Coaching Professionals

The heart of any club is it’s skaters. Those skaters are helped in their efforts to reach their potential by their coaching professionals.  Our affiliated professionals cover the full range of skating disciplines and skill levels.  They teach group lessons, and can also be contacted for private lessons.  This great group of professionals helps our skaters improve their skills, and helps give the skaters a love for the sport of figure skating that will last a lifetime.

All of our coaches are USFSA / Learn to Skate certified instructors.

Affiliated Professionals for the 2018-19 Season

Samantha Bentley **  Samantha has been coaching group lessons for 9 years, and private lessons for 7. She has been coaching at the Skating Club of New Hartford for 4 years. Samantha has been skating for over 20 years, and also played high level hockey. In addition to coaching figure skating, she coaches hockey power skating and has coached many hockey camps in the Central New York area. She is a member of the Professional Skating Association (PSA) and attends yearly conferences to further enhance her coaching knowledge. She is a recent graduate of Utica College with a Bachelors in Business Management, and she currently works for the Utica Comets and Utica City FC as the Community Relations Coordinator. Samantha is currently accepting private students and can be contacted by email at or by call/text at 315-378-7078.  
Stephanie Bevins ** Stephanie has been coaching figure skating since 2004. She began coaching in New Hartford in 2004, coached at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn from 2007-2008, and has been back with the Skating Club of New Hartford since 2009. She grew up in Cedar Lake and was a freestyle skater with the Skating Club of New Hartford starting when she was 10 years old. Stephanie completed her Senior free skate and Senior moves in the field during her competitive skating years. She is also an art teacher at the Westmoreland Central School District. Stephanie coaches Learn to Skate group and private lessons and all free skate and moves in the field levels. She is currently accepting private students. Contact her at 315-525-3469 or
Sandy DeSarro  Sandy has been coaching with the Skating Club of New Hartford since 2008 as a basic skills coach. As well as coaching, Sandy also drives school bus for NHCS and owns and operates The Children’s Haircutting Company in NY Mills.  You can contact Sandy at 315-525-4065.
Kim Dzialo **  Kim can be reached at 315-569-1845.
Tara Gonzales Tara has been a figure skater for 10 years. She grew up in New York Mills and started skating when she was 9 years old. Tara just recently became a coach and previously was a competing skater for the skating club of New Hartford. She has passed all levels leading up to Junior Moves in the Field and Intermediate free skate. Tara is also an elementary education major at Mohawk Valley Community College. You can contact Tara at
Kim LaFave ** Kim is a USFS Gold medalist in Freestyle and Dance. She is a  PSA(professional skaters association) Master Rated coach in freestyle, moves in the field as and group. She holds a level 4 ranking through PSA.  She has coached in Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul and several other places. She has had numerous skaters pass their senior moves, senior freestyle, gold dance.  She has had skaters at Regionals and Sectionals.  She also has had synchronized skating teams go to USFS nationals and ISI nationals.  She has been director of various ice shows in and out of the area. She has been a coach for over 40 years with over 30 being in the Utica area. You can text her at 315-725-8126 or email for lesson inquiries.
Missy Misiak ** You can contact Missy at 315-853-1646, or
Mike North Mike previously figure skated with the Clinton Figure Skating Club for 15 years as a child with his family. He spent 7 of those years as a pair skater. Mike was introduced to the Skating Club of New Hartford through his daughters and has been a coach with us for 10 years.  You can contact Mike at 315-794-0517.
Samantha North ** Samantha was a figure skater for 8 years. She spent 3 years at the Clinton Figure Skating Club before she became a member in New Hartford. She skated with the Skating Club of New Hartford for 5 years competitively and is currently working on finishing her last two Moves in the Field Tests. Sam has been a coach with us for 4 years. She coaches Learn to Skate and all freeskate and moves in the field levels and is now accepting private lesson students. You can contact Samantha 315-269-0849 or

** Currently accepting private freestyle students.

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