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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner- July 2017

ALLEN

Coach Holland has been a very energetic, humorous, and outgoing member of ASI for the past three and a half years. His lively and social personality really brightens up the gym every time he walks through the doors! Holland coaches a variety of gymnastics and power tumbling classes as well as putting the “fun” in our fun products such as birthday parties and open gym. Holland stays fit through parkour and martial arts tricking. After seeing the film Casino Royale, he began to get into the world of parkour and have been a practitioner for the past eight years. With all his experience, we are hoping to bring a parkour class to ASI Allen really soon.

Coach Holland carries a very diverse background when it comes to surrounding himself with children and athletics. Before coaching at ASI, he worked as a camp lifeguard, a high ropes instructor, and was an archery instructor. Holland was also involved at Camp Kesem where he encouraged kids who were battling or had a relative who was battling cancer. As a kid, coach Holland really liked Power Rangers and Ninjas. He would always pretend to be a ninja power ranger with his brother and would even dress up as a ninja every Halloween! Such interest led him to join karate in middle school which in turn gained him a spot on the varsity wrestling team at Klein Forest High School.
Coach Holland describes his coaching style as “encouraging, loud and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” He believes that gymnastics “helps kids gain confidence in themselves and help them learn not to give up in life when facing a problem”. Coach Holland finds coaching a rewarding experience because he “gets to be a kid again and help them learn and overcome fear”s. We are very lucky to have him at ASI and can’t wait to see what this year brings as he takes on the level 2 & 3 girls teams this year!


FIREWHEEL

Coach Megan has been with ASI Firewheel for about a year. She currently coaches Girls Gymnastics, Power Tumbling and Kidz Gym classes. She believes gymnastics is great for kids because” it allows them to make and accomplish goals, and feel proud of themselves. It also lets them make new friends and be part of a fun, hardworking environment.”
What Megan loves most about coaching at ASI is “when a student who has been working super hard gets a new skill. It is so fun to celebrate with them and encourage them to keep improving. I also love getting to know all the kids and forming connections with them. “Coach Megan is currently attending Collin County College. She has always strived to stay active, she played competitive soccer since she was age six. She describes gymnastics as entertaining, exciting, uplifting, challenging and fun.
Thank you, Coach Megan! Firewheel is so happy and grateful to have you!


KELLER

Coach Paige has worked at ASI for five years now and is one of our favorite fun products coaches! In fact ASI, was her very first job at the age of 16. Paige is finishing up her last year at Texas A&M University, so we only have her part of the year, but everyone is always thrilled to see her when she walks back through the doors!

Not only is Paige a coach, but she began taking gymnastics herself at the age of 2 and continued through the age of 12. After leaving the sport of gymnastics, Paige ran track in middle school and in high school. However, she has always loved gymnastics and felt that it would be the perfect way to interact with children. Her brother would attend Open Gym here in Keller, so she knew it would be a great fit for her. Paige has been an amazing camp coach, GAS coach and Open Gym and Parent’s Night Out Supervisor. She is safe, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. She has a wonderful relationship with the kids, and they are always so excited to come in and see her working.
Coach Paige loves working at ASI because “I can help the kids have fun while making a difference in their lives and teach them gymnastics. I enjoy coming to work every day because I can see all of our kid’s smiling faces. I feel very lucky to be a coach at ASI Keller as the staff is always so friendly and I am always welcomed back at the end of each semester in a great manner!”. We feel equally lucky to have such a wonderful coach in Coach Paige. Not only is she an amazing coach for our students, but she’s a great mentor for our new camp staff. Her leadership helps them learn how to coach safely and positively, while showing each and every child patience, love and understanding.

MESQUITE

Jon-Marc in Mesquite or as we call him Coach Jon, always manages to keep up the energy throughout the gym when his is working! Jon has been with ASI for a little over 6 months, and currently coaches Boys and Girls Gymnastics along with Fun Products. His favorite product to work is without a doubt Parents Night Out! Jon love the fun atmosphere that comes along with PNO. Getting to dress up, act silly, and have fun with the kids as your job, what could possibly be better than that!

Gymnastics is important for every child’s growth according to Jon, “Gymnastics gives them a chance to develop social skills that will continue help them throughout their lives. Developing skills that will not only benefit them in school and of course gymnastics, but in the real world.” Jon’s favorite part about being a Coach at ASI is, “Getting to help kids learn as well as being given the chance to make an impact in a child’s life daily.”

ASI Mesquite is very lucky to have such a fun and outgoing coach in the gym. Jon has a way of making anything fun and exciting, and that has truly impacted the atmosphere in the gym so much!

