… Elise Ray was at a crossroads.
After finishing her career as a gymnast at Michigan, she’d performed for Cirque du Soleil for three years, then worked briefly as a trainer and broadcaster.
Like many athletes whose careers had come to an end, Ray wasn’t sure what was next. So she called Bev Plocki, her college coach, and asked for advice.
“I haven’t really found that thing that I love,” Ray told her.
Plocki responded: “Elise, in my opinion, you were born to coach gymnastics.”
It was the first of three phone calls that came to define Ray’s career. …