Courtney Hicks Announces Coaching Change

Courtney Hicks
(photo by Michelle Harvath)
(4/12/12) - Courtney Hicks, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, announced today she has commenced training with coach Ken Congemi at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif. She will continue to receive input from former primary coach John Nicks and choreographer Phillip Mills.

"I want all the positive coaching I can get to help me reach my full potential," Hicks said. "I chose Ken as my directing coach due to his excellent technical skills and international experience with numerous skaters."

Congemi has been coaching for more than 30 years and has worked with U.S. and international medalists, including Olympic champion Evan Lysacek. A native of Commack, N.Y., Congemi started coaching while earning his degree in finance from Boston University.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and accomplished young lady," Congemi said.

Hicks, who placed sixth at the 2011 World Junior Championships, suffered a tibia fracture last October at a Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Italy after winning gold at JGP Australia the previous month. The injury, which required surgery, sidelined Hicks for the remainder of the 2012 season. She resumed training in February after receiving clearance from doctors.

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