ADDRESS

1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

PHONE

616.975.2992

Staff

Mark Bowen: Owner

Office
Kerri Johnson: Manager
Sarah Carlson
Danielle Davidson
Jacinda Nykamp
Kat Thompson
Allison Waldron

Team
Claire Norman: Girls Director
Emily Albert: Xcel Director
Joe Swinehart: Boys Director
Hannah Guzzi
Lindsey Lammlin
Breanna Malear
Morgan Ryder
Preschool/Recreational
Teri Schmuker: Director
Nicole DenHartigh
Tammy Fitzpatrick
Maranda Johnson
Lacie Lind
Anabel Mott
Abby Rogalke
Kat Thompson

Devin Tyner
Katie VanHevel
Dustin Walters
Serena Walters
Cheer
Kristi Hinkle: Director
Lauren Wantroba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Get to know your GRG Coaches…

Abby_smABBY
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? As a coach 6 months and as a gymnast 5 years.
What’s your gymnastics background? 5 years, plus 2 years high school.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? My favorite part about coaching is the girls. I enjoy pushing them and motivating them to do their best. I also love seeing them learn and grow as individuals throughout their time at GRG.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope they gain confidence in themselves. Gymnastics is a sport like no other and it will help shape their future attitudes.

Bre_smBREANNA (BRE)
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Started in 2011
What’s your gymnastics background? 11 years as a team gymnast and 12 years of coaching experience
What’s your favorite part about coaching? I love having fun with my gymnasts, watching them grow as not only as a gymnast, but as a person, and helping them to reach their goals and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they do!
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope my gymnasts take way that anything is possible. If you are determined and dedicated you have the power to reach your goals. I also hope they take away the power of teamwork and have gained many lifelong friendships along the way. And most importantly, I hope they have fun and continue to love being a gymnast!

Claire_smCLAIRE
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Started in 2013
What’s your gymnastics background? I was a gymnast for twelve years, competing at level 9 nationals two years in a row for Gym America. I have since coached for about ten years in both Michigan and Montana. I have coached gymnasts from recreational and beginner gymnastics through elite, as well as assisted in training a member of the 2012 USA Olympic Women’s Gymnastics gold medal winning team.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? Sharing my passion for this wonderful sport with others and watching them grow with the sport.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? A passion for gymnastics, confidence, and character.

Devin_smDEVIN
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Started in 2014
What’s your gymnastics background? I competed at GRG for 4 years.
What’s your favorite part about coaching?  My favorite part about coaching is seeing the kids excited to come and learn something new.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope my kids take away a fun experience and work ethic/knowledge that hard work pays off.

EmilyA_smEMILY
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Started in 2009.
What’s your gymnastics background? I was involved in gymnastics for 16 years before giving it up to focus on coaching.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? My favorite part about coaching is those moments where you see your athlete demonstrate the characteristics or values that you have worked so hard to teach them, and you realize as a coach that the athletes really are learning something besides gymnastics 🙂
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope my athletes learn how to work hard and be disciplined and responsible. I hope they know the value of respect and good sportsmanship.

EMILY H
How long have you been a part of the GRG family?
Joined Fall of 2016
What’s your coaching background? 5 years- 1 year club, 4 years high school
What’s your favorite part about coaching? Helping kids learn new skills and seeing how excited they are once they’ve gotten a skill
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? Confidence, fun and the belief they can do anything they put their minds to

Joe_smJOE
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Begin in 2013 with the fam.
What’s your gymnastics background? I have coached for 10 years at a variety of high level gyms. While I never competed as a gymnast; I did take recreational classes and have a passion for the physics of the sport.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? I have a few favorite aspects of coaching. The number one thing I love about coaching is that I enjoy making the kids think about things differently. Not only do I encourage them to think about the anatomical and scientific aspects of the sport (which in the sport world hasn’t always been done), but I also drill them on these subjects.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? A better understanding of how things work and a lifelong love of science and health.

Lacie_smLACIE
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Began in the Summer of 2016.
What’s your gymnastics background? I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old and ended when I was 16. I did competitive gymnastics for 8 of those 13 years. Once I was done with gymnastics I helped coach the team girls for 2 years before leaving for college.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? My favorite part about coaching is watching kids grow not only as athletes but as individuals. The sport of gymnastics has a great way of building confidence, discipline, teamwork skills and other life lessons to help them grow as a person.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? After leaving class I hope my athletes feel confident and excited for the next week. My hope is that gymnastics can be their place to let loose, have fun, learn, and be themselves.

Lindsey_smLINDSEY
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Began in 2013.
What’s your gymnastics background? 9 years of club
What’s your favorite part about coaching? Getting to know the kids.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope they have fun!

Morgan_smMORGAN
How long have you been a part of the GRG family?  Since 2012.
What’s your gymnastics background? 18 years of gymnastics, 7 years of coaching, and  3 years on Grand Valley State University club gymnastics team.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? My favorite part of coaching would certainly be the children.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? At the end of my athletes time in the gym I hope that they take away more than just a basic knowledge of the sport. I hope that the kids learn to work hard and preserve through difficult times. I hope that they become better people because of their days in the gym.


Nicole_smNICOLE
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? I’ve done gymnastics at GRG since it first started, and have coached here as of 2013.
What’s your gymnastics background? 13 years of competitive gymnastics!
What’s your favorite part about coaching? When a gymnast gets a new skill for the first time!
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope they learn new skills and develop a love of gymnastics.

Sarah_smSARAH
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? I joined GRG in September of 2016.
What’s your gymnastics background? I was a gymnast for twelve years, competing through level nine with Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester Hills, Michigan until I graduated high school in 2012.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? I love how excited the girls get when they make a big change or get a new skill that they’ve been struggling with for a while.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? Hopefully I can help the girls cultivate lifelong healthy habits, enjoy being part of a team, and feel like they have someone they can come to with any issues—both in gymnastics & in their everyday lives.

Tammy_smTAMMY
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Since the beginning!
What’s your gymnastics background? Coaching for over 35 years. Judged for 7 of those years. Competitive gymnast through high school and some college.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? Having students achieve gymnastics skills, physical strength, flexibility and coordination. More importantly, achieving character formation such as dedication to hard work, loyalty to teammates, persistence, patience, and perseverance.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? To be the best they can be and find joy in doing gymnastics.

Teri_smTERI
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? Since March of 2014.
What’s your gymnastics background? I started coaching at age 14, when my parents opened the first gymnastics school (Superior Gymnastics) in West Michigan. They soon had opened 5 gym’s, Jenison, Kentwood, Cascade, Grand Haven, and Alpena. Eventually, I took over the business in Kentwood. When I had my 3 daughters I sold the gym and went into East Hills Athletic Club for almost 3 decades. Upon their permanent closing I found my home at GRG.
What’s your favorite part about coaching? I get to actually watch the children grow and develop into successful, confident human beings.
What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? A bigger capacity for academic learning, lifetime of movement, and that they are loved.