Jocelyn Jane Cox Bio


I am a figure skating coach and former national competitor in Ice Dance and Pair with my older brother, Brad. I teach mostly ice dance, moves, stroking and edgework. I hold a Master Rating from the Professional Skaters Association in Moves in the Field.

I grew up in a tiny farm town in Wisconsin, population 3,000 (we trained in Madison, WI, Janesville, WI, and then at the University of Delaware) and now I live in suburb north of  New York City with my husband and young son. 

I hold a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

I am the author of First Day on the Ice: Tips from a Professional Skating Coach (and Mom). This clear, often humorous guide will help the parents of beginners figure out what to wear, what to talk about beforehand, how to lace the skates, and even give parents insider techniques to try with their children both on and off the ice. The goal is for the first day in skates to be a positive one and to lead to more fun in the future. Available on



My freelance articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of skating, parenting, humor, and literary publications, including, Skating Magazine, Professional Skater Magazine, on Ice Skating International,, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, The Post Game, Blunt Moms, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, etc.

Thank you for reading this site (and this bio.) I can be contacted directly at:

joc1400 at yahoo dot com



  1. Rachelle · September 17, 2007

    you’re cool. i like u.

  2. Peter · October 14, 2007

    I realise that Skating can be a tough profession, working long hours in a harsh environment, but surely not as demanding as selling T-shirts in the City of the Tribes?

    best wishes

    Peter Kennedy

    Ps. No relation of the famous US Olympic skater!

  3. BA · November 3, 2007

    Impressive bio, Jocelyn. I cannot wait to read the books you are currently writing! They are sure to both be page turners.
    Good luck!

  4. Per A. · December 30, 2007

    Can’t wait for the book sounds like a great idea!

  5. Trevor · May 29, 2008

    It was great to finally meet you at the PSA Conference in Chicago. Good luck with all your projects and keep in touch. Great blog!!

  6. I-sk8r · June 2, 2008


    My husband and I fondly remember our first trip to Ireland, including our run-in with what we called the “Girl Gangs of Galway”. Did you hang out on Quay Street much? Maybe we have met before the PSA conference…… 🙂 If your book is half as interesting as your bio, I’m buying!


  7. steve crane · December 27, 2008

    oh my god! this is the best news! i am so proud of you! steve

  8. Dorian Valles · September 6, 2009

    Just found your blog and love it-keep up the good work!

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  11. Beatrice · May 9, 2017

    Hey! Wow! You use to be my coach at the westchester ice skating arena! You were the best !

    • the home tome · November 11, 2017

      Beatrice! I remember you fondly. I hope you are doing well. 🙂 Stop in and say hi!

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