Chandler Staff Page

Amanda Borden

Owner/Head Coach

After narrowly missing a berth on the 1992 Olympic Team, Amanda persevered to become a three-time World Championship Team Member, Pan American double gold medalist, six-time national team member, and the 1995 USAG Sportswoman of the year on her journey toward Olympic Gold in 1996.


She is now excited to share her knowledge and the love of the sport with everyone who comes through the doors at Gold Medal Gymnastics Academy. Along with unparalleled gymnastics expertise, Amanda brings an extensive knowledge of the developmental stages of children in her position thanks to the early education degree she earned from Arizona State University in 2003.

 

Outside the gym, Amanda continues to develop her broadcasting skills by commentating gymnastics and cheerleading events for CBS, Fox Sports, Turner Broadcasting, and ESPN. She also enjoys motivational speaking to young and old and is honored to be considered a role model.

 

Amanda has been active in the Special Olympics, Duchene’s Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy, USAG’s Athletes Advisory Council, member of the Arizona Gymnastics Board and as a member of the recent 2012 Olympic endeavor for Cincinnati. She was honored in 2000 as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Cincinnatians” by the Cincinnati branch of the Jaycees and their nominee and runner up for the national “Ten Outstanding Young Americas”. In 2003 Amanda received the Pop Warner Female Achievement Award.

 

Brad Cochran

Owner


 

Rilee Sauer

Compulsory Team Director / TOPs Director / Junior Olympic Team Coach

Level 2/3 Beam, Level 4/5 Vault, Level 6/7 Vault & Floor Assistant Coach


Personal Quote:

"Live, Learn, and Never Stop Trying"

 

Bio:

Married to Steve Sauer in March 2015, Rilee has been a member of our Gold Medal Gymnastics staff since 2010.  She enjoys spending time with family, shopping and anything outdoors!  When not working, Rilee & Steve love being outside spending time camping, mountain biking, boating on the lake and occasionally hiking.  We also escape to the San Diego beaches any time they can!

 

Accomplishment:

Optional Gymnast (Desert Devils Gymnastics)

B.A in Psychology - Arizona State University

2012 Level 3 Arizona State Team Champion Coach

2014 Level 5 Arizona State Team Champion Coach

2015 Level 7 Arizona State Team Champion Coach

2014 Compulsory Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2014 - Current : TOPs Director at Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, Arizona

 

 

Kristin Fanning

Team Director / Optional Team Director and Choreographer

Level 6 - 10 Floor and Level 9/10 Vault


Personal Quote:

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you do." Pele

 

Bio:

Kristin, a member of Gold Medal Gymnastics staff since 2011, has been married for 11 years to Elza.  They have 3 boys, Channing (10), Champ (9) and Chayton (8).  She loves spending time with family doing anything outdoors and shopping!  Favorite travel destinations include Park City Utah, Vail Colorado, and Disneyland.  They try to vacation as much as they can!

 

Accomplishments:

1996 - 2002 : Birthday Party Director / Compulsory Coach at Arizona Sunrays - Phoenix, Arizona

2001 - 2002 : Undergraduate Assistant Coach at Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona

2002 - 2011 : Team Director and Head Coach at Desert Devils Gymnastics - Mesa, Arizona

2011 - Current : Team Director and Head Coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, Arizona

Level 10 gymnast (Arizona Sunrays)

1998 - 2001 : Full Ride Gymanstics Scholarship at Arizona State University - 4 time academic all american

2001 Compulsory Rookie Coach of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2002 Optional Rookie Coach of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2004 Olympic Trials and Selection Camp Coach for Carly Janiga

2005 Arizona Choreographer of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2006 JO National (Level 10) Championship Coach

2006 - 2011 Arizona Level 10 State Team Championship Coach

2011 Optional Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2014 Optional Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

 

Clayton Modic

Junior Olympic Team Coach

Uneven Bars & Vault Team Coach


 

Nancee Wolter

Chandler Admin Director / Team Manager


Personal Quote:

"Good is not enough when you dream of being great"

 

Bio:

Nancee has been a part of Gold Medal Gymnastics since we opened our doors providing marketing, website design and support.  In 2010 she joined our Chandler staff in providing Administrative support and serving as a member of our Director's Team.  Nancee lives in Tucson and commutes to Chandler daily.  Originally from Minnesota and mom of two : Rachelle (a gymnastics coach herself) and Sean (high school football and basketball player), Nancee is an active promotor of gymnastics throughout the country, is Meet Coordinator to our hosted gymnastics meets and continues to provide marketing support to gymnastics clubs in both Minnesota and Arizona.

