Gymnastics Coaching Staff
Tim KappelHead Coach
College: University of Kansas
Start Date: 08/01/2015
Tim Kappel, from Arlington Heights, Illinois began his gymnastics career by competing in a private club and on his high school gymnastics team through the age of 16. He moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1996 to attend college. While in Kansas, Tim began coaching recreational gymnastics and competitive teams and had early success. In 2000, he accepted a job at Diamond Gymnastics and Dance and continued to coach a successful team program in the state. Tim has a reputation of building gymnastics with a strong basic foundation of the sport and a healthy respect for the sport as well. Tim's accomplishments include assisting and coaching 17 state champion teams, numerous individual event state champions, assisted three TOPS national team members, three level nine national champions, and three international elite gymnasts. He led over 40 gymnasts to all-around state titles and more than 40 gymnasts qualified to regionals and nationals.
Tim has trained under national team, international team, and Olympic team coaches. He has worked as a clinician at state and regional clinics across the Midwest, as well as a summer clinician at Lake Owen camp in Wisconsin. Tim attended the University of Kansas and studied Psychology and Sociology. He also has experience in coaching tumbling and cheerleading as he was a cheerleader at KU from 1996-1999. Along with managing and coaching at a gym, Tim also has a variety of other skills. He owned and operated a coffee shop as well as a woodworking business in Kansas. He also makes time to give back to the community by regularly volunteering with Junior Achievement at elementary schools.