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Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Aurora gymnastic’s Gina Gastaldo

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Aurora gymnastic’s Gina Gastaldo


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


“Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, we get to know Aurora High School gymnastics coach Gina Gastaldo, who is in her 17th season coaching the sport.


Q: Hometown?

A: Chesterland, Ohio.



Q: High school?

A: West Geauga High School. Class of 2006. Participated in gymnastics.



Q: College?

A: Notre Dame College. Class of 2010. Degree in Middle Childhood Education, with a specialization in math and science. Master’s in 2013.



Q: Current occupation?

A: Coaching.



Q: What inspired you to become a coach?

A: The love of the sport. After I had finished competing, I didn’t want to give it up. It was such a huge part of my life for so long. It was a great way to stay involved.



Q: What makes being a coach at Aurora special to you?

A: The girls, of course. They are such a special group of girls, who are so competitive in what they do. It is so special for me to get to coach them.



Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: Don Schutz. He was my high-school coach and then coaching colleague for 15 years after that. Everything I’ve learned about coaching is from him. He is a VERY special person.



Q: Favorite TV show?

A: Say Yes to the Dress.



Q: Favorite movie?

A: The Help.



Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: Jason Aldene.


Q: Favorite food?

A: Crab legs.



Q: Best vacation?

A: My honeymoon to an all inclusive in Mexico. It was the coolest place ever!



Q: Shoutout to former teammates?

A: Kelly Duffy, Emily Lenk, Julie Theobald, Lauren Nelson.



Q: Favorite motto?

A: Do what’s best for kids.



Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?

A: Do what is best for the kids. My goal is to always help them achieve their goals with my experience and background in the sport.



Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: I don’t go out to eat much anymore with four boys to take of at home.



Q: Favorite teacher from high school?

A: Mr. Rogge.



Q: Advice you would give to your younger self?

A: Relax and enjoy the ride a little more!



Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?

A: My high-school coach Don Schutz. Wendy Floriea and Bridget Emerine (Corrigan) from club.



Q: Coaching resume?

A: 17 years as a high-school coach. I have coached at Aurora, Mayfield, Chagrin Falls, Orange, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Cardinal, Gilmore, West Geauga, Newbury and Chardon.



Q: Favorite sports team?

A: Cleveland Browns



Q: Favorite athlete then?

A: Dominique Moucieanu.



Q: Favorite athlete now?

A: Simone Biles.



Q: First job as a teenager?

A: Coach at the local YMCA.



Q: Family member that always gives you the best advice?

A: Mama.



Q: Halloween costume last year?

A: A pumpkin.



Q: Favorite candy?

A: Reese’s.



Q: First car?

A: Chevy Blazer.



Q: Best friend?

A: Megan Mertz.



Q: Most memorable moment as an athlete?

A: Winning states on beam four years in a row. The last one is the most memorable and vivid in my head.



Q: Most memorable moment as a coach?

A: Taking my teams down to the state meet year after year to support our individual qualifiers.

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