Nebraska School of Gymnastics Mission Statement

 

    Nebraska School of Gymnastics seeks to provide a fun, safe, and high-quality gymnastics program to all ages and levels in Lincoln, Nebraska. At NSG it is our duty to give your child- no matter their capability- positive and helpful instruction in the sport of gymnastics.

    NSG strives to help all participants reach their full potential mentally and physically. We uphold a fun and creative environment in which your child will know how valued they are as a part of our program.

    With the help of a state of the art facility, thanks to the University of Nebraska Gymnastics program, and our highly successful team of coaches, we will provide an environment that cultivates positive life skills of confidence, trust, teamwork, and responsibility. NSG will evoke a sense of pride in both the parent and child with all their accomplishments.

    We hope that after your child moves on from their gymnastics career at NSG, they are able to take away the lifelong benefits that our program provided.

Coaches

Chuck Chmelka enters his eighth season as Nebraska’s head coach prepared to lead the Huskers through their sixth season in the Big Ten. In his last six years as NU’s head coach, he has helped produce four top10 NCAA finishes.

Chmelka looks to continue leading the Huskers to become one of the nation’s top-ranked programs in the years to come. 2016 was a record breaking season for Chmelka’s Huskers. The team shattered school records nearly every week, including total team score, total floor score (twice), total pommel horse score (twice) and total high bar score. Individually, Ethan Lottman and Kyle King broke the program record on pommel horse (15.55) and floor (15.85), respectively.

The Huskers made a run in the postseason as well. Daniel Leal placed second on parallel bars at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Since 1982, Chmelka has been the program director and head coach for the Nebraska School of Gymnastics (NSG) boys’ team, producing such athletes as former Nebraska All-Americans Dusty Jakub, Blake Bukacek, Derek Leiter, Ryan McEwen, Burkett Powell and Jason Christie. NSG athletes have competed in the Junior Pan American Games, Junior Olympic Nationals, Olympic Festival and have traveled abroad for various competitions (Junior Pacific Alliance Championships and USA vs. Canada).

Vanessa D Meloche is our head coach and director here at NSG.  This is her second year with our program and her passion and dedication for the sport and the gymnasts shines through her commitment to our program.  She is originally from Canada, Montreal native, and her first language is French.  She is married to her Husband, James Tessier and they have two little girls, Lyla who is 4 years old and Emma who is 1 year old.

At the very young age of 5, she began to train in gymnastics to increase her flexibility, balance, and strength to enable her to become a better competitor in ice skating.  She quickly changed her path and became a Canadian National Team Member at the age of 12.  For the next seven years she competed all over the world in hopes to attend the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  Unfortunately, she suffered several injuries requiring multiple surgeries.  Losing faith was never an option and in fact, her mantra has always been “don’t stop believing”.

In August of 2004, she became a member of the University of Nebraska Gymnastics Team.  Although English didn’t come as easily as the rest of the other gymnasts on the team and injuries continued to be part of her career, graduating with a degree in exercise science became her motivation.  Gymnastics may have come to an end without her permission, but she did learn some very valuable life lessons.  One being, to always dream regardless of the outcomes.  With a degree in exercise science, she perused a career in Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapist Assistant over the last 5 years.

Being able to follow her dreams of being a mom and follow her passion as a gymnastics coach, has led her to continue to push the boundaries and grow our program like never before.  Gymnastics and its sacrifices go well beyond the sports in itself.  It is about finding the complete balance between the mental aspects, whether emotional or psychological, and the physical aspects of the sport.  The mind and body must come together as one and be able to embrace the challenges placed upon them.

Although gymnastics tends to be the main focus during practice, our goal is to entrust value, integrity, and respect for one another and the sport.  Success comes from working together as a team and to be an integral team member.  It’s a reminder that we are not alone through this journey and that we need to stay in the moment and be present for the good times and the more trying times.  As we embark in this upcoming competition season, our focus is to embrace both our successes and failures and yet to continue to grow and shine our light brighter.

Jamie Schleppenbach grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended Nebraska School of Gymnastics from 2007-2010. Upon graduation from Pius X High School, Jamie received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Competing all four years for the Huskers, Jamie specialized in Vault, Floor and Balance Beam.

Her collegiate career highlights include a third-place NCAA Balance Beam finish (2014), First-Team All-American Honors (Vault, 2011) and Academic All-Big Ten honors (2011-2014).

While attending UNL, Jamie served as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and also worked as an intern for the Husker’s Media Relations department. She graduated with a dual degree in Advertising/Public Relations and Psychology in May 2015.

Jamie coached academy classes at NSG for one year before joining the optional team coaching staff in the summer of 2015.

Amanda Robine has been coaching for Nebraska School of Gymnastics since 2009, and she has been coaching gymnastics since 2004. She fell in love with gymnastics when she was 5 years old and competed for Premier Gymnastics in Omaha. Outside of the gym, Amanda attended school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences. Amanda is the Wellness Services & Nutrition Education Coordinator and Registered Dietitian for Campus Recreation at UNL. Amanda’s favorite thing about coaching gymnastics is watching her gymnasts get new skills and reach new levels of strength and endurance.