Meet R-Staff

Dedication to the sport and intense training are part of each R Athletics’ Coaches resume. New coaches spend weeks shadowing classes and in skill development training. All coaches continue with monthly skill and child development instruction.

R-Coaches are Safety-Certified in first-aid and CPR and have a background check on file.

They will greet your child as they line up, encourage and praise them throughout the class and meet with you occasionally with updates and progress reports.

R-Coaches LOVE to watch your child shine!

Rachel Rydbeck

Rachel Rydbeck

Owner | Head Coach

Rachel was a competitive gymnast and a State All-Around champion in her youth and has a deep love of the sport. It brings her great joy to coach athletes who participate in gymnastics. It was her dream to be able to share her gifts and talents. In 2010 her dream was fulfilled when R Athletics opened. Rachel strives to offer excellence in all areas. Her coaching staff is exemplary and the level of coaching is top-notch. Every child is taught the proper skill progressions while having fun! Details are important to Rachel: individual attention, monthly themes, special events, and coach-parent communication are all vital components to the success each child will experience.

John Rydbeck

John Rydbeck

Owner | Finance, Building, Operations, Maintenance Manager

Married to Rachel Rydbeck for 16 years, John is responsible for all of the financial and operational decisions that keep R Athletics a top-notch facility. A graduate of Hope College with a Chemistry degree, he works at Infrastructural Alternatives, an environmental engineering firm, during the day and spends his evenings and weekends keeping R Athletics running smoothly.

Karen

Karen

Birthday Party Director | Pro-Shop Manager| Front Desk

Karen is a mother of 6 grown children and grandmother of 18. She has a teaching degree in elementary education and has taught 2nd grade. She also has been the infant and early childhood director in a large church. Karen was a part of the planning and launching of R-Athletics and is currently the director of birthday parties, manager of the Pro Shop and staff at the front desk. Karen’s talents also extend to creating all of the embroidered apparel and accessory items in the Pro Shop.

Rachel

Rachel

Developmental Team Director | Team Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Rachel was one of Rachel Rydbeck’s former gymnasts, competing all the way up to Level 10. During her career, she was a Level 9 National All-Around Champion and also received a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to Northern Illinois University. Rachel competed at college gymnastics for four years while earning a degree in nutrition and dietetics. She loves coaching gymnastics because she loves seeing the joy it brings the athletes when they learn new skills.

Claire

Claire

Team Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Claire has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for 27 years. She was a nationally competitive gymnast for twelve years. Claire has coached through all levels of the sport from Recreational through Elite. Claire has studied at both Universities of Pittsburgh and Grand Valley with a Child Psychology emphasis and is currently pursuing a Sports Science degree through the United States Sports Academy online. She loves to help children grow as athletes and individuals through her efforts.

Brittini

Brittini

Team Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Brittini competed in gymnastics for most of her life and earned a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State as the capstone of her career. She has a B.A. in Psychology and 4 years experience coaching Gymnastics. Although no longer competing, her passion for the sport is satisfied by helping her athletes experience the same thrill that she did in the gym.

Allison

Allison

Cheer Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Emma

Emma

Team Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Emma has been involved in gymnastics since she was 4 years old. She placed 1st on floor and 3rd on vault in the 2013 AAU Junior Olympics. Not only did Emma compete in gymnastics, but she is also a certified black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Outside of sports, she enjoys the Fine Arts such as music and drawing. In the future, she hopes to become a radiologist for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Bronwen

Bronwen

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Coach

At three years of age, Bronwen started gymnastics and by 8 years was competing for R-Athletics. She was a Level 8 State Champion in 2021. She now competes for Forest Hills Gymnastics team and does Crossfit in her spare time. Her favorite thing about coaching is creating relationships with the kids and making sure they are having fun!

Payton

Payton

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Payton was one of the original members of the R-Athletics Junior Olympic team when we opened R doors. She has participated in gymnastics since she was 3 years old. Currently she is a student at Forest Hills Central where she competes in Diving and Gymnastics. The sport is in her blood and now she loves coaching with the girls she used to compete with.

Ethan

Ethan

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Marissa

Marissa

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Marissa has been practicing gymnastics for 13 years and competing for the last 9 years as a Junior Olympian teammate and a high school athlete. She attends Lowell High School and plans on studying Sports Psychology at University of Florida. Coaching is a way of sharing her gifts with others so that they too will grow to love the sport of gymnastics.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Team Coach

Caitlin competed gymnastics for 8 years. After having a very positive experience with the sport, she wanted to share it with others. She has since then coached for 21 years from pre-team to high-level Optionals and was lucky enough to attend Nationals with one of her athletes. Her full-time job is pediatric occupational therapy. She specializes in feeding and swallowing.

