UBC Skating & Hockey Instructors

Parinaz Askarian

Daniel Bae


Daniel has been coaching the learn to skate and various hockey programs at UBC for one year including the summer UBC Junior T-Birds hockey camp. He played minor hockey for 8 years for the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association and has volunteered as a coach’s assistant throughout his minor hockey years. Currently, he is a third year materials engineering student at UBC and looks forward to continue helping develop skating and hockey skills for skaters at all ages.

Amanda Coulis

Allison Duff

Melanie Kichherr


Melanie has been surrounded by figure skating since the young age of 5, beginning in Switzerland. She competed for about 8 years up to the Junior level in the United States Under USFSA, she is a triple gold medalist in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Solo Dance and has passed through Pre-Silver Dances. Currently, she is working on becoming a judge under Skate Canada. She started her studies at UBC in 2019 in hopes of majoring in International Relations and German.

Matt Kroeker

Sophie Maskall


Sophie has completed training through the National Coaching Certification Program to become a Skate Canada CanSkate coach. Since the age of twelve she’s been helping with learn-to-skate programs and in the past two years has been coaching figure skating as well as learn-to-skate. This fall, she started at UBC in her first year and joined the UBC learn-to-skate coaching team. As a figure skater, she’s been competing since the age of eight, won the provincial title for Junior Bronze, and has achieved Triple Gold status.

Mike Nardi

Daniel North

Stephanie Pan

Rose Punsky


Rose has been figure skating since the age of five and played two years of hockey in high school. She started coaching in middle school and was excited to join the UBC coaching team last year. Rose was a competitive figure skater for several years and is a United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist and International Skating Institute Freestyle 9. Outside of the rink, Rose is a second-year student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and is a member of UBC Nutrikids, which conducts food literacy workshops for children in Vancouver.

Ariel Rosen




-Community Member

Satish Stefansson


Satish Stefansson is a professional figure skater with over 20 years of competitive experience. He began competing at the age of 3 and competed on behalf of Skate Canada in senior singles at multiple international events. Satish is now a technical specialist for singles skating up to the sectional level and is the co-founder of the UBC Figure Skating Club.

Hanna Van Inwegan


Hanna is originally from Seattle, and is currently studying Music Education at UBC.  She fell in love with skating at age 7 and competed for several years before retiring to testing.  Hanna has been coaching at UBC since 2017, is a Learn to Skate USA certified coach, and has passed her USFSA Novice moves and free skate tests.

Matt Veenstra


Matt is UBC’s most senior hockey instructor with experience with youth programs and minor hockey coaching in the lower mainland over the last 5 years. Matt is an NCCP certified level coaching having completed his Coach 1 and Development 1 Hockey Clinics.

Ian Walker