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Greatmats Annual National Instructor of the Year Award Series

Honoring Positively Influential Coaches, Instructors and Trainers


Wisconsin-based specialty flooring leader Greatmats is awarding a series of national awards for athletic instructors as well as animal trainers who have made a positive impact on their respective communities. The national awards are designed to honor those instructors, trainers and coaches in the USA that have made a positive difference in the lives of their students and community by utilizing service, integrity and quality.

Congratulations to the following 2018 finalists:

2018 National Dog Trainer of the Year:


WINNER: Hannah Ernst of Down Home Dog Training LLC in Meadville, Pennsylvania
Chrissy Joy of BFF Pet Services in Brandywine, Maryland

2018 National Horse Trainer of the Year:


WINNER: Tammy Smith of Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship in Chandler, Arizona
John M. Joyner Jr of Joyner Arabians in Canutillo, Texas

2018 National Cheerleading Coach of the Year:


WINNER: Kaylee Cottrell of Anderson Invasion Cheer in Anderson, Indiana
McKinley Fichtner of Ultimate STARZ Athletics in Weymouth, Massachusetts

2018 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year:


WINNER: Steve Zamzo of Detroit Lakes High School in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Valorie Kondos Field of the University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California

2018 Dance Instructor of the Year:


WINNER: Marlee Ramirez-Santana of Encore Dance Theatre in Sunrise, Florida
Tiffany Pleus of Elite Performing Arts in Jefferson City, Missouri

2018 Martial Arts Instructor of the Year:


WINNER: Erich Podbielski of American Taekwondo West Bend in West Bend, Wisconsin
John Morgart Jr. of Wei Son Do Martial Arts in Irwin, Pennsylvania

2018 Fitness Trainer of the Year


WINNER: Adam Cayce of Arc Fitness in Indianapolis, Indiana
Maria Pro of Muscle By Maria in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Click on the categories below to learn how to nominate or vote for an instructor or trainer and see the past winners and nominees for the awards.

Award Categories:

(Click category of choice to learn more)
4th Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year
4th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year
4th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year
3rd Annual National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
3rd Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
National Fitness Trainer of the Year (3rd Year)
National Gymnastics Coach of the Year (2nd Year)

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 4th 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 4 years of the National Awards Series more than 112,500 votes have been cast to honor these great instructors.

The 2018 Grand Prizes include the following for each winner


- $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the winner's related business
- Winner profile story
- Greatmats national award certificate

Greatmats is a national specialty flooring industry 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. Find out more about Greatmats at www.greatmats.com or by visiting Greatmats on Facebook.



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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

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

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

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

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year


2016 - Rilee Sauer - Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, AZ
2018 - Steve Zamzo - Detroit Lakes High School - Detroit, MI

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

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