Meet the wildcard family

Amy Grining

Director/ Head Team Coach

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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

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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.

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 began her gymnastics career in Wildcard Gymnastics recreational program as an athlete, then joined the competitive team program and competed for Wildcard Gymnastics between the ages of 10-14, making it through the compulsory levels all the way up to the optional levels.  Due to reoccurring back & neck problems Rae had to retire from the sport, but has turned her passion for gymnastics into coaching over the years.  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.  Rae is also a Wauwatosa native and graduated from Wauwatosa East in 2015 after competing Varsity Swim and Dive all four years of high school and spent summers 2015-2017 teaching swim and diving lessons through the Wauwatosa Recreation Department.  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.  

Julia Wenger Jacobs   

Pre-Team & Team Coach

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Julia has been apart of the Wildcard family since 2014, beginning as a recreational coach in high school she trained directly under Director/ Women's head coach Amy Grining.  Julia showed great initiative when coaching in Wildcard Gymnastics recreational program as a teen, successfully leading many rec athletes to the compulsory team and later optional program. The head coach and other team coaches immediately took notice of the kids she was recommending for team and quickly recruited her for the pre-team (Fast Track) and Wildcards compulsory Levels 2-3 programs.  Julia took a break from coaching gymnastics to pursue school and a few other passions, however she recently came running back due to her love and devotion to the sport of gymnastics and the Wildcard family!  Julia has since graduated and is now a mom of a beautiful little girl who participates in the preschool program at Wildcard Gymnastics.  When Julia is not at the gym she works with kids at a local daycare facility in the Brookfield area.   

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 Turners and trained directly under the Director and Head coach of their competitive team 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 is an ASL student aid at UWM.  

Chance Gordon  

Warrior Kids Coach

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Chance has been apart of the Wildcard family for over six years.  Starting as a friend of a previous team athlete in high school he would come observe and help coach the boys team, recreational programs, and participated in Open Gyms multiple times a week.  Over the years Chance became fascinated with the the discipline of parkour and took it upon himself to become educated on the fundamentals to create a structured and safe teaching environment for the newer sport of parkour.  Chance has been coaching recreational and Warrior Kids programs at Wildcard Gymnastics since 2015 and trained with Directors/ Boys & Girls Team head coaches Ben and Amy Grining.  Chance now heads Wildcard Gymnastics Warrior Kids classes through the recreational program at Wildcard Gymnastics.  Chance is a very progressive coach, he stays on top of the newest parkour tricks in order to teach Wildcard Gymnastics other Warrior Kids coaches and to provide the athletes with the most up to date skills.  When Chance is not at the gym he focuses on finishing his bachelors degree through UWM.  

Brandon   

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.  

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.  

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.   

262-923-7418

gymnastics@wildcard-gymnastics.com

13040 W. Lisbon Rd Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005

Hours of Operation

Monday; 9:30am - Noon, 4 - 8pm

Tuesday; 9am - Noon, 4 - 8pm

Wednesday; 4 - 8pm

Thursday; 9am - Noon, 4 - 8pm

Friday; 9:30am  - Noon, 4 - 8pm

Saturday; 9:00am - Noon, 4 - 8pm

HOURS MAY VARY DUE TO CURRENT HEALTH CONDITIONS

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