About Our Coaches 

Our coaches are very qualified in a wide array of levels and disciplines to meet your skater’s individual needs. We have coaches that specializes in all different levels of skaters from a first time beginner to an Olympic hopeful. 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.  

Breanne Bonilla 


USFS Regional competitor with 11 years competitive experience in USFSA and ISI. Intermediate Freestyle and Senior MITF tests. Cognitive Science B.S. from UCSD.
Member of PSA, USFSA and gold certification with ISI.

Brian Thayer


USFS Medalist in Figures, Freestyle and Pairs.
Trained by National & Olympic coaches.
Performed with Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice and Ice Capades.
Coach of the Pacific Coast Gold Medalist Shining Blades Synchronized Skating Team.
Tel: 619 665 1849

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

Heather Young


USFS Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Silver Medalist in Freestyle.
Pacific Coast and US National competitor.
Professionally trained in dance and ballet.
Performer with “Legends On Ice” skating show.
10 yrs. coaching experience.Email: