Competitive Edge instructors are what make our programs unique – and effective! Their experience, deep knowledge base of multiple sports and proven teaching methods deliver optimal results. Many of our programs combine the expertise of more than one of our skating specialists and instructors.
Jennifer Matras, CSCS, Owner & Head Skating Coach
With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer Matras is a highly sought after skill development instructor and owner of Competitive Edge Skating, Inc. (C.E.S.). C.E.S. is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an Exercise Physiologist, Jennifer has personally developed athletes to reach world-class levels.
Born and raised in Redford Township, Michigan, Jennifer began skating at the age of 3 at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She had a successful competitive figure skating career spanning 14 years that included regional championships, along with national competitions.
Jennifer’s coaching career began at the age of 18 at Redford Ice Arena where she helped with the basic skills program and power skating program. She taught one-on-one and group lessons and helped develop and lead conditioning skates for hockey teams.
In 1998, Jennifer became an instructor at Suburban Hockey schools in Farmington Hills, Michigan where she developed a weekly beginner and advanced power skating program for local hockey players.
Jennifer has worked as a guest instructor for the Gordan “Red” Berenson summer camps, as a guest instructor for the U-17 and U-18 USA Hockey National Development Teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as an instructor for Keil Power Skating Schools in Chelsea, Michigan, and has been providing team and individual instruction for hockey players from Mini-Mite to professional level.
After many years of providing on ice instruction to hockey players, Jennifer enrolled in the Sports Medicine program at Eastern Michigan University and graduated as an Exercise Physiologist and Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in June of 2005.
In 2005, Jennifer started Competitive Edge Skating & Strength Training and expanded the fully-equipped off-ice training facility in Kensington Valley Ice House. Jennifer and her staff have helped many Varsity and Junior Varsity teams win regional and national Championship titles.
Jennifer’s success comes from helping her students understand the importance and the rewards that ongoing training brings. Jennifer aims to help each athlete move up the ranks by providing unique drills and exercises that help improve balance, speed, coordination, agility and overall body control. These key skills enable athletes – in any sport – to dominate in their game, make more difficult plays, and become more valuable to their team. Jennifer’s training can play an essential role in developing an athlete’s career.
Jennifer’s training methods also help develop self-confidence and positive personal development in those she trains. Athletes at C.E.S. learn how to set goals, to develop good leadership qualities, and to make better choices. Jennifer and her players are involved in local charity programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Back-to-School Backpacks for low-income families, and local ministries.
In her free time, Jennifer continues to challenge herself with continued fitness training, education, hockey, biking, and running. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends, family and her dog Romans Chapter 12 (named for her favorite Bible chapter).
In March 2016, Jennifer Matras participated in SEALFIT 20X, a 14-hour intense training program of mental and physical challenges developed by former Navy SEALs. See Video Highlights of this life-changing program.
Jennifer is also the coach for the University of Michigan – Dearborn Men’s Hockey Team.
Jennifer Matras is available as a motivational speaker. Contact her by phone at 248-752-4470 or email for more information.
Anthony Esser, Strength Coach
Anthony Esser is currently a junior at Wayne State University where he plans on earning a Bachelors in Science for Nutrition and a minor in Business. He is eager to take what he’s learned in his major and guide others to improve their performance, health and help them reach their goals of becoming all that they can be.
Anthony started skating at the age of 3, and continued his career playing for the Kensington Valley Rebels, Honeybaked, and the Novi Icecats. During his time at Novi, he joined the CES program in 2010 and remained a student of theirs through 2015. In 2012, he started attending Detroit Catholic Central where he played both hockey and baseball all 4 years and ended up winning a state championship his senior year, 2016.
Anthony is also a owner of his own landscaping business that he started back when he was in 8th grade. With just a push mower and a few flyers he handed out to gain his first few clients, he grew his business from just 2 to now over 200 clients, covering South Lyon, Brighton, Novi, and Canton.
In his free time, Anthony enjoys hanging out with friends, training, cooking, and continuing to learn about his passion… nutrition. He also participates in a volunteering program at his campus’s church, the Labre Project, where members go out to different areas of Detroit and create relationships with the homeless, feed them, and go to different institutions to spend time with them.
Josh Coenen, Strength Coach
Josh Coenen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. At Western, he served as Co-President of the ExSci (exercise science) registered student organization.
Josh attended High School in Hastings where he was a 4-year varsity football and track athlete. He was a 4-time state qualifier in track and was Regional Champion in the 100 meter dash his senior year. He also was focused on powerlifting during this time and has set records for a 315lb bench, and 500lb deadlift at a bodyweight of 155lbs.
After graduating from Hastings in 2011 Josh decided to forgo being a college athlete to focus on school at Western. During this time Josh spent over 5,000 hours in various physical therapy clinics becoming fascinated in human movement and performance.
Josh is a huge believer in continual education and will be going back to school to get his Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) certification. This will give him a diploma in therapeutic massage, as well as certificates of achievement in both Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy to further help CES athletes with movement restrictions, recovery, and performance through different modalities.
In his free time Josh enjoys reading, playing hockey, snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Doug Raymond, Assistant Skating Coach
Doug started playing hockey at the age of four in Redford and has 20 years of playing experience. As a youth hockey player, Doug was a past student of Jennifer Matras. He grew up playing youth hockey in Redford and Plymouth, and then with the Ice Dogs/Victory Honda AAA hockey teams.
Doug attended high school at Detroit Catholic Central, playing Varsity Hockey and Varsity Baseball. Doug won a hockey state championship in 2005 with the Shamrocks his sophomore year. In his senior season, Doug was named captain of both the hockey and baseball teams at CC, and was named to the All-League & All-State hockey teams in Division 1.
After graduating from Catholic Central in 2007, Doug played three years of junior hockey in Missoula, Montana for the Missoula Maulers of the Western States Hockey League, and was named team captain in his last two seasons.
Doug would then play four years of collegiate hockey at Adrian College, winning a historic three straight Division III ACHA National Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was also a three time MCHC League All-Star. Doug graduated from Adrian College in the spring of 2014 holding a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management.
Doug also is an Assistant Coach for the Canton Varsity Hockey Team, and is a regional scout for the Seguin Huskies of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.
In his free time, Doug stays in the game of baseball by umpiring in the spring and summer seasons. He also enjoys golfing, working out, hanging out with family and friends, and watching the Red Wings and Tigers games. He currently resides in Livonia, Michigan.