DeGirolamo named Miami University head synchronized skating coach
(06/24/2009) - OXFORD, Ohio -- Becoming just the second person to guide Miami University's synchronized skating program, Carla DeGirolamo has been named head coach, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today. "Carla has been an integral part of the championship success of our synchronized skating program for the past 11 years from her time as a skater to her efforts on the coaching staff," said Bates. "She has been entrenched on the coaching staff the past seven years and will be able to make a seamless transition into the head coaching role. Her experience and knowledge of the figure skating community and also of Miami University make her an ideal selection for this position." "I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Miami synchronized skating program," said DeGirolamo. "This program has a tradition of excellence both on and off the ice that I was fortunate enough to be a part of as an athlete and an assistant coach. I am looking forward to continuing that tradition as the head coach." After a four-year career as a RedHawk skater, DeGirolamo spent seven seasons as an assistant coach in the program, serving as the head coach of the junior team the past three seasons. She spent the past five years as the top assistant coach for the senior team after serving as head coach of the collegiate team her first season on staff. DeGirolamo brings 25 years of figure skating experience and 19 years of synchronized skating experience to her position. During the 2002-03 season, she was a volunteer assistant with Miami's collegiate synchronized skating team and served as the assistant ice skating coordinator at Miami's Goggin Ice Arena. DeGirolamo has also worked as an assistant coach for the Oxford Skating Club's synchronized skating teams. She has been an assistant camp director for Miami's summer skating camps and is directing the camps this summer. DeGirolamo is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in dance and moves in the field and is registered rated in dance and master rated in team skating by the Professional Skaters Association where she also holds a Level V ranking. She is currently a member of both the U.S. Figure Skating Athlete Advisory Committee and the Coaches' Committee. During her four-year stint on Miami's senior synchronized skating team, DeGirolamo earned several prestigious awards. A two-time captain, DeGirolamo garnered the team's Senior of the Year and Outstanding Skater awards during her senior campaign and also was decorated with Miami Athletics' most prestigious award for a female -- The Leann Grimes Davidge Award-which recognizes a senior female athlete who best personifies the outstanding qualities of Leann Grimes Davidge by excelling in the areas of athletics, leadership and scholarship. Additionally, DeGirolamo was tabbed the team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman. She served as the Miami Ice Skating Club's Vice President (2001) and President (2002). DeGirolamo, who is a native of Cleveland, earned her bachelor's degree in business from Miami in May 2003 with a double major in accountancy and marketing. "We have an exceptional group of athletes here at Miami," said DeGirolamo. "They have the skills, the competitive drive and the heart of champions. I am excited to work with them in this new role and to challenge them to be better and stronger every day, to be confident, successful young women who take command of the ice and of their lives." DeGirolamo replaces 25-year head coach Vicki Korn, who retired in May.