Elizabeth Smith is the Cleveland Edges new Synchronized Skating Program Director and Head Coach. With more than 20 years of skating experience, she is a 7-time National medalist from the Intermediate level of synchro through Junior and Collegiate synchro. In high school, she competed at the international level representing Team USA traveling to France earning a Bronze medal, Switzerland, and Sweden at the Novice and Junior level all while skating with the Chicago Jazz. She also represented the USA with Chicago Jazz as Team USA 1 at the Junior World Championships in 2009.
While attending college at the University of Delaware, she skated on their Collegiate team and earned 3 Gold Eastern Sectional Championships and a Silver medal at the National Championships. In addition, she skated with the University of Delaware Intercollegiate Figure Skating team for four years. She earned a double major in political science and history from the University of Delaware.
Coach Liz has 5 years of coaching experience in various areas including synchro, learn to skate, ice dance, and private lessons, and has spent the past 3 years as a Synchronized Skating Program Director. She has experience in program development, choreography, team management, and competition planning. In addition to a high level of knowledge of USFSA and IJS rules and regulations, she also brings her experience with recruiting, budgeting, scheduling, and information management.
Julie began skating competitively at the age of 8. At the age of 11 her family moved to the Cleveland area where she continued to compete individually and joined Jeff Marshall’s precision team at Greenbrier ice rink. Julie skated for the Greenbrier Precision team for 6 years competing nationally at the juvenile through junior level. She also competed at the sectional level in gold dance.
After graduating in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Biology, she took time away from skating to get married and have a family. In 2013 Julie came back to the sport she loves as a private lesson coach, and shortly thereafter she joined the Cleveland Edges as Assistant Coach. Julie is currently the head coach of the Beginner team. She is Gold tested in Dance, and has passed the Intermediate Freestyle and Third Figure tests.
Miranda Oltmanns is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. While in school, she skated for The University of Notre Dame’s Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team. She was also President of the club. While in school, she began and coached the Junior Irish Synchronized Skating team and helped run Learn to Skate at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Her many achievements include planning the highly successful Tri-States Synchronized Skating Championships in 2015 and winning the MidWest Championships in 2013 and 2014. Prior to attending college, she grew up skating for the Cleveland Edges and attributes much of her success to the background she attained during these years. She is currently working full time as a 4th grade teacher. Miranda enjoys using her education background on the ice. She is very excited to be back and coaching for her home club!
Nicole started skating at the age of 4 and competed individually from ages 7-14. When she was 14, she began synchronized skating with the Cleveland Edges Skating Club where she skated throughout her high school career on the Novice and Intermediate teams. In addition, she taught Learn-to-Skate for 8 years. In 2011, Nicole Passed her Senior Moves in the Field.
After she graduated from high school, she attended Cleveland State University for a year and was the assistant coach of the Cleveland Edges Preliminary team under the direction of Jeff Marshall. Before leaving to skate for Adrian College, Nicole passed her Senior Free Skating and Silver Ice Dancing test in 2012. To finish her college career, she attended Adrian College in Adrian Michigan. In her first two years at Adrian, Nicole competed on the Senior Synchronized Skating team. In 2015, her second year, the team was Midwestern Champions and placed 6th at the National Synchronized Skating Championships. Her third year, she was a Co-Captain of the Collegiate Team. They were Pewter medalists at the 2016 Sectionals and placed 6th at Nationals. Along with synchronized skating, Nicole was a member of the Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team, competing at the Senior level. As an intercollegiate team, they were conference champions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, qualifying them for Nationals.
In 2016, Nicole graduated from Adrian with a Bachelors of Arts degree with a focus in Biology. In 2016, Nicole returned to the Cleveland Edges and currently coaches the Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice Teams and also coaches private lessons.