Aug. 3, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Emily Caudill, a four-year member of the Miami (Ohio) University precision skating team, was recently named head coach of the Western Michigan University synchronized skating team by athletic director Kathy Beauregard.
Caudill, 22, will lead the Broncos into their first varsity season after the program was added last winter as an "exhibition" sport. Western Michigan's first competition is slated for Dec. 3-5 at the Dr. Richard Porter Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Emily is a great addition to our skating program at Western and will help us lay a foundation for the future," Beauregard said. "She brings a great deal of experience as a skater and has been exposed to outstanding coaching during her career."
As a member of the Miami RedHawks senior (varsity) team, Caudill captured two silver medals (1998, 1996) and a bronze (1997) at the U.S. Precision Skating Championships while finishing eighth at the 1998 ISU World Challenge Cup. In addition, she received the Outstanding Skater Award and a silver medal at nationals for the Miami collegiate (junior varsity) squad. Caudill's competitive skating has taken her to international events held in Canada, France and Italy.
Caudill's instructional experience includes stints with Goggin Ice Arena in Oxford, Ohio; the Iceland Skating Center in Louisville, Ky., and at the Oxford (Ohio) Skating Club.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to develop the program at Western Michigan," Caudill said. "Our goal is to take the program to the next level and to do well at nationals."
A native of Louisville, Caudill received a bachelors of arts from Miami in May, spending several semesters on the Dean's List. She is a certified coach and registered freestyle performer by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA).
Synchronized skating which recently underwent a name change from precision skating involves a team of ice skaters that perform routines and maneuvers in unison, similar to the Olympic sport of synchronized swimming. The sport was formed in Ann Arbor during the 1950s and has evolved into the fastest-growing figure skating discipline in the United States. WMU and Miami are the only NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport on a varsity level.
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