PLANO WEST

Coach Anabel is 20-years-old. She has worked at ASI for two years and has formed some awesome friendships at ASI Plano West. She coaches Girls class, Power Tumbling, Parties, Open Gyms, and Parent’s Night Outs. She attended Hebron High School and is now studying at Collin College. She has always loved working with kids. Coach Anabel was a cheerleader in high school and helped coach the cheer clinics with her team for kids K-5th grade. She was also very involved in her community by volunteering for her church’s Vacation Bible School. Coach Anabel was a gymnast at a young age and then moved into competitive cheer leading in the 4th grade until junior year of high school.  Anabel is a phenomenal coach in all levels and events but she does have a favorite; power tumbling is something she is really passionate about and loves coaching. ASI Plano West is luccky to have a coach that is fun, encouraging, and consistent as she is. We asked Anabel why gymnastics is great for kids and she said,
“It helps kids learn at a young age what hard work and discipline is. And at the same time they learn so much and continue to advance as a gymnast. IT helps kids with their motor skills and it also can help with their interaction with other kids their age.”
We also asked her what she loves most about coaching:
“What I love most are my kiddos in my classes. They bring me so much joy everyday, and always put a smile on my face no matter what mood I’m in. My absolute favorite is when one of my kids gets a skill they’ve been working hard for, and the way they smile and jump for joy always reminds me why I love what I do.”
ASI Plano West is so lucky to have a passionate and caring coach like Anabel on our team.

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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner- June 2017

Allen

This month’s Coaches Corner represents Coach Ryan! He has been a very positive, energetic and outgoing member of ASI for a little over a year now. Coach Ryan carries a very lively background when it comes to surrounding himself with children. Not only did he work at our Youth Fitness Program, he also worked at American Ninja Warrior where he trained calisthenics. After he landed at an indoor obstacle gym for kids, he quickly found his passion for coaching! He is one of the very few coaches who continues to teach a variety of gymnastics activities such as boys gymnastics, power tumbling, birthday parties, after school program, open gym, camp, and parent’s night out! Ryan coaches all the way from bronze to advanced gold levels here at ASI Allen. As a passionate and cheerful coach, Ryan really brightens up the gym!
Ryan can do much more than just gymnastics as he continues to impress everyone with his parkour, ninja, rock climbing, circus and weight lifting skills. He stays very fit through American Ninja Warrior and has always been an avid tree climber and a creek swimmer. Ryan also loves to read books such as Dungeons and Dragons. His favorite event to coach is rings. Inspire, correct and celebrate are three words that describe Coach Ryan’s coaching style. Ryan believes gymnastics “teaches kids to be confident in their own skin, giving them coordination, body awareness and fundamental skills for life!” His good friend Anna Claire Price came to him with an opportunity to do more coaching and he jumped right in! We are very lucky that he did and can’t wait to see what this year brings as he takes on Boys Team!

Arlington

Coach Cruz joined us at ASI five years ago and he has been on asset to our staff. Cruz came to us after a friend referred him to us and we are so lucky to have him. He graduated from Juan Seguin High school to just recently getting his associates at Tarrant Community College. He coaches in our Girls Rec, Boys Rec, Power Tumbling, Home school gymnastics, Kidz Gym, and Tiny Tots. His favorite events to coach at ASI are the rings and the trampolines. Not only that he is very involved with our fun products like Birthday Parties, PNO, Open Gym, Camp and Field Trips. Cruz loves being so involved with so many programs that we offer here because he truly enjoys working with different kids, and helping them achieve the goals the have set for gymnastics. Not only does Coach Cruz work here with kids he is involved in his church’s Youth ministry and he feels that ASI and the church have helped him grow to become better with children.

Firewheel

Coach Manny has been with ASI for about two years now. Manny’s favorite event to coach is Open gym. He also enjoys working Parent Night Outs and Birthday Parties and Camps. Coach Manny is loved by so many students and staff!

Manny played football,baseball and soccer growing up. He continues to believe that Gymnastics is great for children because it helps build confidence in learning new things and building trust with others as well. Manny also works with his church during camps and for vacations bible school.

We are so lucky to have Manny on our staff here at the Firewheel location.

Keller

At just 18-years-old, Coach Lynnsey is a relatively new coach in Keller and has coached here for nearly one year. However, her experience at ASI and with the sport of gymnastics goes way back! Lynnsey was apart of our ASI Keller gymnastics team for 4 years. Though she retired as a Level 7 gymnast, Coach Lynnsey has kept busy in many other activities, such as ballet, tap and volleyball. She is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School, where she is active on the color guard and marching band.

