Carroll with student Evan Lysacek at the 2007-2008 Grand Prix Final
|Full name||Francis M. Carroll|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||1938/1939 (age 82–83)|
|Former coach||Maribel Vinson|
Francis M. Carroll (born 1938) 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. 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, the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the Professional Skaters Association Coaches Hall of Fame, and was the 1997 Olympic Coach of the Year.
Carroll grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he was in his early teens, a skating rink opened in his neighborhood and he began skating, interested by the combination of artistry and athleticism. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 1960 with a B.S. in Sociology, Carroll eventually moved to Winchester, Massachusetts and lived with his coach Maribel Vinson Owen and her daughters on weekends.
Carroll won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 1959 U.S. Championships. He won the silver medal on the junior level at the 1960 U.S. Championships behind Douglas Ramsay. Carroll turned professional after that and was skating with the Ice Follies at the time of the Sabena Flight 548 crash.
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. He appeared in the background of several beach films, including The Loved One.
Carroll began coaching on the side to support himself and eventually decided to coach full-time. His notable students include Linda Fratianne, Christopher Bowman, Michelle Kwan, Timothy Goebel, Gracie Gold, Denis Ten, and Evan Lysacek. He was the head coach for the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. In 2011, he began coaching at a newly built rink in Cathedral City, California to be closer to his home in Palm Springs, California, one of his homes since the 1970s. Carroll resumed coaching at the Toyota Sports Center on June 1, 2013.
|U.S. Championships||3rd J.||2nd J.|
|J. = Junior level|
Carroll's current and former students include:
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 had been elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He was inducted on March 22, 2007 during the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, between the original dance and the men's free skate.
On July 29, 2018, it was announced that Carroll would be retiring from coaching on August 3. Carroll plans to continue working with U.S. Figure Skating and the junior development program.
Frank Carroll is 71 and has been coaching for four decades, his skaters winning seven world titles and four Olympic medals.[permanent dead link]
Carroll, 71, previously had two Olympic silver medalists, Linda Fratianne (1980) and Michelle Kwan (1998), both of whom were favored for gold.
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.