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Zamzo nominated for Greatmats National Coach of the Year award

Detroit Lakes gymnastics head coach Steve Zamzo has led the Lakers to four consecutive Class A state championships and is one of 13 coaches across the nation nominated for the Greatmats National Coach of the Year award. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes head gymnastics coach is one of 13 of the top gymnastics coaches in the nation in a friendly competition for the prestigious award of 2018 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year.

The award is designed to recognized coaches who have demonstrated service, integrity and quality to make a positive impact on the lives of their students and community as a whole.


This year’s nominees hail from the states of Ohio, Minnesota, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, New York, South Dakota, Florida, Massachusetts, Kansas, California and Oklahoma.

Up for the award are:

Valorie Kondos Field - University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

Blain Fowler - Panhandle Perfection Gymnastics - Gulf Breeze & Pensacola, Florida

Chris and Larry Ward - Geneseo Community Center - Geneseo, Illinois

Bernadette Wagner - Shawnee Mission School District - Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Trista Polseno - R&R Gymnastics - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Steve Zamzo - Detroit Lakes High School - Detroit Lakes Minnesota

Cassie Rice - Gymcats - Henderson, Nevada

Mark Williams - University of Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma

Kaity Germer - Hampton Gymnastics East - Long Island, New York

Misty Lloyd Mathews - Central Ohio Gymnastics - Lewis Center, Ohio

Audra Rew - Mitchell High School - Mitchell, South Dakota

Brandon Sloan - Dynamic Gymnastics - Lynchburg, Virginia

Katie Moore - Franklin High School - Franklin, Wisconsin

Finalists will be determined by an online vote between Nov. 15 and 29, 2018.

Greatmats will choose between two finalists to determine the winner based on their demonstration of service, integrity and quality and present the winner with $250 in Greatmats Gymnastics mats.

Greatmats is a national gymnastics flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5 percent of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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