Coach Angie Johnstad is the Skating Director and Head Coach for the Wisconsin Edge. She has been a member of Wisconsin FSC since 1989 (although back then she went by “AJ”, not “Angie” and it was called “Precision” team skating, not yet “synchro”) With the Wisconsin Edge, she skated with the Intermediate and Junior teams, which was highlighted by four National Championships. While studying at UW-Milwaukee, Angie began her coaching career with the Edge, first assisting longtime WFSC coach and Edge founder Jon Sorkan. This year marks her 20th season coaching for the Wisconsin Edge, and her 7th as Skating Director. Angie holds a Certified Synchro rating from the Professional Skaters Association, and also serves as a consultant for the synchro club in Juneau, Alaska. She also coaches freestyle and moves in the field.
Coach Angie Q&A
What do you love about coaching: I feel I actually enjoy coaching more than I love skating itself. It’s an incredible experience being able to help our athletes pass tests and reach their personal goals. I’m also thankful for the strong relationships with my longtime skating families, and being able to watch them grow up together over the years. The kids make me laugh and keep me young!
Coaching philosophy: Skating can be an enjoyable, fulfilling sport at any skill or commitment level! But it’s also important to remember that you can’t count on getting more out, then what you put in.
Additionally, I feel it’s important to not just develop good, strong skaters, but to also help them grow into good, strong people.
Greatest skating accomplishment: Although I have a few personal highlights, I’m more proud of my students and teams, so I’ll say their three Midwestern Synchronized Sectional Championships is tops! I was also very proud to help George Palabrica – Schorse get to his first Sectionals in Novice Mens last year! Fun fact: For the last 12 years, I’ve enjoyed an alter-ego in the world of roller derby… “Terror Lapinski” (get it??) For seven years I skated as a blocker for the Brewcity Bruisers on the “Shevil Knevils”, and like my namesake, then traded my skates for an announcer’s microphone. (Bonus fun fact- I helped to choreograph the opening ceremonies for Skate America a few years ago, and got to meet Tara Lipinski backstage… she did a very good job pretending not to be completely weirded out by the name homage. Ha!)