Onyx-Phoenix Synchronized Skating will cultivate teams that are highly competitive around the world, have them train and compete as elite athletes who consistently perform at a level that allows them to be ranked & recognized as world-class teams. Each of the coaches continues to develop new and innovative ideas with team programs that will propel the sport to even higher levels of excellence. The Phoenix coaches focus on building a solid foundation for all divisions. Onyx-Phoenix’s goal is to provide a training ground for skaters to progress through the levels of synchronized skating, ultimately arriving at the pinnacle of the sport, the Senior Division.
Phoenix skaters brought home 198 medals in the 2011 season including 50 Gold, 101 Silver, 10 Bronze, 37 Pewter! Phoenix skaters passed over 115 U.S. Figure Skating tests this season as well.
Jeannine Weinschrod is the Director of Phoenix Synchronized Skating Teams at the Onyx – Suburban Skating Academy in Rochester, Michigan. Prior to her position with Phoenix Synchronized Skating Teams, Jeannine was the Director of Synchronized Skating at the Detroit Skating Club of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since the inception of Team Élan in 1991. During her tenure as Director, Team Élan won 18 United States Synchronized Skating Championships, and teams under her direction as Head Coach won 9 of these national titles. She has been involved with national medal winning teams since 1983, coaching various levels, with her specialty at the senior level.
Jeannine Weinschrod has her Master Rating in Synchronized Skating through the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). She has an elite Level VI Ranking from PSA that is awarded to coaches in recognition of successful performances by their skaters at World and Olympic levels. Jeannine serves as Coach Representative on the U.S. Figure Skating Sports Science and Medicine Committee, Membership Committee and served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Figure Skating from 1999 – 2002. Jeannine was named the Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year in 2004.
Helene Wolf’s teams have earned fifteen U.S National medals and four National Championships. She has experienced coaching synchronized skating at every level including Youth, Preliminary, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Adult and Open Adult 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.
Erin was the Head Coach of Spartan Synchronized Skating at Michigan State University from 2006-2012. Her teams earned 5 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. Erin loves coaching and sharing her love of synchronized skating with many skaters.
Kelly has been coaching with Phoenix since its inaugural year in 2007. With a decade of competitive synchronized skating experience as a skater; Kelly earned national medals at the Juvenile, Novice, Junior and Senior level. She was also an international competitor and medalist representing Team USA in France, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Italy, as well as within the U.S. The first official World Synchronized team was chosen in 2000, and Kelly was honored to be a member of that team which was coached by Jeannine (Cullen) Weinschrod. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Oakland University and is fluent in Spanish. Kelly just finished her first year of Law School at University of Detroit Mercy.
Whitney Patton Turner
Whitney is a new addition to the Phoenix coaching staff. She grew up synchronized skating for Jeannine and Helene, where she received national medals at the Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, and Senior levels, as well as, competing internationally for Team USA. During college, she skated for Michigan State University Synchronized Skating Team and was the President of the Albion College Dancers. She danced and choreographed for several concert dance companies including Goddess Inc. and No One is an Island. Whitney earned Bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics with Honors from Albion College and holds a Masters of Science in Mathematics (Logic) from University of Connecticut where she taught various University level Mathematics classes.
* Synchronized Skating at the Onyx Ice Arena is offered exclusively by Onyx-Phoenix Synchronized Skating