Meet the wildcard family
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.
Women's Compulsory & Optional Team Coach
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.
Recreational Coach & Women's Pre-Team/ Team Coach
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.
Recreational & Pre-Team Coach
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.
Recreational & Warrior Kids Coach
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.
Pre-Team & Recreational Coach
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.
Pre-Team & Recreational Coach
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.