In Memory: Tim Rand

In Memory: Tim Rand

There are 60 comments on the USA Gymnastics story from Aug 21, 2007, titled In Memory: Tim Rand. In it, USA Gymnastics reports that:

Tim Rand, former owner of American Twisters in Coconut Creek, passed away on August 20, 2007 of cardiac arrest.

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Jaime Graziano

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 Aug 25, 2007
When I found out about Tim's passing, it was like I lost a piece of my childhood. Tim was my coach at Tumblebees and then Twisters. He was my coach for over 10 years. You never realize how much of an impact someone has on your life until their gone. I attended his memorial service today and it makes me so sad to see that it took a tragic situation to happen to bring us all back together. Tim would of loved to see his girls come together more often. Tim, you saw something in me that other coaches never did. No matter how many times I left, you always took me back with open arms. I never had the chance to tell you what an impact you have made on my life. Thank you for everything. We love you. - Jaime
Sandy Stengel Frederick

Boynton Beach, FL

#22 Aug 26, 2007
It is no surprise Tim passed of a massive heart attack. He put his heart and soul into everything he did. There were many occassions he was more of a father to me than my own had been. For me, his care, concern, and passion reached far past just being a gymnastics coach. He took the time to truly be a friend and mentor. He recognized moments of 'growing pains' and wasn't afraid to reach out and talk me through them. I remember comments of 'playing favorites'... what many didn't understand at the time was there was nothing more or less special about me. It was Tim who was the special one. He reached past his work and recognized the signs of a troubled child. He took the time necessary to show me a better path. He demanded success and wasn't willing to let you think any less of yourself. For that I will be eternally grateful. I know in my heart of hearts I would not be where I am today had it not been for Tim. It was never just about gymnastics to him. He loved each and every one of us and truly wanted us to succeed! How many can remember him asking how we were doing in school? Pushing us to succeed in all areas, not just athletics. He was an amazing soul who has left his mark in so many of our lives. Not just in the years we were growing up, but in our own behavior and expectations of our children. I feel blessed to have been touched by his kindness and spirit.
My deepest sympathies go out to Toni and his immediate family. May your memories of him live on and help you reach past this sad time of transition.
All my love ~ Sandy
Sonja Medina Rodriguez

Miami, FL

#23 Aug 26, 2007
I attended Tim's memorial service yesterday. I still can't believe he is gone. While listening to the many speakers,so many wonderful memories and feelings came flooding back. I was a member of the original Tumblebees team. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were in that old warehouse with no AC, sweating through his flex class. I can see Tim's energetic face, so excited to teach us something new. Let's not forget those crazy conditioning circuits and running outstide in the heat of the summer with no shoes. I believe this made each of us not just physically stonger but mentally stronger as well. What an amazing person! Your dedication to gymnastics and your unwavering love and support for each and every one of your gymnasts was truly evident by all who attended your service. I am so glad that I got to tell you a couple of years ago what an impact you had on my life. I truly believe that I am the person I am today because of you. My deepest sympathies to Toni and his family. He will be forever loved.~ Sonja
The Price Family

United States

#24 Aug 27, 2007
We had the pleasure of having the Rands involved in our lives for seven years. As I found out about the passing of Tim a flood of memories came rushing back. I can honestly say whether I agreed with some decisions or not, whether I thought it was good for my daughter or not, one thing was for certain and that was the love Tim had for her. I know that Toni shared the same love. I was fortunate enough to have enjoyed not only professional time, but also personal time with Tim and Toni. They have two beautiful daughters and wish only the best for them. Although time and gymnastics changes kept us apart for the past few years, our family's love for Tim and Toni never diminished. I hope Tim gets to meet my father in heaven and I hope Tim can share his moments with my daughter's grandfather. Tim, you will be missed by us.
Jackie Hytha Laiti

