About the Program
The Gymnast Mindset program has been adapted from the hugely successful Wrestling Mindset program that is being used by Olympic athletes & other top competitors across the country. The core strategies of the program, as well as the importance of mindset training, have been tested & proven; however, what sets these programs apart is the customization to the sport.
The Gymnast Mindset program has been created by gymnasts for gymnasts. Every Gymnast Mindset coach has been a high level gymnast who understands the unique struggles of gymnastics. They know what the nerves feel like before mounting the beam… They know what it feels like to get back up after a fall… They know what it feels like to have to sit on the sidelines with an injury…
This program is not therapy, lecturing, or counseling. It is a systematic program – strength training for the mind. Gymnast Mindset offers a proven system of interactive exercises and worksheets guided and personalized by a Mindset Coach to help gymnasts navigate through their particular strengths and struggles.
About Shari Medini
Gymnast Mindset was adapted by Shari Medini in cooperation with Gene & Jeff Zannetti, the founders of Wrestling Mindset. Her goal is to help gymnasts reach their full potential in gymnastics, school, & life!
Shari was a gymnast for 15 years, a Level 10 gymnast for 5 years, a 4 time State Champion, & a 3 time J.O. National Team Member. She attended Rutgers University where she competed on the Division I gymnastics team & graduated with a degree in Psychology.
Since graduating college she has worked both in the field of mental health & as a gymnastics coach. Her relevant experience to Gymnast Mindset includes being the Head Gymnastics Coach at West Chester University & Program Coordinator at Youth Advocate Program.
Shari has passion for helping others & is so excited for this unique opportunity to be involved in the gymnastics world – a place she called home for most of her life.
About the Gymnast Mindset Team
Kim Valenti, formerly Parsons, was a J.O. gymnast out of Region VI, competed NCAA Division I at James Madison University, and went on to coach collegiate gymnastics at MIT, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent summers coaching camps at Woodward Gymnastics Camp (PA), the University of Alabama, the University of New Hampshire, and other USA Gymnastics clubs on the east coast.
She currently works in an administrative role in the athletic department at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Kim resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Matt Valenti and dog, Finn. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from JMU, and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Boston University.
Kim loves helping student-athletes develop holistically and building relationships with gymnasts and coaches alike; she is thrilled to take on this role within Gymnast Mindset.
Jamie Desilets was a Level 10 gymnast for 5 years and competed NCAA Division I at Eastern Michigan University where she earned a full athletic scholarship. After college, she transitioned into coaching and was the head coach for the local gym’s preteam.
Jamie was born and raised in Reading, PA, but resides in Brighton, Michigan with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University, and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Lansing Community College. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at St. Joe’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also the race director for the Healthy Kids Running Series in Hartland, Michigan where she gets to promote leading an active healthy lifestyle through the sport of running.
Jamie has a passion for helping others especially when it comes to the sport of gymnastics. She is excited to help young athletes achieve their goals both in the sport of gymnastics and in life.
Jamie Blake has spent over 25 years involved in gymnastics. She competed through elementary, middle and high school and continued with the sport by judging while in college at the University of Oklahoma. There she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
After college she lived abroad for 18 months and upon returning immediately began coaching. She has coached as an assistant coach, head coach and program director. She coached over 200 gymnasts in her 10 seasons. One of her greatest accomplishments as a coach was having at least one state champion every year.
Jamie currently lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband, Alex and their 4 children. She is thrilled to stay involved in gymnastics as a Mindset Coach and excited to build new relationships with gymnasts.
Stacey Olsen competed in gymnastics from a young age through high school before transitioning to cheer at the University of Nebraska and University of Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, Stacey coached at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, working camps there in the summer as well as at the University. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Sports Science, she continued coaching while pursuing a Masters in Middle Grades Science.
Stacey currently resides in Southwestern Connecticut, with her husband and three year old twins. She teaches 7th grade science and coaches two high school gymnastics teams. Stacey has also been a level 10 judge for the past 8 years. Stacey enjoys working with children of all ages in multiple capacities to help ensure they enjoy and get the best out of life.
Heather Opdyke was a competitive gymnast from the age of nine through high school, where she competed all four years on the varsity team. She then earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and Management from Monmouth University.
After college, she returned to her hometown in New Jersey where she spent three years as the assistant coach to the high school gymnastics team and over ten years coaching team at a private club. Heather has continued to be involved in gymnastics as a high school judge for the past three years.
She earned her MBA from Centenary College and works for a global company in advertising. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and dog. She looks forward to working with you to help you obtain your goals in gymnastics and in life.
About the Wrestling Mindset Founders
Wrestling Mindset was developed by Gene and Jeff Zannetti to help wrestlers reach their full potential in wrestling, school and life. As former nationally ranked All-Ivy League wrestlers, they know the importance of rising to the occasion on the mat & in the classroom.
Co-founder Gene Zannetti graduated with a Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has two masters degrees; one in Sport Psychology and the other in Clinical Psychology. Gene is a certified School Psychologist, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. His masters degree thesis (Perfectionism & Anxiety) has been published in the International Journal of Wrestling Sciences. Gene was a nationally ranked All-Ivy League wrestler at UPenn.
Co-founder Jeff Zannetti graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and studied business at the Wharton School of Business. His articles have been published by WIN Magazine, Trackwrestling, Wrestling USA, and for Team USA educational resources. Jeff was a nationally ranked All-Ivy League wrestlers at UPenn.
Gene and Jeff have studied the best wrestlers, coaches & experts in the world to learn the secrets of performance success. This led to the development of a one of a kind, trademarked Wrestling Mindset program. Since 2008, Wrestling Mindset coaches have worked with thousands of wrestlers, teams, coaches & clubs. The Wrestling Mindset program has been used by the Men’s & Women’s USA National Team, top college and high school teams & wrestlers, as well as youth and rec programs throughout the country.