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Getting to Know John Geddert…

John has been coaching gymnastics for 34 years.  He is a 2012 Olympic Coach and the 2011 World Team Head Coach.

Distinguished Characteristics and Accomplishments

  • John is the most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan gymnastics history.
  • His 25 year win/loss club record is an unprecedented 1998 wins and 58 defeats in STATE CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION.
  • His teams have compiled more state championship titles than ALL OTHER MICHIGAN TEAMS COMBINED (112STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TITLES.)
  • On the National front, Gedderts Twistars USA has emerged as the National Power in Junior Olympic Gymnastics. In the years 2001-2002 and 2004 Twistars USA had more National Qualifiers, National medalists, and National Team Members than any other club in the USA.
  • He has coached well over 40 National Champions at the Junior Olympic and Elite levels.
  • He has coached over 20 USA National Team members.
  • Club gymnastics is where collegiate programs get their athletes. During the past 24 years, Twistars gymnasts have earned in excess of 3 million dollars in athletic scholarships to major universities around the country.
  • John has represented the USA as a coach in international competition in well over 15 countries (Spain, Italy, France, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Sweden, Guatemala, Germany, Costa Rica, China, Belgium, Canada, and Japan to name a few)
  • He was on the coaching staff of the 1995 Sr. Pan American Games team champions.
  • He was on the coaching staff of the 1996 Sr. Pacific Alliance team champions.
  • He coached one of the alternates to the gold medal winning 1996 Olympic team.
  • He has coached more NATIONAL CHAMPIONS than ALL other Michigan coaches combined.
  • In 2008 John coached the USA ELITE NATIONAL CHAMPION in the Junior Age Division and placed a second athlete on the Jr. Elite USA National team. This is the most national team members at the highest level in the country.
  • In 2008-09 Current elite national team members, Jordyn Wieber and Kamerin Moore placed in each of their USA Gymnastics international assignments. 1st (Wieber) and 3rd (Moore) in Belgium, Jordyn won American Cup (USAs most prestigious competition), Kamerin won the USA vs Japan Dual competition and they placed 1st and 3rd at the GymNix international event in Montreal.
  • In 2010- Jordyn Wieber captured the All Around, Bars and Floor title at the prestigious Pacific Rim Championships held in Melbourne Australia. (This competition features athletes from the countries that border the Pacific Ocean like China, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Australia etc.)
  • John also added another junior Olympic national champion and USA National Team member to his resume when Grace Williams won the All Around and Bar titles at the 2010 National Championships.
  • In 2011, John added another American Cup title as well as an All Around Silver Medal in Jeslo Italy for the international Grand Prix where USA won Team Gold.
  • At the Junior Olympic Level he added 3 US National Team members, 5 USA Individual Event Champions, and one more National All Around Champion (Bayle Pickel)
  • In 2011, John was named the World Team Head Coach and coached Jordyn Wieber to an All Around World Championship.
  • In 2012, John coached Jordyn Wieber to a spot on the Olympic Team.

Awards and Honors

1) Region 5 (USA Gymnastics) COACH of the Year: 1990-1991-1993-1996-2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2) Awarded the FIRST EVER USA NATIONAL COACH of the YEAR by USA Gymnastics – 2007

3) Michigan (USA Gymnastics) COACH of the YEAR: 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2009

4) Region 5 (USA Gymnastics) CONTRIBUTOR of the YEAR: 1989, 1990, 1999, 2003 – This award is given to the volunteer that contributes the most to the sport of gymnastics within our 5 state region.

5) U.S. Elite Coaches Association – CONTRIBUTOR of the YEAR: 2003. This is a national award given for contributions to the sport of the gymnastics that go above and beyond that call of volunteer duties.

6) 2009 Inductee into USA GYMNASTICS REGION 5 HALL OF FAME This is an honor given to a select group of coaches, judges and or administrators after going through a nomination process and a vote by a selection committee. The award is given for outstanding service over a career. Region 5 consists of the states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

7) 2012 Elite National Coach of the Year awarded by USA Gymnastics

Education

  • Alpena High School – John graduated from AHS with honors in 1976.
  • 3 year varsity letter winner.
  • Co-Captain during senior year.
  • He also assisted then coach Vicki Bowersock with the girls varsity team (unofficially as a spotter).

College

  • John attended Central Michigan University on an athletic scholarship for gymnastics.
  • He was voted Co-captain during junior year.
  • Physical education was his main focus.

Employment History

During his senior year at CMU, John began coaching the Mt. Pleasant High School Gymnastics team. It was at this point that he found that coaching was his passion.

To further his coaching knowledge, he moved to Maryland to accept a coaching job at one of the top private club gymnastic programs in the country, the MarVaTeens. He worked under the direction of then national team coach Gary Anderson from 1980-1984.

In 1984 he returned to Michigan to take over as head coach of a very young and un-established gymnastics club in Lansing. The Great Lakes Gymnastics club would grow to national prominence under his direction. A private club with less than 200 students when he arrived had grown to a national power with over 800 students when he left in 1996.

In 1996 he and his wife Kathryn started Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club.  Twistars has etched it place as one of the top gymnastics clubs in the country.

Community Service

  • John has served on the National Governing Body’s ( USA Gymnastics) Junior Olympic Program Committee for the past 22 years.
  • He has been instrumentally involved in the development of the current system, which is now used world wide as the preferred developmental program for gymnastics.
  • He helped author the current compulsory routines used in the grass roots system, and he is actively involved in rules and policy making that govern the sport of gymnastics in the US.
  • Besides his contributions to the sport of gymnastics, he is also actively involved within his local community. Currently, Twistars USA is involved with the Children’s Miracle Network and has raised in excess of $30,000 for the cause.
  • In a project designed to assist less fortunate countries with obtaining new and used donated equipment from the USA, John was instrumental in providing a club in Columbia with a full gym of equipment. This club eventually went on to qualify Columbia’s first ever Olympian in 2008.
  • Similarly in an attempt to assist less fortunate athletes, John and his club at Twistars USA have played host to aspiring international athletes from Slovania, El Salvador, and Columbia.

Years of Service to Region 5 of USA Gymnastics

  • John is currently actively involved in the educational process for regional coaches, athletes and judges.
  • He is instrumental in various regional programs that support and reward athletes for their participation in the sport.
  • Over $110,000 was raised this past year in order to outfit the national qualifiers from Region 5-USA Gymnastics for National and International competition.
  • He is instrumental in organizing international experiences for our Regions top athletes and many of his program ideas are being implemented in other regions around the country.
  • He has volunteered 24 Years Service to Region 5 as Junior Olympic Program Coordinator (JOPC), Apparel Coordinator, AllStar Team Trip Coordinator, Regional and National Congress Speaker on topics of gymnastics coaching education.

Coaching Positions Held

  • 1980-1984: Coach for Marvateens- Rockville Md
  • 1984-1996: Coach for Great Lakes Gymnastics, Lansing, MI
  • 1996-Present: Owner and Head Coach of Geddert’s Twistars USA, Lansing, MI

Gymnasts and Coaches Developed by John

  • Elites: Katie Teft, Melissa Green, Jordyn Wieber, Kamerin Moore, Laura Szczepanski, Heather Berry, Melissa Grupe, Jane MacIntosh
  • JO National Champions and National Team Members: Over 40 Gymnasts

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