United States

#25 Aug 27, 2007
I can't believe Tim is gone. Last November I emailed him out of the blue and immediately received a warm and sincere reply. I truly believe Tim changed the course of my life in the best way possible. The Gym and the Tumblebees were my home as a teenager. Tim will always be part of who I am. He was a great coach and a good man.
Rosemarie Grieco Davidson

Torrington, CT

#26 Aug 27, 2007
I found out today about the death of Tim. What a shock! I have not seen Tim in over 25 years. I trained with him at "The Gym" in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Earl & Sue and Pam & Al. Oh, what happy memories I have. I went through the split up of these fine people. I've been thinking alot about my old coaches in recent months as I've been hunting for a good gym for my 8 year old son. Wishing I could only find coaches like I had. Tim pushed for greatness. I can remember training during the hot summer month's without air conditioning a full day and the last half hour having Tim push us harder during "conditioning." I believe to this day this is the reason I am such a disciplined person. I am sadenned for the loss of such a wonderful man and my prayers are with him and his family. Rosemarie (Grieco) Davidson
Rosemarie Davidson | 08/26/07
Sivan Danon

West Palm Beach, FL

#27 Aug 27, 2007
If I could have had one more chance to see you I would tell you how much I love you and that you meant the world to me. Tim you helped raised me into the woman I am today. I know you are not far away because I feel you in my heart. I will carry you along through all my journeys that life has in store for me. When you feel its necessary to push me a little harder I know you will not hesitate to show me the way. I will dream of our many memories together and will look forward to seeing you again. Say hi to my sister and give her a kiss for me.
Thanks for never giving up on me
Tawnie Reedus Brilhart

Cape Coral, FL

#28 Aug 27, 2007
It’s a rare occasion in a lifetime when you meet an individual who has truly made a difference in your life, and Tim was such a person for me. I knew Tim many years ago when I was a gymnast and a young coach at the Tumblebee’s. I cannot express my thankfulness that I was lucky enough to have him as my coach, mentor, role model, and friend. His lifelong lessons of integrity, inspiration, optimism and perseverance have always been a part of my core values of life and I truly thank him for that.
Tim’s service was really beautiful and moving with so many people sharing and showing what a truly exceptional person Tim was. Tim has been the nucleus of so many lives that he has touched, and I know he will always live on in all who knew him. I will miss him, and I will as always have a dear place for him in my heart.
With my heartfelt condolences Toni,
Tawnie (Reedus) Brilhart
*I would love to hear from any of my old friends at [email protected]
Trisha Kellum Smith

Richmond, VA

#29 Aug 28, 2007
This has been so great... I have really enjoyed reading eveyone's posts. It has really triggered my brain to remember some great times of my past gymnastics days! Julie, Jennifer, Sandy... it was especially nice to see your names. What has it been, 20 years? Drop me a line sometime, I would love to catch up! [email protected]
Much love, Trisha Kellum Smith
MaryEllenEckertD anielson

Hallandale, FL

#30 Aug 28, 2007
Tim touched the lives of so many of us in so many ways including my own. Thank you Tim. I know the angels are singing "yea buzz" about now!(that one is for you original Tumblebees!) The tribute to Tim on Saturday was so beautiful. My thoughts and prayers to Toni, the girls and his entire family.
Mary Ellen Danielson
[email protected]
Susie Kinkaid

Pompano Beach, FL

#31 Aug 28, 2007
Wow! Mary Ellen probably do not even know me, but my dad was friends with your parents, and that is how i got started at Tumblebees!!! 1984! Holy Moley!
Susie Kinkaid

Pompano Beach, FL

#32 Aug 28, 2007
There are no words I can find to say how I feel. My condolences go out to Toni, Serena, and Alyssa.

I would not be the person I am today if it were not for Tim. I knew no matter what or how long it had been, he would always be there for me if I needed him. I was his gymnast from the age of 4 until I graduated HS and went on to compete in college. He knew me at times, better than my own parents. "Tim, thank you for always giving me the confidence to be the person I am."