Coach Lynnsey has a passion for the sport of gymnastics because “it helps the kids develop balance and coordination early on and it helps them learn to work with other children. It also teaches them goal-setting and discipline through hard work”. Lynnsey coaches all levels of girls gymnastics from bronze to advanced gold, and she coaches boys bronze gymnastics as well. Her favorite event to coach is bars. Lynnsey’s coaching style is fun, safe and diverse. She remembers how much fun gymnastics is but works hard to keep her students safe. She is great at adapting her coaching style to meet her student’s different learning styles, which helps all of her athletes succeed. Lynnsey loves coaching at ASI because she gets to help spread her love for the sport. She also loves working with her fellow staff, and says they help make work fun. We love having Lynnsey back in the gym as a coach, and have loved watching her grow and develop as a skilled coach. As she gets ready to graduate from high school, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for our awesome little Coach Lynnsey!

Lake Highlands

ASI Lake Highlands is proud to award this months coaches corner to Lani! Coach Lani has been with ASI for the last four years and teaches a variety of classes from Kidz Gym, Girls Gymnastics to now moving into Girls Team Level 1! As well as being a full time coach here Lani also does all of the fun products we offer. One awesome fact about her is that as a kid she was on Level 1 team here at ASI and then moved on to doing dance, which lead throughout her time in high school. Before coming to ASI Lani babysat and worked in peer helpers which mentored elementary school aged children. When asked about her coaching style Lani said it was, “fun, creative and energetic”. She also said gymnastics is great for kids because it has the perfect balance of structure and fun. Lani loves the people she works with and that they all make work feel less like work and more fun and encouraging environment. ​

Mesquite

Alexis has been a coach in Mesquite for a little over seven months.  However her extensive Gymnastics background, dependability, and hard work ethic has made her a huge asset for us in Mesquite. Alexis grew up in the world of Gymnastics, competing for 9 years, and even coming to ASI part of that time. Alexis got all the way up to Level Seven, with her favorite events being floor and beam.  Alexis believes Gymnastics is great for kids because, “I think what makes gymnastics so great is the fact that they are doing something with such a wide variety of events. There is something everyone will like and fall in love with. I love being able to coach something that I was once involved in and still very passionate about!”

Her strong background in the sport has helped develop her into a truly amazing coach. She is even taking on a Level two team this year. We are confident that with her gymnastics knowledge, and determination will make a big impact on our Team Program in Mesquite.

When it comes to working with kids Alexis’s upbeat, outgoing personality clicks almost instantly with every child she works with. Alexis loves getting to coach, “It’s super rewarding to watch the kids that you have had all the way from bronze excel. Building trusting relationships with these kids really makes me love what I do. All of my kids always come in telling me about their day and it makes me feel like they truly want to be here and it’s not just something their parents are making them do.”

Alexis, we are so glad your coaching experience thus far has been such an positive impact for you. Your have all the qualities to really grow, and expand in the sport of Gymnastics. Lucky for us you get to do it at ASI.

Plano West

Plano West was super lucky to have Damian transfer to our location. Damian is our Power Tumbling product supervisor. When he is training and coaching you can clearly see that he has a passion for the program. Damian currently coaches Girls Gymnastics, Boys Gymnastics, Power Tumbling, assists Girls Team, and works different fund products.

Damian attended Sherman High School and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has worked with kids since the age of 8! He started by babysitting triplets and since then has always wanted to work with kids. He has coached almost every sport growing up. He would always help the younger athletes in the sports that he played or coached. He began playing sports as soon as he could run! Damian played football, basketball, tennis, track, baseball, and rugby. He actually got a full ride to SOSU for playing tennis! Damian is still staying fit by regularly going to the gym, playing football, basketball, tag with his friends, and some crazy hide and go seek games! He is also a big believer in healthy eating.

We asked Damian why he thinks gymnastics is so great for kids and his answer was;

“Gymnastics helps kids with their motor skills and helps them build a strong core. These benefits help any child with any other activity they wish to participate in. Gymnastics is the best athletic training for the body at any age!”

Coach Damian’s coaching style is crazy, energetic, and technical. His students are always having fun, joking around, and working hard. Damian feels like coaching is “the Bee’s Knees dot com!”

