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Greatmats 2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Contest

Greatmats Seeking Nominations for 2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

Rilee Sauer of Gold Medal Gymnastics named Greatmats 2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

Read about Coach Rilee Sauer and her fellow finalists.


The 2016 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year finalists have been named!

This year's class of nominees made history in the first year of the competition as just eight votes separated the top three vote getters. While the rules state that that top two vote getters will be named finalists, Greatmats is making a special exception and is naming three finalists.

This year's finalists are: Rilee Sauer of Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona, Lori Dexter of Northeast Gymnastics Academy in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, and Clara Gulino of Gymnastics Plus in Slidell, Louisiana.

More than 1,500 votes were cast in the competition which is part of the 2nd 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. Greatmats will name the winner on Dec. 30, 2016.

Rilee Sauer
Chandler, AZ

Clara Gulino
Slidell, LA

Lori Dexter
Hanover Township, PA

Congratulations to all who were nominated for their demonstration of service, integrity and quality in their coaching practices as well as their involvement in their communities!


Voting is live through Nov. 30, 2016!
Visit Greatmats Facebook page to vote for this year's National Gymnastics Coach of the Year. Find the photo gallery ballot associated with the National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Contest and click like on the photo of the Gymnastics Coach you'd like to win. Each like counts as one vote. Only likes to the original post count as votes. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote, but remind them to like the original post to make sure their votes count. The two Gymnastics Coaches with the most ''like'' 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.

Thanks to those who nominated a special gymnastics coach and good luck to those nominated!

2016 Nominees
If you have nominated someone and do not see them on this list, please review the ''How to Nominate'' section on this page and make sure you have completed all steps or email

Mysti Oglesby
Zenit Gymnastics, Canton, Georgia

Rilee Sauer
Gold Medal Gymnastics, Chandler, Arizona

Missy Seyler
Southlake Gymnastics Academy, Southlake, Texas

Brianna Delucia
Gymnastics and More, Woburn, Massachussetts

Bobby Piehler
ACE Gymnastics, Albany, New York

Clara Gulino
Gymnastics Plus, Slidell, Louisiana

Dawn Gaines
Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, Illinois

Gina Van Deinse, Jennifer Van Deinse, Kelly Van Deinse
Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, Traverse City, Michigan

Andreea Toth
Brestyan's Gymnastics, Burlington, Massachusetts

Kelsie Hill
Competitive Edge Gymnastics, Taylorsville, Kentucky

BettyLou Hadley-Laird
Havorford Area YMCA Gymnastics, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

Melinda Leigh Schmidt
Champion Gymnastics, Hinesville, Georgia

Lori Dexter
Northeast Gymnastics Academy, Hanover Township, Pennsylvania

Michael Crowe
Excel Gymnastics, Richmond, Kentucky

Shannon Purcell
Rhythm Academy Dance Company, Toccoa, Georgia


Want to honor a gymnastics coach for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the 2016 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats 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
To nominate the trainer for this award, email the following information to before Nov. 1, 2016. Nominators will not be identified.

1. Coaches 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 Greatmats' Facebook Page from Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2016. 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:
A. Demonstration of Service
B. Demonstration of Integrity
C. 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. 30, 2016.
3. National Gymnastics Coach of the Year Certificate
4. Greatmats Coffee Mug

Greatmats is a national gymnastics flooring 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 has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating. 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.

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This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

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