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.

Meredith Zipse Recreational 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

Rachel Balow Preschool & Recreational Coach

Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and loves people. Rachel comes from a dance background where she performed ballet and danceline growing up. She was excited the very first time she saw a ROGA hiring flyer and jumped at the opportunity to apply! She has always loved gymnastics and feels grateful to work at a job teaching it to others. In Rachel’s words, “it’s a blessing to be able to help our gymnasts have fun, improve their confidence, agility, balance, and so much more in our classes.” In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, animals, being outdoors, playing piano and ukulele, singing, ballroom and swing dancing, and going to the adult gymnastics class.

Kelley Bahr Xcel Coach

Kelley has been a ROGA parent for a few years and loves the concept the Xcel Program was built on! She was a JO gymnast during her gymnastics years. Kelley’s training was in St. Cloud MN and had a lot of great opportunities to train, live, and compete in Hungary and Sweden. She packed up her leotards after she completed level 9, to focus on her other love, soccer, which she continued to play throughout college. Kelley is a nurse at Mayo Clinic, and a Nursing Consultant for AM-Trace, working with COVID-19 quality assurance vaccination programs. She loves spending time with her 3 kiddos, 2 dogs (Pickle & Banana) and husband. She’s a big DIYer, and does lots of house projects in her free time.

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.

Eric Buechler Owner / Part-time Coach

Although Eric mostly sits at a desk these days running the numbers for ROGA and his tax and accounting clients, a long time ago, Eric was a high school gymnast. He competed in the all-around for Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. Eric placed 3rd on Vault at the MN State High School Championships in 1989 and was the Compulsory Parallel Bars State Champion in 1986. Eric is a fill-in coach at ROGA, coaching Level 4-6 boys teams and rec classes as needed. Away from the gym and his accounting practice, Eric is an avid cyclist, plays soccer, loves to travel and be social, and never misses an opportunity to catch a good movie, hike or adventure with his wife and four kids.