Thank you for taking a look at my bio. I’m looking forward to getting to know you, and potentially help guide your recruiting process.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. I began gymnastics when I was five years old at the local park district. I tried other sports as a kid, and had a dream of becoming a volleyball player. Thankfully, in 7th grade, I realized my height wasn’t going to drastically change, and I committed the rest of my youth to my dream of competing gymnastics for a big University.
I became an elite and national team member when I was 14 years old, which was a difficult and trying process. There were times that I wanted to quit, but I always came back to my long-term goal of competing in NCAA gymnastics. Injuries also set me back quite a bit, but I came back even stronger every time.
I committed to UCLA on my official recruiting trip (this was back in the day when it was common to verbally commit your senior year!). I can without a doubt say that UCLA was the best experience of my life, and would do it all over again if I could. It was an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a school and program with such a prestigious history, and forge friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I became a 5-time All-American (2 vault, bars, beam and all-around), and our team won the 2010 NCAA National Championship my 5th year (I was an undergraduate assistant coach).
Unfortunately overuse injuries from my elite days cut my career short, I injury-retired prior to the start of my senior year, and remained a part of the team as an undergraduate assistant coach. This was one of the most rewarding, and surprising experiences for me. I couldn’t imagine that I could contribute to the team more than when I was competing, but I learned that I could be a benefit just as much, if not more, as a coach.
Once I graduated, I moved back to Chicago to be closer to my family. I worked at a sports agency in the city for three years, and found myself missing gymnastics. I then moved down to Fort Lauderdale to help a gym build a more competitive program. After over 2 years in Fort Lauderdale, I received a call from the University of Illinois Head Coach, inquiring about my interest in becoming her assistant coach. About 1 month later, I moved to Champaign, Illinois, and began coaching for the Fighting Illini.
I absolutely love coaching college gymnastics. I always sought to teach our student-athletes the same life lessons I was fortunate to learn as a member of the UCLA gymnastics team. There are so many life changes during your college years, and I relished the opportunity to help guide our student-athletes gymnastically and beyond.
Unfortunately, Illinois hired a new head coach this past off-season, and she decided to bring in her own staff. However, I believe everything happens for a reason, and this was a prime opportunity for me to move back to Los Angeles, and begin my career in the consulting business.
I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with the hopes of becoming a leadership consultant along with my work here! I have pretty much experienced every aspect of gymnastics from J.O., elite, national team, international competitions, NCAA gymnastics, injuries, club coach, NCAA coach, and now a consultant for you!