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Greatmats Annual National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Contest

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Nomination Accepted Each Oct.

Gymnastics Coaches Aimee Walker Pond of Champions Sports Center and Donna Foudy of Aeon Fitness and Gymnastics have earn spots as finalists for the 2019 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Award aver combining for more than 18,000 of the more than 23,000 total votes cast this year in the annual contest.

Congratulations to Aimee Walker Pond for being named the 2019 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year!

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year: Aimee Walker Pond - Lehi, Utah


Want to honor a gymnastics coach for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the Annual 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 before Nov. 1, 2019. Nominators will not be identified.
  1. Coach's 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
    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 two years of the contest which is part of the 4th 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. Each voter can vote once. 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 demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

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Read about the previous winner of the award:

2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year - Rilee Sauer
2018 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Steve Zamzo


Past Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Nominees


Rilee Sauer - Gold Medal Gymnastics, Chandler (2016)


Valorie Kondos Field - University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles (2018)


Blain Fowler - Panhandle Perfection Gymnastics - Gulf Breeze & Pensacola (2018)


Mysti Oglesby - Zenit Gymnastics, Canton (2016)
Melinda Leigh Schmidt - Champion Gymnastics, Hinesville (2016)
Shannon Purcell - Rhythm Academy Dance Company, Toccoa (2016)


Chris and Larry Ward - Geneseo Community Center - Geneseo (2018)
Dawn Gaines - Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale (2016)


Bernadette Wagner - Shawnee Mission School District - Shawnee Mission (2018)


Kelsie Hill - Competitive Edge Gymnastics, Taylorsville (2016)
Michael Crowe - Excel Gymnastics, Richmond (2016)


Clara Gulino - Gymnastics Plus, Slidell (2016)


Trista Polseno - R&R Gymnastics - Shrewsbury (2018)
Brianna Delucia - Gymnastics and More, Woburn (2016)
Andreea Toth - Brestyan's Gymnastics, Burlington (2016)


Gina Van Deinse, Jennifer Van Deinse, Kelly Van Deinse - Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, Traverse City (2016)


Steve Zamzo - Detroit Lakes High School - Detroit Lakes (2018)


Cassie Rice - Gymcats - Henderson (2018)

New York

Kaity Germer - Hampton Gymnastics East - Long Island (2018)
Bobby Piehler - ACE Gymnastics, Albany (2016)


Mark Williams - University of Oklahoma - Norman (2018)


Misty Lloyd Mathews - Central Ohio Gymnastics - Lewis Center (2018)


BettyLou Hadley-Laird - Havorford Area YMCA Gymnastics, Rosemont (2016)
Lori Dexter - Northeast Gymnastics Academy, Hanover Township (2016)

South Dakota

Audra Rew - Mitchell High School - Mitchell (2018)


Missy Seyler - Southlake Gymnastics Academy, Southlake (2016)


Brandon Sloan - Dynamic Gymnastics - Lynchburg (2018)


Katie Moore - Franklin High School - Franklin (2018)


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