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Frank Carroll
Evan Lysacek and Frank Carroll 2007-2008 GPF.jpg

Carroll with student Evan Lysacek at the 2007-2008 Grand Prix Final
Personal information
Full name: Francis M. Carroll
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: July 1938[1][2]
Place of birth: Worcester, Massachusetts
Residence: California
Former coach: Maribel Vinson

Francis M. "Frank" Carroll[3] (born March 1939[1][2], Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American figure skating coach and former competitive skater. He has coached three skaters to win the World Figure Skating Championships: Linda Fratianne, Michelle Kwan, and Evan Lysacek[4]. His pupil, Evan Lysacek won the Men's Olympic Gold Medal in 2010 at Vancouver.

He has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame and was the 1997 Olympic Coach of the Year.

He is the head coach for the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.


Competitive and professional career

Carroll grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he was in his early teens, a skating rink opened in his neighborhood and he began skating.[5] After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 1960 with a B.S. in Sociology [3][6], Carroll eventually moved to Winchester, Massachusetts and lived with his coach Maribel Vinson Owen and her daughters on weekends.[5]

Carroll won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 1959 U.S. Figure Skating Championships[7]. He won the silver medal on the junior level at the 1960 United States Figure Skating Championships behind Douglas Ramsay[8]. Carroll turned professional after that and was skating with the Ice Follies at the time of the Sabena Flight 548 crash.[9]

Carroll skated with the Ice Follies until 1964. He was accepted to law school at the University of San Francisco, but chose to pursue acting.[5] He appeared in the background of several beach films, including The Loved One.[5] He began coaching on the side to support himself and eventually decided to coach full-time.

Coaching career

Carroll's current and former students include Nicole Bobek, Christopher Bowman, Tiffany Chin, Mark Cockerell, Silvia Fontana,[10] Linda Fratianne, Timothy Goebel, Danielle Kahle,[11] Jennifer Kirk,[12] Carolina Kostner,[13] Karen Kwan, Michelle Kwan, Beatrisa Liang,[14] Evan Lysacek, Ye Bin Mok,[15] Mirai Nagasu[16], and Angela Nikodinov[17].

In the fall of 2001, Kwan and Carroll decided to end their coaching relationship. In interviews, Kwan said she needed to "take responsibility" for her skating.[18] Carroll ended his coaching relationship with Goebel in November 2004 following the NHK Trophy[19].

He has coached skaters to win the World Figure Skating Championships during the era of compulsory figures (Fratianne), after compulsory figures (Kwan), and under the ISU Judging System (Lysacek). He also coached Lysacek to an Olympic gold medal.

Carroll was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996. He is the first figure skating coach to be named the Olympic Coach of the Year, which happened in 1997.

On March 6, 2007, it was announced that he was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.[20] He was inducted on March 22, 2007 during the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, between the original dance and the men's free skate.


  1. ^ a b Cohen, Rachel, (Associated Press), "Frank Carroll finally coaches an Olympic gold medalist after 4 decades of producing champions", Associated Press, February 18, 2010. "Frank Carroll is 71 and has been coaching for four decades, his skaters winning seven world titles and four Olympic medals."
  2. ^ a b Hersh, Philip, "Lysacek, in the celebrity whirlwind, says he plans to continue competing", Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2010. "Carroll, 71, previously had two Olympic silver medalists, Linda Fratianne (1980) and Michelle Kwan (1998), both of whom were favored for gold."
  3. ^ a b Francis M. Carroll profile - College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1960 yearbook at "College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1960, 50th Reunion, June 10 - 13, 2010, Men of 1960". "Francis M. Carroll. B.S. Sociology. Dean's List 2, 3, 4; Intramurals 1; French Club 1; Worcester Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Young Democrats Club 3, 4; Holy Cross Skating Representative in National Championships 1, 2, 3, 4; Olympic Skating Tryouts 4."
  4. ^ Wilner, Barry (27 March 2009). "Frank Carroll has 3rd world champion". Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d Smith, Beverley (1997). Talking Figure Skating: Behind the Scenes in the World's Most Glamorous Sport. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0771081073. 
  6. ^ Longman, Jere, "The XVIII Winter Games: Figure Skating; Coach is Trying to Steer Kwan in Right Direction", The New York Times, February 18, 1998. "Later, as a student at Holy Cross, ... A junior-level medalist at the nationals, Carroll turned professional upon graduation in 1960 and joined the Ice Follies."
  7. ^ "Carol Heiss Skating Champ". Lodi News-Sentinel. February 1, 1959.,2529758&dq=frank-carroll+vinson&hl=en. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Nichols, Nikki. Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Emmis Books, 2006. ISBN 1-57860-260-2.
  9. ^ Milton, Steve (1998). Skate Talk: Figure Skating in the Words of the Stars. Firefly Books. ISBN 1552092097. 
  10. ^ Silvia Fontana at the International Skating Union
  11. ^ Danielle Kahle at the International Skating Union
  12. ^ Jennifer Kirk at the International Skating Union
  13. ^ Carolina Kostner at the International Skating Union
  14. ^ Beatrisa Liang at the International Skating Union
  15. ^ Ye Bin Mok at the International Skating Union
  16. ^ "Nagasu leaves Wong, moves to Carroll". 20 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  17. ^ Angela Nikodinov at the International Skating Union
  18. ^ "Kwan says she's going to direct her own career". ESPN. 2001-10-23. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  19. ^ DeWall, Lindsay (2004-11-08). "FIGURE SKATING: Timothy Goebel and Coach Frank Carroll Part Ways; Goebel to start training with Audrey Weisiger". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  20. ^ "Frank Carroll Named as 2007 World Hall of Fame Inductee", International Figure Skating magazine, Colorado Springs, Colo., March 6, 2007

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