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    Igor Sphilband= Coach of the Year

    Who wouldn't agree that Igor deserves to be named Coach of the Year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Original Cat View Post
    Who wouldn't agree that Igor deserves to be named Coach of the Year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
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    That was quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
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    Igor *Shpilband* , myabe.
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    My vote is either for Frank Carroll for Denis Ten's amazing transformation, or for John Nicks for AshleyWagner's sustained #1 position in U.S. women and successful attempt to get 3 spots for US women in Sochi!

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    Hey, Igor started without any students except Tobias & Stagniunas and Chock & Bates and no rink.

    He then attracted a large group of students, Marina Klimova & Barbara Fusar-Poli as associates, and managed a number of really good achievements:

    1. Chock & Bates went from 5th place at US Nationals to 7th at Worlds, and winners of WTT, bronze medalists at 4CC's.
    2. C&L won a bronze small medal for their FD, their first Euros medal, 4th at Worlds (their highest placement)
    3. He's had the Reeds a very short time, and he somehow got Chris Reed to stand up on twizzles in both the SD and FD at WTT.
    4. Carron & Jones placed much better this year at Worlds (although they were a dead loss at WTT)

    So yeah, Igor. He made more of a difference for more teams and started with nothing but a formerly good reputation with scars from the Canton firing.
    Heck yeah.

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    Are we talking about the PSA's Coach of the Year award? If so, isn't it a USFS award, and based on accomplishments coaching U.S. skaters? If so, John Nicks, Tom Z, or Marina would be more obvious choices this year. I do think Igor has done an amazing job with the teams he's coached, but in the past, the award always seems to go to the coaches of nat'l champs/world medalists/world champs.

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    Yes, I'm sure that the PSA coach of the year award won't be Igor; I just think his recovery & this year's achievements have been remarkable.

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    Zueva and Nicks tie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Hey, Igor started without any students except Tobias & Stagniunas and Chock & Bates and no rink.

    He then attracted a large group of students, Marina Klimova & Barbara Fusar-Poli as associates, and managed a number of really good achievements:

    1. Chock & Bates went from 5th place at US Nationals to 7th at Worlds, and winners of WTT, bronze medalists at 4CC's.
    2. C&L won a bronze small medal for their FD, their first Euros medal, 4th at Worlds (their highest placement)
    3. He's had the Reeds a very short time, and he somehow got Chris Reed to stand up on twizzles in both the SD and FD at WTT.
    4. Carron & Jones placed much better this year at Worlds (although they were a dead loss at WTT)

    So yeah, Igor. He made more of a difference for more teams and started with nothing but a formerly good reputation with scars from the Canton firing.
    Heck yeah.
    Agreed. He started with practically nothing, other than his name. He is rebuilding his reputation as a coach from ground zero. He has achieved success in a very short time.

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    Nina Mozer, Stansilav Morozov and Marina Zueva

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Hey, Igor started without any students except Tobias & Stagniunas and Chock & Bates and no rink.

    He then attracted a large group of students, Marina Klimova & Barbara Fusar-Poli as associates, and managed a number of really good achievements:

    1. Chock & Bates went from 5th place at US Nationals to 7th at Worlds, and winners of WTT, bronze medalists at 4CC's.
    2. C&L won a bronze small medal for their FD, their first Euros medal, 4th at Worlds (their highest placement)
    3. He's had the Reeds a very short time, and he somehow got Chris Reed to stand up on twizzles in both the SD and FD at WTT.
    4. Carron & Jones placed much better this year at Worlds (although they were a dead loss at WTT)

    So yeah, Igor. He made more of a difference for more teams and started with nothing but a formerly good reputation with scars from the Canton firing.
    Heck yeah.
    Yup. I am very impressed with Igor this year. What a way to pick up the pieces and prove his relevance.

    There were wonderful coaching stories this year- Zhulin transforming B/S, Carroll sticking with Ten to a glorious result, Dickson leading Alex Johnson's ressurgence, Nicks keeping Wagner strong... but I'd happily agree with Shpilband and C/B being one of the wonder stories.
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    PSA Coach of the Year, I think, will be Marina Zoueva.

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    Igor didn't have to rebuild his reputation, he had to rebuild his skating school. It is his reputation that helped him successfully rebuild so quickly.

    I agree he and his skaters had a great year. Igor seemingly did not miss a beat.
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    I would give coach of the year, for the US skaters, to John Nicks, personally, for what he's done with Wagner the past two seasons.

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