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Greatmats Annual National Instructor of the Year Award Series

Honoring Positively Influential Coaches, Instructors and Trainers

The Greatmats National Award Series was founded in 2015 and is the first of its kind to recognize such a diverse group of individuals for both their positive professional and community influence. This is the 6th annual national awards competition to honor Dance Instructors, Dog Trainers and Horse Trainers. It has since expanded its National Award Series to include Martial Arts Instructors, Cheer Coaches, Fitness Trainers and Gymnastics Coaches. Over the first 5 years of the National Awards Series more than 511,500 votes have been cast to honor these great instructors.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Awards. Click the appropriate button below to nominate that special instructor, trainer or coach who has had a positive impact in your life or his/her community. The nomination period is open until Oct. 26, 2020 and voting will take place Nov. 2-16, 2020. The top 10 vote getters in each category will receive a prize while the top 2 vote getter in each class will be be named finalists for their respective awards. Greatmats will choose among the finalists based on an interview and social media feedback from their respective communities. To join in on the social media conversation, use #GreatmatsNationalAwardSeries.


  1. Grand Prize: $250 in Greatmats Products
  2. Second Prize: $150 in Greatmats Products
  3. Third Prize:$100 in Greatmats Product
  4. 4th-10th Places $50 Greatmats Coupon toward purchases of $200 or more

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Past Winners

National Fitness Trainer of the Year

2015 - Jeanette Raichle - Owatonna Tennis and Fitness Center - Owatonna, MN
2017 - Thea Jorgensen - Thea Ward Fitness - Bismarck, ND
2018 - Adam Cayce - Arc Fitness - Indianpolis, IN
2019 - Micah Morgan - MMFitness - Tampa, FL

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year

2016 - Amy Beth Klopf - Coleman Junior Senior High School - Coleman, MI
2017 - Sherri Andrzejewski - Wilkes-Barre Bears - Wilkes-Barre, PA
2018 - Kaylee Cottrell - Anderson Invasion Cheer - Anderson, IN
2019 - Angie Koenig - Carolina Crossfire Cheer - Columbia, SC

National Dance Instructors of the Year

2015 - Rosanne Vavasis - Gotta Dance - Hudson, FL
2016 - John Culbertson - Dance Attack Dance Studio - Miami, FL
2017 - Heidi Sulminski & Heather Gerard - H&H Dance Academy - Millbury, MA
2018 - Marlee Ramirez-Santana - Encore Dance Theatre - Sunrise, FL
2019 - Marianne Brash-Rieg - Twirl Time Dance Studio - Pittsburgh, PA

National Dog Trainers of the Year

2015 - Jeremy Joseph Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson, AZ
2016 - Jeremy Joseph Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson, AZ
2017 - Sara Carson - The Super Collies - Palmdale, CA
2018 - Hannah Ernst - Down Home Dog Training LLC - Meadville, PA
2019 - Abbey Beasley - IncrediPAWS - Pataskala, OH

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

2016 - Rilee Sauer - Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, AZ
2018 - Steve Zamzo - Detroit Lakes High School - Detroit Lakes, MN
2019 - Aimee Walker Pond - Champions Sports Center - Lehi, UT

National Horse Trainer of the Year

2016 - Jessica Moctezuma - Moctezuma Stables - Woodstock, IL
2017 - Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses - Wilmore, KY
2018 - Tammy Smith - Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship - Chandler, AZ
2019 - PJ O'Connell - Cowboy Way Ranch - Elizabethtown, KY

National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

2016 - Grandmaster Bryant Harrell - Real World Combat Academy, High Point Neighborhood Family Center - Clearwater, FL
2017 - Master Ron Poholik - Pride Martial Arts - New Lenox, IL
2018 - Erich Podbielski - American Taekwondo West Bend - West Bend, WI
2019 (Striking) - Leo Liuzza - Shinkyokushinkai Karate - Las Vegas, NV
2019 (Grappling) - Amanda Leve - Leve BJJ - Philadelphia, PA