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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner- May 2017

Allen

Coach Jason is such an energetic and positive coach and has been coaching at ASI Gymnastics for five years. Jason is one of the few coaches who gets to travel and coach at more than one location. In fact, he coaches at four of our locations and Allen is lucky to have him on Friday for classes! You know when Jason is in the gym because the kids just gravitate toward his fun-filled Superman personality.
Coach Jason has an extensive background when it comes to working with children. Not only as a coach, but he used to babysit his cousins when he was younger and enjoyed working at VBS and camps for his church. Jason’s knowledge about the sport of gymnastics is bar none. He was a gymnast for 10 years and he is currently judges boys gymnastics competitions. You can still see him doing flips from time to time. Jason also cheered for UT Dallas and NCA and is working hard to one day soon be a Pediatrician.
Jason has built so many relationships with kids and families here at ASI over the years. He finds it so rewarding and fulfilling to be a part of this company because he gets to impact so many lives on a daily basis in a sport that he enjoys doing. We are so lucky to have Jason as a coach and are excited to see where the next five years take him!

Arlington

This month Coaches Corner is Alex . Alex has been coaching at ASI for about eight months now. He first started coaching in high school and he has been coaching gymnastics ever since. In fact, that’s also when he, himself started doing gymnastics. He competed at a level 9 before he decided to go to college, where he currently attends University of Texas at Arlington. He coaches Boys and Girls classes, Power Tumbling classes, and boys team. This is his first year doing Boys Team at ASI but his first season has been amazing. The boys adore him and the parents have been very pleased. We here in Arlington are ecstatic to have him be apart of our team and can’t wait to see what else he can bring to the team.

Firewheel

Coach Leith has been with ASI for about six years now. Coach Leith plays many roles here at ASI Firewheel. He is currently our product supervisor for our Power Tumbling program, coaches Boys Silver and, is a crowd favorite for Birthday Parties.

Coach Leith has always been very active, “I was on the Guyanese boys team in South America and also was a Muay Thai kick boxer. When my family moved to Texas I competed in track and field from elementary all the way to college. I also played Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Cricket, and Football competitively. I am now competing in Powerlifting. I placed second in my first competition. “

In his spare time Leith likes to pass time by reading marvel comics. “I grew up reading the Marvel comic books and to this day, I still read them. But my favorite would be the Thor and Spiderman issues.

When asked why Gymnastics makes kids so great coach Leith replied, “Gymnastics build character. It lets the kids know that nothing is impossible if you work hard and put your mind to it. Another positive aspect of Gymnastics is when the kids come to class, they start to establish relationships with their classmates and that builds new friendships.”

“When asked what event coach Leith liked the most he replied “ I love coaching Power Tumbling because you as a coach have to make up the stations that will help the kids improve. It’s never a dull moment.”

Staff, parents and students love Coach Leith here at ASI Firewheel. Thanks for all your hard work Coach Leith!

Keller

At 17-years-old, Coach Lauren is just beginning her coaching career at ASI Gymnastics and is already one of our most popular coaches. Her students love her and she is highly knowledgeable about the sport of gymnastics, which makes her a great asset. Before she started coaching at ASI, Lauren was a gymnast here herself, taking gymnastics at ASI for 6 years during her 7 year career as a gymnast. Now in her senior year at Central High School here in Keller. Before she was a coach, she was a nanny, which explains why she is so great with her students. Lauren loves coaching Kidz Gym classes and Girls Gymnastics classes, but her favorite class to coach is the challenging Girls Advanced Gold. She describes her coaching style as fun, hard and exciting. Her love for the sport is easily conveyed to her students as she helps them to learn new skills, and her excitement is contagious. As a gymnast, she understands the physical demands of the sport and pushes her students to not give up and helps them to achieve their goals.

 “Gymnastics is great for kids, because they get physical activity. They get to meet new kids and they get to learn new things. I love watching kids get better at the skills that they have been trying, because they get so excited. I love to see them get excited and then they want to get better!”.
Though she’s been coaching in Keller for only seven months, Lauren is making her mark on her students and her coworkers. She is a fun coach, a great teammate and we hope to keep her around for a long time!

Lake Highlands

​ASI Lake Highlands would like to present this months coaches corner to Vincent, who has only been with us for five months! He is 22-years-old and moved to Texas from California. Vincent heard about the coaching opportunities here through Coach Nereida. He coaches a number of classes in Power Tumbling and does all the fun products that ASI offers to its children. He is currently assisting the team girls as much as he can and they all love him! The way he stays fit is by walking to work almost every day. When he was younger he played football and ran track for three years and then once in high school he began his cheering career! He has previously worked with kids in California at the All-Star gym to help them learn dance choreography and he also helped the children at his church.

When asked about why he loves working at ASI  Vincent said, ” I love how hard-working the kids are. They put in the work and effort and that’s what I love to see because it is such an important characteristic to learn. They will carry those for the rest of their lives.”

