Meet The Coaches

Taylor Johnson – WFSC Learn to Skate Director & Private Lesson Coach

My name is Taylor M Johnson and I am a native of Fergus Falls, MN.  I attended Fergus Falls, MN Community College and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development form North Dakota State University.

I grew up on figure skates as I started skating at the age of 4 and have never stopped skating.  My life has been focused on figure skating and making a career out of it.

Some of my greatest accomplishments as a figure skater have been touring with the Nutcracker on Ice Processional Show Tour.  I was also the Guest Skater for the Christmas Show that was sponsored by the Mexican Government in Guadalajara, MX.  During my skating career, I was also the guest skater for several Club Annual Shows including Alexandria, MN, Detroit Lakes, MN, and Wahpeton, ND.

Currently I am tested as a Junior Movies in the Field, Junior Freeskate, Pre-Sliver Dance, and 1st Figure Figures.  I continue to test in Dance.

I have several coaching certifications including Learn to Skate USA Certified Coach and a PSA Registered Group Lesson Instructor.  I am also a member of USFS and the Professional Skaters Association.

I serve as the Learn to Skate Director with the Watertown Figure Skate Club where I also am the Director of the Annual Expo Show and Power Coach.  I also assist with WFSC’s Basic Skills Competition.  As an instructor, I work one-on-one in a private setting with skaters specializing in moves in the field, freeskate, and overall enhancement of skills.  I have been camp Director in both Watertown and for the Brookings Figure Skate Club.  Prior to WFSC, I was the Assistant Head Coach, Private Coach, and Ice Show Director for the West Fargo, ND Park and Rec Figure Skate Program.  I’ve also coached at Fargo/Moorhead Park and Rec Skate Program, Program Director at Wahpeton, ND Figure Skate Club and Detroit Lakes, MN Skate Club.  I began my career at the Fergus Falls, MN Figure Skate Club as a Learn to Skate and Synchro Coach as well as their Ice Show Coordinator.

To further my coaching education, I have attended several educational workshops and seminars including attending the PSA Conference and Tradeshow in 2018.

My husband, Chad and I have three children and reside in Watertown.  Our daughter Madison is a figure skater, and our son Rob plays hockey.

Mallory Kohl - WFSC Learn to Skate Coach

My name is Mallory Kohl, and I am currently enrolled at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD as a psychology major.

I have been skating for over nine years with the Watertown Figure Skate Club (WFSC).  I am Intermediate Moves in the Field and Pre-Juvenile Freeskate level.  I was an active competitor competing in most of the larger competitions.  I have received the WFSC Spirit (2x), Skater of the Year, Leadership, and Apprentice of the Year Awards.

I began coaching in the Fall of 2019 and love what I do.

I have attended REACH Camp & Gracie Gold’s “Road to Gold” Camp twice amongst other various camps and training around the region. I have had lesson instruction from former Olympic Skaters Gracie Gold, Geoff Varner, and Surya Bonaly as well as other well-known coaches such as Patrick O’Neil, Jason Dilworth, and Kate Charbenou-Sheets.

Morgan Kohl – WFSC Learn to Skate & Private Coach

My name is Morgan Kohl and I have actively competed, tested, and coached figure skating with WFSC over the course of the past six years.  I have tested Preliminary in both Moves in the Field and Freeskate.  I currently am at the Adult Bronze MIF level.

I served as a full-time Learn to Skate and Private Lesson Coach in 2017-2018 and from 2019 to present.  Prior to coaching, I served several years as a Learn To Skate Apprentice for WFSC.

I enjoy working with kids of all ages and helping them achieve their goals in skating.  I also enjoy teaching others what someone once taught me.

I graduated from South Dakota State University with a double major in Agronomy and Animal Science and am currently employed with Syngenta.