Maddie

Maddie

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Maddie began gymnastics when she was 6 and moved on to dance five years later. She is now cheering both Varsity Sideline Cheer and Competitive Cheer for Caledonia High School, as well as Lacrosse in the spring. She is looking to go into fashion merchandising and design for her future career. She loves teaching and coaching, especially in Cheer and Gymnastics.

Jaelynn

Jaelynn

Cheer Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Gabby

Gabby

Rec. & Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Addison

Addison

Team Coach | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Addison has been involved in gymnastics since the age of 8. She competed four years on teams at R-Athletics and has 4 years experience in dance. Addison loves kids. Her favorite part of coaching is being able to be an encourager and positive role model while helping kids achieve their goals in the sport of gymnastics.

Payton

Payton

Birthday Hostess | Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Maddie M.

Maddie M.

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach
Betsy

Betsy

Administration/Operations Manager | Front Desk

As a mother of 5 children and a grandmother of 3 beautiful little girls, Betsy has spent the last 30 plus years working with children and volunteering in their schools and as an organizer of their sports teams. She is a graduate of Aquinas College with a degree in Business Management and is responsible for running the front desk at R Athletics.

Michelle

Michelle

Front Desk | Birthday Hostess | Team Coach

Michelle was one of Rachel Rydbeck’s former gymnasts and always placed high in All Around Gymnastic competitions. In high school, she broke the school record for bars and balance beam, and was the regional bars champion and 2nd in the State on the balance beam. She was on the All Conference and All State team and named MVP. Michelle loves coaching gymnastics because she gets to be a part of every child reaching his or her goals.

Nicole

Nicole

Front Desk| Birthday Hostess

A natural athlete herself, Nicole joined the R-Athletic team as a parent of a Junior Olympian team girl. She loves to run and is busy running the front desk. You can also see her as a birthday hostess at R parties.

K.C.

K.C.

Front Desk | Birthday Hostess

Coming from the Traverse City area, K.C. attended college at Grand Valley University and then worked for the federal government in the DC area. After moving to Grand Rapids, K.C. enrolled her two daughters at R-Athletics and then chose to join R team. She has been married for ten years and recently adopted a Cavapoo dog named George.

Cohen

Cohen

Rec. and Rollin’ Director | Ninja Coach | Rec. & Rollin Coach | Team Coach

Cohen has been participating in gymnastics in some capacity since he was 2 years old. Cohen is also very accomplished in Taekwondo. He obtained his black belt at the age of 9, and his second degree black belt at 11. In 2008, Cohen was ranked third in the state and finish third at the AAU Junior Olympics. In addition to Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics, music has always been a big part of his life.

Anna Sophia

Anna Sophia

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach | Team Coach

Anna Sophia has been involved in gymnastics since she was two years old and has been at R Athletics for 6 years, including two years of competition. She is currently attending Michigan State with plans to study Kinesiology/Exercise Science in college and then pursue her degree in Physical Therapy. She loves the sport of gymnastics, so coaching comes naturally. Sharing her passion with her athletes is a wonderful adventure

Mackenzie

Mackenzie

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach | Team Coach

Along with her sister Avery, Mackenzie was a one of the original athletes when R-Athletics opened its doors. She practiced the sport for 15 years and competed for 12 as a Junior Olympian. She currently attends Michigan State University on a Rowing scholarship and is back to coach during the summer months. "I love R-Athletics and the way they love the sport and and encourage the kids. I just can’t stay away"!

Avery

Avery

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach | Team Coach

Avery has been involved in gymnastics for 14 years. She was an original member of the R-Athletics Junior Olympics’ competitive team. She attends Michigan State University on a Rowing scholarship. Being a mentor to the younger girls both at practice and during competitions is very satisfying to her. She enjoys passing on her knowledge of the sport to her students.

Brooke

Brooke

Rec. Coach | Rollin’ Coach | Ninja Zone Coach

Brooke has participated in multiple sports, including gymnastics. She is attending Central Michigan University to study Child Psychology. She loves the sport and coaching the sport and is convinced gymnastics will be a great foundation for any other athletic pursuit.