney grew up skating at the Rec-Plex and was a member of the Synchro St. Louis teams. As a five year member of the Diamond Edges, she competed at USFS Sectional Championships, as well as local and national ISI events. She was the captain of the 2008 USFS Sectional Champion team.

She coaches Synchro St. Louis Emerald Bladess, Onyx Ice and Diamond Edges.

Brittney is ISI Silver and Synchro Certified and a USFS Registered CER Category A Compliant Coach, and a PSA member.

 


Cindi Thomas Specializes in Ice Dance and Freestyle

Cindi began teaching in 1992 at the North County Ice Arena in St. Louis County. She has been teaching at the Rec-Plex since 1994.

Cindi is ISI Gold Certified and a USFS Registered CER Category B Compliant Coach.

 


Mandy Whitacre Specializes in Freestyle and MIF

Email: mandywhitacre@charter.net

Mandy began coaching in Jefferson City in 1996, and has been at the Rec-Plex since 2000.

Mandy has coached skaters through ISI Freestyle 8. She uses her teaching certification to aid in her coaching philosophy.

Mandy is ISI Gold Certified, a USFS Registered CER Category B Compliant Coach and PSA member.