Signed in as:
PSA Registered Ratings: Moves/Skating Skills Coach, Program Director, Group Instructor
PSA Ranking: L1S-20
ISI Certified Gold Judge
PSA Certified in Hockey Skating 1, 2, 3, 4
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Youth Fitness Coach, Nutritionist Coach
My name is Aimée Ricca, and I’m an ISSA Certified Elite Personal Trainer (E-CPT), ISSA & Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach (CN and Pn1), ISSA and IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Coach (YFC, YFS-1), ISSA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSSC), and IYCA Certified Youth Nutrition Specialist (CYNS). I'm also a PSA Ranked and Rated Skating Coach/Choreographer (Category A).
My approach is unique because I am skilled in on-ice development and off-ice strength and conditioning to optimize on-ice performance and nutrition and health coaching.
I became a coach to help aspiring skaters avoid making the mistakes that I made. I've suffered injuries, been exhausted, and frustrated because I couldn't access the right program and tools to achieve my goals properly. I learned everything the hard way by seeking instruction, information, and inspiration.
I now work with skaters, parents, and even other coaches – because I believe every skater deserves the opportunity to take their performance to the next level under the guidance of a coach who has been there and genuinely wants to help them succeed on the ice and in life!
—Heidi Thibert, PSA Senior Director of Coaching Development
✓ U.S Figure Skating Test Sessions
✓ U.S. Figure Skating Sanctioned Qualifying and Nonqualifying Competitions
✓ Ice Shows, Exhibitions, Performances
✓ Club Ice Sessions and Activities
✓ Traveling to Competitions as part of Team USA
✓ Learn to Skate USA group lessons
✓ Compete USA Events
✓ ISI Group & Private Lessons, Shows, Competitions, & Tests - Gold Certified Judge
+ Off-Ice Performance Training, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition Coaching
✓ Green Light Background Check
✓ SafeSport Trained with Annual Refreshers
✓ Learn to Skate USA Certified
✓ PSA Professional Coach/Choreographer CERs
✓ Insured for ON and OFF-Ice
✓ Premier Member - Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
✓ Full Member - U.S. Figure Skating
✓ Coach Member - Learn to Skate USA
+ ISI Professional (Coach) Member & Gold Certfiied Judge
Being paid to provide a service does not alone determine that a coach is a professional. Collecting money for providing a service is considered a “commercial” activity but not necessarily a "professional" activity.
For a coach to fit the legal definition of a professional, the service provided:
In 2019, I made a career change and went from coaching part-time to full-time. I received my IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist Certification as well as earned my PSA Ranking and my first Rating - Registered Group.
PSA Rankings are a distinguished induction based on lifetime achievement. Rankings acknowledge the career coaching record of a professional established only through the performance of the skaters under their direction.
PSA Ratings are an assurance to you that a coach is technically qualified to instruct at the level in which they are rated regardless of personal background and skating achievement.
I also joined the National Strength & Conditioning Association and became a Figure Skating Special Interest Group member.
In 2020, I was named a U.S. Figure Skating Get Up Champion and nominated by the members of the Professional Skaters Association for the President's Award of Excellence. I also completed my personal training accreditation to become an ISSA Certified Elite Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Youth Fitness Coach, and Youth Nutrition Specialist.
In December 2021, I received my second PSA Rating, Registered Program Director. In June 2022, I received my third PSA Rating, Registered Moves in the Field (Skating Skills). In August 2022, I completed PSA's Foundations of Coaching Course (FCC).
Only a handful of coaches in our area hold a PSA Rating and Ranking. Even fewer coaches are qualified and credentialed to train skaters off the ice with personal training as well as strength and conditioning, and coach nutrition.
