Figure Skating Coaching Staff
Dawn HarterHead Coach
College: Liberty University
Start Date: 8-1-12
Dawn Harter has been working with the LaHaye Ice Center ever since the doors opened in 2006. She began volunteering her time to assist with the Learn to skate program and then developed a Homeschool Learn to skate program a few years later. Starting in 2008 she assisted the LU synchro team in their formative years as an open collegiate team. In 2010, she worked with Coach Tatiana Payne in hosting the university’s first USFSA Intercollegiate competition at the LaHaye Ice Center. The figure skating team was birthed that same year. Since then she has assisted in four other intercollegiate competitions as well as two USFSA/ISI Commonwealth Games for the past two summers. In August of 2019, she will be coordinating with LU in hosting State Games of America for the first time.
For the past 8 years she has been working with LU’s figure skating team and coaches. Dawn currently is the Head coach of the Liberty University Figure Skating team. Last season (2017-2018) they placed seventh in the eastern section.In addition to coaching the collegiate team, Dawn continues to help with the Wednesday Homeschool Skate learn to skate classes.
Dawn has received her BA in Elementary Education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a minor in French. In 1990, Dawn received an MEd in Learning Disabilities/Reading Specialist from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.She is a current professional member of U.S. Figure Skating, the Professional Skaters Association and is a registered ISI Gold level judge/coach and is SafeSport compliant.
Dawn currently resides in Concord, Virginia with her husband Gerry of 26 years. She has three older children: Gerry Jr., who graduated from LU with a Criminal Justice degree in May’17 and was married in June’17 to Meghan Haag Harter; her daughter Sibylle, who completed her final semester in the LU Nursing program in December '18 and was married in July ’18, and currently lives in Quebec with her husband Marc-Andre Bourdon; and Marissa, who is currently in her senior year of High School and will be attending LU in the fall of 2019.