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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner-September 2017

Allen

ASI Allen is proud to present Coach Leslie! After coaching three years at Eagle Wings Athletics, Leslie has been a very cheerful and an enthusiastic coach here at ASI for the past three months. She started coaching Girls Gymnastics classes along with our Open Gyms and Parent’s Night Outs! Her favorite event to coach is beam where she can be really be creative with teaching the skills through progressions! Being a former gymnast and going through our intensive training has really helped her become one of our breakout coaches that parents requests on a daily basis. Leslie was first introduced to the sport by her mom, who was also a gymnast. When Leslie became gymnast of the month, she realized that gymnastics was her passion and this is the same passion that she brings everyday when coaching her classes!

Her experience with working with children extends from just coaching gymnastics. Coach Leslie has worked in childcare development at Heights Baptist Church, and shortly after coaching at Eagle Wings, she nanny-ed and assisted Goddard School in Allen. She decided to return to coaching gymnastics after a three year break because missed seeing the smile on a child’s face when they master a skill that they have been working very hard to achieve. Leslie describes her coaching style as “creative, fun, and structured.” She understands that the foundation that a child gains in gymnastics is one that they can take in implement in their lives and other sports on a daily basis. Coach Leslie is already making a difference in every child that she’s coaching and we can’t wait to see where this journey of coaching takes her!

Firewheel

Coach Hannah has been a member of ASI Firewheel for about a year. She currently coaches a variety of classes along with all fun products. Coach Hannah loves coaching at ASI ” I love getting to see kids conquer their fears and improve more than they thought possible. Gymnastics can be a scary sport sometimes and kids can have a preconceived fear of doing certain events or skills and getting to see them overcome their fears and perform the skills is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. It’s so nice to be a part of building a kids confidence up!”

Hannah loves to be encouraging and energetic. She participated in cheer for most of her childhood and later on decided drill team and dance was something she was more passionate about. She likes to stay fit by attending a gym regularly and is also attends dance classes. 
Coach Hannah believes gymnastics is ” great for kids because it teaches them the coordination and body awareness that they can use in every aspect of their lives.” 
We are so happy to have Hannah with us at ASI!

Keller

Coach Amanda recently returned to ASI Keller, and we couldn’t be happier! At 22 years old, Amanda has been coaching at ASI for a total of three and a half years, and has a combined coaching experience of over six years. Amanda graduated from Fossil Ridge High School, where she spent 4 years as a cheerleader and 2 years as a competitive dancer. Amanda currently attends Texas State University, where she has taken several child psychology courses. This background combines to make Amanda a very strong gymnastics and tumbling coach. Our Keller students got to know Coach Amanda over the summer as one of their favorite camp supervisors. She made sure every day was fun and safe for each camper here in Keller. Amanda coaches Girls Gymnastics, Power Tumbling and Fun Products in Keller. She currently has Girls Bronze and Girls Advanced Gold classes in our girls program, and she’s great at helping kids progress and get ready for team. Amanda has been working with children for almost 7 years and is naturally great with them. She loves coaching bars, and describes her coaching style as “loud and proud”! Amanda enjoys coaching at ASI because she loves having fun with and creating a bond with children. She also loves the positive work environment and how everyone here truly cares about the children.
It has been wonderful having Amanda back in the gym, and she has loved getting to know all of the great gymnasts we have at ASI Keller!

Lake Highlands

ASI Lake Highlands is proud to give this month’s coaches corner to Coach Anna! A little random fact about her is that her favorite superhero is the Hulk. She has been here for about two years now and says working here is, “the experience of a lifetime.” Coach Anna works parties on the weekends as well as other fun products and coaches kidz gym classes. She also does an amazingly wonderful job working with the gymmie kids program and making sure each kids feels special and taken care of. One of her favorite things is to teach bars and says her coaching style is fun, energetic and encouraging. Anna believes that gymnastics helps give kids good social skills and skill memory for future use. She also says that, “the best part of her job is the look on a child’s face when they finally master a skill they have been working so hard on.”Since her start here Coach Anna has come a long way and grown so much in her coaching abilities!  ​

Mesquite

Although Coach Britney just began with ASI Mesquite in April, she has been able to make an impact within her classes in such little time! Coach Britney is currently teaching girls gymnastics classes and it is obvious that she is natural, as she has a gymnastics background herself! She began the sport when she just 3 years old and later switched over to cheerleading. She cheered for a total of 11 years and it became something that she absolutely fell in love with!  Unfortunately, she injured her back so she had to quit cheerleading but she knew coaching would be a way to allow her to teach something that she is truly passionate about.

