Coaches

Our coaches are USAG members and  safety certified.  With over 50 years of gymnastics experience, our coaches offer quality instruction to gymnasts of all ages.

Debbie Russell

Debbie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a degree in physical education, health and coaching, which she keeps current and up to date. She has also competed at the collegiate level from 1978 - 1982 on the Women's Gymnastics team, holding titles at the All-Conference status, state balance beam champion, four-time member of the University state championship team as well as the 1980 National Championship Team and National All-American.

With over 25 years of experience instructing and coaching children through adolescents, Debbie has also been involved in directing and founding the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh preschool program. She has coached Level 4 teams to two state championships as well.

"My life is fulfilled with love for my husband Dave, my children Rehana, Randi Jo, Cody and Dusti; bringing smiles to children; and fitness and health brings a smile to me."

Coach Debbie is a member of USA Gymnastics, USAG Safety Certified, co-owner/operator of Russell Gymnastics.

Dave Russell

Dave is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a degree in Physical Education, Health, Coaching and Art. He is an accomplished gymnast, achieving Wisconsin State High School Champion status as well as being a National High School All-American.

Dave is a four-time National Championship Team Member, a three-time National Parallel Bar Champion and a five-time collegiate All American. He is a member of the 2006 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Hall of Fame and will be named to the WIAC "Team of the Century" on August 4th, 2012 during Wisconsin's Centenial Celebration, being only one of 12 athletes to achieve this honor, nine of which are from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh under the coaching expertise of Ken Allen.

Dave has been honored to coach numerous state and regional champions as well as Junior Olympic National qualifiers and Junior Olympic National team members. He loves kids; 4 kids!

Dusti Russell

Dusti is one of Dave and Debbie's four children. She grew up in the gym, and competed in gymmnastics her whole childhood. After high school, Dusti competed as a NCAA Division 1 gymnast for the University of Minnesota.

Erin McCarthy

My name is Erin McCarthy. I began coaching gymnastics at the age of 15 and now have over 6 years of experience. I started working at Russell Gymnastics in September 2015 and I really enjoy coming to work every day in such a positive and welcoming environment. As a kid I began recreational gymnastics at 6 years old and competed through level 8 and high school. I also enjoyed participating in swimming, diving, track, and softball among other activities as a child.

Recently, in 2016, I graduated from UWSP with a B.A. in History. I really love to learn, which is a reason why I’m so drawn to this sport. I’m always learning new ways to help kids become better gymnasts and athle3tes. I also enjoy getting to know all of the awesome personalities that participate in the program and watching them progress and grow in the sport. I feel fortunate to be able to share this sport with so many aspiring gymnasts and to be a part of the program at Russell Gymnastics.

Ian Schiessl

I’m Coach Ian Schiessl, I grew up in Oshkosh Wisconsin. I did gymnastics as a kid and played varsity baseball at Oshkosh west high. I began coaching  gymnastics in 2008 with Dave and Debbie Russell. I am a USAG Safety Certified Professional and I have attended multiple Gymnastics’ Congresses, learning from some of the top coaches in the nation. I have coached at regional and state competitions. Gymnastics and coaching is my passion and I love teaching kids as well as seeing them acclompish their goals.

Kaitlyn Stanton

My name is Kaitlyn Stanton. I am from Stevens Point, WIand currently a Psychology and Chemistry/Biology major with a minor in Pre-Med at UWSP.

My competitive gymnastics career began at the age of 8.At 12, along with competitions, I assisted in coaching. I continued on to compete on the varsity team as a freshman at SPASH. Russell Gymnastics then opened and I knew that is where I belonged. I competed as a Level 8gymnast for Russell and continued to assist in coaching. In the summer of 2015 I became USAG Certified and decided to coach full time.

Gymnastics has been a great influential part of my life forever 10 years. I plan to continue coaching gymnastics through my college years. My love for gymnastics and working with children will never cease.

Zach Veith

My name is Zach Veith. This is my first season at Russell Gymnastics. I am originally from Oshkosh, WI. I've graduated with a Diesel Technology degree but my passion for martial arts and yoga led me to gymnastics. I coached at Oshkosh Gymnastic Center for two years learning from Ian and the other coaches there. Recently I have been coaching at WoodWard CO. I love coaching pre-school and all the rec classes.  Being silly, wild, and weird is so much fun for me and the kids love it. I'm excited to be in Stevens Point and really looking forward to this year.

Heidi Zorn

Heidi is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in biology. Heidi was a competitive gymnast for 13 years and participated in Russell's program her junior year of high school. Heidi coached at the YMCA for four years and has been coaching at Russell for three years. She is also a certified high school gymnastics judge.

Dave and Debbie have been married 30 years and have 4 children, all whom have developed a love and passion for the sport of gymnastics!