Michigan Academy of Gymnastics

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Michigan Academy of Gymnastics is now in its 36th competitive year. Its beginnings were with the Rebel Gymnastics Club, founded at Riverside High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, during the summer of 1976.



Doug Rowe, owner and director, has developed and coordinated the program from
the beginning to include preschool training, classes for all level and ages, and
competitive teams for boys and girls. Doug, a graduate of Wayne State University
and former teacher and coach at Riverside High School, has continually brought
together coaches and dance professionals to provide the best possible experience for the participants.

Michigan Academy
Michigan Academy of Gymnastics has become known throughout the gymnastics
community as a quality training facility for the highly competitive team program
as well as providing outstanding programs in the developmental and recreational
programs for physical education. Michigan Academy of Gymnastics has outgrown two facilities in 20 years! Our program was incorporated in August 1978 and our
first gym was opened in Garden City o­n October 1, 1978. Our second gym opened in Westland o­n Hix Road in December of 1986. Our present gym opened in June of 1994, next to our previous gym. The Westland gym has grown into a complete modern training center for boys and girls gymnastics with the ability to host high level regional training camps and clinics. The competitive teams of
Michigan Academy of Gymnastics have won numerous team and individual awards over the years.

Michigan Academy of Gymnastics
Michigan Academy has branched out with an additional gym in Ann Arbor. Michigan Academy of Gymnastics purchased Not Just Gymnastics in Ann Arbor in 1989. Michigan Academy has promoted the same philosophy in the Ann Arbor facility, as in the Westland gym. The staff’s of both gyms receive the same training. Our goal with both of the gyms is to promote continuity and working together for a
common purpose. The competitive teams of Michigan Academy of Gymnastics have won numerous team and individual awards.

Competition in State, Regional and National level meets through both the USA
Gymnastics, AAU and United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs organizations. Participation in invitational meets throughout the United States and Canada.

Many alumni of Michigan Academy of Gymnastics have gone o­n to attend college as a result of their gymnastics abilities. Michigan Academy has had gymnasts o­n the following women’s collegiate teams, Ohio State University, Michigan State,
University of Iowa, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, United States Naval
Academy, United States Air Force, Kings College of New York, University of Rhode Island. M.A.G. has had gymnasts o­n the following men’s collegiate team,
University of Michigan, United State Military Academy at West Point and now the United States Air Force Academy.


About the M.A.G. Staff

Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Inc. , located in Westland and Ann Arbor, has experienced a tremendous growth in its enrollment over the past several years. This created a very special need in securing instructors with Olympic Level and sport educational credentials. The young gymnasts need instructors with the experience necessary to continue each individual’s growth potential within the structure of our "TOTAL PROGRAM".

There is "NO GUARANTEE" that each student will reach the Olympic Level in Gymnastics Competition! The Olympic Level accomplishment depends upon each gymnasts "Physical", "Mental", "Social" and "Psychological" development.

Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Inc., has o­n its staff, many instructors with proven records of developing gymnasts to National Levels of competition. Michigan Academy selects its staff members with regards to the academic achievements and athletic achievements. Our staff has great deal of experience of either competing in gymnastics, teaching or coaching gymnasts at Local, State, Regional and National Competitions. This standard is incorporated into both the Boy's and Girl's Programs.

Kami GotchevMrs. Kami Gotchev, Stoytcho's wife and Girls Team Head Coach, is a former member of the Bulgarian Women's National Team. Kami has competed in two World Championships and in two Olympics. Kami has also coached gymnasts of all ages at the Spartak Gymnastic Club and graduated from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Kami joined our staff in December, 1992. Kami is Safety Certified, P.D.P. Level o­ne certified and Skill Evaluator certified. Kami was also a Brevet Judge in Bulgaria


Dian KolevDian Kolev, M.A.G.’s Boys Team Head Coach, joined our staff in August, 1995. Dian is a former two‑time Olympic Gymnast from the National Team of Bulgaria. Dian also is a "Master of Sport" in Gymnastics and University trained. Dian is Safety Certified and P.D.P. Level o­ne certified.


These coaches have achieved the status of "Master of Sport" and "Honored Master of Sport" Gymnastic Certification by achieving specific academic and athletic requirements from the Bulgarian government.




Leon BekkerLeon Bekker, our Boys and Girls Program Director, has been teaching at M.A.G. since 1996. Leon is a Physical Education major from Minsk University in Belarus, formerly of the Soviet Union. Leon has been instrumental in the development of our boys and girls pre‑team groups. Leon was a former National Team Wrestler with the former Soviet Union and was an alternate to the Goodwill Games in 1989, but an injury forced him into retirement. Leon will be assisting all groups besides his teaching responsibilities. Leon is Safety Certified, P.D.P. Level o­ne certified and Skill Evaluator certified.



