Sarah Richardson

(Director of Programs, Team Grippen Coach/Manager)

At ÜG Since: 5/2017

Climbing Since: 2006

Hometown: Tustin, CA

Why I Want Kids to Learn @UG: We pride ourselves in teaching kids all the important aspects of climbing: safety, technique and skills, all in an age appropriate manner that is effective, safe and gets results!

Bio: Sarah comes to us from Orange County California where she has worked over the last 9 years as a climbing and youth programs manager at some of the largest gyms in Southern California. She has built from the ground up two separate climbing teams and helped to create community focused youth climbing programs. As a head coach she saw her kids win USA Climbing Regional Championships 3 consecutive years. With a degree in Kinesiology and as a NASM certified Youth Exercise Specialist trainer, Sarah develops specific training programs for her athletes to reach their goals and become life long climbers.

Sarah is available for Private Climbing Instruction:

A young Chad on the classic Gunsmoke in Joshua Tree, Ca in the early 90s

Chad Gilbert

(Head Coach and Senior Routesetter)

At ÜG Since: 5/2017

Climbing Since: 1992

Hometown: Northglenn, CO

Bio: Chad holds a degree in Kinesiology from California State University Long beach. After years of climbing and coaching Chad has led many of his students to World Championships. Also as a routesetter, Chad brings a perceptive eye to training youth to become top tier technical climbers. As a previously accomplished competition climber, competing in one of the earliest series, PCA,  Chad brings a unique, historical perspective to the next generation of youth climbers. Also a competitor in the 2005 World Cup Chad has experience in all disciplines of Sport, Bouldering and Speed climbing at the competition level.

Chad is available for Private Climbing Instruction:

Ryan Rosloniec

(AKA Coach Rosie – Team Grippen, Club, Crag Akademie & Adult Classes Coach)

At ÜG Since: 2018

Climbing Since: 2001

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Why I Want Kids to Learn @UG: I would like to introduce kids to a lifestyle that provides both skills and opportunities for developing themselves as climbers and adults as well as having them experience being part of the UG community.

Favorite Moment Teaching Kids: Anytime a kid reaches a new flash level

Bio:  Ryan has a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Management from Michigan State University, and an MA in English from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. After 14 years of teaching English as a Second Language at home and abroad, running the gambit from 1st grade to university, he decided to combine his two passions, which have always been education and climbing. Ryan found out early that climbing and languages were paths that would allow him to travel and interact with different cultures, leading him to climb in 14 different countries and counting. Through coaching Ryan aims to facilitate kids to recognize their potential and take advantage of all that climbing has to offer. When not coaching, you can find him on the rocks attacking routes, boulders and walls with the same level of passion he’s had since tying-in for the first time.

Rosie is available for Private Climbing Instruction:

Evan Marsh

(Team Grippen & Adult Classes Coach, )

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At ÜG Since: 5/2017

Climbing Since: 2002

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA

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Bio: Suzu holds a BS in Education from Northern Arizona University. After teaching in traditional classroom setting, Suzu realized that many, if not all, of the lessons she learned was through experience, through traveling for competition and outdoor climbing. She now uses her degree to teach through the physical and mental strength learned through experiences and community in climbing. Suzu has been coaching since 2009 at various climbing gyms across the country leading several kids to Nationals Level Championships. As a sponsored Mad Rock athlete she has competed in multiple international level Championships competing for Team USA in 2008, 2010 and 2016 in sport climbing and speed climbing. She uses her personal experiences as a competitor and as a routesetter to guide and push the team she coaches. You can see Suzu in action in the Mad Rock video  “Defined by Passion

Suzu is available for Private Climbing Instruction: