Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club

Skaters may hire a private coach (Junior Coach or Professional Coach) who is approved by the Board for generally 15-30 minutes per week. Skaters will pay their coach separately from the club. Please keep in mind, rates may vary from $20-$40 per hour for private lessons, based on the coach’s credentials. Email a coach if interested in setting up private lessons.

If you are not an Advanced Ice Skater (in Basic Skills you will need to still pay for your time on the ice, which is $15/hour. Punch cards are available for 10 hours for $150.

Professional Coaches from outside of MIRFSC may coach, but need to be pre-approved by the Board.

Professional Coaches

Montana Grabowsky


Rate: $36/hr    $9.00/15 min

Montana has passed Senior Moves In the Field, Preliminary Figures, Juvenile Free Skate, Gold Dance, 3 International Dances, Canadian Gold Dance, Senior Solo Free Skate, Juvenile Free Skate, and Intermediate Pairs, and has coached synchronized skating.  She has 11 years of teaching basic skills/Learn to Skate and 6 years of private lesson coaching experience.  She is a professional coach/choreographer and is CER program certified.

Lea Beckman


Rate: $26/hr    $6.50/15 min

Lea has been teaching basic skills for the last 9 years. Her credentials include Novice Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile Free Skate, and Silver Dance. Lea is a professional coach/choreographer and is CER program certified. She also has her Learn to Skate Instructor Card.

Junior Coaches

Madison Altman-Wendt


$20/hour $5.00/15 min

Madison has passed Juvenile Moves in the Field, Preliminary Freeskate, and Pre-Bronze Dance. She has been teaching Learn to Skate for 5+ years. Madison is a USFSA certified coach, CER certified, and Learn to Skate certified.

Nicole Doering


Rate: $20/hour $5.00/15 min

Nicole has been a Learn to Skate coach for 6 years and has been Junior Coaching at the Timberline Club for the last year. Most recently becoming a senior coach. She has passed Novice MIF, Juvenile Free Skate, Silver Dances and 2 Pre-Gold Dances. She has competed at Badger State Games, Eau Claire, Tomahawk, Rhinelander, and Minnesota. She is also a member of the Timberline High School Team. She is CER certified, Learn to Skate certified and a registered USFSA coach.


Taylor Zastrow


$20/hour $5.00/15 min

Taylor has been a volunteer coach for the last 5 years and was an Intern last season for MIRFSC. She has passed her Juvenile Moves, Pre-Silver Dances, and Preliminary Free Skate. She has competed for the last six years at the Rhinelander Classic, Tomahawk Classic, and Badger State Games. She is CER certified and a USFSA registered coach, and Learn to Skate Instructor.

Basic Skill Interns

Searra Turner

Intern 6:30 Basic Skills

Searra has been skating for 13 years. Included in this time she has been a basic skills coach for three years and an Intern for Crossovers. Searra has passed Pre-Preliminary Free Skate, Pre-Juvenile Moves, and Bronze Dance. She has competed at Badger State Games, the Rhinelander Classic, and State Games of America. She was also a member of the Timberline High School Team in the past.

Mariah Jacoby

Intern 5:30 Basic Skills

Mariah has been a volunteer coach for the last three years. She has competed at several competitions including Badger State Games. Mariah is a second-year member of the High School Team at Timberline. She has passed her Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field, Pre-Preliminary Free Skate, and Pre-Bronze Dances.

Professional Coach Criteria

  • 18 years old and graduated from high school.
  • Coached and choreographed.
  • Minimum credentials: Silver Dance, Novice Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile to Juvenile Free Skate.
  • Must be USFSA certified and insured.

Junior Coach Criteria

  • 16+ years old
  • Must be a USFSA compliant coach.
  • Must have been an Intern or Crossover Coach with our club for a minimum of one year.
  • Must have been a member of MIRFSC for a minimum of three years.
  • Will be required to volunteer 1 hour during Basic Skills.
  • Can coach private lessons during Advanced Ice for a maximum of 3.5 hours per week. (If Junior Coach is still in high school is required to purchase advanced ice for themselves for 1 hour per week.)
  • If still in high school, they can be a part of the show in their normal advanced numbers.
  • Will not be paid if they choreograph their own number for the show.
  • Will not choreograph numbers for the same age peers unless the Pro directs this.
  • Will not be allowed to coach private lessons during the show practice weeks unless one of their skaters has a solo in the show.
  • Will be eligible for the scholarship if graduating from high school.
  • Minimum credentials: Preliminary Free Skate, Pre-Bronze Dance, and Juvenile Moves in the Field.

Intern Coach Criteria

  • 16 years old
  • Active member of MIRFSC for three years.
  • Basic Skill volunteer coach for three years and will continue to volunteer one hour per week.
  • Passed Preliminary Moves and Pre-preliminary Freestyle test.
  • If there are more qualified applicants than open position(s) then the position will be made available to the oldest grade applicant(s).
  • Job Duties include: testing levels through Free Skate 2, assisting the Pro Coach, and fill in for Pro Coach in case of absence.

Crossover Coach Criteria

  • 16 years old
  • Active member of MIRFSC for three years.
  • Basic Skill volunteer coach for three years (Seniority is given to the instructors that have been in the Club the longest.)
  • Passed Preliminary Moves and Pre-Preliminary Freestyle.
  • Must be at least two levels above the highest Crossover Skater.