Staff

Valentin Frunzac Owner / Head Coach

Sophia Buechler

Vali has over 15 years of gymnastics coaching experience. Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, he was a Romanian National Champion as a competitive gymnast, retiring at age 18 to pursue coaching. As a gymnast, his accomplishments are many, with titles including National Champion, National Vice-Champion, International Vice-Champion, and Junior National Champion. He performed gymnastics at  Dinamo in Bucharest, Romania from 1989-2002 and subsequently studied gymnastics coaching formally at the National Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest from 2002-2007. After obtaining his University degree in coaching, Vali went on to coach at C.S. Dinamo . His gymnasts, both male and female, achieved numerous Championship titles, including all-around, team and individual apparatus National Champions, National Vice-Champions, and Junior National Champions and squads. He is the former coach of Paula  Tudorache  who competed for the National Gymnastics Team of Romania at the 2014 World Championship, Nanning, China. He immigrated to the United States in 2013 when he was recruited as a skilled gymnastics coach. For the past 4 years in the United States, he has been successful in building a highly competitive men’s gymnastics program quite literally from the ground up with team members receiving numerous awards at the state and regional level, and in 2016 an athlete qualifying for the USA Men’s Gymnastics National Championship. As a result of his success, he has been invited to coach at camps and clinics in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest. Vali is now excited to be pursuing his dream of owning a gym with goals of building a team program with gymnasts capable of being competitive on the national and international stage.

Zach Wareham Boys Team Coach

Zach has been coaching gymnastics since 2007 with a primary focus on boys’ team. His involvement with the sport started over 25 years ago as an athlete, his most notable success being a first place finish in the all-around at an MAGA state meet in 1995. On top of coaching boys’ competitive gymnastics, Zach has a lot of experience coordinating and coaching preschool and recreational programs. He’s also coached girls’ team and training team. And for the last 6 seasons, was head coach for a Special Olympics gymnastics team. Zach is from Cannon Falls, Minnesota. He has an M.A. degree in history from the University of New Brunswick and has been the Director of the Cannon Falls Museum for the past 7 years. When not coaching or doing historical work, Zach spends time with family and friends and enjoys working out, doing handstands, bouncing on trampolines and pursuing outdoor hobbies like hiking and fishing.

Tristan Szente J.O. Girls Coach

Having a dual background in Special Education and Emergency Medicine, Tristan strongly values the principle of inclusiveness. While safety does come first, Tristan strives to get the best, competitive nature out of every athlete; regardless of level. Tristan holds Gymnastics in high regard and is excited to continue his coaching endeavors within the sport. When Tristan is not coaching or working on Strength Development, you can find him hiking with his significant other, Ariel, and his three dogs.

Chastity Good Xcel Head Coach

Chastity is a proud mother of four. She moved to the area in 1987 and made Kasson her permanent residence in 1998. Chastity began her coaching career in February 2018 as an instructor for the Kasson-Mantorville Community Education Youth Gymnastics Program where her two youngest daughters started gymnastics. With her lifelong passion for gymnastics, she immediately knew coaching was exactly what she wanted to do. She quickly became the lead coach of the program and held classes from Ages 18 months-13 years old. Chastity coached the Bronze and Silver Xcel Teams at KAATS for the 2018-2019 season where her daughter Olivia competed. Chastity is excited and honored to coach all Xcel Levels at ROGA this year and both her youngest daughters! She looks forward to many years of watching the children grow and achieve many goals!

Ross Thompson Assistant Coach for Xcel/Rec Coach

Ross works as a special education paraprofessional during the day and comes to ROGA in the evenings to coach Rec classes and the Xcel team. He is very family oriented and has 4 kids at home. In his free time, he enjoys being outside or coaching flag football. Ross’s favorite part about being a coach is watching the young athletes grow and excel to accomplish their dreams.

Meredith Zipse Preschool Coach

Meredith, a Rochester native, trained in dance for fourteen years. Her experience includes an extensive background in ballet — as well as jazz, tap, modern, clogging, hip-hop, lyrical, character, basics of ballroom, and improvisation. At Iowa State University, she went on to be president of an on-campus dance club, Orchesis II, that welcomed all levels of experience from rookie to lifelong performer. She was a Head Dance Instructor at Lucille Murray’s Studio of Dance in Monticello, MN for three years where she taught and choreographed for platinum winning dancers ages preschool through high-school. While spending time with her son and family, she is usually knitting, DIY-ing, hand lettering, painting, cooking, or playing piano

Vanessa York Office Manager

Although Vanessa does not have a background in gymnastics, she does have an extensive back ground in business and working with youth. For over 10 years she has been giving riding lessons to the community and managing equine facilities. She has a passion for helping kids reach their full potential and watching their confidence in themselves grow. When she is not at work, you can find her and her daughter competing at horse shows or at her farm enjoying the menagerie of animals they care for.

Carly Hornstine Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator

Having graduated from Winona State University with a Recreation and Tourism degree in 2017, Carly values the importance of recreation and leisure in creating a healthy life balance. Although she doesn’t have a past in gymnastics, working as the Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator at ROGA gives Carly the opportunity to pursue her passion for recreation, events, organization and assisting others. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her 2 cats, getting lost in art projects, playing ukulele, and attending as many events as she can.

Sarah Ames Coach

Sarah was in competitive gymnastics as a child and has always had a love for the sport. She is the proud mom to Olivia, who shares the same passion for gymnastics and loves her time at ROGA. Outside of the gym, Sarah enjoys spending time with her daughter, exercising and traveling.

Ian Hensley Coach

Coach Ian has been involved in the sport of gymnastics since he was 3 years old. At age 8, Ian joined team gymnastics and continued to compete for 3 years. When he was a competing gymnast, his favorite event was pommel horse. Being one of Vali’s previous students, Coach Ian was invited back to coach at ROGA when it opened. When he’s not at the gym, you can find Ian at CrossFit, snowboarding, or skating.