Our staff’s coaching philosophy is that the work we do as a team will translate to valuable life lessons as well. The Chicago Skates coaching staff is committed to building better skaters on the ice, in order to build better youths off the ice. Our knowledgeable and committed coaches will teach you the skills in a program, to compete at your highest level and to learn from the experience. We are dedicated to the growth of the Chicago Skates organization, the Windy City FSC, and the sport of synchronized skating.
Shaheen Bronkowski – Coach Shaheen brings 12 years of synchronized skating experience to the program, as well as being a USFS MIF and Ice Dance Gold Medalist, Novice freestylist. A former Chicago Skates member herself from 1998-2009, Coach Shaheen continued skating at the collegiate level at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she competed at the USFS Junior and Senior level both nationally, and internationally. She helped the team earn 2 National Silver medals, and a National Bronze medal. She also earned the honor to represent the United States as Team USA 2 at two ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. After graduating from Miami in May 2013, Coach Shaheen sought to pursue coaching with Chicago Skates as a means of giving back to the organization that developed her fundamentals for Synchro in hopes to grow, challenge, and inspire the future generation of synchronized skaters, both on and off the ice for the past four years.
Jessica Burbano – Coach Jessica has been coaching synchronized skating teams at McFetridge for the past two seasons. Jessica skated for the Chicago Skates from 2002-2009. Upon graduating from Robert Morris University she decided to come back to the ice and begin coaching for the program that taught her so much. Jessica has eleven years of competitive figure skating experience in USFS and ISI. She brings the energy and desire to work with our beginner teams by challenging them with choreography and basic skills concepts.
Shannon Jahrling: Coach Shannon grew up and trained on the East Coast, where she started skating 18 years ago. She currently holds two USFS gold medals in Moves in the Field and Ice dance. Coach Shannon also had the honor to represent the United States as a member of the Lexettes of Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams on Team USA 1 at Junior Worlds for two years. In addition to this, she holds three National Gold medals, and one National Bronze medal, as well as a plethora of sectional, national and international skating experience. She has competed on international assignments as well as world championships and challenge cups in Finland, Italy, France, and Switzerland. She has been training synchronized skaters individually for the past five years, and was the coach of the Beginner 2 Team at Chicago Skates this past year, and is now the head coach of the Chicago Skates Intermediate Team. Coach Shannon strives to give her skaters back what this sport gave to her during her competitive years, both on and off the ice.
Kathy Murphy – Coach Kathy laid her synchro roots back in 1988, when she taught a synchro skills class at McFetridge. She eventually turned the class into a competitive synchro team and continued coaching Chicago Skates teams for 20 years. After taking a 2-year hiatus from coaching, Kathy came out of retirement for the 2011-2012 season, to coach the ISI Junior Youth Formation team. Coach Kathy started the Chicago Skates Scholarship Fund and continues to manage the award money for Chicago Skates families that are in need.
Taryn Siko- Coach Taryn fell in love with figure skating at the age of 5 when she began. Through skating she learned commitment, discipline, what it means to work hard and achieve goals, camaraderie, teamwork, and that you can have fun with the sport too. Her 10 years of synchronized skating experience with the Chicago Jazz Synchronized Skating Teams began on the Chicago Jazz Mousettes and advanced through various team levels reaching the Chicago Jazz Junior team. Her Chicago Jazz teams competed nationally and during that time she became a National Gold Medalist four times. Coach Taryn competed internationally as well representing Team USA 1 for four years at the Novice and Junior levels. She is a 2-time World Junior Team Competitor and also won Gold Medals in both Prague & Milan during their international assignment competitions. Taryn’s individual training in freestyle, edges, moves, power skating, and ice dance enabled her to achieve the USFS Gold Medal for Moves in the Field and Pre-Gold Ice Dances. Coach Taryn attended Illinois State University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. While in college, Taryn was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority holding leadership positions for her chapter and turned her attention to coaching. She was an instructor at the Pepsi Ice Center where she taught both group and individual lessons and assisted with the Beginner Bloomington Blades Synchronized Skating Team. She then moved on to be an assistant coach with the Lucky 7 Synchro teams based out of Seven Bridges Ice Arena. When Coach Taryn is not coaching she is focused on her full-time job in medical sales. Living in the city of Chicago now, she is excited to share her ice skating knowledge and synchro expertise with the Chicago Skates to succeed as a team, and give her skaters the same outlook on the sport that she had experienced growing up.