Welcome to the wildcard family

The coaching staff at Wildcard Gymnastics understands that gymnastics is an individual sport and each gymnast will be treated as an individual.  Our staff will do their best to provide your athlete with appropriate guidance, not only to aid your athlete in gymnastics but also in life.  We work hard to make sure every child feels comfortable and safe when communicating with our staff. 


Our goals are to promote your gymnasts self-confidence, positive self-image and critical thinking skills in order to improve their performance in all aspects of life.  We do our best to respect the balance between working out, pushing through mental and physical obstacles while taking care of our minds and bodies, each athlete is encouraged to stove for quality and excellence at their own pace. 


By taking this approach we hope the gymnasts will retain the love for the sport that originally motivated them to become gymnasts! 

Amy Grining

Director/ Head Team Coach


Amy Grining has coached gymnastics for over 20 years throughout Wisconsin on all levels, from preschool to high school to competitive club team. She has also coached in France and served as camp director at Bela Karolyi's Camp in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to Wildcard, she spent five years as the head team coach and director of gymnastics at Milwaukee Turners before taking over at Wildcard Gymnastics.  Ben and Amy have taken over management and ownership of Wildcard since fall of 2015. When Amy is not at the gym she is a mom of three beautiful girls who participate in Wildcards optional team program.  Amy is also a middle school teacher and has earned a masters' degree in education from Cardinal Stritch. 

Ben Grining

Director/ Head Boys Coach


Ben is a Wauwatosa native. He played soccer for 10 years finishing his last year at Tosa East.  He was a head coach for Milwaukee Kickers soccer all four years of his high school career. After graduating from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Biology and a Minor in Geology, he returned to the Milwaukee area to pursue a career in science education.  Ben began working with the directors of Milwaukee Turners Gymnastics boys team program and conducted office work until the program was closed.  Ben works with gymnasts of all ages from the little bitty preschoolers all the way up to adults and heads Wildcard Gymnastics Boys Team Program.  When Ben is not at the gym he is a dad of three beautiful girls who participate in Wildcard optional team program.  Ben and Amy have taken over management and ownership of Wildcard as of Fall 2015.  

Nadiya Zhaydova 

Women's Compulsory & Optional Team Coach

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Originally from the Ukraine, Nadiya has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for decades.  She grew up in the Soviet Union and started gymnastics at the age of 7, as a gymnast, Nadiya won many competitions and was a valuable member of the Soviet Union National team.  Once retired from the sport of gymnastics Nadiya began her coaching career in 1978 in the Soviet Union and later came to coach in America in 1998. Nadiya extensive knowledge on the sport and technique of gymnastics make her an amazing addition to the Wildcard Family.  Nadiya has worked with all levels of the girls' program, including TOPS and her gymnasts have won individual and team State Championship over the years. She also has a Bachelor degree in Physical Education.

Brooke Broeske  

Women's Optional Team Coach

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Brooke just recently joined the Wildcard Family but is no stranger to the world of gymnastics.  Brooke was a competitive gymnast as a youth and competed in both USAG and AAU programs at YMCA making it through the compulsory and optional levels.  Brooke has been coaching gymnastics for close to two decades around the southeastern part of Wisconsin.  With vast experience coaching levels 2 through 10 in addition to directing programs at Infinite Gymnastics for a period of time.  Brooke currently specializes in upper level gymnastics, has supported athletes through their careers to the collegiate levels.  When Brooke is not at the gym she enjoys all outdoor activities, spending time with her two dogs and is an avid baker.    

Rae Johnson 

Women's Compulsory & Optional Team Coach

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Rae has been apart of the Wildcard Family for over 13 years.  Rae started gymnastics at Swiss Turners as a kid and decided to come join the competitive team at Wildcard Gymnastics at 10 years old, making it through the compulsory levels and optional levels through her career.   Rae has been coaching at Wildcard Gymnastics since 2011 and now has 10 years of coaching experience along with her USAG membership and certification.  Rae has began aiding head coach Amy Grining at meets and special events in the 2020-2021 competition seasons for both compulsory and optional levels.  Rae has coached recreational classes from preschool up to adults, pre-team and is now one of the team coaches for Levels 2 through the optional levels.   When Rae is not at the gym she is helping families find homes through her Real Estate business and going to school for Communications through UWM. 

Veronica Rosa  

Women's Compulsory Team Coach

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Veronica has been apart of the Wildcard family for over five years due to her nieces being involved in the compulsory team program.  She has been coaching gymnastics for four years and trained directly under Wildcards Director/ Women's head coach Amy Grining.  Veronica began coaching Wildcards pre-team program (Fast Track) at the beginning of her coaching career and has since become a compulsory team coach.  Over the years Veronica has shown great initiative and dedication to the Wildcard team and each individuals she coaches, Veronica is patient and exceptional at working with an athlete who is having a mental block or trouble on a skill.  Veronica truly loves to watch every child she coaches succeed and overcome obstacles to reach their goals.  When Veronica is not at the gym she spends most of her time focusing on her photography business; Rosas Photography.  

