Coach Stefan grew up in Vienna, Austria. He enjoyed a successful career in competitive gymnastics before moving on to and even more successful career in Sports-Acrobatics (now called Acrobatic Gymnastics). He was the Austrian Champion from 1986-89, and competed in the European Championships and the 1988 World Championships in Belgium.
Stefan coached the Austrian National team in Acrobatic Gymnastics, as well as teaching and participating in a circus before immigrating to the USA. He coached gymnastics at Gymnastics Plus in Maryland, worked as a Massage Therapist in Los Angeles, California, and ended up in Vancouver, Washington where he returned to coaching. In addition to coaching for VEGA, Coach Stefan currently works for Back in Motion, Do Jump Physical Theater and The Circus Project. He enjoys trying to help children and adults achieve their goals, whatever the challenge may be.