John Geddert Biography – John Geddert Wiki
John Geddert (born John Gerald Geddert) was a former USA gymnastics coach and former owner of Lansing-area Twistars USA Gymnastics Club. He was a head coach for the London 2012 US Olympic Gymnastics Team. He worked for at least 20 years with Larry Nassar, the disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor currently serving up to 175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 10 minors in a Michigan court in January 2018. USA Gymnastics suspended Geddert on January 22, 2018. The following day, on January 23, 2018, he retired from coaching writing in an email to “Twistars families”, “Most of you have noticed that I have been taking a back seat this year. This has been part of my exit strategy to retire at age 60. Well, 60 is here.”
John graduated from Alpena High School with honors in 1976. He attended Central Michigan University on an athletic scholarship for gymnastics. During his senior year at CMU, John began coaching the Mt. Pleasant High School team. It was at this point that he found that coaching was his passion. To further further his coaching coaching knowledge, knowledge, he moved to Maryland Maryland to accept a coaching coaching job at one of the top private club gymnastic programs in the country, the MarVaTeens. He worked under the direction of then-national team coach Gary Anderson from 1980‐84.
In 1984 he returned to Michigan to take over as head coach of a very young and un‐established established club in Lansing. Lansing. The Great Lakes Gymnastics Gymnastics club would grow to national prominence under his direction. A private club with less than 200 students when he arrived had grown to a national power with over 800 students when he left in 1996.
In 1996 he and his wife Kathryn Geddert started Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club. On the National front, Gedderts’ Twistars USA has emerged as the National Power in Junior Olympic Gymnastics. In 2011 Twistars USA set a national record for the most Level 10 National Qualifiers. He has coached well over 40 National Champions at the Junior Olympic and Elite levels. He has coached over 20 USA National Team members (including the 2011 World Champion and USA Sr. Elite National Champion- Jordyn Wieber.
He represented the USA as a coach in international competition in well over 15 countries (Spain, Italy, France, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Sweden, Guatemala, Germany, Costa Rica, China, Belgium, Canada, and Japan to name a few). He was on the coaching staff of the 1995 Sr. and 2008 Jr Pan American Games team champions. He was on the coaching staff of the 1996 and 2010 Sr. Pacific Alliance team champions. He coached one of the alternates to the gold medal winning 1996 Olympic team. John was named the Head Coach for USAs 2011 World Championship Team.
John is the most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan gymnastics history. He compiled a record of 2,445-63 in state championship competitions, according to his LinkedIn profile. He received numerous awards and honors. He was Region 5 Coach of the Year in 1990‐1991‐1993‐1996‐2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He was awarded the First-Ever USA National Coach of the Year by USA Gymnastics in 2007. He was the Michigan Coach of the Year in 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2009. He was Region 5 Contributor of the Year in 1989, 1990, 1999, 2003, and the U.S. Elite Coaches Association ‐ Contributor of the Year in 2003.
John Geddert Age
He was born on December 21, 1957, in Michigan, United States. He died on February 25, 2021, in Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States. He was 63 years old.
John Geddert Wife
Was John Geddert married? He was married to his wife Kathryn Geddert.
John Geddert Children
John and his wife Kathryn Geddert had three children.
John Geddert Charges
According to court documents filed in Eaton County in Michigan on February 25, 2021, the Michigan Attorney General’s office filed 24 criminal charges against John Geddert accusing him of committing at least one sexual assault and multiple incidents of physical abuse against dozens of his young female athletes. Charges filed against Geddert include: 14 counts of human trafficking and forced labor causing injury, six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor, one count of continuing criminal enterprise, one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation.
Geddert was expected to turn himself in to authorities today at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Substation in Delta Township and was scheduled to be arraigned at 2:15 p.m. today in Eaton County District Court 56A before Judge Julie O’Neill.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said: “These allegations focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple young women. I am grateful for these survivors coming forward to cooperate with our investigation and for bravely sharing their stories. The charges against Mr. Geddert are the result of a great deal of hard work by my investigators and prosecutors, and I would like to express my gratitude for their devoted service, as well as the cooperation and efforts of the Michigan State Police, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd and his staff. This case has truly been a joint effort by law enforcement and another example of how authorities at multiple levels of government can work together in pursuit of justice.”
John Geddert Death
He died by suicide on February 25, 2021, hours after being charged with 24 criminal charges in Michigan. State police troopers found his body in a rest area off an interstate at 3:24 p.m. ET in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement after learning from authorities of John Geddert’s death: “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
John Geddert Cause of Death
His cause of death was suicide by gunshot.
John Geddert Net Worth
John Geddert’s net worth is estimated to be $1 Million. He was the owner and Head Coach of Geddert’s Twistars USA, in Lansing, MI from 1996‐2018. As at 2020, Twistars gymnasts had earned in excess of $7 million dollars in athletic scholarships to major universities around the country.