When Tom was a young boy he always told his mom he wanted to be a teacher. Flash forward to St. Joseph, Missouri, September 1990, at 26 years old, Tom begins to teach figure skating to young skaters and his childhood vision comes to life.
Having now coached at three Winter Olympic Games, ten World Championships, 20 National Champions, and over 50 US Medalists, Tom is heading into the next phase of his coaching career by sharing his knowledge with you and the entire skating community.
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In July 2013 Tom explained the Periodization Model and how to put it into everyday planning on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Those Periodization Posts are now organized in an easy-to-download PDF document that you can read online or print. Just click the image to the left to download.
In September 2013, Tom entered into an agreement with iCoachSkating.com to offer an 8-part video series focused on the Axel jump. Tom also posted those video clips on his Facebook account.
In January 2014 the video series was voted the #1 Videos of the Year at iCoachSkating.com. Now Tom is offering the entire series in an easy-to-view format right here at CoachTomZ.com.
Watch junior competitor Yu Miao demonstrate the use of a Dyna-Band® to help her feel proper use of her leg muscles during a double axel jump. You can find the Dyna-Band® at any sporting goods store. They vary in resistance strength to suit your preference. More info at www.dynaband.co.uk
Depending upon your commitment to skating, consider joining CLUB Z at the GOLD or PLATINUM levels for added insights and access to many of Tom’s legendary training techniques. If not, enjoy the free content that is posted monthly in the form of his Blog, Sports Science Tips, Quote of the Month and Word of the Month sections.
A Tip o’ the Hat from Coach Tom Z to His Mentors
Tom is also dedicated to helping other coaches because he realizes that his professional relationships with his own coach, Norma Sahlin, and many coaching greats like Frank Carroll, Kathy Casey and Audrey Weisiger, have enriched his understanding of the sport.
Tom also acknowledges learning from many other elite coaches who have been keynote speakers at the Professional Skaters Association conferences over the years including Richard Callaghan, Tamara Moskvina, John Nicks and Evy and Mary Scotvold.