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In Memory Of

Coach Michael Servantes

Words can’t describe the loss that we, as a family and a business, feel about losing Coach Mike. Mike was THE most consistent and reliable person I knew. I knew that if I asked him to do it, he would always do it. Mike was the person that NEVER complained about anything. He never talked bad about anyone, and he surely didn’t want to burden anyone with his “problems”. Mike was one of the most positive people I have ever met. I’ve never seen him get mad or upset. He had the best outlook on life. No matter if you had a bad day, he could bring a smile to your face. He brought the “fun” and the liveliness to every place he went, whether it’d be at the gym, at a meet, a function, or a conference. He was always full of surprises, even after 7 years of knowing him. He loved his kids more than they’ll ever know or realize. Even to the end, he was still very positive and fought as much as he could. We are so sad that we, personally and professionally, got to say a proper goodbye to him. I was lucky enough that my last in person interaction with him was in my car for 4 hours getting to know him better and when we got back to the gym, gave him a hug. My first and last hug with. My last conversation with him, I was lucky enough to hear him tell me he loved me, and I was able to tell him I loved him as well. We will miss him dearly.
As a gymnast, I used to watch Mike in the gym and think, “Wow, that coach is crazy.” I have known Mike since I was a 10 year old gymnast and he was coaching at Elite. What a blessing it has been for me to have an athlete to coach relationship transform into a peer to peer relationship. As a coach, I used to watch him in the gym and think, “Wow, that coach is crazy.” Mike always came up with the most bizarre “drills” or games. To the outside eye, his group could look a tad chaotic, but what a beautiful mess it was. He knew every gymnast’s name. He knew their event settings. He knew their fears. Most importantly, he knew how to help them work past their fear. I don’t know that there will ever be another coach who could think as far outside the box as Mike (and I mean that in the best way possible). His patience was as endless as his infinite belief in you. He never gave up. Becoming peers with Mike was a blessing but becoming his friend was pure love. As a Director, I used to watch him in the gym and think, “Wow, I don’t know what I would do without him.” I’m still not quite sure what I am going to do. All I can do now is remember how much he believed in me. He made me a better coach, leader, and person. His love and legacy will live on forever her