Meet the Stumpf's Gymnastics Staff
Eric Stumpf - Owner
Eric is the president of Stumpf's Gymnastics Center. Eric received a degree in physical education in 1976 from Canisius College and was a three-time WNY All Around High School champion at Kenmore East High School(1970-1972) Eric has been teaching gymnastics since 1972 during this time he coached the men's Empire State games Scholastic team for six years and the Canisius College mens gymnastics team from 1977-1978 . Currently Eric is coaching recreational level gymnastics as well as the girls Prep Opt Team.
Kurt Stumpf - Owner
Kurt is the vice-president of Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center. He participated in competitive gymnastics at the Buffalo Turners for 8 years with his parents as his coaches. In 1974-77 he competed for Kenmore East High School where he graduated in 1977. In 1977 he started coaching with his family at the Gymnastics School of Buffalo at Canisius College. In 1978 the Stumpf family opened Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center in Williamsville where he is still actively coaching team levels 5-Elite. Since 1979 he has coached at the high school level first as an assistant coach at Mount Saint Marys Academy from 1979-1981 with his mother, then as an assistant coach at Williamsville South High School from 1982-present where he has helped coach 10 Section 6 Team Champions. He has served as head coach for Section 6 team at the N.Y.S. Championships since 1979. In 1985 Kurt was appointed Womens gymnastics chairperson fro the Empire State Games Western Region. He has also been the Empire State Games Western Region open womens coach since 1985. Kurt is currently the 2010-2011 N.Y.S. Chairman for the mens gymnastics officials for N.Y.S. high school gymnastics. Over the years, Kurt has coached many Level 9 National & Level 10 National qualifiers along with 5 Elite level gymnasts, 3 of which qualified to Elite Nationals. Kurt has also had about 40 gymnasts receive college scholarships for gymnastics.
Daniel Molnar - Manager & Head Boys Team Coach
Dan competed in gymnastics at Amherst High School from 1984-1987. He was the three time Section VI vault champion and was ranked on vault in the top ten in high school gymnastics in the U.S. in 1986. He has competed in the Empire State Games many times winning gold medals on vault, floor and rings as well as team. Dan started coaching at the YMCA in 1985. He coached at Western NY Gymnastics Academy for 7 years. He coached the gymnastics team for Amherst High School for two years before coming to Stumpf’s in 1994. He has been a coach for the Empire State Games and regional director for the western region since 1995 as well as the current NYS Upstate Chairman for mens gymnastics.He also has his certification for Judging JO and National level Gymnastics. Dan has coached many state team and individual champions as well as regional champions and national event finalists.
Keith Stumpf - Program Director & Coach
Keith started classes at Stumpf's at age 2 1/2 until age 18, during this time he was level 3 state and regional High Bar champion and two time national qualifier. Following High School he attended Springfield College and competed on the Men's Gymnastics team on Floor, Pommel Horse, Vault and High Bar. In 2007, he placed 4th at the USAG National Collegiate Championships and became an All-American on the Vault. He was a two time NCAA Event Specialist qualifier in the Vault in '08 and '09. In 2010 he won the Empire State Games Open Division All-Around title. In 2010 he graduated with a Degree in Physical Education from Springfield College, and in 2012 he graduated with a Masters degree in Education from Springfield College. Currently he is our Recreational Program Director and Head Level 3 team coach.
Mike Nadrich - Assistant Manager
Mike Nadrich graduated from and competed for Williamsville East High. Mike coached at American Twisters in Florida, later relocated to Cranford, NY where he was part owner of Eastern Gymnastics for 8 years. At Stumpf's, Mike coaches from the Pre-School level all the way to the competitive teams. Mike has been at Stumpf's for 12 years.
Lisa Stumpf - Recreational & Team Coach
Lisa graduated from ECC with a degree in Recreation Management. She started coaching in 1982, after being a competitive gymnast, starting at the YMCA, Rines and finishing her career at Stumpf's. She has been the Scholastic Coach of the Western Team for the Empire State Games and She is the Clarence Varsity Girls Coach for Section 6 since 1999. She currently teaches preschool classes and the girls Level 5-10 teams. Red Cross Certified and CPR, and AED and First Aid Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics.
Diane Tiede - Office Manager
Diane's three children attended Stumpf's through thier high school years. Diane's only daughter was a class one gymnast who later attended George Washington University. Diane has been the Office Manager for 17 years.
