Below you’ll find details of the SK8 Heaven coaches confirmed so far for the 2013 boot camp.

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Click here for a list of the awesome coaching talent on display at last year’s boot camp.


Coaches confirmed for SK8 Heaven 2013:


Punchy O’Guts

PunchyPunchy O’Guts began her roller derby career in September of 2006 with Maine Roller Derby. She played for the Port Authorities (on the WFTDA-sanctioned all-star team) through May 2012 and captained the team for more than two years. Some of her accomplishments include being named the WFTDA skater of the month (June 2011) and eleven MVP awards. In addition to competing, Punchy worked just about every league job imaginable, and her most beloved was coaching.

Today she coaches leagues all over the world. She’s dedicated to the growth of the sport and passionately offers her expertise and knowledge to anyone who needs it. Coach Punchy aims to strike a balance between challenging and inspiring skaters by focusing on positive reinforcement and creating a learning environment so skaters are excited to try new things and are able to see their progress. She specializes in teamwork, strategy, efficient blocking, and derby smarts.

Off the track, Punchy specializes in helping leagues create an organized and efficient business through streamlined workflow. She also writes and publishes books about roller derby: Roller Derby 101: The Fresh Meat Training Manual, Scrimmage 101: How to Teach the Game of Roller Derby, The Business of Roller Derby (an ebook series about running a league), and EveryGirl’s Guide to Roller Derby, a nonfiction guidebook about the culture of roller derby. Check out her coaching rates and publications at


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Don’t Care Bear

Don’t Care Bear is a lifelong skater, and made the transition from inline speed skating to derby in April of 2007.

Bear began her roller derby career with the Hub City Hellrazors (Now the NJ Hellrazors), and made the leap to the Garden State Rollergirls in mid-2008. During her years of skating with the Garden State Rollergirls she held the position of Captain for the All-Star team and her home team, and also served as the Fresh Meat Coordinator and coach. In 2010 she donned the stripes for the first time for the Elm City Derby Damez, and now splits her time almost equally between the roles of skater and official, with more than 300 bouts under her belt.  Bear also had the distinct honor of serving as Jam Coach for Pioneer Valley’s Dirty Dozen Men’s Roller Derby in 2012.

Currently Bear skates with the Elm City Derby Damez, and is on the officiating staff of both the NJ Hellrazors and the Garden State Rollergirls. You can also find her all over the northeast wherever she can lend a paw, as she works towards her WFTDA referee and NSO certifications (Have Derbymobile, will travel) and shares the knowledge and experience she has gathered over the past 5+ years as a member of the Promise of Derby coaching team alongside Bitches Bruze and Will Jettison.


Carmen Getsome

Carmen Getsome had no skating experience at all before finding roller derby in 2006. Once she saw her first bout there was no turning back. She skated hard 5 days a week and earned a spot on the Rat City Rollergirls.

Within a year she was skating on the Rat City Allstars team and working hard to become a primary jammer on the team. Carmen has been selected by her leaguemates as MVP in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

During her 7 years with Rat City she has held many positions from home team captain, to allstar team captains, from training committee head to safety committee chair. However skating and playing for one of the top ten teams in the country wasn’t enough so Carmen went out and started her very own banked track team.

In 2009 Team Legit was born. Team Legit is a banked track team made up of all flat track skaters with a focus on intense, competitive, drama free banked track roller derby.

Team Legit won Battle on the Bank IV claiming the number 1 spot in the nation for bank track teams in 2011.

In addition to skating as often as possible, Carmen LOVES to coach. It doesn’t matter if she is coaching strategy to the allstar team or basic skills to a brand new skater, she loves it all!!


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Pia Mess #24/7

Pia Mess (AKA Misty Greer) has become legendary in the modern era of women’s flat track roller derby. She joined Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls in 2004 as a new skater and became the league MVP her rookie season. As team captain she led The Sockit Wenches to the league championship in 2006. That same year she was named MVP of The Sockit Wenches and was also the entire league’s top scoring jammer. Pia also helped the Rat City All-Star team secure a second place finish in the 2007 National Championship Tournament, missing out on the trophy by just two points.

