THE COACH

I began my competitive skating career at the age of 7 in roller speed skating.  As the sport evolved, I switched to inline and ice speed skating and later ice hockey, founding and playing for the University of Denver Women’s Club Hockey team and beginning a 15-year hockey career.

I eventually returned to competitive speed skating landing a professional sponsorship with Tru-Rev and competed throughout North America and in Europe. I successfully competed in all disciplines, including short-track, banked track, road and marathon skating.  In two years I was fortunate to achieve 14 national titles and 2 national records.  .

Eventually, I turned my attention to coaching, assisting with developmental speed skating clinics at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning coach (C.S.C.S.). For the next 10 years, I did strength and conditioning part-time for skaters (speed, figure, hockey and even roller derby!) but I found myself being asked more and more by hockey players to help improve their speed on the ice and quickly found my calling.  I began training high level hockey players, focusing primarily on college, junior and professional hockey players, including a Stanley Cup champion.

In 2020, I quit my job as a software consultant to become a full-time skating coach for high-level hockey players, expanding my client group to include AAA, High School and high level Bantam players.  I currently coach in various hockey camps and programs such as the Popovic Hockey Academy and Regis High School. I also run my own skating mini-camps, and conduct private and small group sessions.  However, my favorite coaching is one where I can develop a complete program consisting of on/off ice work, and I can truly get to know each skater individually and engage in a long term coaching relationship.

When I’m not coaching and watching my clients play, I can be found doing freelance photography for the University of Denver varsity hockey team and other local and minor league teams.

Assistant coaches, cats Luna and Karly, can usually be seen helping out during virtual workout sessions and  strength workouts done at the coach’s residence.

“Shannon is a top notch skating coach and we are so grateful for her dedication to her skaters. While working with Shannon our player has shown rapid and transformative improvement. Shannon is a Pro! Her communication is excellent and she is always quick to reply to an email or open to having a chat off-ice. Her super-power is connecting with her skaters and it’s her EQ that separates Shannon from other coaches we have worked with. She takes time to get to know the kids and I’ve seen her ability to adapt her style to how each skater learns. Her feedback is always given from a player development perspective. Her skates are demanding and she pushes the skaters out of their comfort zone. The kindness and compassion she shows the kids is amazing and we are so grateful to have her as our players coach.”

 – Patrick Z.

Coaching and Athletic Background

 
  • Over 30 years of inline and ice speed skating
  • Former professional in-line speed skater
  • 14 national speed skating titles and 2 national records
  • Former University of Denver Women’s Club Hockey player
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
 
  • Skating coach for Popovic Hockey Academy
  • Skating consultant to Regis Jesuit High School teams
  • ISI insured, background check and SafeSport certified
  • Experience coaching youth to professional hockey players
  • 10 years experience in strength and conditioning.