Meet the Coaches
Adi has been a gymnast at Northfield Gymnastics since she was 3 years old. After competing for NGC she became a member of the Northfield High School Gymnastics team where she will be a Senior Captain this year. She has been coaching for 3 years. Her favorite events are bars and floor and her favorite gymnast is Maggie Nichols. Her favorite thing to do outside the gym is spend time with her Weiner Dog named Diesel.
Hi, my name is Andrea Peterson and I was a gymnast at NGC from 1988 – 1999. I competed on both the club team, and the high school gymnastics team. After high school, I went on to also do gymnastics at UW-Eau Claire. My very favorite event while in gymnastics was the beam! I have coached gymnastics at a number of gyms, including here at NGC, Eau Claire YMCA I Gymnastics, North Crest Gymnastics Club, and at TAGS in Eden Prairie. Currently, I am a 5th grade teacher at St. Dominic Catholic School. I am very excited to be coaching once again at NGC!
Andrea was involved in gymnastics dance and cheerleading from elementary to high school and after graduating she continued on to coach all three. She was a youth director/teacher in her hometown exemplifying her passion to teach and work with youth. Andrea is now a full time licensed childcare provider in Northfield as well as a mother of six and a military wife. Her kids are active in Northfield LaCrosse and Gymnastics at NGC. Andrea states that she is “both honored and blessed to coach at NGC” and is looking forward to coaching out current and future gymnasts!
Jen was born and raised in Northfield and was a club gymnast at NGC then competed for the High School team from 2000-2004. She has over 15 years of coaching experience – gymnasts from 18 months to 18 years of age. She has a degree in food science and is a Sr. Account Manager for a food, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical ingredient company. She has 3 children (2 gymnasts) and is excited to be a part of NGC again!
Kristin started gymnastics as a late bloomer in 7th grade, and completed MAGA until 11th grade. She competed for Blaine High School her senior year. She intended to compete for Winona State but was sidelined with injuries and ended up coaching instead. Since her junior year of High School, Kristin has coached in different clubs (both MAGA and USA) until she ended up at Northfield Gymnastic Club around 2007. She coached instructional classes, the club team and high school until family commitments caused her to step away a couple years ago. Kristin also judged USAG levels 4-8 for a few years but says she enjoyed coaching because “you can make connections with the gymnasts by seeing them in the gym every day”. Kristin is grateful for her time at NGC and for the relationships with gymnasts and families she’s made as a result! Her favorite event to compete was bars but favorite event to coach is beam! She’s a busy mom of two who loves attending her kid’s sporting events but is excited to be involved in rebuilding the legacy of NGC and helping to give kids in Northfield the opportunity to love and learn from the sport of gymnastics as she did.
Melissa began competitive gymnastics in third grade for Waseca's MAGA Team. She then helped her high school team to their first ever State Championship in 1998. Melissa carried her gymnastics career into college where she competed for the UW-Oshkosh, becoming the National Vault Championship in 2001. She began coaching at NGC in 2004 and has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities. SHe has also served at the head coach for the Northfield High School Gymnastics Team in 2007 and worked alongside passionate and knowledgeable coaches to lead the Raiders to their first state appearance, followed by several medal winning finishes, including two state team championships and numerous individual medalist and championship finishes. Melissa now works as an assistant high school coach, juggling her love of teaching and inspiring athletes with family life. The most important things she desires to instill in the athletes she works with is that no one or nothing (a judge, score, friend, the world, etc.) may determine your worth. She challenges each individual to strive for excellence, teaching them that in giving their all, no matter the outcome, they are enough! Outside of the gym, she loves to mountain bike, write songs on her guitar, ride horseback, camp, and spend time with her family.
Tasha is a lifelong Northfield resident and grew up at NGC where she competed club and then for the High School team from 1995-1999. She finished her gymnastics career competing for UW-Stout from 1999-2003. She has coached all levels of gymnastics at a variety of gyms including NGC. She has 3 children (1 gymnast) and is happy to support the program that helped shape her into who she is today.
Tess was a gymnast as Northfield Gymnastics Club and then moved into coaching. She now has explored other ways to challenge her body with Olympic Weightlifting and brings a fresh view of strength and conditioning to the athletes at NGC. We are excited to welcome her back to NGC.
Tom has been coaching in the area for 32 years and has a list of successes a mile long. He’s coached all levels from preschool to High School and enjoys each one for different reasons. Tom once called Northfield Gymnastics Club his home and is happy to return to coach the children of some of his past gymnasts! He brings energy to the gym and is known for his positivity and encouragement when with his athletes. He’s an avid spotter and loves coaching all the events. When asked who his favorite gymnast is his reply was “Every gymnast I’ve ever coached!” Tom enjoys hunting, fishing and boating when he’s not in the gym.
Zoe was a gymnast for 10 years in Northfield. She spent time in both the recreational and competitive programs at NGC before joining the Northfield High School team for her last 6 years. Zoe has been coaching gymnastics for the past 5 years and most recently helped coach the High School gymnastics team to their 3rd place finish last year. Zoe’s favorite event to coach is Balance Beam but as a gymnast she always preferred Floor. As a gymnast she admired Shawn Johnson but as a coach she has found herself looking up to Coach Val for her constant support of her UCLA athletes. When she’s not in the gym Zoe enjoys spending most of her time with her toddler nephew.