In 2008 Pia relocated to the San Francisco/Oakland area where she is now skating in her eighth season, currently with the WFTDA-affiliated Silicon Valley Roller Girls, both as a player and coach. As a coach, Pia is perhaps best known for her legendary endurance practices; a grueling mixture of non-stop skating drills, Plyometrics/Tabata and strategy. These practices have become affectionately known throughout her league as “Pia’s Puke Practice”. In the past two seasons the SVRG coaching staff has led their team to a near 95% win record, and endurance has been a key factor in securing that record.

Equally skilled as a jammer, pivot and blocker, Pia Mess has received multiple awards from all three leagues that she has skated for in her career. She is known throughout the derby community as one of the most strategically-minded players to ever strap on skates. Pia is a member of the prestigious 2012 Atom Wheels All-Stars, and is sponsored by Atom Wheels. She has also been named the WFTDA Featured Skater of the Month for March 2011. The story of Pia Mess was featured on the original Canadian Broadcast Television Series, “TV Made Me Do It“. Pia also appeared in the acclaimed documentary feature film, “Blood On The Flat Track: The Rise Of The Rat City Rollergirls“.

Over the past three years Pia has served as a guest coach and led weekend derby boot camp clinics throughout the United States, as well as Internationally. In 2010 she was invited by the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirls (as the only coach from the United States) to lead Germany’s first-ever boot camp clinic. The clinic was attended by skaters from 17 leagues in 12 different countries and was deemed a huge success. She has also donated her time to help coach at the first-ever Junior Con training camp (held in 2010 in Seattle), helping to mold the next generation of women’s flat track roller derby players.”

Although many people can play or coach well, Pia’s natural ability, experience and professionalism as an instructor put her in a class of her own. The Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz remain thankful for her training and eagerly look forward to training with her again in the future. Whether you are looking for a day of superb instruction to advance your own league to the next level or setting up a multi-league training camp, I highly recommend Pia Mess as an instructor.” – Crash Test Ref, Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz, Stuttgart, Germany.

In addition to the vast wealth of knowledge and experience that she brings to the track, Pia is also a Certified Personal Trainer (AFAA), as well as having her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification. Whether your league wants to work on basic, intermediate or advanced jamming and blocking skills, team building, pack dynamics, strategy, agility or endurance, Pia Mess can custom-tailor an entire weekend of clinic drills to fit your league’s needs and desires. Her motto is “Skate and Motivate”, and she can deliver the dramatic results you are looking for.


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WFTDA featured skater of the month March 2011


Bitches Bruze #802

Started skating derby in September 2007 and has been teaching computer applications and programming at her local community college for a decade. Mixing multimedia and training is her love and profession.

Bitches began her roller derby career with the Albany All Stars (Albany, NY) in the summer of 2007 and was a founding member of both the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby (Troy, NY) and Burlington Bombers (Burlington, VT). For three years, she was a skater and coach with the co-ed roller derby league, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (Northampton, MA). Bitches usually skates Blocker and Pivot. In bouts she’s been coach, every referee position, every non-skating official position, videographer, statistician, boutcaster, and announcer. She’s been on roster for more than 75 bouts, and with her ability to pick up any role, she’s been in over 250 bouts in her career.

Today Bitches skates with and is co-captain of the Elm City Derby Damez (Keene, NH). Her derby wife (and real-life husband), Will Jettison, after 4 years with Pioneer Valley’s Dirty Dozen (and Captain for 2 years), now skates with the Capital District Trauma Authority (Albany, NY).

Bitches was proud to be one of the announcers selected for World Cup 2011, the highlight of which was the opportunity to announce the live stream (and DVD recording) of Team USA’s Stars vs. Stripes bout. Her strategy videos on YouTube have been watched several hundred thousand times in countries around the world and used for training and development for every level of skater and team. She’s also a regular member of the stream announcing crew at ECDX and playoffs. Through her coaching company, Promise Of Derby (link below), she has coached skaters and teams on strategy and teamwork around the United States and Europe.


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