✓ ISI Certified Gold Judge
✓ PSA Certified in Hockey Skating 1, 2, 3, 4
✓ ISI Professional Coach Member
✓ International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Certified Elite Personal Trainer (E-CPT)
✓ ISSA Certified Nutritionist Coach (CN)
✓ ISSA Youth Fitness Coach (CYFC)
✓ ISSA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSSC)
✓ Precision Nutrition Certificate in Exercise Nutrition (Pn1)
✓ IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist (YFS-1)
✓ IYCA Youth Nutrition Specialist (YNS)
✓ NSCA Professional Member & Member of the Figure Skating Special Interest Group
✓ TrueSport: Developing Your Coaching Philosophy and Ethics
✓ CDC Heads Up Concussion Training Certification
✓ SHARP 4 Sports Coach Participant
✓ America's Favorite Trainer (AFT) - Nutrition
✓ PSA/U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Challenge 2021 - First Place: Entry-level Coaching
✓ PSA 2020, 2021, and 2022 President’s Award of Excellence Nominee
✓ U.S. Figure Skating 2020 Get Up Champion
✓ Skating Club of New York Coach Member (Primary Club)
✓ Essex Skating Club of NJ - Associate Member
✓ Skating Club of Morris - Associate Member
✓ Member of the National Association of the Self Employed (NASE)
✓ B.A. from William Paterson University
✓ Fully Vaccinated & Up to Date with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine & Boosters:
I am also incredibly proud of the accomplishments of all my skaters that have resulted in the PSA inducting me into the Ranking system. And I'm thankful for my skaters' dedication and their parents' dedication. It's an honor to be PSA Ranked and Rated coach!
In 2021 and 2022, I was nominated a second and third time for the PSA President's Award of Excellence, and the essay that I submitted for the PSA/U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Challenge 2021 was selected for 1st place in the Entry-level Coaching category (LTS levels, pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile):
Additionally, I was named America's Favorite Trainer by BurnAlong in the Nutrition category.
I also became certified by ISSA as a Specialist in Strength & Conditioning (CSSC) in May 2021.
As a child, I skated recreationally and wanted to be Dorothy Hamill. Her autobiography was my blueprint, but I didn't have access to the right resources. So, I channeled my competitive energy toward skiing and swimming, which were more accessible. As a child, my strength and conditioning training came by way of the Jane Fonda Workouts on VHS. I borrowed them from a neighbor and would get up and do them in the mornings before school.
As I matured, I became more interested in learning about proper training, techniques, and nutrition. While in college, I enrolled in cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of America while finishing my Bachelor's Degree in Communication at William Paterson University (class of 1998). The culinary classes led to my becoming an award-winning executive chef at my family's restaurant in Maine for nine years.
When I returned to New Jersey and was part of the team that opened the Prudential Center Arena (N.J. Devil's home ice) in 2009. Then, I became the head of branding, marketing, and communication for a global professional non-profit organization and turned my personal attention back to skating. I became a competitive skater at the age of 40. I sought out training programs but still didn't have a handle on all the right elements. I pushed too hard, too soon, and shattered my right ankle, and couldn't walk or stand for three months.
In my injured downtime, I researched more programs and techniques and resolved to come back skating stronger. Once I recovered enough, I went out to Colorado Springs to train with Olympic coaches, including Kori Ade, Doug Ladret, and Olympic choreographer Rohene Ward, to learn more about their programs. I also started studying to receive personal training and nutrition credentials because I began understanding how critical off-ice training and deep health were to on-ice skating development.
I went on to pass my first moves test, win competitive medals, and became the 2019 Adult Competition Series Eastern Pre-Bronze Pewter Medalist.
What Every Skater & Parent Should Know!
Private lessons can be a great, beneficial way to help you progress in figure skating.
A coach’s role is to help athletes improve their performance and reach their full potential by teaching, monitoring, and motivating them.
Good coaches are made, not born. Whether they are at the elite or beginner level, it takes time, education, dedication, and training to become a successful coach.
The best coach is one who is knowledgeable about the sport, listens to the athletes, understands and responds to their needs, gives them a sense of self-worth, and helps them develop and enjoy the sport.
This guide is a resource to help you find the right coach that fits your needs and outlines what makes a good coach.
Coach Aimée Skating Academy is a PSA Excellence on Ice awarded program, offering ice skating lessons and off-ice training in Morristown, Wayne, and Randolph, NJ.
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