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Korn announces retirement from Miami University

Korn established synchronized skating powerhouse at Miami University

Coach Vicki Korn stands with the Miami University team at the 2007 Worlds.
Coach Vicki Korn stands with the Miami University team at the 2007 Worlds. (Paul Harvath)

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(05/18/2009) - OXFORD, Ohio - Few people can be described as an institution, but Miami University head synchronized skating coach Vicki Korn has earned that moniker and then some after constructing the RedHawk skating programs into national and international powers. After 25 years of service to Miami, the three-time national coach of the year and originator of the nation's first collegiate senior-level synchronized skating program, has announced her retirement.

"After 25 years of service to Miami, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the synchronized skating program and the University," said Korn. "I am extremely proud of the program and all of its accomplishments, which was built by years of undying dedication to the sport of synchronized skating. To that end, it's time for me to step away from the day-to-day grind of the competitive world. I look forward to a new career of consulting, running clinics and directing camps to further promote the sport that I love so much."

Korn joined Miami University in 1984, serving as Miami's skating director and coaching the synchronized skating program at the club level. As a club program, Korn guided Miami to a national title at the junior level in 1993 and two bronze medals at the senior level (1994, 1995).

In 1995-96, Korn began the first of many ground-breaking achievements as the program was upgraded to a varsity sport at Miami, becoming the nation's first collegiate senior-level synchronized skating program. Since that time, Miami has captured three national titles at the senior level (1999, 2006, 2009) and 11 national titles at the collegiate level (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). With its commanding win at the collegiate level at the 2009 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Miami made collegiate synchronized skating history by winning an unprecedented fifth-straight national crown.

Under the direction of Korn, the 2006-07 senior team made U.S. Synchronized Skating history at the International Skating Union World Championships. With a second-place finish at the world championships, Miami became the first United States team to ever medal at the event and remains the only U.S. team to own that distinction. The RedHawks have earned a berth to compete at the world championships eight of the last nine years.

The 2006-07 season also had another first as the senior team became the first United States synchronized skating program to compete in the World University Games at the inaugural event in Torino, Italy.

During her time, Miami also has added a junior-level team as part of the Miami synchronized skating program, which has been competing nationally and internationally for the past three seasons. In 2008-09, Miami had all three of its teams compete internationally for the first time in program history, which included the collegiate team's participation in the 2009 World University Games in Harbin, China.

Her landmark accomplishments are not reserved for team honors alone. Korn also has garnered several esteemed individual accolades.

After guiding the RedHawks to the first national title in any team sport in 1997, Korn was honored as the PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year. She is one of just 19 elite individuals with Miami University ties to earn national coach of the year accolades at either the collegiate or professional levels and is the only female to achieve the feat.

Korn again captured PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year recognition in 1999. With Miami's landmark finish at the 2007 ISU World Championships, Korn not only was named PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year but was honored as the PSA/U.S. Figure Skating Coach of the Year, which encompasses all coaches of all divisions and levels of figure skating.

In all, Korn has been a part of 15 national titles at Miami, 14 coming since the time the program achieved varsity sport status, and has overseen 72 first-place finishes over the past 14 years at the senior, collegiate and junior levels of the RedHawk synchronized skating program.

Her affect on the sport can be felt well beyond the tremendous impact she has made at Miami University. Numerous Miami alumnae who have skated under Korn have gone on to careers either coaching or serving as U.S. Figure Skating officials. Korn has served on the board of directors of both the United States Figure Skating Association and the Ice Skating Institute. During a stint as the U.S. Figure Skating Collegiate Chairperson, Korn was instrumental in forming the Midwest Collegiate Figure Skating Conference.

"How do you express what Vicki Korn has meant to Miami University and our synchronized skating programs," said Miami Director of Athletics, Brad Bates. "Her impact on the sport but, more specifically, on Miami and the tradition of excellence she has built here is immeasurable. Her work with our synchronized skaters epitomizes our mission to develop champions with love and honor and have our student-athletes leave Miami University with a prestigious degree and championship jewelry."

"I am grateful for all that Vicki has done to create our program into one of the most dominant in the nation and beyond," added Bates. "Her time, dedication and loyalty to our department and university are truly appreciated. We wish her all the best with her future endeavors."

THE VICKI KORN FILE
1984-01: Miami University Skating Director
1995-09: Miami University Head Synchronized Skating Coach
1995-96: Program achieves varsity status, the nation's first collegiate senior-level program
1996-97: Miami collegiate team wins national title, the first by a Miami team in any sport
1997: Tabbed PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year
1998-99: Miami wins first national title at senior level
1999: Tabbed PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year
2000-01: Miami senior team makes first appearance at the ISU sanctioned World Championships
2004-05: RedHawks win first of unprecedented five-straight national titles at collegiate level
2005-06: Miami wins second national title at senior level
2006-07: Miami senior team becomes first U.S. synchronized skating team to represent the United States at World University Games
2006-07: Miami senior team captures silver medal at ISU World Championships, the only medal finish for a U.S. team ever at the event
2007: Tabbed PSA Synchronized Skating Coach of the Year
2007: Honored as PSA/U.S. Figure Skating Coach of the Year
2008-09: All three Miami teams compete internationally for first time in program history
2008-09: Senior team captures third national title; collegiate team wins 11th national crown