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Terri Gazda

Coaching Hopewell

When Terri Rouviere Gazda was voted "Most Athletic" by her classmates in the Hopewell High School Class of 1976, little did they know that was merely the beginning of a tremendous athletic future.

Terri was a WPIAL level gymnast, a skill she put to use on the track as she placed 6th in triple jump at the 1976 WPIAL Track & Field AAA Championships, where she was the smallest jumper. She was also the setter for the volleyball team at Hopewell and later at CCBC. Although a talented multi-sport athlete, gymnastics was Terri's favorite sport and proved to be her calling.

Terri began coaching gymnastics for Hopewell's recreation gym program in the summer of 1977. She also coached for Carol Leone's School of Dance & Gymnastics while completing her Associate Degree from Community College of Beaver County in 1978. After transferring to Slippery Rock State College, Terri was a PIAA Gymnastics Official while completing her Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education in 1980. She was also a member of Slippery Rock's women's track & field team.

After completing her degree, Terri was a substitute teacher and head gymnastics coach for Harmonie Maennerchor (formerly Ambridge Turners). At that time, she also got into bodybuilding and powerlifting, setting records and getting nationally ranked.

Later, Terri began coaching gymnastics at Allegheny Academy (adjudicated youth), Rhema Christian School, CCBC, and local dance studios.

Terri enjoyed coaching all different types of students, but missed leading her own gym program. She was hired as head gymnastics coach at Monaca Turners in 1992, where she currently has three private club teams. In 1998, Terri extended her coaching duties to include becoming the head coach of Center (now Central Valley) and Hopewell High School girl's gymnastics teams. In 2011, Terri was hired as head gym coach for South Side High School. Incredibly, Terri will become the head coach of a fourth high school gym team for the 2015-2016 season when she takes over at West Allegheny. Besides being the head coach of four WPIAL high school gymnastics teams and three private club teams (Monaca Turners), Terri also has several WPIAL-area independent individual gymnasts that she coaches through her facility at Monaca Turners.

Now in her 38th year of coaching, Terri serves on the PA Classic Gymnastics Steering Committee in hopes to keep the sport of girls' gymnastics alive for years to come.

Terri met her husband Richard while co-coaching at Harmonie Maennerchor. Married in 1988, they have two children, and reside in Coraopolis.