Debbie DestDebra Dest, Kinder Program Director
Debbie has joined our staff full time after teaching in the public and charter schools. Debbie has been our Summer Camp Director the past three summers. Debbie is providing strong organization skills and direction to our Kinder Program.

Doug RoweDouglas A. Rowe, Owner and Director is a graduate of Wayne State University, with majors in Health, Physical Education and Recreation; General Physical Sciences, and Social Science. From 1969 to 1979, a teacher as well as Football, Baseball and Gymnastics coach at Riverside High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The gymnastics program was developed in the summer of 1976 at Riverside High School, called the Rebel girls Gymnastics Club. Our current program was incorporated in July, 1978 and our first gym was opened in Garden City, Michigan in October of 1978. I have been the sole owner and director of Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Inc.


Among other responsibilities, I was first appointed in 1978 as the Education and Competition chairman by the U.S.G.F. State Director. My position then became an elected position in 1985. I was elected to our USA Gymnastics State Board as the junior Olympic Director for Michigan in 1985 and have been returned to this position every two years. My main responsibilities for the Michigan Board has been development of the competition calendar and rules for competition interpretation from the Rules and Policies book from USA Gymnastics for the coaches in Michigan. I assist with State and Regional Mini‑Congresses each year as a clinician and as the Skill Evaluator Test Administrator. Certifications include Safety Certification, P.D.P. Level o­ne Certified, P.D.P. Level Two Certified, Skill Evaluator and P.D.P. Level o­ne Clinic Administrator.

Our staff is USA Gymnastics Federation Safety Certified or will be in the very near future. All of our class staff is certified in Levels I‑IV which the Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold Classes. Our instructors have attended the Professional Development Program Level I Clinic and Test ( P.D.P. I). Certificates will be posted as we receive them from USA Gymnastics. M.A.G. also has kinder directors and teachers who have received their Kinder Accreditation Teacher Certification from USA Gymnastics, (K.A.T.).


Westland Girls & Boys Class Instructors

Florin VescanFlorin Vescan is from Romania and has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education . Florin was a Volleyball player for the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Florin has been with us since January, 2002.

Malanie MlostekMalanie Mlostek, a former competitive gymnast with M.A.G., Malanie is a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Malanie, while a competitive gymnast with M.A.G., began teaching while a sophomore in high school. Malanie taught Kinder classes and all levels including pre-team during her high school years. Malanie also taught all levels of classes at a private gymnastics club in Fort Wayne while a college student.


Carrie ThompsonCarrie Thompson, is a former Michigan Academy competitive gymnast beginning back in 1984. Carrie was a Class I and Level 10 gymnast. Carrie received her Associates Degree from Schoolcraft Community College in 1997. Miss Carrie has been teaching classes and coaching in our program since 1993. Carrie is Safety Certified, P.D.P. Level o-ne certified, KAT certified and Skill
Evaluator certified.

Westland Kinder Instructors

Donna GirolamoDonna Girolamo, a former M.A.G. team coach, girls program director and now kinder class instructor has been with M.A.G. since 1984. Donna, originally from Pennsylvania, was a college gymnast at Eastern Michigan University. Donna taught P.E. in Ludington, Michigan in 1983. Now, Donna’s three children give her a full time assignment. Donna is Safety Certified, P.D.P. Level o­ne certified and Skill Evaluator certified.

Michele Vecheta, has been teaching Kinder classes at MAG since July, 2001. Michele was a gymnast in her high school days in Ohio. Michele is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a major in criminal justice. Michelle also has two children in our program.

Justen ChlebekJusten Fisher-Chlebek, is a former MAG gymnast, who now with her own children in our program, is assisting with our kinder teachers. Justen brings a strong background of gymnastics into our staff. Justen began teaching at MAG in January, 2002.

LaJune GoldsbyLaJune Goldsby has been teaching Kinder classes at MAG in June 2002. LaJune brings a strong dance background with her.


Ann Arbor Boys & Girls Class Instructors

Ken RoweKen Rowe
, a former All-American Cross Country runner at Lansing Community College, began teaching beginner boys classes in 1995. Ken had also worked with and managed programs with the Lansing YMCA. Ken, still is o­ne the top distance runners in Michigan and the Midwest. Ken is Safety Certified and PDP Level o­ne certified.


Ann Arbor Kinder Instructors

Stephanie Bishop since September 2001 and Emily Reiber since September 2002