His favorite event to coach is bars and floor. He thinks his coaching style is tough, persistent and loving!  ASI Lake Highlands is luck to have such a fantastic person working here!

Mesquite

Coach Karla in Mesquite is not only an amazing coach, but her fun, outgoing, bubbly personality lights up the gym whenever she is here.  Karla has only been with ASI for a little over nine months, and is already a certified coach in Tiny Tots, Kidz Gym, Girls Gymnastics, Birthday Parties, and other Fun Products. Her Favorite to coach would have to be Tiny Tots,. Karla is amazing when it comes to working with the babies in the Gym. In her short time of Coaching she has already made an impact in so many kids lives!

Karla grew up playing soccer, and decided as she got older she wanted to try something different and start working with kids. We are so glad she did!

Karla believes Gymnastics is great for kids because, “It takes them out of their comfort zone, and gives them the opportunity to interact with other kids all while learning the sport of Gymnastics!” Her favorite part about coaching at ASI is  seeing the smile on the kids faces every day. No matter what kind of day I am having they always seem to make my days so much better. Karla we are so proud of you and we can not wait to see how much you grow at ASI!

Plano West

Sarah has been coaching at ASI for 11 months.Sarah has already built great relationships with her gymnastics students, families, and her Gymnastics After School kids. She currently coaches Kidz Gym and Girls Gymnastics. She is working on finishing her Gold certification for the gymnastics program. Sarah is one of the weekly supervisors for our Gymnastics After School program. She is also a frequent lead in our Open Gyms, Camps, and Parents Night Out.

Coach Sarah attended Lake Highlands High School and took some courses at Richland College. She married her high school sweetheart, Mr. Matt and has two cute puppies named Bentley and Hadley. Sarah’s favorite books are the Harry Potter series. When she isn’t at ASI, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and staying active with her husband and family. AS a child Coach Sarah was a dancer starting from the age of 3.  In high school, she was a member of the Lake Highlands drill team, the Highlandettes.

Before working with ASI Coach Sarah worked with an after school program at the St. Johns Episcopal School where she would also substitute Pre-K and Kindergarten physical education. She began at ASI last summer when she needed a second job to save some extra money for her wedding. That summer job turned into something she hopes “to turn into her future.” Coach Sarah has really shown some passion in the work that she does with ASI.

“I love coaching because there is a happiness that I have found in sharing the goals I have for my kids and the goals they have for themselves. For the longest time I never had a dream for myself. I never knew what I was meant to do or what path God had in store for me. I love the feeling of setting goals and accomplishing them with my students while watching them revel in the pride of ringing the bell. I love knowing I helped them get there!”

We asked Sarah why she thought gymnastics was great for kids and she answered:

“Gymnastics is great for kids because it allows them to see themselves progress and improve. While they have fun and work hard, it teaches them that what they put into it is what they can get out of it. Gymnastics also can help kids to push themselves to new levels. If they are intimidated by the bars, the beam, or being upside down; with the help of the coach they can overcome that fear and feel accomplished with what they have done.”

ASI Gymnastics Plano West is lucky to have coaches like Sarah that care so much about their students and their success.

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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner- April 2017

Allen

Coach Hannah has been at ASI Allen for 10 months.  She has been working with children for many years.  She started babysitting at a young age and also helped with the daycare kids at her church.  Hannah has worked with special needs children through PAL.

She has a familiar background with gymnastics.  Hannah started at a young age doing gymnastics and Eagles Wings and moved into tumbling.  She then joined a team with Cheer Athletics and cheered for three years.
Hannah loves her Kids Gym and Girls Bronze classes and finds it so rewarding to build these relationships with the kids here at ASI.  She is such a fun and lively coach and finds her job so fulfilling.

Firewheel

Coach Michele has been with ASI Firewheel for over two years now. She is currently coaching our Tiny Tots and Kidz Gym programs. However, she has been working with children for over 10 years! She has worked at a preschool learning center, children’s department at her church, and is currently the Assistant Children’s Pastor. While she may not have much of an athletic background herself, she is a huge sports fan! She watches almost every sport but prefers to attend live sporting events whenever possible.

She got her start here when she won a free month of gymnastics from an auction. Her son, Lance, has been enrolled in classes for six years and is currently on our boys competitive team. Since catching the gymnastics bug she has learned a lot about the sport. Coach Michele thinks Gymnastics is great for kids because it develops their large motor skills, builds their confidence, helps to prepare them for school, and gives them strength and flexibility that can be used for higher levels of gymnastics or almost any other sport.

