Coach April began her gymnastics career in Indiana where her favorite event was the balance beam, but she feels her true impact on the sport has been during her 30+ years of coaching. April is a jack-of-all trades in that she has helped run a gym, directed and coached numerous programs, judged, and created many special needs programs including the first Special Olympics Gymnastics team in Houston. In 2013 she was presented with the Distinguished Service Award which is given to persons who have given outstanding service to the development of gymnastics and gymnastics programs in the state of Texas. April planned and ran the State Special Olympics gymnastics competition in Arlington, TX, in 2014 and 2015. She has been a distinguished guest and presenter at the GAT conference and USAG National Conference.
April’s passion is working with tots/preschool aged gymnasts and gymnasts with special needs. She understands that everything we do or say to a child can have a profound impact. She loves coaching gymnastics because it is fun and helps children in numerous ways; it helps their development, strength, coordination, flexibility, motor skills, confidence, self-esteem, spatial awareness, and more. “I feel that every child can feel good about themselves through gymnastics and that gymnastics can be a spring-board for so many other important goals in life.
April married her high school sweetheart and has two grown children. She and her family moved to the Chicago area to do volunteer work and began coaching at Viking in 2016. Her positive energy and warmth are contagious when you are near her!