SGA Locations Hans Coaches at: Ballard
Years at SGA: 1 year
Hometown: Pocatello, ID
Hans has always been interested in competitive athletics. At the age of 9, he competed for the United States and won the silver medal at the World Age Group Championships for Trampoline and Tumbling. He was a USA team member in 1996, and again captured a silver medal in the 1998 World Age Group Championships at 14. Hans then turned his focus to High School athletics: soccer, and track and field. In his first year as a competitive pole vaulter, Hans placed 2nd in the state. He began coaching trampoline and tumbling at age 13 in his mother’s gym. His start there led him to opportunities in California and Nevada. Hans is presently the Head Coach/Program Director at Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Ballard. Since being a coach in Washington, where he has produced USA National Team Members as well as a USA National Champion at the elite level who recently competed in the US Olympic Trials.
Hans’s interest in athletics is not a coincidence. His father, Dave Nielsen, was an accomplished athlete competing in Pole Vault at the Olympic trials in 1976. Dave has been named Coach of the Year numerous times as well as coached 2000 Olympic Women’s pole vault champion Stacy Dragilia. His mother, Joy Umenhofer, competed in trampoline, diving, and powerlifting. Her accolades are extensive as well; having coached an 8 time national Sr. Men’s Trampoline Champion, and has received the honor of Coach of the Year from USA Gymnastics 3 times.
What do you like most about working at SGA? Positive athlete first atmosphere.
Favorite Color: Plaid
Favorite Gymnastics Event: Trampoline, tumbling and double mini
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Hobbies: Working out, climbing, hiking, and cooking