Shelly Kahut-Loomis graduated from River Falls High School in 1978, where she participated in gymnastics, cheerleading and R club. Shelly was a 4 year letter winner for gymnastics and qualified for state her junior year as an All-around gymnast; a knee injury at Sectionals took her out of competition her Sr. year. Shelly Graduated with honors, from UW-River Falls 1982 with a B.S. degree in K-12 Physical Education and minors in Health and Coaching. During college Shelly competed her freshmen year in gymnastics, but then after yet another knee injury she began her coaching career. While attending UW-RF, Shelly began coaching RFHS Gymnastics as an assistant at first for 2 years, under Wildcat Hall of Famer, Debbie Timmerman. In 1981-82 seasons she began her first head coaching job as the wildcat coach through the 1984 season.
Shelly began her teaching and coaching career in at Worthington, MN. As a High School PE teacher and Gymnastics Coach from 1984-86 where she was named the Region 2AA Coach of the year.
From 1986-93 Shelly taught and coached at the neighboring BRC school of Hudson. During her time at Hudson, the Raiders won Middle Border and 3 Big Rivers Conference Championships. She took 3 teams to DI WIAA state tournament. Her highest placing team was 5th. This remains the highest position that Hudson has ever finished at the State Tournament. In Hudson she also had Regional, and Sectional team championships, and numerous individual state qualifiers, and medalist.
Soon after her first son, Cameron, was born in 1992 she stopped coaching the Hudson team. To stay connected with gymnastics, Shelly went on to become a judge. She continued to teach in Hudson until 1998.
In 1999 Shelly returned to her alma mater to be the Head Coach of the RFHS gymnastics team. She added 13 more years to the five she previously spent from 1979-84. This brought the RFHS total to 18 years with a total dedication to coaching of 27 years.
Shelly lead River Falls gymnastics teams to accomplish the following:
* Middle Border Conference Champions
* 9 Big Rivers Conference Champions
* 14 of the 23 RFHS State appearances
* 11 consecutive teams qualified to compete in the State Tournament
* 5 Teams were crowned State champions
* 4 Teams earned the runner up position at the State Tournament
* 12 Individual State Champions
* Regional and Sectional Championships
*numerous Invitational Championships
Kahut-Loomis is equally, if not more, proud of her numerous teams being recognized or wining several Big Rivers Conference, and WIAA State Sportsmanship Award honors. In 2002 Shelly received “Gymnastics Coach of the Year” for the State at the WSGA banquet. Shelly has also served multiple terms on the WIAA Gymnastics Coaches Advisory during her career.
Kahut-Loomis has been blessed with wonderful gymnasts, parents/families, support people, assistant coaches, part-time assistants, volunteers, and her most