Her favorite event to coaches is bars. However, her favorite thing about coaching is when a child finally masters a skill they have been trying. I love how excited they get when they can do something new they have never done before. I also love just having fun with the kids and being silly. Kid laughter is one of the best sounds in the world!

While she only graces us with her presence for morning classes, you may get lucky and see her fill in from time to time in the evenings! We can all agree that her coaching style is encouraging, patient, and friendly.

Keller

Coach Lauren  has coached in Keller for just under one year. In that time, she has made great strides in learning nearly every product ASI has to offer. Coach Lauren coaches Tiny Tots, Kidz Gym, as well as Boys and Girls gymnastics. She’s one of our most energetic birthday party coordinators, and our Gymnastics After School kids love her! The fact that our students love Lauren is not a surprise given her extensive background with children. Lauren began babysitting at the age of 12 and still works part time in a childcare setting for her church.

In addition to loving children, Lauren has a passion for sports, and tried them all as a child. Her athletic career began at the age of 4 when she started taking ballet, and continued with basketball and karate for the next 10 years. In high school, Lauren began running track and even tried her hand at some grappling! With such a diverse background in sports, it’s no wonder that Lauren loves Gymnastics because it gets the kids moving.
“A lot of kids don’t realize that learning all these skills are actually helping them exercise. It is helping with flexibility which will help prevent muscle tears down the line. It’s also boosting their energy while improving fitness and overall health”.
Lauren describes her coaching style as controlled, safe, and fun. Her favorite part about coaching at ASI is the kids.
“I love being around children. They give me joy and energy in my every day. My favorite moment is when I see the smile and joy coming from my kids faces when they finally master a skill they’ve been working on for awhile.”
ASI Keller is lucky to have coaches like Coach Lauren who has a passion for kids and their progress in the sport!

Lake Highlands

ASI Lake highlands is proud to present Coach Lizzy for the Coaches Corner of the month! Lizzy has been with ASI for almost five years. During her time here she does Kidz Gym classes, birthday parties and is a supervisor for all the fun products. She also is a media specialist during meets capturing all the wonderful moments of the gymnasts. In 2014 she graduated for North Forney High School and also graduated from Steiner Institute of Esthetics for Skin Care.

Lizzy says, “I love children because they are so much fun to be around. And I come from a big family and every time we get together for the holidays I love seeing all the kids!”

Her favorite thing to coach is Kidz Gym and she describes her coaching style as fun, silly and loving. She also believes that gymnastics is great for kids because they learn how to be a team player and gain self-esteem.  ASI Lake highlands would be so lost without Lizzy and how great she helps run all the great programs we have here.

Mesquite

Jacob in Mesquite is one of our senior coaches, that has been with ASI for seven years now. He coaches a huge variety of classes and fun products from Tiny Tots all the way to Boys and Girls Team. Jacob grew up in the sport of Gymnastics competing for eight years, and even attending ASI Mesquite as a child. His strong background in Gymnastics has lead to him becoming an excellent well-rounded coach, and employee for mesquite.

Coaching at ASI means a lot to Jacob, “I love being able to develop athletes who then gain confidence as they acquire new skills. But I love even more developing young men and women who gain valuable life skills from the challenges of the sport and the coaching I’m able to give them pertaining to things outside the sport. I truly love building relationships where I can teach and be taught with a last impact.

As for coaching the sport of gymnastics his view is that, It is accessible to any kid, regardless of their natural talent level. Gymnastics is for every kid that walks into an ASI gym, and it gives them a place to feel safe, empowered, successful, valuable, and best of all strong.

Jacob thank you for all your hard work and dedication you have given ASI over the past seven years! The gym, staff, and kids all love you, and are exciting to see you continue to grow in the company.

Plano West

Coach Elizabeth at ASI Plano West came to us from the University of Memphis. She is 26-years-old and has spent 11 of those years coaching gymnastics. Coach Elizabeth was a gymnast for 11 years, competed level 9 and trained level 10.  When she isn’t talking, coaching, or learning more about gymnastics, Coach Elizabeth enjoys camping, reading, and traveling.

In her eight months here at ASI, she has won the hearts of her Level 3 and 4 teams, her Tiny Tots, Girls Gymnastics classes, and her Gymnastics After School students. Her energy in the gym is contagious when she is coaching. She is also very creative with her coaching, she isn’t afraid to share her opinion or give suggestions. Coach Elizabeth’s favorite event is the bars.  We asked her why she chose to coach at ASI.

“I coach at ASI because when I first moved to Dallas, last summer, it was the gym that shared all the same values as me. I love working with the other staff members and children. ASI has also taught me so much in my short time here.”