Maeggan Xiong 

Recreational Coach & Women's Pre-Team/ Team Coach

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Maeggan has been apart of the Wildcard family since her third birthday party, which was hosted at Wildcard Gymnastics!  Maeggan instantly fell in love with the sport of gymnastics from that point on and turned it into a competitive career through her elementary and middle school years.  Gymnastics helped Maeggan grow her confidence, independence and encouraged her to work on self management and although her interest in competing is no longer there her passion for the sport still remains.  Wildcard has remained an important role in her life, it has become her home away from home and she has turned her previous struggles into her passion for coaching young athletes on the recreational, pre-team and compulsory team program.  As a coach Maeggan takes a calm, individualistic approach with each athlete and hopes to help new gymnasts grow and enjoy the lessons that gymnastics has personally taught her throughout the years.  When Maeggan is not at the gym she is attending High School online at the Milwaukee School of Languages.  

Stephanie Minster

Recreational & Pre-Team Coach

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Stephanie has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 20 years and apart of the Wildcard family since 2016.  Stephanie began her coaching career at Milwaukee, Eastside Turners and trained directly under the Director and Head coach of their recreational program.  Stephanie has been heading our recreational department since she began at Wildcard Gymnastics and since has since instructed many young athletes onto Wildcards pre-team and compulsory team programs.  Stephanie is amazing at providing support to a gymnast struggling with fears of certain events such as bars and beam which is just one reason why she excels in coaching our recreational and pre-team programs!  When Stephanie is not at the gym she is taking care of her two beautiful daughters who participate in the preschool and Gold Bugs pre-team programs, Stephanie also captions for deaf students at UWM.  

Crosbie Kowalski 

Pre-Team & Team Coach

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Crosbie has been a part of the Wildcard family since she was a kid, beginning as a competitive team member in her youth she competed for 5 years with Wildcard Gymnastics and later went on to pursue her career in soccer.  Crosbies career in soccer too her to play a season at Cardinal Stritch University in college.  Crosbie has always loved the sport of gymnastics and stayed involved with the Wildcard Family by bringing her soccer teams for overnight events, participated in open gyms to keep up on her conditioning during off seasons as well as helping our recreational department throughout high school when she could.  Crosbie has since began assisting the pre-team and compulsory team program and has been trained directly under Head Coach/ Director Amy Grining.  When Crosbie is not at the gym she works at a local doggy daycare facility.  

Brandon Smith  

Recreational & Warrior Kids Coach

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Brandon is new to the Wildcard family and has been trained directly under Directors/  Boys& Girls Team head coaches, Amy and Ben Grining.  Brandon has been coaching recreational boys & girls classes at Wildcard Gymnastics since fall of 2020 and has shown great instincts when it comes to coaching gymnastics and molding young minds.  Brandon now also helps with the boys & girls pre-team and compulsory team programs when not teaching a recreational class.  When Brandon is not at the gym he is attending High School online through Milwaukee School of Languages.  

Caelyr Grining    

Pre-Team & Recreational Coach

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Caelyr was born into the Wildcard family, she began her own gymnastics journey through the preschool and Gold Bugs program.  Now Caelyr is a level 8 gymnast, when she is not working out Caelyr is always helping her younger teammates on both the Gold Bug and Fast Track pre-team programs as well as baby and preschool classes through the recreational department.  Caelyr is a very passionate and patient young coach and also helps her father Ben Grining run the special needs classes.   

Emily Grining 

Pre-Team & Recreational Coach

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Emily was practically born into the Wildcard family.  Emily has been apart of the Wildcard team program since she was 3 years old, starting in the preschool classes and moving up into the pre-team (Gold Bugs) program.  Emily is now a competitive level 8 at Wildcard Gymnastics and when she is not in the gym for her own practice she is helping the Gold Bugs pre-team program.  Emily works very closely with Head coach Amy on the pre-team program, building and molding young minds.  Emily also creates all the beam and floor choreography for Wildcards optional team.  

Sarah Simons   

Pre-Team & Recreational Coach

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Sarah has been apart of the Wildcard family since she was six years old, beginning first in the recreational program and then making her way to the pre-team (Fast Track) program.  Sarah now is a level 8 gymnast for Wildcards competitive optional team and helps with Wildcards preschool and Fast Track program when she is not working out.  Sarah works closely with head coaches on the pre-team program, making sure they are building a strong basic foundation of gymnastics terminology and basics in order to proceed to the compulsory competitive program. When Sarah is not at the gym she attending school at Wauwatosa West High School.

Aaliyah Krause  

Pre-Team & Recreational Coach

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Aaliyah has been apart of the Wildcard family since she was four years old, she began in the Gold Bug program with Head coach Amy Grining and has since worked her way up to be a competitive level 9 gymnast on Wildcards optional team.  When Aaliyah is not working on her own skills she is helping with the preschool and pre-team programs, both with Fast Track and Gold Bugs.  Aaliyah at times helps Emily with choreographing both beam and floor routines for a few of the optional gymnasts.  When Aaliyah is not at the gym she studies online at Rufus King High School.