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Our Coaches

The coaching staff at ONYX Infinity Synchronized Skating brings an enormous amount of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to each and every team.

Helene Wolf 

Helene Wolf has over two decades of synchronized skating experience serving as Co-Director at Team Élan and Phoenix, and she now serves as director for ONYX Infinity Synchronized Skating. Her teams have earned 15 U.S National medals and four National Championships. She has experienced coaching synchronized skating at every level including Synchro Skills, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Adult, Open Adult and Open Masters divisions. Helene is PSA Master Rated in Synchronized Skating, Group Instruction, Moves in the Field with a Senior Level Ratings in Freestyle and Program Director. She also holds a Level IV Ranking with the Professional Skating Association. Helene received a Bachelor of Science in Resource Planning and Management from the University of Michigan.

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Deanna Willmarth
Deanna Willmarth has over a decade and a half of synchronized skating experience. She was formally the Synchronized Skating Director at Lansing Skating Club and Fraser Figure Skating Club and, most recently, Infinity Synchronized Skating, an independent organization partnering with both Mt. Clemens and St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Clubs. Deanna is a two-time National medalist and a ten-time National competitor and also competed at the collegiate level at Michigan State University. Her teams have won multiple Midwestern medals and have advanced to the U.S. National championships. She most recently served as one of the Adult and Masters coach for the 2020 U.S. National qualifying teams for Infinity Onyx. Deanna has experience coaching teams at all levels including Synchro Skills, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice, Adult, Open Adult, Open Masters and Masters divisions. She received a Bachelor Degree of Arts from Michigan State University and owns two companies focusing on human resources consulting and technology.

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Megan Beck

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Megan started skating at age seven and has been a part of synchronized skating teams for over 20 years. She has skated on many levels, from Preliminary to Senior, and has competed in several regional and national US Synchronized Skating competitions, and awarded multiple bronze, silver and gold medals. Megan has skated with the Birmingham Blazing Blades, Fraser Eclipse, Gems on Ice, Crystalletes, Hockettes, the varsity team at Western Michigan University, and most recently on the Masters team at Onyx Infinity. Megan began coaching in 2018 with private instruction for children through adults, and as well as teaching Learn to Skate. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University.

Heather Blasko

Heather Blasko has more than three decades of experience as a synchronized skating director and coach, and recently served as a Novice Team coach for the 2017 National Championship qualifying team and Pre-Juv coach at ONYX Synchro. She also coached both IJS and Open division teams out of Lakeland Arena for twenty years. Her teams have won three Midwestern Championships in the Open Juvenile division in 1999, 2006 and 2010. 

She also served as head coach to the 2006 National Champions, Team Elan Adult, at Detroit Skating Club (DSC). Heather’s credentials include the Gold Dance medal, 7th Figure test and Novice Freestyle.  She was also a member of the original DSC Novice and Senior synchro teams, as well as Team Elan Adult from 1993 - 2005.  She is a 1992 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor of arts in journalism and continues to work days as a freelance public relations consultant.

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Tracey Daniels

Tracey is a ten-time National medalist, holding four National titles, a ten-time international competitor, holding three International medals, two International titles, two Junior World Bronze Medals and a Senior World Bronze Medal for the Freeskate. In 2005, she was one of four skaters in the nation selected to represent the Synchronized Skating discipline at the High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center. Tracey has achieved her International Dances, Senior Moves in the Field and Junior Freestyle test. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

 She has over 10 years of competitive synchronized skating experience beginning her career in 2002 on the Chicago Jazz Novice Team. From there she became a member of the Haydenettes. She finished her competitive career skating  as a member of Michigan State’s Spartan Synchronized Skating Team holding the title as captain for the 2010-2011 season.

Karen Felice

With more than a decade of competitive synchronized skating experience and 25 years of synchro coaching to her credit, Karen has achieved a wide range of experience at nearly every level of the sport. From 1985-1995 she competed across the country at the Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, and Senior team levels with Team Elan, winning an international Senior Championship and nine National medals, including gold in the senior division in 1995. As a PSA-rated coach, Karen has fielded and co-coached teams in the Youth, Beginner, Pre-Juvenile, Open Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Adult Masters and the Junior Classic divisions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University with a specialization in training and development.

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Sara Jack Grzymkowski

With more than two decades of synchronized skating experience, Sara is one of the country’s most accomplished and recognized team skaters.  Her numerous career achievements include being a member of the inaugural World Championship Team in 2000 with Team Elan, serving as Senior team captain at the 2003 U.S. Synchro Nationals, and earning 20 National medals, six International Medals and one Senior National Championship in 1995. Sara has achieved her Senior Moves in the Field, 6th Figure test, Novice Freestyle test and Pre-Silver Dances.  She is a former member of the USFS Athletes Advisory Committee and a former board member. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with minors in exercise science and psychology from Oakland University.

