Three U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Win USOC Coach of the Year Honors: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson and Kat Arbour

Mark Mitchell (center) and Peter Johansson with Juliana Cannarozzo
(5/3/2007) - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced its 2006 Coach of the Year honorees in Washington, D.C., today, including 2006 Developmental Coaches of the Year Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson (figure skating) and “Doc” Counsilman Award winner Kat Arbour (figure skating). The “Doc” Counsilman Award recognizes a coach who has created innovative ways to use sports science.

Mitchell and Johansson coach together at the Skating Club of Boston in Brighton, Mass. They joined forces in 1995 and began to rebuild the SC of Boston skating program. Since then, they have coached 34 national-level skaters to 21 U.S. medals and 13 international skaters to 22 international medals.

Their pupils include 2007 World Junior champion Stephen Carriere, 2007 U.S. fifth-place finisher Scott Smith and 2007 U.S. seventh-place finisher Juliana Cannarozzo. U.S. silver medalist and 2006 Olympian Emily Hughes announced last month she will skate with Mitchell and Johansson next year while attending Harvard University.

Mitchell was a three-time U.S. medalist and finished fourth at the 1993 World Figure Skating Championships. Johansson was a four-time Swedish champion and 1988 Olympian.

In winning the Developmental Coach of the Year award, Mitchell and Johansson beat out finalists John Hynes (USA Hockey), Frank Madden (U.S. Equestrian), Johnny Prado (USA Judo) and Bill Rose (USA Swimming).

Kat Arbour (left) with former U.S. Figure Skating Director of Athlete Programs Nicole Stocker
Arbour is a figure skating coach, licensed physical therapist, certified personal trainer, off-ice strength and conditioning coach, and current Ph.D. candidate in biomechanics and movement science. She uses sports science in her coaching to help skaters acquire the ability to skate their programs at their best; identify injuries early to minimize the interruption to training; and educate skaters, parents and other coaches. She works with a number of elite athletes including 2006 World champion Kimmie Meissner.

The other finalists Arbour beat out for the “Doc” Counsilman Award include Brian Shimer (U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton), Dr. Andrew Coggan (USA Cycling), Wolfgang Schaedler (USA Luge) and Dave Ellis (USA Hockey).

The other honorees announced by the USOC today included National Coach of the Year Bud Keene (U.S. Ski and Snowboard), Volunteer Coach of the Year Booker Woods (USA Track & Field) and Paralympic Coach of the Year Julie O'Neill (USA Swimming).