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Greatmats Annual National Instructor of the Year Award Series

Honoring Positively Influential Coaches, Instructors and Trainers

More than 150,000 votes poured in during the two-week voting period in Greatmats’ 6th Annual National Award Series, honoring coaches, instructors and trainers across 8 different professions who have served as a positive influence in their respective communities. The votes were used to determine his year’s finalists for the following awards:
  • National Striking Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
  • National Dance Instructor of the Year
  • National Dog Trainer of the Year
  • National Cheer Coach of the Year
  • National Grappling Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
  • National Fitness Trainer of the Year
  • National Horse Trainer of the Year
  • National Gymnastics Coach of the Year
Striking Martial Arts Instructor Finalists
More than a third of the votes were cast in the Striking Martial Arts Instructor field where Master Kumar Karki of Everest World Class Taekwondo in Nottingham, MD, and Cameron Smith of Premier Martial Arts in North Augusta, SC, compiled nearly 31,300 combined votes to be named the two finalists in their category.

Dance Instructor Finalists
Katelyn Byrd, Fever Dance and Tumble, Gastonia, NC
Zimone Mincey, Summerville Dance Academy, Charleston, SC

Dog Trainer Finalists
Courtney Gluchacki, A.C.E K9 Academy, Warwick, RI
Marsha Tonkinson, K9 Paws Behavior and Dog Training, Golden Valley, AZ

Cheer Coach Finalists
Elicia Morigeau, Quad City Storm Elite, Prescott, AZ
Angel Howard, Alpena High School, Alpena, MI

Grappling Martial Arts Instructor Finalists
Anthony Alexander, Adamson Brother’s Jiu Jitsu Academy, Seaside, OR
Earl “Trouble” Small, 302 BJJ, Wilmington, DE

Fitness Trainer Finalists
Scotty Gehlbach, Element Personal Training/Anytime Fitness, Jackson, OH
Jennifer Simpson, Cherrywood Village, Portland, OR

Horse Trainer Finalists
Jesse Raddatz, Whoa Dammit Ranch, Dekalb, TX
Bill Brown, W. Brown Performance Horses, Fowlerville, MI

Gymnastics Coach Finalist
Jessica Ryan, Rock ‘n Roll Gymnastics Academy, Shavertown, PA

Winners will be named Dec. 1, 2020.

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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 were cast to honor these great instructors.

The top 10 vote getters in each category will receive a prize while the top 2 vote getters 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.








Prizes

  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


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
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