Lynn Walters heard there was an opening as gymnastics coach for the North/South co-op as well as some concern there would not be a team because the season was already underway.
“Nobody wants gymnastics teams to go away because you can’t find coaches around the state,” she said. “It’s really hard to find gymnastics coaches.”
So Walters, the principal at Jackson Elementary, agreed to return as head coach last week.
She competed in gymnastics at Southern Door and UW-Oshkosh.
Her first stint as head coach was at Neenah and then at North/South. But she gave up coaching when she became a principal in Valders several years ago.
Walters has been running the program only a few days but is impressed with the team’s work ethic and says they are a strong group.
“They’re just excited to be able to do the sport, that’s probably the key thing,” Walters said. “They’ll get an opportunity during these times to do the sport.”
The program consists of two seniors (Jia Phillips, Annika Glavan), two juniors (Kailey Kaltenbrum, Natalie Roenitz), two sophomores (Katherine Mendez, Azra Kosaric) and four freshmen (Naomi Harder, Isabel Brennan, Elle Matczak, Evelyn Wells).
Last year, Glavan finished fourth in the all-around at the EVGC championship meet. She was fourth on the floor exercise, fifth on the uneven bars, fifth on the balance beam and eighth on the vault.
Kaltenbrun placed ninth in the all-around, sixth on the floor and 10th on the beam.
The team finished third in the final standings.