Oswego-based Phenom Gymnastics’ head coaches, Jessica Holtz and Marco Bravo have both been named USA Gymnastics (USAG) Region 5 Coach of the Year.
Selected from thousands of coaches in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky, USAG Region 5 honored Holtz and Bravo at the recent Region 5 banquet in Indianapolis. It is the second time for both coaches, who also received the award in 2009.
“It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers for all your hard work,” said Holtz. “Because our region is so strong and talented, just getting a gymnast qualified for level 10 nationals is a huge challenge,” Holtz said. “Receiving Coach of the Year in this region is incredibly special and a moment in my life I won't forget.”
“It's an honor to be recognized as the best coach among such a talented pool of coaches in this region," said Bravo.
The success of Level 10 National Champion gymnast, Keeley Kmieciak, who trained her entire career with Phenom, led to the coaches’ awards. Kmieciak also received the honor of Region 5 Junior Olympic Gymnast of the Year, who received her award alongside 2012 Olympian Jordyn Wieber, who was honored as the region’s Elite Gymnast of the Year.
Founded in 1999, Phenom Gymnastics is the most successful gymnastics’ training program in Illinois. The only Level 10 National Champion in the state was home grown at Phenom and its gymnasts have earned more State and Regional championships than any other Illinois training facility. In addition, nineteen Phenom gymnasts have received full athletic college scholarships in the last five years. They are located at 122 Kirkland Circle, Oswego.
For more information, please visit www.phenomgymnastics.com or call 630.375.0055.
Special thanks to Molly Logan Anderson for the release and photo.