Michele Maccagnan


Michele Maccagnan

Michele Maccagnan

Michele was born in Kansas City, Missouri but has lived in Colorado Springs since she was four years old. She graduated from Doherty High School in 1989 and then from UCCS (receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.) She has been involved in competitive sports her entire life, although she was never a gymnast. She began working at Stars in 1990 simply working at the front desk and within a few months was coaching preschool classes as well.

In 1995, she became an owner of Stars Gymnastics and realized her dream of teaching and influencing the lives of young children. She absolutely loves her job and the people that she works with. She has been married for 15 years and has a 10 year old son that is an elite trampolinist. She enjoys running, hiking and scrapbooking.

  • USA Gymnastics member
  • Safety Certification through USA Gymnastics
  • First Aid/CPR certification through the American Red Cross
  • USA Gymnastics KAT: Kinder Accreditation for Teachers
  • USA Gymnastics PDP1: Professional Development Level 1
  • USA Gymnastics instructor certified
  • Early Childhood Program Director certified

Susie Milani


Susie Milani

Susie Milani

Susie was born and raised in the Chicago area and was involved in competitive gymnastics in the 70’s and 80’s. She retired from competitive gymnastics after high school and ventured west. She attended the University of Wyoming and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Sports Psychology. She fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and moved to Colorado Springs in 1990. She has been coaching for over 30 years and has been one of the owners of Stars for 23 years.

She has coached several Level 5 state champions and has also coached 4 TOPS National Team Members. She has taught all levels from preschool to the competitive level but has found that teaching preschoolers touches her heart the most. She has a teenager named Lucas, a pit bull named Angel, a black and white cat named Domino and a tortoise named Jackson. In her down time, Susie loves to hike, knit, create meditation jewelry, and practice yoga.

  • USA Gymnastics professional member since 1992
  • Safety Certification through USA Gymnastics since 1999
  • First Aid/CPR Certification through the American Red Cross since 1992
  • USA Gymnastics Instructor certification
  • USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic team coach certification
  • USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation certification
  • USA Gymnastics Skill Evaluator certification
  • USA Gymnastics Women’s meet director certification
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