Denise Wiesner - Recreational & Team Coach
Denise Wiesner graduated from Canisius College in 1977. She was two time National Tumbling Champion (1973-1974). Denise was a member of the U.S Tumbling Travel Team traveling to Africa and Russia. She also competed in the World Championships in Moscow and received two Bronze medals. She is head coach of the girl’s level 5 team.
Kimberly Black - Team Coach
Kimberly Black- competed in the USGF for a number of years at Stumpf’s, as well as, other clubs. She began coaching for Buffalo Turners while in high school. While attending SUNY Fredonia she coached all levels for Dynamics Unlimited in Dunkirk. Kimberly holds a degree in Theatre from Fredonia, a teaching degree in Art Education from Daemen College and a Masters of Science in Education from Buffalo State. She is the Level 5 head girls coach.
Leah Recor - Team & Recreational Coach
Leah Recor competed in USGF gymnastics at Stumpf’s for six years and at Brockport State for four years, where she received a B.S. in Physical Education. She coached at Bright Raven Gymnastics in Rochester for four years. She is head coach of the girl’s level 6 team, and currently teaches recreational classes as well.
Robert Rine - Team Coach
Bob has his BS in Physical Education from the University of Buffalo and his MS in Physical Education and Heath from Canisus College. He is a NYS certified techer at the Sweet Home Schools. He is also a former gymnastics club owner for 37 years. He has been a high school gymnastics coach since 1986 and is USAG Safety Certified. Bob is also Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified. Bob is also a high school gymnastis judge. Bob currently coaches our girls team levels 5-7.
Cathleen Rine - Team Coach
Cathy has her BS in Physical Education from the University of Buffalo. She is a former gymnastics club owner for 37 years. She is a National Level USAG Judge and is USAG Safety certified. She is also Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified. She was a national colligate Gymnastics competitor and was the former Sweet Home HS Gymnastics coach. Cathy currently assists with the girls level 4-7 teams.
Marisa Stumpf - Recreational & Team Coach
Marisa participated in gymnastics at Stumpf's for thirteen years advancing to level 9. She currently works at a hair salon following her dream of becoming a celebrity hair stylist. Currently Marisa coaches the level 4 girls team and recreational classes.
Joe Buscaglia - Team Coach
Joe Buscaglia has spent 20 years in the sport of gymnastics. He was a NCAA Division I scholarship athlete at Syracuse University from 1993-1997. He was a member of the Junior National Olympic Team in 1990. Joe was the USA National Vaulting Champion in 1991. He currently teaches Health and Physical Education in the Starpoint School District. Joe also coaches all of the Williamsville High Schools Varsity Gymnastics Teams. He coaches the level 7-10 boys teams at Stumpf’s.
Laura Szafranski - Recreational & Team Coach
Laura was first exposed to competitive gymnastics through the Magnificent 7 in the 1996 Olympics. She initially chose ballet as an activity, wherein she gained a strong appreciation for form and line. After a few years, she could squash her love of flipping no longer and enrolled at Stumpf's. She was thrilled to accept a coaching position there in 2005. Laura teaches multiple levels of girls' and boys' recreational gymnastics, and is currently an assistant coach for the level 4 girls competitive team and the level 3 pre- competitive team.
Miss Shani Andrews - Recreational Coach
Shani attended Stumpf's for 12 years and 2years at Clarence H.S. competed all around the US. She was an Elite gymnast 3x JO National. Attended West Virginia University on a full gymnatics scholarship for 2 years. Currently Shani is a coach and mom of two girls who love gymnastics too.
Amanda Recor - Team & Recreational Coach
Amanda attended Stumpf’s for 15 years and spent 5 years competing for Lancaster High School. Amanda attended SUNY Cortland and recently graduated with a degree in physical education. At SUNY Cortland she competed on the gymnastics team all 4 years and will be returning in the fall to be an assistant coach and to get her master’s degree in health education. Amanda’s favorite event is beam however bars always seemed to be her strong suit! Amanda enjoys working with children and sharing her passion for the sport. She loves Stumpf’s because of its family atmosphere and all the friendships she has made over the years.
