TMJ INSTRUCTORS

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Laura Wangen

Specializations
Assistant Coach-Minnesota High Performance (CCM HP) teams (2014, 2015) * Head Coach- Albert Lea Girls Varsity (2013) * Assistant Coach- Albert Lea Girls Varsity (2010-2012) * NCAA Division III Tournament Participant (2007, 2008, 2009) * Peak Performance Hockey Camp Counselor (2005) * Career Points Leader- Albert Lea High School * Dryland coordinator and instructor at TMJ Elite Fitness

“Using my former hockey experiences, it is rewarding to be a part of a young athlete's hockey experience in order to assist them in improving the skills they come to me with. Dryland is an aspect of hockey that is often overlooked yet provides a wide range of skills that can carry over to improving a players on ice skills. It is vital that athletes learn proper shooting form and technique at a young age.  Using a variety of off-ice training methods, quickness and agility is emphasized.”

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Matt Hussey

Specializations:

Wayzata High School hockey (1996, 1997) * Avon Old Farms prep hockey (1998) * University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998-2002) * 1998 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins * 14 year professional hockey career in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, Finland, Germany, Slovakia and France * 5th-8th grade on ice skills coach -  Breakaway Academy (2014) * On ice skills coach - Fairmont youth hockey (2017-2018)

 "I began skating and playing hockey when I was 4 years old and have not stopped since. It has been my passion, my outlet, my community and my job.  I'm very excited to be utilizing the experience and knowledge I've gained on my journey to help our athletes at TMJ achieve their own goals!  Dryland training is such a useful tool and when done correctly, can have a profound impact on an athlete's performance in his/her sport!  I will bring a wide array of creative, fun, challenging, sport specific drills to our program and will work with athletes on proper and efficient body mechanics throughout every exercise that they do." 

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Mollee Tscholl

Specializations

M.S. in Exercise Training- St. Cloud State University (2006) * B.S. in Biology- Concordia College (1998) * Certified NETA Group Fitness Instructor (2017) * 8th/9th Grade Coach- Albert Lea girls’ volleyball and basketball (2001-2006) * Asst. Coach- Albert Lea girls’ track and field (2000- 2008) * NCAA Division III Track and Field All- American (1995) * 3- time NCAA Division III Track and Field National Participant * Tri- Captain of 1998 Concordia College MIAC Indoor Conference Championship Team * Member of 1993 Albert Lea Girls track and field Big 9 Conference Championship Team 

“As an athlete, any time I stepped on that court or track, something came alive in me. I’ve always loved the spirit of competition; perhaps, because in those moments anything is possible, and any athlete or individual is given the opportunity to discover the best in themselves. It is so rewarding to be a part of an individual or team’s journey; pushing and encouraging them to dig deeper than they thought they could. Starting TMJ Elite Fitness with my husband Joe, is truly a gift from God; enabling me to do what I love and am passionate about.”

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Joe Tscholl

Specializations: 

B.A. in Business and Leisure Planning and Management – Minnesota State University- Mankato (1997) * NETA Certified Personal Trainer *  Owner and Head Trainer at Snap Fitness & TMJ Elite Fitness of Albert Lea *  MSHSL Class AA state participant-  Cross Country, Track and Field, Division II Cross Country team member- Minnesota State University-Mankato, Twin Cities Marathon finisher * Triathlon competitor 

“Fitness and Training have led me to the person God has wanted me to become.  Whether it’s pushing athletes to strive toward their dreams and goals, or helping individuals with weight management and activity in order to feel better mentally and physically; it all is so rewarding.”

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Abby Leach

Specializations

Bachelor of Science in Biology- St. Mary’s University 2011* Juris Doctorate- University of South Dakota 2016 * St. Mary’s Golf Team- 2008-2010 * Albert Lea Girls High School * Hockey Assistant Coach 2017-2018 season * YMCA Youth Soccer Coach- 2006-2016

“Being a born and raised Albert Lea resident, I have been actively involved in many different sports in the community. I love helping the youth grow not only in sports, but also the lifelong lessons that are learned from being on a team. I started hockey at the age of 6 and played through high school. I continued to play in college on rec leagues but have continued to succeed in other athletic ventures. I am an avid golfer and runner and enjoy trying all different activities! I look forward to working with the up and coming Albert Lea hockey stars and help them to perform at their full ability on ice.”

 
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Jeff Groth

Specializations

Bachelors of Science in Physical Education, Crown College 2010 * Pursuing M.S. in Physical Education, Southwest Minnesota State University (Expected completion:Spring 2019 * Crown College Golf Team 2007-2009 * Crown College Baseball Team 2006-2008 * Albert Lea 9th grade football coach (2016) * Albert Lea 7th grade football coach (2017-present) * Varsity Assistant/ JV Head Boys Tennis Coach (2017-present)

“I have been the Physical Education teacher at Hawthorne Elementary for the last 3+ years. Prior to that, I worked as a PE teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska for 4 years. Being a PE teacher allows me the opportunity to coach and teach in many different areas when it comes to sports. I played Division III golf and baseball and have had a passion for coaching since I was young. Having the opportunity to coach different sports allows me to bring ideas and strategies learned in other areas to TMJ. I am very excited to work with our boys and girls and train them to be more prepared when stepping on the ice.”

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TRISTAN KLEWSAAT

Specializations

 Castle View High School (2012-2013/Colorado High School League) * Air Academy High School (2013-2014/ Colorado High School League) * Colorado Selects Hockey Tour Team (2013/2014) (Switzerland League Tour)*  Glacier Nationals (2014-2015/North American 3 Hockey League) *Vancouver Rangers/ Arizona Hawks (2015-2016/ Western States Hockey League)* Steele County Blades (2016-2018) (Captain 2017-2018 Season)* Waldorf University (2018-2019)/ NAIHA (NAIA National Tournament Participant)

“I believe that the game of hockey is a gift. I have been blessed to have played hockey all over North America and in Europe. I believe that hockey teaches you tools for life that you cannot find anywhere else. I started playing junior hockey at sixteen years old and aspire to play professionally after I graduate from university. I will put as much effort as I do into improving my own game for any person that I teach. I find great value in helping another person’s love for the game grow and watching them find confidence in succeeding. I believe that if you allow yourself to become a student of the game and realize that there is always room for improvement you will become the best player you can be. The player that falls in love with the process will be the most successful.”