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Wildfire Gymnastics would like to honor Coach Stephanie as the January Coach of the Month. Stephanie began coaching at Wildfire in October 2012, but she certainly wasn’t new to gymnastics and the hard work and dedication the sport takes at the competitive level. She trained at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Tempe, Arizona and was coached by Amanda Borden, a member of the 1996 gold medal team known as the Magnificent Seven. Stephanie’s favorite events were bars and beam.

Stephanie was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. Her mom and dad are both elementary school teachers and she has an older sister who is currently in medical school. Stephanie chose to complete her college education at Chapman University and will graduate in May 2014. She is majoring in Integrated Studies with a minor in history with a short term goal of being a high school history teacher; and, in a few years, go on to pursue her Ph.D. and become a high school principal.

In her leisure time Stephanie loves writing, crafting, yoga and being outside. She is a vegetarian and she loves smoothies and makes one just about every day. Her favorite childhood memory is playing softball every summer and having her dad as a coach and almost once at every practice she and her best friend would get in trouble for turning cartwheels instead of catching fly balls.

Stephanie said she has loves being able to coach all ages and levels at Wildfire. What makes her the happiest is seeing her gymnasts gain confidence every time they master a new skill.

Stephanie was chosen coach of the month because she took it upon herself to help out the Gym Team program that lost a lead coach and team player in December. Stephanie is always ready and available to help where ever a staffing issue exists – be it for one day or an entire month. She gives of herself in a quiet humble way with a smile. That is how she conducts her classes as well. She steps in and makes a difference.

Congratulations Coach Stephanie. Wildfire appreciates you and thanks you for being a role model among your peers!