Stephen Carriere is the latest U.S. skater to announce a coaching change. The 2007 World Junior champion and 2008 U.S. bronze medalist will train with Priscilla Hill and Karl Kurtz at the Skating Club of Wilmington in Delaware.
The native of Massachusetts had been working with coaches Peter Johansson and Mark Mitchell at the Skating Club of Boston. Under the tutelage of Johansson and Mitchell, Carriere captured the 2006 U.S. junior title as well as the gold medal at the 2006 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final along with his 2007 junior global crown and 2008 U.S. medal.
“Making the decision to train with Priscilla was a difficult one,” Carriere said. “Peter and Mark have been my coaches since I was 11 years old. They’ve done so much for me and for my skating career – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank them enough.”
Hill also coaches two-time World Junior bronze medalist Ashley Wagner. Her former students include three-time U.S. champion and World bronze medalist Johnny Weir, and six-time U.S. ice dancing medalists Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov.
“Going into this Olympic season, I felt I needed a change that would help give me an edge,” Carriere said. “I’m now looking forward to the challenge of working with Priscilla and Karl.”
During the 2008-09 season, Carriere won silver at the Cup of China, finished sixth at the NHK Trophy and placed a disappointing ninth at the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hill is the 1978 U.S. bronze medalist and a two-time World Championships competitor.