Thank you, Agnes, for having the sensibility that Rachael didn't regarding Tom Z.
I'm really excited to see how she does next season.
Just noticed that there's no quote from Tom in the press release. Makes me wonder if it was a messy break-up...
Nonetheless, go Agnes!
Wow, this has been quite the off-season for coaching changes, and it's only June, lol. Good for Agnes, although it sounds a bit odd - she's staying in CO Springs but Santee is her head coach. I'm guessing she's staying put for school reasons (w/o checking her birthdate, I *think* she would be a senior in h.s. this coming year) and perhaps will make a physical move next summer. I look forward to seeing what her new coaches can do. She's got tons of talent, but her current situation just wasn't working.
Based on her deteriorating performances last season, Pfund might do best to make a coaching change, too.Originally Posted by stjeaskategym
I think Alex Johnson is looking to switch to pairs - is he still doing singles?
Pfund would be wise to consider a move, as well. I do wonder why what used to be a good training environment for many skaters deteriorated rather quickly. Sure, Tom was never a Frank Carrol, who could produce the whole package, but at one point he had a stable of skaters who competed well and seemed happy. And certainly, Tom could have sought and still could seek out advisers or specialists to assist with the deficits in packaging, spins etc . . . Maybe I'm wrong, but to me, these moves appear to be deeper than just skating and packaging.
Last edited by just wondering; 06-03-2011 at 09:06 PM.
I don't know much about David Santee.. Krall is a jump specialist? I am thinking Agnes needs a good basic skating coach instead? David Santee is what kinda coach?
I remember reading something awhile back about Agnes Z having a fairly difficult financial situation. Perhaps she needs to stay in Colorado Springs to finish high school and allow her parents (mother?) to get them situated back in Chicago. JMO.
Agnes is very talented. I hope this change works for her.
David Santee was the interview subject of a manleywoman skatecast a few years ago: http://www.manleywoman.com/episode-10-david-santee/
ETA: Best of Chicago 2010: Sports and Recreation
ICE-SKATING COACH DAVID SANTEE A four-time silver medalist at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and two-time Olympian, David Santee now coaches competitive ice-skating six days a week, in both private lessons of 20 minutes or more and group classes on topics such as power skating or jumps. An internationally certified technical specialist, Santee teaches positively to increase skaters’ confidence—no old-school negative reinforcement. “I want skaters to be better people and better skaters,” Santee says. OAKTON ICE ARENA, 2800 W. OAKTON ST., PARK RIDGE
Last edited by Sylvia; 06-03-2011 at 10:32 PM.
I really don't see the benefit of this. Krall has always been available to her and how can David provide any significant coaching with him in Chicago and Agnes in Colorado? If they were so great together, why did she leave Santee in the first place?
Well, this is a good news development. I wish Agnes all the best with her coaching change!
Still in a million depressions over other recent developments though, especially regarding Caitlin and Paul.
In addition, Krall is a jump specialist who can hopefully assist Agnes in developing greater consistency, fixing her slight lip, and adding 3/3 combinations to her repetoire.
If Agnes feels more comfortable with Santee in charge of her training versus having Zakrajsek as her coach, then more power to her.
I wish Agnes great success with her new coaches. I had wondered if their would be some budding rivalry with Agnes and Rachael contending for Nationals medals under the same coach, but now BOTH have left, so we'll never know.
And a for Patrick Chan, um, just because he is swoon-worthy and tangentially somewhat relevant to this thread
I assume (but can't be sure) that, unless she becomes an international superstar in the skating world and can basically go to any college she wants with tons of scholarships, she will likely consider colleges based on cost. Where is Santee? Is he near some good schools?