ADDRESS

1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

PHONE

616.975.2992

Staff

Mark Bowen: Owner

Kelly Stevens: Director of Athletic Operations
Kerri Johnson:
 Director of Business Operations

Office
Sarah Carlson
Matt Phad
Chantel Tuttle
Liz Walder

BOYS TEAM
Richard Pearson
Steve Suzio
Matt Zarzecki
GIRLS TEAM
Breanna Malear
Bre Melton
Morgan Ryder
Riley Schumacher
Alyssa Walker
PRESCHOOL/RECREATIONAL
Teri Schmuker
– Director, Preschool
Tammy Fitzpatrick
– Special Events Director
Nicole DenHartigh
Maranda Johnson
Alexa Swift
Devin Tyner
Serena Walters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know your GRG Coaches…

 

ALYSSA W.
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? I have been apart of the GRG family since October 2017, but I have been coaching since 2012.

What’s your gymnastics background? I have been a gymnast for almost 15 years and am apart of the GVSU Gymnastics Club

What’s your favorite part about coaching? It’s hard to choose what my favorite part of coaching is because I truly love everything about it. But in particular, I love the excitement the girls show when they get a new skill, it brings joy to my heart.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope that they not only take the love of gymnastics, but I hope they take the many lessons that the sport teaches. Lessons like discipline, toughness, determination, dedication, respect, and most importantly friendship and teamwork. I have built many lifelong friendships throughout my gymnastics career, and am so thankful for each and every person this sport has brought me to.

What do you do outside of the gym? Outside the gym, I love to play all kinda of different sports. I am also very into photography and am apart of a bible study group called cru, at Grand Valley.

BREANNA (BRE) MALEAR
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!

BRE MELTON
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? August 2017.

What’s your gymnastics background? I competed from 2nd grade to Freshman year of highschool. I’ve trained both compulsory & Xcel. Once I turned 16 I started to coach Preschool, Rec, & Team at Northstar & fell in love with coaching.

What’s your favorite part about coaching? I have a couple different favorite parts of coaching. The first would be the honor it is to be a positive influence in the gymnasts’ lives; I make sure that the kids I coach are receiving the type encouragement that leads to confidence & self assurance, even if they aren’t getting that outside of the gym. The next would be those little moments in which I get to witness something “click” inside of a gymnast’s head, whether it be a correction they finally understand or the right shape in order to get a skill. The last I would say is all the lessons I learn from my gymnasts (of all ages), one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a coach is to celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments. When I watch the kids get absolutely giddy over something new they achieve it reminds me to apply this appreciation of the small things in my own life.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I hope the number one thing the athletes I coach take away is that there is no reason to be anything but encouraging & positive towards yourself & everyone around you. Another thing I hope they learn is how to communicate what they are feeling towards others & understand why they are feeling the way that they are. The last is the ability to be confident in themselves, even when they are trying something new or even scary, or when they are going through something new/scary in life outside of the gym.

DEVIN
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.

LAUREN
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? I have been coaching for Grand Rapids Gymnastics since 2008! I briefly moved to Florida, where I continued coaching for a local gym, and happily joined GRG once again when we moved back to Grand Rapids at the end of 2017!

What’s your gymnastics background? My parents started me in gymnastics around the age of 5, and I quickly fell in love with the sport! My absolute favorite event is beam, though bars was what I excelled in. Vault, on the other hand…Let’s just say I’m a better vault coach than athlete. I competed for ANA Sports (which is actually GRG prior to the ownership change in (I think) 2008). My last JO competition season was at age 14, where I competed to represent the level 8 regional team on beam and floor. After leaving JO, I joined Forest Hills high school gymnastics, and began coaching just a few years later!

What’s your favorite part about coaching? It’s pretty cliche, but entirely true… My absolute favorite part is the kiddos! Working with these kids, and teaching them about a sport I am so passionate about is a truly amazing thing! I am so privileged to spend so much time learning the strengths, weaknesses, dreams, fears, and different personalities of each child.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? Gymnastics is about so much more than just the skills they will learn over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I want them to learn each skill, and meticulously complete it. However, as great as it is that I am still able to kick up to a perfect handstand in the middle of the grocery store, it’s definitely not the skill my parents (or myself, for that matter) look back on and think “wow! I’m so glad we spent so much time, and paid all that money for Lauren to do perfect handstands in random places”. Rather, the things an athlete should take away from this sport are dedication, perseverance, time management, how to FAIL without being defeated, the ability to work as both an individual and as a group member, a personal understanding of their own physical and emotional needs, and so much more.

What do you do outside the gym? Outside of gymnastics I am mom of 1, soon-to-be two, amazing little girls-Zoe and Charlotte! My husband and I love keeping active, especially in the summer! We kayak, swim, hike, chase our daughter, and enjoy hanging out with family!

MARANDA
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MATT
How long have you been a part of the GRG family?  Since 2016.

What’s your favorite part about coaching? Watching a kid perform a skill for the first time that they’ve spent months working on.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? The idea that you win as a team and lose as a team.  You don’t single out an individual.

What do you do outside the gym? I’m usually studying or  taking my car to the track.

MORGAN
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
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.


RICHARD (Boys Team Coach)
How long have you been a part of the GRG family?
Started as of August of 2017.

What’s your gymnastics background?  
I competed in gymnastics from the age of 10 through 22. For the tail end of that, I competed for the College of William and Mary from 2005-2009. From 2009-2016, I acted as an intermittent volunteer coach for competitive programs in Louisiana as my schedule would permit.

What’s your favorite part about coaching?
Watching the moment when something finally “clicks” for a gymnast, especially knowing the amount of time it took to build up to that point.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes?
I hope my athletes will develop a love of an active lifestyle that they can apply throughout their lives. That being said, I have made great friends at every step of my gymnastics journey and I certainly hope to create an environment that fosters these kinds of relationships as well.

What do you do outside of the gym? I am a family medicine/ sports medicine physician. I am also a member of the Army National Guard.

RILEY
How long have you been a part of the GRG family? I have been part of the GRG family since my freshman year of high school in 2012..

What’s your gymnastics background? I was a gymnast for 14 years. The highest level I competed was level 9.

What’s your favorite part about coaching? My favorite part about coaching is watching athletes not only gain important life lessons, but also enjoy the sport. I think growing up in the gym, I always valued and realized how special that is.

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes? I believe learning new skills and advancing everyday is very important. But overall, I want my athletes to fall in love with the sport and understand how loved they are by the staff and their peers. There is nothing better than that.

STEVE (Boys Team Coach)
How long have you been a part of the GRG family?
Started back in 2012.

What’s your gymnastics background?  
Competitive Team up to Level 6

What’s your favorite part about coaching?
Seeing the athletes hard work pay off

What do you hope your athletes take away from their gymnastics classes?
If you work hard enough anything is possible

What do you do outside of the gym? Spend time with my family

TAMMY (Special Events Director)
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 (Preschool Director)
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.