The current Head Coach and Director of the Countryside YMCA gymnastics program is retiring. In today’s post, learn about her replacement, Becca Colemann.
Becca Colemann will be the new Gymnastics Director and Team Head Coach at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, OH starting September 9, 2019. She will work alongside current Head Coach Peggy Hoffman until Hoffman officially retires in mid-December.
Colemann started as a preschool gymnast and advanced through the Y's progressive and team programs achieving Level 9 status and representing Countryside YMCA in the YUSA National Gymnastics Championships.
For the past 18 years, Becca has been involved with the Countryside YMCA gymnastics program in roles other than as a gymnast. She has been a gymnastics instructor, day camp counselor and coordinator, program coordinator and team coach. "Growing up in the Countryside YMCA Gymnastics program, I was surrounded by caring and dependable people who truly wanted the best for me as a whole person: mind, body, and spirit. That was paramount in my development and gave me freedom to reach my potential as a gymnast, instructor, and leader," she said.
"We are excited to have Becca in this leadership role because she is an example of how our program grows outstanding gymnasts and outstanding young people," said Executive Director Holly Colón. "We know she will continue this long-standing tradition."
Not only does Colemann bring a wealth of gymnastics knowledge to the Y's programs, she also brings a commitment to the YMCA's mission, vision and values. She was raised in the YMCA's program, and it is important for her to continue to emphasize the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
"Countryside YMCA gymnastics is a unique program that offers balance. Our competitive training hours are moderate so as to allow our gymnasts the opportunity to develop well-rounded lives inside and outside the gym. Our recreational and competitive instructors are selected and trained on the basis of encouraging correction. We never want a gymnast to feel that he or she will be shamed for making mistakes. We emphasize strengths while acknowledging areas for growth, maximizing motivation and self-efficacy," said Colemann.
Colemann is committed to maintaining 33 years of program excellence established by the dedicated retiring Gymnastics Director, Peggy Hoffman and her husband Dennis. By building on the program foundations already in place, Colemann will strive for an even stronger program for future gymnastics department participants and their families. "Peggy has done a phenomenal job of building this program on a foundation of trust-worthy relationships and faith in God. Best practices that emphasize our core values between instructors, gymnasts, and parents will be a top priority as I transition into the Director role," said Colemann.
About Countryside YMCA
Since 1978, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that welcome everyone in an environment where people of all ages can achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. Located on a beautiful 126-acre property, Countryside YMCA is one of the world's largest YMCAs offering eight pools, five gymnasiums, two indoor tracks, a rock climbing wall, a 13,000 square ft. cardio/ weight room, the Arts Center, Stolle Center for active seniors, the Motion Zone for active youth, a wide range of exercise, sports, and creative expression classes, disc golf, summer day camp for kids, and scenic trails. To learn more, please visit www.countrysideymca.org.