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2019 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

Vote for the gymnastics coach you think should be named the 2019 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year!

Voting runs Nov. 14-Dec. 1, 2019

Aeon fitness and gymnastics

Bright raven gymnastics

Champions Sports Center

Gymnastics Sports Center

Mountain West Gymnastics

Oklahoma University

Olathe East High School

Panastics

University of New Hampshire

Viking Gymnastics and Dance

Washington Township High School

Aeon fitness and gymnastics

June 21, 2019

Hillsdale, NJ

Coach Donna Foudy is an amazing coach and person. She connects with the kids on their level so that they build mutual respect and trust. Donna shows each one of her team members the right amount of support and dedication to push them to succeed. Donna believes in each child and helps them to believe in themselves. She gives them the strength and confidence to reach higher and higher goals. I have never had a more positive 4 year experience than I had with Donna as my daughter's coach.
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Bright raven gymnastics

October 20th

Rochester, New york

Colleen Merchant is an amazing coach who always pushes gymnasts to be better. No matter what, she always believes in anyone and is there in and out of the gym for gymnasts and their families .
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Champions Sports Center

2019

Lehi, UT

Aimee Walker Pond is truly someone who knows how to beat the odds. As a someone is who deaf and also blind in one eye, the cards have been stacked against her whole life. But with talent, passion and a no-quit attitude, she's made a name for herself in the grueling world of gymnastics. As someone who has battled through tremendous challenges personally, she can relate to most troubles her students having and thrives on giving them opportunities to succeed.
27 Votes
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Gymnastics Sports Center

2019

Wichita Falls, Texas

Joe and Chrissy Cronin are dedicated to keeping gymnastics fun and a useful learning tool for kids through building discipline, self confidence and body awareness. They recently opened a 7,500 square foot gym where they share their 30 plus years of knowledge and expertise in gymnastics.
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Mountain West Gymnastics

March 15, 2019

Boise, Idaho

Rick Bonnell has watched these young women grow up. He sheds a tear each time one of his Littles grows up and leaves the nest. He is more than a coach; he is family.
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Oklahoma University

2019

Norman, Oklahoma

The accolades for K.J. Kindler are seemingly endless. A 3-time National Head Coach of the Year, 8-time regional coach of the year, 12-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year from Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Kindler began her collegiate legacy at Iowa State University and has only bolstered it at Oklahoma University. In 2010, she became the first head coach in NCAA history to take two separate programs to the NCAA Super Six and brought Oklahoma its first ever NCAA title in 2014. K.J. has led the Sooners to both NCAA Regional and Big 12 Conference Championships each of the last 8 seasons, including three undefeated regular seasons during that time - the latest in 2019. The accomplishments go on and on. She brings honor and pride to the Sooner faithful and has brought excitement and support for OU's gymnastics program.
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Olathe East High School

2019

Olathe, KS

I'd like to nominate Mallory West for the Gymnastics Coach of the Year award. She not only coaches for four high school teams (Olathe East, Olathe Northwest, Olathe West and Olathe North), but she's proven that she has the chops to make her athletes compete at their best. Mallory recently led Olathe East to its fourth Kansas State Championship in the last five seasons. She also led Olathe East to state championships in 2016 & 2018 and a state runner up finish in 2017. Mallory guided Olathe Northwest to a state championship in 2017 and a state runnerup finish in 2019.
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Panastics

9-2-19

Panama City, FL

I'd like to nominate Patty Chizmar of Panastics in Panama City, Florida. Patty has dedicated 42 years to teaching gymnastics and is fighting to keep the doors open at Panastics where she helps kids deal with hard times and offers them something to look forward to in a positive environment. She inspires not just her students but their parents as well. Please consider Patty for this award!
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University of New Hampshire

2019

Durham, NH

Gail Goodspeed completed a 40-year head coaching career at the University of New Hampshire by leading her Wildcats to a 2019 East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship and retired of June of this year. We want to say thank you to Gail for her extended commitment to the program where she compiled a career record of 658-327-2 and earned at least one league championship in each of her four decades as the head coach. She has turned the Wildcat program into a force to be reckoned with, making the NCAA Regional championships 36 of the last 38 seasons. Thank you Gail. You've made us proud!
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Viking Gymnastics and Dance

12/16/18

Niles, IL

Addison Sawyer is a great coach who is always excited to be in the gym and helps me improve my gymnastics while ensuring I have a good time and enjoy gymnastics. He has been coaching for many years and is an experienced gymnast and coach.
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Washington Township High School

October 2019

Sewell, NJ

Please accept this nomination for coach Lauren Pellecchia-Kupiec. Lauren coaches for Washington Township High School where she has built a close-knit family of gymnasts. Since taking the helm in 2017, Lauren has led the Minutemaids to winning season each year and reinstilled an emphasis on tradition and a culture of hard work and dedication.
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Want to honor a gymnastics coach for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the 2019 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats 5th Annual National Award Series, is designed to recognize Gymnastics Coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their athletes and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

(The nomination period has ended.)

To nominate the coach for this award, visit the contest page or email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Nov. 1, 2019. Nominators will not be identified.

  1. Coach's Full Name
  2. Name and Address of the School, Gym, Organization, Etc. (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this coach, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the Coach

How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place on the contest page from Nov. 14 through Dec. 1, 2019. The two gymnastics coaches with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
    1. Demonstration of Service/Community Impact
    2. Demonstration of Integrity
    3. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for affiliated facility
  2. Coach/school profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on Dec. 13, 2019.
  3. National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Certificate

More than 5,300 votes were cast in the first 2 years of the contest as part of the 5th Annual Greatmats National Award Series which honors instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive difference in their communities and the lives of their students.

Voting Instructions:

Visit the contest page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Gymnastics Coach of the Year. Click the vote button next to the photo of the Gymnastics Coach you'd like to win. Feel free to share the ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two gymnastics coaches with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on the criteria mentioned above.

Greatmats is a national gymnastics flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

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Read about previous winners of the award:

2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year - Rilee Sauer

2018 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year - Steve Zamzo