 

Accomplishments:

USAG Professional Member

CPR, First Aid and USAG Safety Certified

USAG Meet Director

USAG School of Business : Manager

2010 - Current : Meet Coordinator, Gold Medal Extravaganza

2010 - Current : Meet Coordinator, Arizona Grand Invitational

2004 - Current : Marketing Consultant, Gold Medal Gymnastics

2009 - Meet Coordinator : University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona

2014 - Current : Marketing Consultant, Springs Gymnastics, Tucson, Arizona

2004 - Current : Marketing Consultant, Dynamics Gymnastics, Burnsville, Minnesota

2004 - 2007 : Meet Coordinator, Halloween Invitational - Tumbleweeds Gymnastics, Tucson, Arizona

2005 - 2007 : President, Gymnastics Support Organization - Tumbleweeds Gymnastics, Tucson, Arizona

2003 - 2007 : Marketing Consultant - Tumbleweeds Gymnastics, Tucson, Arizona

2001 - 2003 : President, Gymnastics Support Organization - Gymnastics World, Tucson Arizona

1998 - 2000 : Board Member, Gymnastics Support Organization - Hudson School of Gymnastics, Wisconsin and Crown Gymnastics, Minnesota

1990 - 2001 : Director of Marketing and Facilities, Spire Federal Credit Union - Roseville, Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

Staci Dowell

Instructor/Junior Olympic Team Coach


Personal Quote:

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

 

Bio:

Staci joined Gold Medal Gymnastics as a gymnast earning 5 state titles and a bronze medal on bars in Level 8 Region 1 Championships.  Making the transitition from gymnast to coach occured in 2007 when she joined our Recreational Staff. Today, Staci is a member of our Junior Olympic Team Staff and continues to have a hand in coaching many of our recreational classes including pre-school.  Staci is currently going to school to earn a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a little less than 2 years left.  Outside of the gym, Staci enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Christian and their families.

 

Accomplishments:

2014 Compulsory Team Coaches of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

 

 

Doni Cadien

Administrator


 

Victoria Zimmerman

Instructor / Xcel Team Coach


Personal Quote:

"You never know what you can do until you try"

 

Bio:

Victoria has been with Gold Medal Gymanstics since our doors opened.  First as a competitive gymnast and now as a coach. She has been coaching since the age of 15 and instructs students of all levels including Preschool, Recreational, Pre-Team and Xcel.  When not at the gym, she loves spending time with family and friends including her two baby brothers.  Some of her favorite activities include: shopping, hiking, going to the movies and out to have sushi with friends.

 

Accomplishemnts:

USAG Professional Member

First Aid and CPR Certified

2014 Arizona State Team Championship Coach : Bronze

2014 Arizona State Team Championship Coach : Gold

2014 : Coach to numerous State event and All Around Champions : Xcel

2014 : Region 1 Xcel Championships Coach : Xcel

2015 : Coach to numerous State event and All Around Champions : Xcel

2015 Region 1 Xcel Championships Coach : Xcel

2015 Arizona State Team Member Coach : Region 1 Championships : Xcel

2015 Coach to Outsanding Gymnast of the Year  : Bronze - Arizona/USAG Banquet

 

Melissa Calderon

Xcel Team Director


Personal Quote:

"Any action that doesn't leave a positive footprint is not worth doing"

 

Bio:

Melissa has been a member of the Gold Medal Gymnastics coaching staff for 3 years coming to us with 13 years of previous gymnstics and 20+ years of teaching kids under her belt.  Melissa graduated with a degree in Chemistry and was part of a team starting up the first Nucleic Acid Testing lab in Arizona allowing HIV to be detected sooner.  She gave up her career to be a stay at home mom, homeschooled their 3 children through grade school and discovered that she is too social to work in a lab and happier teaching the things I love: math, science and gymnastics!

 

Accomplishments:

Experience includes coaching at all levels including preschool, recreation, pre-team, compulsory, xcel and cheer

2013 State Team Championship Coach

2014 State Team Championship Coach

2015 State Team Championship Coach

Coached 5 gymnasts to earn place on Arizona State Team at Region 1 Championships.

 

 

Amanda Chandler

Administrator


 

Stephanie Kohlmeier

Instructor


 

Austin Kelly

Junior Olympic Team Coach / Compulsory Director

Level 2 - 7 Uneven Bars Coach


Personal Quote:

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value", Albert Einstein

 

Bio:

Austin, originally from Des Moines, Iowa has been married to Emily for 7 years and has one daughter, Logan (age 2). He has lived in New York and Minnesota before joining our Gold Medal Gymnastics staff in 2014.  He enjoys spending time with family doing anything outdoors and being active! They spend as much time as possible with area family enjoying swimming, golfing and attending sporting events.