Britney has expressed that she loves coaching at ASI because she has the ability to make a positive impact on many lives. “When I was in gymnastics as a little girl I always wanted to be someone who could inspire kids to become better and fall in love with something I loved when I was their age.” She has described her coaching style as fun, productive and challenging! In her words, gymnastics is great for kids because “it can make a child’s mind explore his/her abilities and physical potential. Gymnastics can help a child with muscle strength and even their confidence, to believe in themselves and what they can accomplish.” We are so fortunate to have Coach Britney be a part of our ASI family!

Rockwall

Lauren has been part of the the ASI family for nine years now. Five of these years were seasonal and these past four have been Full Time. She started at ASI Mesquite while in high school as a part time coach and also worked camps over the Summer at our Lake Highlands gym through her college years.

Coach Lauren has been our Gym Manager at ASI Rockwall since 2013 and she coaches a little bit of every program here in the gym. This includes boys classes, girls classes, Tiny Tots and Kidz Gym.

Lauren went to Poteet High School and she Graduated College from Texas A&M. She was a gymnast with ASI Mesquite from age 6-12. She also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and she does some indoor rock climbing. To stay fit, Lauren says she goes Hiking as often as she can.

She began volunteering in her church’s children’s programs and babysitting throughout middle school and high school. Through college, Lauren earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in Youth Development and a Business Minor.

Her favorite event to coach would be Floor and she described her coaching style as “Detailed, Fun, and Encouraging.” We asked Lauren what she thought made gymnastics so great for kids, “Gymnastics is a great way for kids to grow, not only in their physical abilities, but also in their social, behavioral, and emotional skills.”

“I love working with kids in all capacities and am glad that gymnastics is a way that I get to impact their lives. I love helping kids achieve new skills, overcome fears, and gain confidence in themselves.”

We are so lucky to have such an amazing, kid loving, inspirational, and athletic coach as a part of our ASI family.

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Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner- August 2017

Allen

Coach Casey has been a very enthusiastic, passionate, and joyful member of ASI for the past five years. She is one of our most cheerful coaches in Allen who can discipline their kids with a mixture of laughter and hard work! You can see this work ethic in the variety of gymnastics classes that she coaches starting from toddlers all the way up to level 3 team. Her favorite event to coach is bars!
Gymnastics has been a big part of Coach Casey’s life since she was a little girl. She was a competitive gymnast for 9 years before becoming a varsity cheerleader in high school. She has been coaching gymnastics on and off since she was 16 years old. Her background with children just doesn’t start and end there, for she studied physical education at Missouri State University and has worked with special needs children for over 2 years.
Coach Casey believes that a structured, encouraging and real atmosphere is beneficial for children to strive. She sincerely believes that “gymnastics is great for the overall development of kids, physically and mentally, but also it’s just very awesome!” She says “not only does gymnastics help develop courage, strength, team work and self motivation, but it teaches them how to work hard for what they truly want”. She loves coaching at ASI since we allow every student to experience gymnastics by teaching them to believe in themselves.  A fun, rewarding and challenging experience is what keeps Casey going and we can not wait to see the many more triumphs she brings to our gym with her strength and determination!

Arlington

Our Coach this month is Sarah . Sarah is 22 and joined our gym January 2016 thanks to Coach Kiara who told her about the awesome opportunity we had for her to work here at ASI Arlington. Sarah has always been involved in gymnastics one way or another. She started going to gymnastics at the age of 4 and didn’t stop till halfway through her Senior year in high school. When she turned 14 she started babysitting to get aquanited with kids, once she turned 16 she started working at the gymnastics gymnasium that she took classes in and when she turned 18 she started lifeguarding for a family water park. Sarah attened high school at L.D Bell and then went on to UTA which is where she met Coach Kiara. Sarah enjoys reading the Bible and working out 24 hour fitness. Sarah loves coaching at ASI because everyone always has a fun attitude and holds each other accountable. She loves the classes she teaches which are Girls Bronze, Silver, and Gold plus she coached Girls Team Level 2 and assists in Level 1. Her favorite event to coach is bars, she loves that it takes a lot of dicipline and focus to succeed in gymnastics and she loves that she can help all her kids achieve that.
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Firewheel

We have been fortunate to have Coach Trent with us for the past 3 years! He has shown off his talent in multiple programs such as boys gymnastics, power tumbling, parties, and other fun products, making him an obvious choice for our Coaches Corner! Trent loves gymnastics because he says “it cultivates balance, coordination, air awareness, strength, and speed, and these things translate well into almost any other sport.”

Trent is described as a hands on, energetic, and an encouraging coach and his kids are always excited for his class! What Trent loves the most about being able to coach his students is “the potential of being able to leave a lasting positive impact on my kids.” When Trent isn’t coaching he’s practicing martial arts which he has been doing since he was 7 years old, he says “it plays a major role in my life and how I see the world. It also lends itself surprisingly well to coaching gymnastics.”
Not only does Trent love working with his students, but also with his coworkers. Working with similarly goal oriented people, Trent has been able to develop positive relationships with his fellow coaches, and he says, “my coworkers are some of the best friends I have, and it is a wonderful to enjoy the work I do and the people who work with me.” We truly enjoy having Trent on our team, and look forward to working alongside him week after week!