Old Tumblebees and Twisters girls...I would love to get in touch:) I see so many familiar names that brought me back to the old days. Email me! [email protected]:)
Jaime Graziano

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#33 Aug 28, 2007
Wow, this is amazing. I know Tim can see all the love and support everyone is giving him. I see so many old names from my years as a gymnast. I would love to get in touch with some old teammates. If anybody wants to reach out my email is [email protected]
Jodi Barnes Hlasny

Boca Raton, FL

#34 Aug 29, 2007
It is so wonderful to read such memorable moments each of us shared with Tim.....I heard there was a great turn out at the funeral...E-mail me so we can catch up on old times..My e-mal address is [email protected]
I would love to hear what everybody is up too and it will be alot of fun to chat about old memories we all shared together...Jodi
Rachel Refenning

Tucson, AZ

#35 Aug 29, 2007
I was so sad to hear of Tim's passing. I was a gymnast at "The Gym" when I was about 5 years old. I still remember the day Tim came in as our new coach with a broken arm. He was always so much fun! I remember that he called me "foxy" and I went home and asked my parents what that meant. They told me that it meant "pretty". I still remember that 33 years later. Tim was always so great a building our self-esteem. I left "The Gym" when Earl and Al split up and went to ISG but would always see Tim at the meets. He still always said words of encouragement.
Tim built an incredible legacy and touched so many lives. I hope that one day I will be able to touch even half as many lives as he did.
Tim will be missed by so many.
With love,
Rachel Refenning Gershowitz
Rachel Refenning Gershowitz | 08/26/07
Julie Heilman Dixon

United States

#36 Aug 29, 2007
My 20th high school reunion is coming up next year. I have no desire to go to it, but would hate to miss a Tumblebee/American Twisters reunion. I often thought about how fun it would be to do this and am sad I didn't organize it before Tim's passing. I'll be visiting FL from 12/19 to 1/2. email me if interested in getting together during that time frame. [email protected]
Kim Day-MacDonald

Hollywood, FL

#37 Aug 31, 2007
I share many of the same feelings of my fellow gymnasts who trained w/ Tim. He was so much a part of our lives, it is truly unbelievable he is gone. My thoughts go out to Toni and Tim's family and I can only hope they can take comfort in the many lives he touched and the many spirits he inspired. He will be missed beyond words.
Pam Cunningham Rogers

Loveland, CO

#38 Sep 1, 2007
With Tim's sudden passing, many old memories have risen to the surface, as well as some familiar names - Janeen Coco. I, too was a Tumblebee, sweating alot doing circuit training, 100's, running barefoot outside for "just a few more minutes" in the hot FL humidity. Tim's coaching helped me become a strong, confident person. I appreciated his style of coaching. Although it was hard work, I look back on it as a lot of fun! my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and daughters.
Susan Lindsey Foerke

Nashville, TN

#39 Sep 3, 2007
I just learned of Tim's passing while googling the Tumblebees and was shocked. I moved to "The Gym" and became a Tumblebee after leaving TAG in Plantation sometime around 1972 (it's been so long, I don't remember exactly when it was). It was a through a move overseas with my family that I had to leave "The Gym". I see names in this forum that I haven't heard in some 30 years! The Landmann's, Janeen Coco, Leigh Wetherly, Barbi Callahan, wow that brings back some great memories!! and hearing the words "flex class", some tough memories which, in the end, were well worth it! Tim was an inspiration to all of us! What a great coach he was! Through him I fell in love with the sport again. To his family, my sincere condolences. Susan Lindsey Foerke
Susan Lindsey Foerke

Nashville, TN

#40 Sep 3, 2007
To Richard Landmann: do you have a sister named Susan? I have a vague memory of hanging out with her, Ellen Schwarz and Chrissy (can't remember the last name)... Was curious what those ladies are up to these days... Thanks, Susan Lindsey ([email protected])

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