Miranda Patek - WFSC Learn to Skate & Private Lesson Coach

My name is Miranda (Miller) Patek, and I am a native of Watertown.  I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 2 years and completed my BA in Business Management at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.  I’ve lived in Lincoln, Aberdeen, and Spearfish before relocating back to Watertown in 2013.  My husband, Joey, and I have two children and a dog.  My son plays hockey, and my daughter is in the Learn to Skate program, so I spend a lot of time at the rink.  I am the Continuous Improvement Manager for a manufacturing firm in Watertown and I play recreational volleyball year-round.  I am also an in-classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement.

I began skating at the age of 12 and competed for 8 years.  I have coached group and private lessons for 13 years for WFSC and 3 years for Aberdeen Park & Rec.  After all these years, I continue to coach because I enjoy working with the skaters and helping them learn all the lessons skating offers.  Learning to skate is not just learning the elements.  Skating taught me perseverance, helped build my self-confidence and helped develop my leadership skills and I love to see skaters developing those same attributes!  My main goal is to develop strong foundations while having fun!

Shawnna Singrey - WFSC Learn to Skate & Private Ice Dance Coach

My name is Shawnna Singrey.  I have been skating for 31 years and just can’t stop!  I love the feeling of gliding across a clean sheet of ice and skating to the music!

I have passed my Juvenile Freeskate, Intermediate MIF and Pre-Silver dance tests along with 1 Silver dance (Tango).  I’m still working towards future tests and enjoy spending time practicing as much as I can.

I have been coaching with WFSC for the past 7 years (following 1 season as a sub).  I enjoy working with the kids in the LTS program because it is fun to see their excitement in learning new skills and watch them improve over time.

I also give private lessons in pattern ice dance.  If you don’t know what that is, just think ballroom dancing, only on ice!  I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for figure skating with you!

Katherine Pfaff – Learn to Skate Coach & Private Coach

My name is Katherine Pfaff. I have been skating for 14 years and been in club for about 9 years.

I have tested through senior moves in the field, senior solo free dance, intermediate freeskate, and pre-silver patterned dance. I am a USFS double gold medalist.

I am a second year learn to skate and private coach. I was a learn to skate apprentice for 5 years and I enjoy helping other skaters learn and grow.

I am a senior at the Watertown High school. I work part time at Walmart along skating and coaching.

Abby Reeves – Learn to Skate Coach & Private Coach

My name is Abigail Reeves. I have been skating for 13 years and I’ve skated with WFSC for 8 of those years.

I have taken many tests so far in my skating career, the first being my Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field in 2018. I have since passed my Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, and Novice Moves in the Field. I have also passed my Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior Solo Free Dance tests. Along with those I have passed my Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, and Pre-Juvenile Free Skate tests. Finally, I have passed my Pre-Silver Dances.

I have attended many competitions and skating camps. Some include two trips to the “Road to Gold Training Camp” and many of Watertown’s own camps. I have been an apprentice for many years and began coaching in 2022.

I am very lucky to have received many awards in my time with the club. Some include Apprentice of the Year twice and Most Improved skater.

Currently I am enrolled at Watertown Middle School. Not only do I Figure Skate, but I also take ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and musical theater classes at Living Arts Dance Studio. I also take time to volunteer at the local Bramble Park Zoo as a member of the Zoo Crew Team.

Elin Gossen – Learn to Skate Coach & Private Coach

My name is Elin Gossen.  I go to Watertown High School.  I have been skating over 7 years now and I love it.

During my skating career I have passed my intermediate moves, pre-bronze dances, and pre-preliminary freeskate. I have been an apprentice for the past two years and I am looking forward to working with kids and showing them how much fun skating can be.

I have been involved in dancing for the past 13 years at the Living Art Dance studio. During those 13 years I have learned different styles of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, musical theater, and Irish. I am also a member of the tennis and golf team.

In my free time I am always dancing and trying to figure out what to put in my next routine.

Lillian Jaton – Learn to Skate Coach & Private Coach

Bio to be updated soon!