Congemi was born in Huntington, New York where he began skating at the
age of 9. During his amateur career, Ken worked with Peter Burrows
and he passed his Gold figure and freestyle skating tests in 1980. He
then accepted a scholarship to Boston University where he graduated
with a degree in Finance and a minor in Psychology. It was in
Boston, while attending Boston University, that Ken began his
illustrious career as a figure skating coach.
In 35 years
of coaching, Ken has taught numerous National and International
champions and medalists, was the Director of Skating for the Walt Disney company and has done numerous seminars both in the US and abroad. He is Master-rated in Free Skating by the Professional
Skaters Association (PSA) and is world renowned for both his
exceptional jumping (and spinning) technique and motivational
abilities. Ken prides himself most on being able to assist his
skater's in the mental aspect of the sport. He believes that much of
the work is done before the skater arrives at an event. Mental
imagery, affirmations and meditation are just a few of the concepts he
uses to strengthen the mind and enable the skater to remain focused
when it's time to put the performance out in front of the judges.
Ken is a
highly visible skating coach. On any given weekend, you might find
him on tv at a skating event, either at rink side giving last minute
instructions or in the "kiss and cry" dressed impeccably and filled
with joy after his skater turns in an incredible performance.
Ken coaches on Long Island and is the Program Director at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, New York.