ASI Plano West is lucky to have a coach so dedicated to her students. Coach Elizabeth is always looking for better ways to coach her girls. She doesn’t take “I can’t do it” as an excuse from her students. She encourages them and pushes them to do their best.

Coach Elizabeth believes gymnastics is great because, “it teaches children so much more than just skills; it teaches respect, time management, hard work, and perseverance. They learn life skills that will help them in the future all while having fun.”


Rockwall

Jennifer has been coaching at ASI Rockwall for a little over 10 months now. She currently coaches our Girls Bronze level classes, along with Kidz Gym classes. She is also certified to coach Power Tumbling. She took Some Power Tumbling classes here at ASI when she was younger and loved it. She loves coaching Gymnastics because she is getting to be with children and teach them skills that she knows.

Jennifer did cross country for two years in middle school and did Gymnastics during her freshman and her sophomore year of high school, now she does Swim.

We asked Jennifer what would be her favorite event to coach and she said it would have to be Bars.

“Gymnastics is great for kids because it gives them a great workout, it is fun, and it teaches them how to follow a rotation.”

She summed up her coaching style with 3 words “Fun, Challenging, and awesome”.We are so lucky to have such an amazing “team player” as a part of our ASI family.

 

The Woodlands

Coach Lauren is a coach at our Woodlands location and has been with us for four months. She is currently coaching Tiny Tots, Kidz Gym, both Girls and Boys gymnastics, Birthday parties, and is included in our other fun products. Lauren is 20-years-old and is attending Lone Star college with plans to transfer to Sam Houston University for both sports medicine and education. She explains her coaching style as energetic, but disciplined. She loves that ASI includes classes for all ages letting them start development at a young age not only in gymnastics, but in social skills as well. Lauren explains that she loves her team her ASI The Woodlands and couldn’t be happier with the coaches she is surrounded by. She loves the environment here at the gym and is so glad to have gotten the opportunity to change student’s lives through ASI. We are blessed to have her on our team!

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Coaches Corner-March 2017

Allen

Coach Victoria has been coaching at ASI for two years. Before she came to ASI, she was a Tae Kwon Do instructor for four years and also volunteered with a special needs softball team. Victoria does it all at ASI – she coaches Girls and Boys Gymnastics, Power Tumbling, Gymmie Kids and Fun Products!
She currently attends Allen High School and is going to LSU in the fall. To stay fit, she does Zumba and yoga. She also still does Tae Kwon Do and got her black belt when she was eight years old. When she was younger, she took tumbling and gymnastics classes at ASI!
Her favorite event to coach is rings. She describes her coaching style as patient, silly, and happy. She says gymnastics is great for kids because “it teaches perseverance, courage, and builds not only physical strength but mental strength as well.”
She loves coaching at ASI because “I love the relationships I have with the kids that I have coached for a long time now, as well as getting to know and learn from every child that I meet. Whenever one of my kids gets a new skill and is proud of themselves, it’s the best feeling. Also, I love my co-workers, I even met my best friend Coach Nicole here!” She initially heard about ASI back when she started class with Coach Cris when she was 9. She says, “I guess I loved it so much I never left.” To sum up coaching at ASI in 3 words, Coach Victoria said it is “fulfilling, inspiring, and rewarding.”

Arlington

Coach Dabrana (Dee Dee) has been a coach at ASI for almost five years now. She coaches Tiny Tots, Kidz Gym, girls classes, and girls team. This is her first year doing Girls Level 1 Team, and she loves it. Dabrana started in gymnastics here at ASI as a student herself. She attended the Cedar Hill and Plano West location. She also did cheerleading from 6th-12th grade. She currently attends TCC and is studying to be a sign language interpreter. She began her career of working with children by babysitting kids from her church.

Coaching at ASI has been a thrill for her, and one of the greatest thing about working here is that she loves to come to work. From the relationship with coworkers to the amazing relationship with parents and students, have all made it worth her while.  ASI Arlington is more than thrilled to have her be apart of our team!

 

Firewheel

Coach Haley has been with ASI Firewheel for about two years. She currently coaches Girls Bronze and Kidz Gym Level 1 and 2. Coach Haley also works with our Gymnastics After School program. She believes gymnastics is a great way for kids to learn how to be social. “It is hard for some kids to make friends, but in a small setting it is nice to see kids click.”

What Haley loves most about coaching at ASI is being able to build relationships with her students. “When you have a bond with your kids, it’s comforting for them to know they can trust you.”Coach Haley is currently attending Richland College and is currently taking tumbling classes to prepare her for university cheer tryouts. She has always strived to stay active, while in high school she participated in quite a few sports.

