Jillian Slavich

Jillian Slavich

Girls Level 3 Floor Coach

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Il where I first started coaching gymnastics when I was just 15 years old. My husband and I moved to Kalamazoo, MI in 2003. While in Kalamazoo I have been a Recreational Director, Pre-School Director, and also Pre-Team Director (Levels 1-3 in Michigan). I have coached Special Needs gymnasts, Xcel, and occasionally Optional gymnasts. I have also been a clinician for Equestrian Vaulting (gymnastics and dance on horseback). Through all my years coaching I have found that my true love for coaching is with compulsory gymnasts. I am a stickler for form and technique, and have a gift to make great connections with children of the typical compulsory ages. I am a firm believer in coaching the entire child, not just the gymnast. I have a degree in Special Education K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I use many of the teaching techniques I learned throughout college during my coaching on a daily basis. I love to get to know the kids so that I can coach them the way they are going to individually learn best. Having a positive attitude and being confident in what you are doing are also two things I help the kids to master during their time in the gym and at meets.When I am not at the gym I love to cook and bake as well as doing many crafts. We also home school our two children. My husband and I spend our summers with our kids at the Canadian Hunting and Fishing Lodge we have now owned for 11+ years. At Black Bear Lodge we live in a log cabin in the wilderness while catering to our many guests.I have made many life long bonds through all the kids I have coached over the years and look forward to making more here at Champion. You can reach me at coachjimjillian@yahoo.com