XCEL Program Director;
Diamond and Platinum Head Coach
I am happy to represent Wisconsin as I was born and raised on a 272 acre dairy farm outside the tiny burg of Stitzer, Wisconsin. In my heart I am always a country girl. Wisconsin pride (yes this includes the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers!) runs deep. Paired with that is a long line of hard work taught to me by incredible parents, brother, and both maternal and paternal grandparents. I have figured out how to adapt to city life (this is a big city to me!) but as John Denver sang it, “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
My sports background includes club gymnastics for 14.5 years, dance for ten years, and track and field for 3.5 years in high school and my first semester of college. I attained Level 10 status and competed, but chose to bump back to Level 9 to be able to earn a berth to Westerns my senior year of high school which I did (and was second place on vault!) After losing my last club year to a second blown ACL while attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Each year we had to try out for the gymnastics team, and I’m a proud and grateful to call myself a four-year member of it! Of my four years on the team, we claimed the NCGA nationals championship
in 2005, 2006, and 2008! Dancing is a huge passion of mine, and my love of dance has brought me into the world of gymnastics choreography since 2008. In the fall of 2019 I was presents the opportunity to get back into dance classes and finally got to be on stage again in a ballet number! It was only for one year but more worth it than words can say! My time in track and field has truly honed my abilities as a vault coach. In my three years of high school track I medaled at State each year and became MVP and co-Captain my senior year.
In addition to my own involvement and coaching in this sport, I am also a USAG Accredited Official through Level 10. Although I am heavily immersed in the gymnastics world, I enjoy getting out and trying new experiences like solo vacations, learning to Salsa dance, and ziplining! No matter the struggle, my life experiences thus far have brought me to say, “Trust me when I tell you it’s all worth it!” God is good all of the time, and all of the time, God is good!
Jackie's role is divided into four unequal parts: Coach, Leader, Manager, and Director.
Coach: directly responsible for the direct training and development of all of our Xcel Platinum and Diamond athletes.
Leader: directly responsible for coach development within the Xcel program.
Manager: directly responsible for Xcel administrative tasks and internal/external communication.
Director: oversees curriculum development and partners with Gymnastics Director for program direction.