Sara has coached the Onyx Pre-Juvenile/Juvenile and Synchro Skills teams.  She served as head coach for Pre-Juvenile and Beginner teams at Team du Coeur in Waterford, earning the Midwestern Pre-Juvenile Championship in 2010 and working with Beginner, Preliminary, Juvenile, Open Juvenile and Novice teams during this time.  

Alessandra Lico

Alessandra skated synchro under Coach Helene for nine years on Phoenix Synchronized Skating and Onyx Synchronized Skating. She has been coaching at Onyx Infinity for two years. She competed at the 2017 Synchronized Skating National Champions as a team captain. Alessandra is an AIT-certified choreographer and is a member of American Ice Theatre. She currently has 19 national medals from competing at National Showcase annually since 2014. She graduated from Oakland University in 2022 with a degree in Communications and Theatre and is working on perusing her career as a figure skating coach and choreographer.to share her passion and knowledge of synchronized skating.

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Morgan Michaux

Morgan is joining the Onyx Infinity Staff in the 2023 season. Morgan is a 7-time U.S. National medalist, bronze International medalist, and a USFS Triple Gold Medalist. She has passed her Senior Moves in the Field, Junior Freeskate, Gold Ice Dances, 2 International Ice Dances, and Senior Solo Free Dance. She was a National competitor at the Juvenile, Novice, Junior, Senior, and Collegiate levels of synchronized skating. Morgan was a member of Team USA from 2016-2018 and competed as apart of Team USA 2 at the 2017 World Synchronized Skating Championships. Morgan attended Western Michigan University where she was a member of their Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team and Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team from 2018-2022. She collected 2 Collegiate National Medals with WMU and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. Morgan began her synchronized skating career at Onyx and has come home to share her passion and knowledge of synchronized skating.
 

Amanda Murley

Amanda began synchronized skating in 1996 and skated at the Preliminary through Senior, Collegiate and Adult levels. Her achievements include seven national medals, including two national gold medals and various International medals. She was part of Team U.S.A. for Synchronized Skating from 2001 – 2005. Amanda graduated from Michigan State University where she was a member of the synchronized skating team from 2005 - 2008 and was Vice President of the team for both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. She is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law and works a judicial staff attorney at the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Amanda was most recently head coach of the Onyx Synchro Skills 1 Team, as well as assistant for the Onyx Novice team, and has worked with the synchro teams at the Onyx for more than 10 years.  Amanda began coaching approximately twelve years ago and has been involved in both U.S.F.S. and I.S.I. Learn to Skate programs as well as individual coaching, Special Olympics and synchronized skating.

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Sam Wakefield

Sam began skating at the age of 3 as a freestyle skater, through her time at the Oynx she achieved her Senior Moves in the field, Senior Freestyle test, and coached Learn To Skate. She then began Synchronized Skating at Western Michigan University from 2015 - 2019. While competing at the collegiate level, Sam was the secretary for Bronco Skating for the 2016-2017 & 2017 - 2018 season. With Bronco Skating, Sam collected 2 National medals and 4 Sectional medals. Sam graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Communications, Sales and Interior Design and currently works as an assistant designer.

 

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Consultants
 

Val Katsman

Val is originally from Colorado Springs, where he began skating at the age of three with Olympic coach Tom Zakrajsek. He began ice-dancing at the age of 10, training at the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy and then training under Olympic Ice Dance coaches Angelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo. He began coaching at 16 and started the Royal Oak Skating Academy in 2018. Val is a two-time U.S. National Medalist in Ice Dance, five-time U.S. Midwestern Sectional Medalist in Ice Dance, three-time U.S. Southwestern Regional Medalist in Freestyle and was a member of the International Selection Pool for the United States in Ice Dance. He is a Triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, and Freestyle, and is currently pursuing Masters in Business Administration in Health Care at Johns Hopkins University

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Erin Bridge

Erin serves as a consultant for our synchro teams. She was head coach of Spartan Synchronized Skating at Michigan State University from 2006-2012 where her teams earned five National Championship Collegiate Medals.  During her competitive career, Erin competed in the Senior division for 10 years for both Team USA (Team Elan) and Team Canada (black ice and Fusion).   She earned four World Championship medals with black ice and eleven National Championship Medals (4 gold). In 2002, her team was named the Canadian Team of the Year.   Erin has a US Figure Skating Gold Freeskate, Senior Moves in the Field, and Pre-Gold Dance test.  She graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and GIS. 

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