Jimmy Pezzino - Team Coach
Jimmy was a gymnast for Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center for 12 years and is currently going into his 14th year of gymnastics total at Springfield College M.A. During his years at Stumpf’s, he was a level 8 Regional All Around Champion, level 10 Regional Vault Champion, 3 time JO National qualifier, and placed 6th in the nation on Vault at the 2007 JO National Championships. Currently, Jimmy is the 2011 floor USAG National Champion which was held at Springfield College earlier this year. He is also a 3 time All American on Vault and a 2 time All American on floor at the Colligate level. He is majoring in Computer Graphics and Digital Arts at SC and is going into his junior year of college. He has coached girls and boys gymnastics at Stumpf’s his Senior year of high school and currently helps out in the gym when needed. Jimmy was also honored with the award for Outstanding Sophomore Male Athlete of the Year by Springfield College in 2011.
Lisa Miller - Recreational Coach
Lisa is a recent graduate of Canisius College majoring in physical education and health. She has competed in gymnastics for 16 years, 6 of those years on the Maryvale High School Gymnastics Team where she was also a captain. Lisa loves working with children of all ages, and has been coaching gymnastics for 6 years. She has also assisted in coaching the Maryvale Gymnastics team for the past 5 years.
Cory Kowalski - Recreational Coach
Cory is one of our longest running Stumpf’s Gymnast’s he started lessons from age 3.5 until he graduated high school at age 18. Cory was a level 8 gymnasts with Stumpf’s with Floor and High Bar being his best events. Cory is a 2011 Graduate of Gannon University in Pre-Law and currently a retail manger with hopes of attending Law School in the future. Cory is ecstatic to be back with Stumpf’s, he brings many years of competitive gymnastics knowledge as well as personality to all of his classes.
Christa Greenberg - Team Coach
Christa coaches all levels of gymnastics classes. Christa was a competitive gymnast at Stumpf’s and went on to the University of Rhode Island on a full gymnastics scholarship, competing on their Division I Collegiate Team. She is currently the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Studies Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Buffalo.
Cari Herrmann - Recreational Coach
Cari Herrmann is a former Stumpfs student of 16 years. She completed with Stumpfs for 7 years and for Grand Island High School for 6 years. She has taught gymnastics for the last 15 years for stumpfs instructing students from 3 to 18 in all levels .She also is a high school girls gymnastics judge for the last 4 years.Cari has also taught Acrobatics to local dance students for 8 years.
Megan Salzmam - Recreational Coach
Megan attended Stumpf's for seven years, many of those on the competitive team. Currently Megan is attending Villa Marie College for interior design. Megan currently coaches recreational classes at Stumpf's.
Erica Sage - Recreational Coach
Erica spent her high school career in competitive cheerleading and is no stranger to the sport of gymnastics. Currently Erica is attending Buffalo State College in hopes of becoming involved in the medical field. Currently Erica coaches recreational classes as well as assisting our cheerleaders with thier choreography.
Amanda Van Kuren - Recreational Coach
Amanda has been with Stumpf's for fifteen years and was a competitive level 9 gymnast. Amanda attended the University of New York at Cortland where she was a memeber of the gymnastics team for one year. Amanda graduated from Cortland with a degree in Elementary Eduation. Currently Amanda is a recrational coach and also a subsitute teacher in the Buffalo area.
Amy Stanley - Recreational Coach
Amy has been with Stumpf's for 9 years and was a competitive level 8 gymnast for three of those years. When Amy is not working at the gym she is a hair stylist at Bangs for Hair Salon. Amy enjoys working with the recreational classes especially the pre-school students. As a gymnast her favorite events were Bars and Vault.
Connor Russo - Recreational Coach
Connor is the latest edition to the Stumpf’s staff, taking lessons at Stumpf’s for over five years. Currently Connor is a Senior at Clarence High School and is on the Clarence Gymnastics Team.
Robin Gare - Recreational Coach
Cody Stumpf - Recreational Coach
Alex Sada - Recreational Coach
Jill Bielawski - Recreational Coach
Karisa Poczciwinski - Recreational Coach
Karisa has competed on the Stumpfs prep opt. team the past year. She has done gymnastics the majority of her life, six of those years being on the Maryvale High School Gymnastics Team where she was also a captain. Karisa plans to attend the University at Buffalo this year to study pharmacy.
Nathaniel Roberson - Recreational Coach
Noah Roberson - Recreational Coach
Amanda Campbell - Recreational Coach
Darlene Warrant - Recreational Coach
Darlene has been with Stumpf's for about 15 years and coaches recreational classes. Darthlene has one daughter that currently attend Stumpf's gymnastics center.