Coach Jeff D.
Jeff DiGregorio discovered his interest in figure skating early in life. He was enrolled in a camp that put on a skating show every Friday night. After watching the first show, he quickly realized that he did not want to be a spectator, but rather, a skater starring in the show.
He competed for many years and eventually realized that he wanted to share his knowledge and passion for the sport through coaching. Although his mother protested in hopes of him becoming a doctor, he began his coaching career at the University of Delaware, his lifelong home rink.
In the earlier stages of his coaching career, the University of Delaware was arguably the most competitive training center in the nation. During this era, he had students of all levels who would consistently medal both nationally and internationally. DiGregorio coached two skaters that went on to win an Olympic gold medal – Tara Lipinski and Sarah Hughes. He worked with both Olympians from the time they were beginners to the year or two they qualified for the Olympics.
Many of the students that the University of Delaware molded went on to open their own training centers across the United States. The Delaware rink is no longer as competitive as it once was, but this reflects Jeff’s coaching outlook. He has set himself up to ease out of the highly competitive atmosphere in which he has always been immersed. He looks forward to working in an environment that is more relaxed and truly focuses on the sheer enjoyment of the sport.
He is proud of the skaters he has trained and to see some of his former students success. One of his former skaters, John Coughlin, is a prospective competitor for the 2014 Olympic games. DiGregorio eagerly anticipates seeing his “skating family” at various skating events. He says that skating will always be a huge part of his life.
About the Contributors
Senior / Public Relations/Business minor
Kelsey Rowley is a Penn State undergraduate student who will be graduating in May 2014 with a major in public relations and minor in business. During summer 2013, she was a human resources communications intern at Comcast Headquarters in Philadelphia. During this internship, she assisted in the development of communication plans and change management strategies for major projects including the implementation of a new recruiting system and enhancements to the workforce analytics tool. She also drafted targeted emails, executive summaries, job aids and training documentation, and internal social media content, which included several articles promoting and covering the Mini Comcast Cares Day for Interns and Co-ops.
She has interned with the Penn State Athletics Kids Club, a local organization to get children interested and involved with various Penn State athletic events. Aligned with her passion for sports and children, Kelsey coaches figure skating at the Penn State Figure Skating Club.
Upon graduation Kelsey hopes to find a marketing position in music or sports entertainment. Her ideal job would be a marketing manager position at a music and sports venue.