Nashville, Tenn. (January 29, 2019) - In conjunction with the Nashville Predators and Ford Ice Center, Scott Hamilton - Olympic figure skating champion and founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy - announced Tuesday that world-renowned figure skating coach Kori Ade will join the Predators and Ford Ice Center, effective Feb. 1, 2019.
Ade will join Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Manager Paula Trujillo in advancing the elite figure skating program, developing skaters and coaches at both Ford Ice Center and the new Preds Ice Center in Bellevue, which is scheduled to open in August 2019.
"We are very excited to bring Olympic coach Kori Ade to Nashville to expand our elite figure skating program," Hamilton said. "I anticipate that with her leadership, intelligence, positive spirit and abundant energy she has what it takes to develop our skaters from the Nashville area to reach their full potential."
"Over the last four years, we are tremendously proud of the growth and dedication we've seen our skaters and staff at the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy display," Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. "The addition of Kori only reinforces our efforts to host and develop the best skaters not only in the South but across the country as well."
Ade brings more than 20 years of elite coaching experience to the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and Ford Ice Center and comes to Nashville from the 7k International Skating Academy in Monument, Colo., where she had been training National, International and Olympic athletes since 2013.
"I am elated to join forces with the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and the Nashville Predators organization," Ade said. "By integrating our creativity, passion and innovation in the sport with Scott's vision for the program's future, the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy will be the source of unrivaled growth and development for athletes of all ages."
Video: Scott Hamilton welcomes Kori Ade to coaching staff
Among the athletes who have exceled under Ade's tutelage are Jason Brown, the 2015 U.S. national champion and bronze medalist in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics; Jordan Moeller, a silver medalist at the 2017 International Challenge Cup; and Laurine Lecavelier, the 2017 French national champion. Ade served as Brown's coach for nearly 20 years, and she helped lead the 23-year-old to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, after helping him take his first steps in learn to skate.
Ade's move to Nashville to work with Ford Ice Center and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy comes as it was named the largest in the Midwest - and one of the 10 largest in the country - with 1,224 registered skaters in 2017-18. Through her Specialized High Aptitude Resource Program (S.H.A.R.P.), Ade, who has a bachelor's degree in skeletal biology from Loyola University Chicago, will provide the Academy's Learn to Skate program with unique developmental training opportunities that correspond with her extensive experience in sport science.
"The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy helps share the joy of figure skating in a fun and welcoming way," U.S. Figure Skating Senior Director of Membership Susi Wehrli McLaughlin said. "Its environment and dedicated staff have helped the academy attain the region's largest membership growth this past year and will certainly continue to grow in the years to come. An inspiring place to skate for fun, fitness or competition, Scott's academy is the new gem of the South."
"No other skating program in the country has what we have in our partner, the Nashville Predators," Hamilton said. "Their unique vision, quality management and commitment to excellence is showing up in everything they set their minds to. With the addition of Kori Ade, we now have a complete faculty to help give our figure skaters everything they need to become champions and Olympians."