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.

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.

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.

Michelle Stackenwalt Instructor / Administrator

With a schooling background in English and Mass Communication, Michelle has always had an interest in planning, coordinating, writing, and creating. She has been dancing competitively since she was 5 years old. Team athletics led her into a position as a fitness instructor, which she has now been doing for 6 years. She enjoys her growing position at ROGA as a receptionist, coach, event coordinator, and more to come! During her time off she enjoys going for walks, finding new adventures, working out, escape rooms, board games, coloring and spending time with her two puppies, her friends, and her family.

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.

Noah Wieneke Coach

Noah began gymnastics in kindergarten and went on to compete for 6 years. Noah loves gymnastics and starting coaching in order to share his passion for the sport with others. He enjoys being able to see athletes develop their skills over time. Noah also plays football and hopes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

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.