Who We Are

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Mission Statement

 Rock Solid Gymnastics is dedicated to teaching gymnastics excellence to children of all ages and abilities in a safe, stimulating and encouraging environment while also instilling strong character virtues that will inspire them to be pillars in their community for years to come.  

Philosophy

 While challenging each athlete to progress to his or her individual ability and commitment level, we will strive to help each child grow, not only in his/her physical abilities, but also as people of character, integrity, and sportsmanship, and to become contributing members of society. We will assist our parents in teaching their children to take responsibility for their actions, to think for themselves, to encourage them to act respectfully to their peers and coaches, and to instill a sense of pride in their athletic abilities and accomplishments. 

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Emily Schutte, Owner

Emily’s passion for gymnastics began very early as she began competing at the age of 5 and was a competitive gymnast for 14 years in USAG and USAIGC ending her career as a successful Level 9. She competed in countless state and regional competitions and 6 national championships. She was on the traveling optional team at her club gym for 8 years in Ft. Collins, CO where she had the opportunity to compete across the country in 13 different states. In her gymnastics adventures she trained with Bela & Martha Karolyi and also trained with Steve Nunno. Her greatest gymnastics accomplishment was in 1996 when she was the Regional Beam champion. 


Emily has been coaching in the Charleston area since the fall of 2011. In that time she has choreographed numerous routines both on floor and beam; many winning state titles. Alongside fellow coaches has produced numerous South Carolina state champions as well as regional qualifiers.  Emily is also an accredited gymnastics judge with the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges.

 

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Anne Funderburk, Program Director

Anne is from western New York and has been involved in gymnastics and coaching her entire life. She grew up in the gym as a competitive gymnast and, later, as a successful pole vaulter.  Anne is a committed coach, with 12 years of coaching experience in club level gymnastics. Her skills and experience in a wide variety of team environments have produced 5 state championship teams and dozens of individual state champions. 

"I love watching kids learn and become successful. Success in gymnastics is ever-changing to the individual: something that challenges you one day will eventually be an after-thought. It's the cycle of frustration, determination, and success that makes the journey worth it, and makes gymnastics fun and rewarding."

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Kelly Miller, Coaching Team Member

  Kelly was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO and was immersed in the gymnastics world from birth. Kelly spent 10 years as a competitive gymnast in USAG State, Regional, and USAIGC National competitions finishing her career as a Level 8 .Kelly left gymnastics and continued her athletic career as a competitive diver for the next 8 years. As a diver, Kelly was a   3-time Top Ten finisher at the Colorado High School State Championships and team captain, a Regional and Zone qualifier for 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with USADiving, and a member of Ashland University's Division II Swimming and Diving team.


 After college, Kelly returned to Fort Collins where was the high school diving coach for all 4 city high schools for 3 years, qualifying 15 athletes to the State championships. In 2012, she returned to the gymnastics world as a Judge for Colorado High School gymnastics. She moved to Charleston the summer of 2014 and has been back in the gym ever since with a newfound love of the sport as a coach. 

"I love helping kids grow and overcome the mental and physical challenges they work through in gymnastics." 

Coach Holly, Coaching Team Member

Holly grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She is now a Sophomore at Wando High School. Holly started gymnastics at a very young age and has loved it ever since. She competed as an excel gymnast for upwards of 7 years, winning 6 state championships along the way. Holly loves how hard gymnastics forces you to work and how many life lessons you are taught without even knowing it. She feels that her training in gymnastics has helped her in more ways than she thought possible in her day to day life. Holly always wanted to be a coach so that she could help other kids learn what a great sport gymnastics is. Her goal is to make the gym a fun environment for every kid to want to be in.  

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Coach Ellis, Coaching Team Member

Ellis was raised in Charleston, SC and grew up loving the sport of gymnastics. She began gymnastics classes at the age of 5 and competed for 8 years up to level 9, with Emily and Anne as her coaches. Ellis is going to be a junior at Wando High School and is very excited to be a part of the Rock Solid family and get to know all of the gymnasts and their families!

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Coach Megan, Coaching Team Member

Megan is a 2019 high school graduate and has opted to take some time to determine what her next steps are in life.  While pondering the options, she found Rock Solid and joined the coaching team this summer.  Megan grew up in upstate New York in a small town, and felt there were limited activities for kids to thrive in so she has jumped into the gymnastics world with enthusiasm and excitement!

 "Since becoming a coach I have found a passion for teaching kids, seeing the look on their faces when they've crushed a new skill is something I will never forget. Coaching has been nothing but a blessing and has helped me decide what I would like to do with the rest of my life." 

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Coach Sam, Coaching Team Members

Samantha grew up in New Jersey and is currently a rising junior at Charleston Southern University. Sam began competitive cheer leading and gymnastics when she was three years old. She continued competitive cheer leading through high school and is currently a member of the Charleston Southern University cheer squad.  She is currently pursuing a BS in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. 

"I love coaching gymnastics because I get to make an impact in the kids' lives, just like my coaches did for me."