Thank you, Coach Haley, for always bringing your A-game! Firewheel is lucky to have you.

Keller

Coach Kyle is one of our most popular and in-demand coaches here in Keller. ASI was his first job eight years ago,  and we are so glad he has stayed with it because he has excelled and all of his students love him as their coach. Kyle graduated from Northwest High School and attended Tarrant County Community College. Kyle’s athletic background consisted of cross country, track, soccer, and diving when he was younger, and in high school, he competed in gymnastics and diving. He currently stays fit while playing with his adorable dog, Maple.

Kyle coaches Kidz Gym, girls, boys, and power tumbling classes.  His favorite event to coach is tumbling. Coach Kyle also leads birthday parties and supervises open gym, parents’ night out, gymnastics after school and camp. Kyle’s coaching style is funny, energetic and encouraging. Kyle believes that gymnastics is great for kids because “it’s a full body workout that teaches great coordination along with a good work ethic.” He loves coaching at ASI because he loves “seeing kids improve and grow as people along with getting the skills they worked so hard to get.”
Kyle is always willing to help his co-workers learn and become better coaches, and his willingness to lend a hand when needed makes him one of our favorites here in Keller!

Lake Highlands

Coach Jasilyn has been with ASI Lake Highlands for three years. She is a great asset to the team, always willing to lend a helping hand. She went to high school in Garland and participated in basketball, volleyball, and ran track. Coach Jasilyn teaches Tiny Tots, Kidz Gym, all levels of girls classes and helps to assist in team levels two and three. Her favorite event to coach is most definitely bars. Her coaching style is fun, firm and consistent. Jasilyn believes that gymnastics is good for kids because “it helps makes them develop strength, coordination, self-esteem and social skills.”
The things she loves most about being a coach is watching all the kids progress through their skills. Coach Jasilyn is highly requested by parents, and the kids love having her as a coach. Jasilyn sums up coaching at ASI in five great words: fun, exciting, rewarding, exhilarating and loving! The team at ASI would be lost without her.

Mesquite

Coach Rachel in Mesquite has a strong background working with children. She has worked Vacation Bible Schools, led the children’s music at her church, helped coach soccer camps, and has worked in the nursery at church for almost five years now. Working with kids for most of her life has undoubtedly led to her being an amazing coach that all the kids truly adore. For Rachel, getting to coach kids at ASI is more than just a job, “I love interacting with the kids. Although this may be a cliche answer, it is the truth. It’s a great feeling when your child knows your name or tells you something about their day. The little things like this mean so much to me because I  know I have made a small impact in their lives.”

“Gymnastics, in my opinion is great for kids because it is an excellent way to allow kids to be active, grow and have fun. It teaches them to believe in themselves and never to give up. They can have a good time while learning skills and becoming disciplined.” When Rachel was a child, she even attended ASI at the age of eight. She also cheered her Junior year of High School. Her favorite ways to stay active are through cheer, running, and working out.

Rachel’s sweet and bubbly personality has made such a positive impact in the Mesquite Gym. While her positive attitude, dependability,  and strong love for kids have made her a wonderful coach and co-worker. We are so happy to have you as a part of our team Rachel!

Rockwall

Coach Augusta has been coaching here at ASI for going on nine months now, and we are so excited that she is a part of our team. She currently coaches our Girls Bronze level, and she works a few of our Fun Products. Augusta is currently a student at Texas State University and she is attending school to get her Nursing Major. Outside of gymnastics and school, Augusta enjoys Poetry, and she was the Captain of the Speech and Debate Team at her high school.

Augusta loves coaching here at ASI because it is a fun environment and she can be with the kids. She has a passion for kids; she loves the curiosity and the eagerness to know everything. “Everybody works as a team here and always lift each other up,” she says. “It is very rewarding, and I’m making memories and putting smiles on the kid’s faces.”

We are very lucky to have such an athlete and a fantastic team player, not only as a coach at ASI but as part of our ASI family.

 

The Woodlands

Coach Tabitha has been with ASI The Woodlands for three years. She is an active, encouraging, and disciplined coach that loves to see her kids succeed. Tabitha coaches Girls and Boys Gymnastics, Girls Team, Power Tumbling, Preschool, and some Fun Products. We asked Coach Tabitha why she loves working at ASI, and she said, “I love ASI because my kids are a joy and my coworkers are a lot of fun to be around.” When Coach Tabitha is not at work she enjoys going on mission trips with her church, her favorite mission trip was going to Honduras. ASI The Woodlands is blessed to have Coach Tabitha on our team! 

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