The Valley Twisters Gymnastics Club announced in a release Friday that it has hired Suzanne Fischer as its new head coach/club director.
Fischer is a 20-year coaching veteran who will be moving to Valley City from Branch Gymnastics in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she was the head coach/program director.
“The Valley Twisters board is very excited that Suzanne is joining our club,” said Amber Olson, a Valley Twisters board member. “We feel that Suzanne will be a huge asset to our gym with her experience and passion for the sport. We are very excited for her and her family to join our community.”
Fischer’s career includes successful experience at all gymnastics levels, from preschool to high school; college to elite. She is current on knowledge of national gymnastics programs and standards, including the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) code of points and skill requirements through Elite; the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPS); and National Team Warmup.
“Suzanne is a great choice for this position because of her extensive knowledge and experience in the sport of gymnastics.” current Twisters coach Mari Milender said. “Suzanne is great with the gymnasts. I think she is very capable of bringing the gymnastics team to new heights in Valley City. I’m excited to see the gym grow and exceed expectations with Suzanne leading the way.“
While at Branch Gymnastics, Fischer coached the level 8 and 9 girls to regionals and one level 9 girl to nationals, while greatly improving the compulsory gymnasts.
Prior to joining Branch Gymnastics, she was the head coach/program director at Infinite Gymnastics in Wisconsin. She coached and managed the girls teams levels 3-9, as well as developed and managed the recreation program for both boys and girls, including evening preschool classes. In just over a year, she grew the program from 40 girls to a team of 70. She had success at all team levels, with state recognition.
“I am excited to become a part of the Valley City community as the Valley Twisters Gymnastics head coach and club director,” Suzanne said. “I believe that gymnastics provides not only for the for physical needs of children, but also teaches the skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of life. I seek to meet each child’s needs, goals, and personal dreams. I am looking forward to developing champion gymnasts as well as happy, successful individuals.”
Suzanne is a graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana. Her love of gymnastics began in high school, where she competed as a gymnast and participated on the dance team. While in college, she continued to pursue her passion for gymnastics, coaching the Valparaiso University Gymnastics Team to its highest scoring season.