 

Accomplishments:

1999 - 2003 : Gym Mananger / Boys Team Head Coach / Girls Team Coach at Black Hawk Gymnastics - Waterloo, Iowa

1998 - 2011 : Head Instructor for National Cheerleading Association (NCA)

2003 - 2005 : Girls Team Coach at All American Gymnastics - Bellmore, New York

2005 - 2007 : Assistant Cheer Coach at St. Cloud University - St. Cloud, Minnesota

2005 - 2013 : Program Director / Girls Team Coach at North Crest Gymnastics - St. Cloud, Minnesota

2013 - 2014 : Assistant Gymnastics Coach at Brainerd High School - Brainerd, Minnesota

2013 - 2015 : Girls Teach Coach at North Shore Gymnastics - Maple Plain, Minnesota

2014 - Current : Level 2 - 7 Uneven Bars Coach, Compulsory Director at Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, Arizona

2014 Optional Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2014 Compulsory Coaching Staff ot the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2015 - Current : Arizona/USAG Board Member

 

 

Caitlin Slein

Junior Olympic Team Coach

Optional Team Coach


Personal Quote:

"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined"

 

Bio:

Caitlin is a girl who loves to experience life!  A member of our Gold Medal Gymnastics staff for more than 5 years (2006 - 2009 and 2013 to current), Caitlin's family and friends are her greatest gifts along with being able to pursue a career that allows her to work with amazing people and kids.  She has many interests beyond gymnastics and traveling is top on that list!  She recently traveled back to Ireland and would love to eventually participate in another medical mission trip as she did in 2010 to Haiti.

 

Accomplishments:

1998 - 2013 : NAWGJ rated judge - Levels 3 - 8

Level 4 - 9 Team Coach at West Virginia Gymnastics Training Center - Morgantown, West Virginina

2001 : Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy - West Virginia University

2001 - 2004 : Team Coach at Classic Gymnastics - Charlottesville, Virginia

2004 - 2006 : Team Coach at Aim High Gymnastics - Rhode Island

2005 : High Performance Coaching Seminar at National Women's Gymnastics Training Center - Houston, Texas

2006 - 2009 : Recreational and Competitive Team Coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, Arizona

2010 : National TOPs Camp Coach

2011 - 2013 : Head Compulosry Coach at Aim High Academy - Rhode Island

2011 : National TOPs Summer Training Camp and National TOPs Testing at National Gymnastics Training Center - Houston, Texas

2011 : Level 8 and 9 State Team Champion Coach : Rhode Island

2012 : Level 4, 6 and 9 State Team Champion Coach : Rhode Island

2013 : Level 4, 5, 9 and 10 State Team Champion Coach : Rhode Island

2013 - Current : Optional Team Coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, Arizona

2014 : Level 5 State Team Champion Coach : Arizona

2014 Optional Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona/USAG Banquet

2015 : Level 7 State Team Champion Coach : Arizona

 

 

Jessica Knox

Administrator


 

Kristin Balderas

Recreational Director / Adminstrator


 

Wendy Bricault

Instructor


 

Kathryn (Kat) James

Instructor


 

Heather Morgan

Instructor/Junior Olympic Team Coach

Level 2/3 Beam / Floor Coach


Personal Quote:

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible",  ~Francis of Assisi


Bio:

Heather was married to her husband Sean Morgan in 2002, and have since had two beautiful kids: Indigo (11) and Landyn (9). They love spending family time outdoors hiking, biking, and enjoying the Arizona climate. She personally enjoys crafting, reading, gardening and cooking!  Heather joined the Gold Medal Gymnastics staff in 2015 with more than 10 years of previous coaching experience.  A gymnast herself, Heather competed locally for Desert Devils Gymnastics (Level 10 & Elite) and collegiately for Towson University in Maryland.  Competing all 4 years, Heather picking up numerous EAGL conference accolades during that time, as well as assisting the team to win the National Invitational Tournament in 1999. Heather continues to carry the most 9.90's on Beam in school history;  and also the school record on floor with a 10.00.  She was co-captain of the Tiger gymnastics team my Senior year.

 


Accomplishments:

2002 - 2003 Girls Optional Team Coach at USA Gymnastics

2010 - 2014 Girls Developmental and Compulsory Team Coach at Aspire Kids Sports Center

2015 Compulsory Team Coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics

 

LeAnne Rudman

Instructor


 

Ashley Scotia

Administrator


 

Tammy Shaw

Instructor/ Xcel Team Coach


 

Emily Pivin

Instructor


 

Megan Roberts

Instructor


 

Alisha Rickman

Instructor


 

Bianca Banuelos

Instructor / Xcel Team Coach


 

Rachelle Wolter

Junior Olympic Team Coach


 

Amy Carr

Administrator/ Communications Director


 

Moriah Johnson

Instructor


 

Megan Wilford

Rec & Preschool Instructor


 

Karlee Tumbleson

Administrator/ Instuctor


 

Alex Steele

Instructor


 

Nicolette Totlis

Instructor


 

Sara Padilla

Administrator


 

Kelly Dregely

Junior Olympic Team Coach


 

CHANDLER LOCATION
455 East Warner Road
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 857-7335

 
 
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