31 years coaching experience and 12 years at DeVeau’s
B.S. in Physical Education, Athletic Training Specialization at S.I.U – Carbondale
Elementary School – gifted program for gymnastics and walk-on at S.I.U. – Carbondale Men’s Team
Married to Kim for 18 amazing years! We have 3 great kids – Taylor, Tori, and Caleb!
Why He Loves Teaching Children Gymnastics
I have loved gymnastics my entire life. One summer I drove my sister and brother to an open gym. The coaches said I could stay and work out. I was thrilled! When they saw me helping my brother and sister get new skills, they offered me a job! I come from a family of teachers (grandfather, mother, sister, etc.) so teaching has always been a part of who I am. I just grew up around people with a mindset to teach. My mom was a great example to me of someone who could take complex concepts and break them down into easy to understand parts. I love it when kids have that “A-ha!” moment and when they master a skill they have tried so hard to get!
Gymnastics is fun and the foundation of all sports! No matter what activity kids do in the future, they benefit from the fundamentals they learn in gymnastics. The environment in the gym promotes overcoming fears, goal setting, progressive learning, managing your time, and so much more!
I have coached gymnastics in five different states at eight different gymnastics centers – DeVeau’s is a combination of all the best parts of those other gym. The facility is second to none. The owner and staff truly care about the kids that they teach/coach, and they have the knowledge and experience to help them achieve their goals at every level. That includes a toddler walking across a beam for the first time or sending a gymnast to the Olympics! There is such a balanced approach to the sport here – at every level!
I enjoy music and playing guitar. I enjoy watching/playing soccer. I love to camp and I participated in Scouts for many years. In Scouts I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I enjoy studying the Bible. I love being a husband/dad and spending time with my wife and kids!