We'd like to introduce you to our dedicated staff of coaches and instructors!
Coach Alexys is a former level 10 gymnast. She was a National All Around Champion for Twistars and went to Southern Utah University for collegiate gymnastics. Now, she loves the challenge of coaching and hopes to one day take over the family business at Champion!
Originally an Indianapolis native, Coach Tunishia brings 16 years of experience as a coach in the USAG Junior Olympic program and was previously a cheerleader at Eastern Michigan University and for the AFL and NBA! During her time at EMU, Tunishia received her degree in Communications and later returned to school at Wayne State University where she received her Nursing degree. Her favorite part about coaching is watching her athletes succeed and reach their goals!
Coach Nate comes to us from Detroit, Michigan! He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Adrian College and his Master’s from Eastern Michigan University in Interior Design. Nate was a former cheerleader and dancer for Adrian College and enjoys coaching tumbling, floor, p-bars, and high bar. Coach Nate loves seeing his athletes accomplish new skills on their own. He also really loves food and singing!
Coach Zoe currently attends Skyline High School and was formerly a Champion gymnast for 6 years! Her favorite event to coach is floor and she enjoys seeing her athletes have fun in class!
Coach Juliane started out as a tumble bunny herself 25 years ago and now she loves helping her athletes grow as gymnasts and achieve their goals! Juliane has her degree in Graphic Design and Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Michigan and was previously a gymnast and competitive cheerleader. When she’s not in the gym, Juliane loves taking care of her two pet bunnies.
Coach Geffrey is our resident Mental Coach at Champion! Geffrey is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and has his PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University with an Emphasis on Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology. With more than 20 years experience as a Sport Psychologist, Coach Geffrey likes watching his athletes figure out how to achieve peak performance by means of their own mental techniques.
Kevin coaches our competitive boys program and enjoys seeing his athletes grow and develop as people. He comes to us from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. In his limited free time, he enjoys writing screenplays!
Rose is our most recent high school graduate and is joining our staff as she makes the transition from dedicated level 7 gymnast to dedicated dance instructor! She attends the University of Michigan and her favorite part about coaching is combining her love for dance and gymnastics!
Management & Administration
Launie Aben has been involved in the world of gymnastics since her oldest daughter became involved in the sport at age 3. As her daughter's love for the sport grew, so did her own. Now, after 20+ years of coaching, Launie can't imagine her life without gymnastics. In 2015, Aben and her husband became sole proprietors of the long-standing business where they now pride themselves on providing a family atmosphere for their staff and students. Launie has three children, Alexys, DJ, and Melyssa.
Mandie comes to us with a background in healthcare administration. When she's not in the gym, she enjoys quilting, caring for her dogs, and providing support for the family farm. Her favorite part about working at Champion is seeing the kids smiling faces!