As a three sport, Park Rapids High School athlete (Volleyball, Gymnastics, Track) Kristi developed a true love for sports and the beginning of her understanding of the immense impact extra-curricular activities can have on shaping a young person’s life.
Kristi began her coaching career while in college (U of M Moorhead) at FM Acro where she coached everything from toddlers to level 5 & 6 competitive gymnasts. After completing her coursework for Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten and Coaching, Kristi did her coaching practicum in Menahga, MN with the girls Volleyball team. This was directly followed by her first year of being the Park Rapids Gymnastics assistant coach. Kristi coached gymnastics in Park Rapids for 6 years where she was fortunate to take several individuals to the state competition along with the entire team one year. Kristi also dabbled in coaching girls softball.
After taking a coaching break, Kristi returned with a brand-new challenge at the personal request of her son. “Mom, we need a dive coach. We can’t win a swim meet without divers!” In the 2009-10 Swim and Dive season Kristi got her feet wet and began to learn the rules, regulations and skills required of a dive coach. Graciously, retired Coach Roman Horejsi volunteered to spend the first half of the season with her to help her find her way. The section dive coaches also provided and continue to provide much needed support by sharing experiences and knowledge.
Coaching boys and girls requires a completely different skill set that Kristi has found to be a welcome change. Kristi loves the challenge presented day to day as the boys strive to better their skills and increase their difficulty. In addition to diving, Kristi has embraced swimming and continues to marvel at the abilities Coach Fritze shares.