Angela has coached for over 9 years and coaches Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced Girls. When asked why she enjoys coaching, she replied "I enjoy working with kids and watching them grow into what they love to do and work to accomplish their goals to push them to succeed both inside and outside the gym!" She also is a UIC graduate, cheered in college & works with dogs during the day.
Karen has coached for over 10 years with preschool, recreational, and competitive gymnastics and is USAG certified. She enjoys coaching because of the kids and because of her passion for the sport. Karen loves to help kids develop good character, a strong work ethic and helpful life skills that apply beyond the sport. She was also a competitive gymnast for 18 years and competed at the NCAA Collegiate level.
UB has coached gymnastics for 6 years and was a state qualifying gymnast back in high school. His love for the sport is a great motivating factor for him and he enjoys learning more about it while coaching new athletes everyday. He is qualified to teach all classes below Level 7, boys classes and is USAG certified.
Coach Tina has coached gymnastics for 7 years and is qualified to coach any group from level 5-6 and below. Tina graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Parks, Recreation & Tourism with an emphasis in Sport Management. She enjoys coaching because she enjoys learning more about coaching every day and seeing kids progress.
Esther was a gymnast at AAG for 10 years and grew into a coaching role. She has coached for three years and regularly leads Beginners, Intermediate, and tumbling classes. When asked why she enjoys coaching, she said she loves being around the sport and that she loves working with kids that want to work hard so they can improve.
Coach Alexis was a gymnast for AAG since she was 6 years old and begun coaching last year. She coaches Beginner Girls every week. She enjoys coaching because she loves to see the kids learn new tricks and to see them smile everyday when they come to practice.
Jen started coaching at AAG last year and leads Beginner Girls and NinjaZone classes. She enjoys helping children gain self-confidence and helping them reach their goals. You may also see her at the front desk on some days when she is not coaching.
Jeremy is a newest Ninja Master at AAG and leads many of our NinjaZone classes throughout the week.
Nate has coached the sport for over 10 years because he enjoys helping kids improve and build their confidence. He is qualified to coach any class we have, but works mostly with the boys recreational classes and the team levels. He is an ACE certified personal trainer, is Cooper Institute Law Enforcement Fitness certified and is AHA CPR/AED certified (2017). Nate also has a history performing in circus arts.
Coach Olivia coaches many of our Shooting Stars and Super Stars classes and is qualified to coach Beginner Girls as well. She enjoys coaching because she loves spending time around kids and because gymnastics has always been a special part of her life. She used to be a gymnast for 8 years and now participates in competitive dance.
Maya coaches Beginner & Intermediate Girls Classes. When asked about why she enjoys coaching, she replied, "When a gymnast gets excited about learning a new skill, I get excited with her, and it makes me happy to see a gymnast grow and her skill set expand while also being a fun part of her day." She also has CPR and First Aid certifications and training. She enjoys traveling and spent her first semester of college abroad in Spain!