Our Coaches

Gina Valenzano-Gomez

Head Coach

Gina is a native of Stamford. She has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland. She has been a part of the Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Teams since they began. As a young skater, Gina skated on the Shadows.

She is a United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, USFSA Novice Freestyle, and USFSA 5th Figure Test. Gina also has her Level One Hockey Certification.

Gina has been teaching skating since 1989. In April of 1997 Gina did the skating for a feature story on Oksana Baiul which aired on Dateline NBC. Gina has been the head coach since 1997.

She is an active member of the USFSA and PSA. Gina is a private skating coach and also teaches group lessons at various area rinks.

Val Legutko

Assistant Coach

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Val has been involved with SCSS teams for 19 years.

Val started as a skater on our teams working her way up to the Shadows. She is a United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field.

She is a native of Stamford. Val graduated in 2003 from Sacred Heart University.

She is a private skating coach and also teaches at various area rinks.

Kari Pace

Assistant Coach

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Kari also has a long history with the SCSS teams and skated with the Shadows.

Kari is a United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and has her Intermediate Freestyle test.

Kari also is a private skating coach and teaches at many of the area rinks. Kari is a native of Stamford.