Introducing Our Coaches

Our elite coaching staff is the best around!  
Exceptionally qualified in a wide array of levels and disciplines to meet your skater’s individual needs. 
They can take beginners who have never been on the ice before right up through the competitive ranks.  
There are two levels of coaches here at SDIA 

Junior Coach (specializes in beginner skaters)
Senior Coach (specializes in beginner through advanced levels) 

Bob Pellaton 


USFS Quadruple Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Pairs, MITF and Dance.
11 years U.S. National & International member of team USA, International Silver Medalist & Coach of National level skaters.
28 years coaching experience with expertise in choreography, freestyle, moves in the field and component refinement.  

Kimberly Baer


USFS triple gold medalist in MITF, Freestyle, & Dance. US Regional medalist. Trained by National & Olympic coaches. Soloist in various professional ice shows. Production coach. Magna Cum Laude graduate from UCSD with a BA in Child Development and Social Psychology. 

Elaina Chu


USFS Double Gold medalist in MITF & Freestyle.  12 years competitive skating experience. 9 years with Royal Caribbean Cruises as a principal soloist & performance manager. 14 yrs. coaching experience. BA in Human Development from UCSD.

Clara Nguyen

Sr. Coach

USFS medalist in figures & freestyle. 12 yrs. as a competitive skater throughout California & Regional competitions. National TDS bronze medalist. Trained with National, World and Olympic coaches . 18 yrs of coaching experience.

Geoff Varner


Achieved 24th in the World as a 7 yr member of Team USA.
3 Time ISU Grand Prix Competitor. Jr.
Grand Prix Final Bronze Medalist.
Double Gold Medalist in Freeskate/MITF.
10 Time National Qualifier.
National & International Medalist

Connie Turner 


10 years experience in competitive skating, National recipient of the Erika Amundsen Award, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Master Trainer, ISI Certified Skating Director, ISI Gold Level Judge, ISI Core/ Intermediate Level Certified Instructor, 8 years of competitive coaching experience in both USFS and ISI, Head Coach of ICE DMND Theater on Ice Team.