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.

Award Categories:

(Click category of choice to learn more and vote)

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 5th 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 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 or by visiting Greatmats on Facebook.


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