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Jonathan Cassar announces coaching change to Frank Carroll

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by FSOWebmaster, May 6, 2010.

  1. FSOWebmaster

    FSOWebmaster New Member

  2. TalentedButHumble

    TalentedButHumble Well-Known Member

    Wow, surprised. From a selfish fan POV I can't believe after all these years I won't get to see him @ DSC exhibitions, etc. anymore. :fragile: :wuzrobbed: But if he thinks this can help him zoom up the rankings I wish him the best.
  3. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    wheeee! Jonathan Cassar is my favorite non-elite skater, I hope he is able to shine with Frank Carroll :cheer2:
  4. azskatefan

    azskatefan New Member

    I love the possibilities that I am envisioning! Obviously Evan, Mirai and Jonathan are completely different but if Frank could instill some of the technical aspects of Evan and recently Mirai into Jonathan, holy crap! I'm pumped. He's got all the grace one would ever need! He just needs to improve technically IMO. He's fantastic. I hope this works out for him. Not to sidetrack, but who does Berlin still coach now that Czisny and Cassar are out?
  5. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    The bio on his website now says his choreo will be done by David Wilson (or did he do Jonathan's choreo before?).

    I guess Jonathan has finished college, or is he taking a leave of absence?

    I'm looking forward to seeing how he can progress under Frank. I hope he can at least crack the top 10 in Greensboro.
  6. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    Very intriguing news. If Frank can expand Cassar's jump arsenal, he'll be a force.
  7. jlai

    jlai Title-less


    will Cassar do C*rmen now? ;)
  8. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

    This is even more intriguing from the perspective that Frank Carroll does not appear to be winding down his coaching practice. He is continuing to take on young skaters who will hopefully be at the next Olympics.
  9. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    Beautiful picture too.
  10. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    That was my thought too.
  11. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along

    What an exciting combination! I hope coach and skater have great success working together. I love Cassar's skating. :kickass:
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I just love his trademark DEEP inside edge spread eagle! :swoon:

    Cassar's only previous international assignment was 2008 Coupe de Nice in France (he placed 7th in senior) under USFS' collegiate international program, and I'm hoping he will be considered for a Senior B international this fall after his 12th place finish at Nationals.

    Jonathan has been collaborating with David Wilson for several years now (I think going back to 2006?).

    He was enrolled at Oakland University near Detroit -- not sure if he has graduated?

    I know Julie Berlin always has had many skaters at the the Junior and lower levels -- most coaches can't make a living just coaching "elite" international students.
  13. Retry

    Retry Member

    Has Czisny announced a new coach yet?
  14. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  15. Sk8 Bug

    Sk8 Bug New Member

    So very exciting for Jonathan and I know he will soar! He is my fav for sure. The SE Michigan skating community will miss him tremendously. He is the kindest person and a friend to everyone. Holding out hope he will stay home club with DSC and remain in the Midwest section??? Sectionals are in Ann Arbor :)
  16. Lanna

    Lanna Well-Known Member

  17. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    Except I don't really think of Frank as one of the "jump doctor" coaches. Even some of Frank's best skaters (like Michelle and Evan) have gone to work with Raphael Artunian when they wanted some help tweaking their jump technique.

    That aside, Frank is know for his very disciplined style and building up his skater's stamina, and I think that could benefit Cassar as well.
  18. harekrishna43

    harekrishna43 Active Member

    I'm so happy to hear this news. Jonathan's beautiful skating needs to be seen by a wider audience and I'm confident that Frank can help him move higher in the standings!
  19. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I know "El Tango de Roxanne" is overused by now, but I'm excited to see his new SP to it. Quite frankly, even if he does end up saddled with C*rmen at some point he could make it interesting not that I'm suggesting it for him. :saint:
  20. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    It would be great if Cassar could add the triple axel, but even if that's not possible, getting more consistent with the jumps he does have could allow respectable national and international results.
  21. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    I have been SO impressed by what I have seen of Cassar's skating on YouTube.

    Frank Carroll doesn't strike me as the kind of coach who makes skaters fit into his own rigid style OR ELSE (except maybe in lame overused music choices :lol:), but Cassar looks like a pretty individualistic skater with a lot of creativity and a strong idea of what works for him. I hope that Carroll will respect that and help him continue that way, rather than be a "my way or the highway" dictator-type coach.
  22. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    he could make Baby Got Back work, I'm not worried about the music
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  23. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    I'm happy about this, hope it goes well. Cassar is a beautiful skater, I hope Frank can get his TES up.
  24. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    Is Jonathan considered a young skater. I think he's 23. I hope he is able to add technical difficulty and really make a splash this season!

    me too!! :cheer2:

    Off to watch Jonathan Cassar vids on youtube!!
  25. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Heh, maybe Frank Carroll just wants to drool over Jonathan's spread eagle every day, in person. :)
  26. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    For those who haven't watched Cassar's "Schindler's List" FS from this past season (or just want to rewatch it), there are 2009 Liberty and Skate Detroit youtube links posted in an earlier gush thread about this program :): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=69029
  27. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

    Love it! I hope Frank can help Jonathan find more consistancy with his jumps and I look forward to seeing his skating this year. :cheer:
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  28. geod2

    geod2 New Member


    RA would seem like a good potential full-time coach for Alissa, but the geography is impossible for that to work. Can't imagine her leaving the comfort zone of where she lives now. Then again, she parted with J Berlin and many were surprised.
  29. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Alissa has been working with Yuka Sato recently, so I assume that is who her new coach will be. I have heard she only thinks she will continue competing for one more season so making a major move to California for one season seems a bit silly.
  30. MOIJTO

    MOIJTO Banned Member

    I agree you really need that jump to play with the BIG boys, yes I know Quads help but the 3 axel is the jump preferred by judges.

    I like this move, Frank has the ability to create champions and Jonathan can be a champion, his age does concern me a bit but given hard work and some luck and consistancy he could do well!