Keller

Coach Brittany is new to ASI Keller, and has already made an impact on our students and staff. Brittany was a dancer as a child and a gymnast for fourteen years before retiring as a level 9 gymnast. At 21-years-old, Brittany is an experienced coach, having spent six years coaching at other gyms in the area before landing at ASI Keller. Brittany loves teaching children new skills and has coached beginning gymnastics up to level 8. Here at ASI, Brittany coaches girls classes at all levels and has a brand new Level 1 team! As a graduate of Birdville high school, Brittany currently attends TWU in Denton, where she stays fit by lifting weights and running.
Brittany has several years of experience with working with children. She started out babysitting and began coaching in her junior year of high school. Her favorite event to coach is balance beam! Brittany is a strict but energetic coach, and believes gymnastics is great for kids because it “builds strong character by teaching kids to overcome their fears. Gymnastics also makes kids very athletic. In my experience, a kid who can do gymnastics can play almost any other sport and excel at it”. Brittany loves ASI because it’s a fun place to work. “Everyone is so nice and friendly, and the energy in the gym is awesome!” We feel very lucky to have a coach with Brittany’s expertise. She is a great addition to team Keller!

Mesquite

Coach Chelsea at ASI Mesquite has been coaching for a little over a year now. She currently coaches Kidz Gym, Girls Bronze, and Girls Silver classes along with all fun products. ASI actually holds a special place in Coach Chelsea’s heart as she would regularly attend open gym as a child. As soon as she heard about the opportunity to coach here she knew it would be the perfect fit for her! She remembered how much she looked forward to open gym as a child and wanted to give other children that same excitement. Coach Chelsea feels that she has already formed a bond with so many kids through gymnastics.  “It allows each kid, from all shapes to engage in an activity that can help develop all parts of the body. It gives them a chance to learn discipline as well as guidance to becoming better athletes and human beings. Coach Chelsea mentioned one of reasons she loved coaching so much is because she, “gets to watch some of them grow from their first class in Kidz Gym and continuing to move on up.” ASI Mesquite feels so lucky to have a coach that makes it a priority to make a difference in these kids lives.   

Plano West

Joanne  is 24 and a very loved coach at ASI Plano West. She has been working with us for a year and a half. Here energy lights up our gym during classes. She coaches Kidz Gym and Girls Gymnastics. Her schooling was done at Texas High and UNT. Before ASI her main interaction with kids was babysitting. Coach Joanne shared some insight into her love for kids:

“I just have always had a passion and love of working with children. It wasn’t until ASI that I realize just how much working with kids makes me so happy”

Joanne’s favorite events to coach are bars and floor. She was a gymnasts in middle school, but up until college, her main focus was track and basketball. She still enjoys staying super active by going to the gym and still running like she did in track.

We can definitely see all the energy Coach Joanne has in each of her classes. Her classes and coaching are fun, entertaining, and encouraging. She is always updating her student’s parents about their progress. She greets her kids with a huge hug and excitement. We asked her what she thought made gymnastics great for kids,

“Its helps them learn about their body and the strength that they didn’t know they had. How to control their legs, arms, stomach, everything! They learn discipline and how to conquer fears because in gymnastics those two are important.”

Coach Joanne answered why she loves coaching at ASI,

“My kids! I can have a bad day but one class can just turn that all around. They are so animated and are like mini adults who make my job more fun! Plus, I have always had a passion for gymnastics, so being to combine two of my loves is EPIC!”

Coach Joanne loves coaching

Rockwall

Coach Kailee has been coaching at ASI Rockwall for a little over a year now. She currently coaches Our Recreational Girls Gymnastics classes – Bronze Level and several Kidz Gym classes. She also works many fun of our Fun Products, including Camp, Birthday Parties, Parents Night Out, and Open Gym.

Kailee says the thing she loves the absolute most about coaching at ASI is that she gets to work with great people and she has met great friends along the way. “It’s a great way to corporate my love for kids with my love for sports.”

 

 

The Woodlands

Coach Kelly is a fun, upbeat, bold, and lively coach. She coaches Girls Gymnastics, and loves working at ASI because she loves that the kids can follow their skill improvement at home along with the coach. Coach Kelly thinks that gymnastics is great for kids because, “it is the building blocks for all fundamental skills needed for their future growth in athletics. It helps with coordination, agility, speed, power, balance, flexibility, and strength.”

Growing up Kelly did competitive gymnastics, was a swimmer, and did track. She has coached gymnastics for over five years, and just recently moved to Texas from New York. When she is not coaching kiddos she enjoys running, triathlons, and rock climbing. The Woodlands is so happy that Kelly made the move to Texas, she is a great addition to the team!

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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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