MEET THE STAFF
The mission of the Waxahachie Gymnastics Center is…
…To promote healthy physical and emotional growth, through the sport of gymnastics, in a fun, positive environment.
As a gymnast, power tumbler and a cheerleader for most of my life, I had a dream of one day owning my own gym! Throughout my college life, I was a compulsory team coach as well as preschool, parent/tot classes, power tumbling and cheer. Combining this passion for gymnastics and my experience running 2 non-profit organizations, as an Executive Director as well as a Development Director, enables me to bring this community, you, and your children a quality program right here in Ellis County. I am also a parent of a competitive collegiate gymnast, who I had the privilege of coaching through level 10, which gives me a unique perspective on the wants and needs of the parents we serve. I'm blessed to be able to coach our optionals team girls, which gives me that outlet for my love of the sport, but tend to do my work behind the scenes at WGC. USAG certified coach, First Aid and CPR certified, Certified Pilates instructor. Education also includes USAG U200, 8 years of Gymnastics Association of Texas conference, Safe Sport Certified, USAG National Congress, 3rd Level Consulting Brain Trust Business Consulting Certified,
Owner & Head Coach
Nicole Pitts (Coach Niki) is a former Elite gymnast that trained and competed for Tumble Town USA, a Waxahachie based Tumbling and Trampoline Gym. She started coaching for that facility as an assistant coach in 1990 (at 10 years old) and continued to coach until she left for the Army in 1998. Shortly after arriving at her first duty-station, she picked up coaching again at Gymnastics, Etc., in Leesville, LA. After returning from a combat tour in Iraq, she bought Gymnastics Etc., and reopened it as her very own Tumble Town USA. Unfortunately for Coach Niki, Mother Nature had bigger plans in 2005 when the gym was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in late September. In November that same year, her daughter, Emma, was born. In 2007, she was transferred to Fort Knox, KY, and spent the last 8 years of her career as a rehabilitation specialist for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers. While stationed at Fort Knox, she also welcomed her son, Gabriel, into the world, volunteered over 400 hours as a Health Tech at the VA Hospital in Louisville, KY and finished her degree in Applied Science before retiring from the military with 17 years of service. Peppered into her time in Kentucky, Coach Niki taught private lessons, worked with cheerleading squads at local Jr. High and High Schools and substitute coached for multiple recreational and cheer gyms in the area. In 2015, Coach Niki moved back to Texas with her family to enjoy her retirement. Her daughter started taking classes at WGC and before she knew it, the coaching bug was stirring again. When Emma joined the T&T Team, she brought her mom with her. Coach Niki has been WGC’s Competitive Team Coach for the Tumbling and Trampoline Team since 2016. During her tenure at WGC she has trained many athletes on the Tumbling and Trampoline Team, resulting in multiple State, Regional and National Titles for her team members.
Nicole Pitts (Coach Niki)
General Manager, Head Tumble and Trampoline Team Coach
Joy has had a love for gymnastics since she was a toddler climbing up furniture. She was a talented competitive gymnast her entire childhood, excelling in Beam and Floor. In high school, she was also a competitive cheerleader. She began coaching gymnastics as a teenager and has been involved in some form of coaching ever since: whether it was coaching children in gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling classes or coaching adults in group fitness, pilates and yoga classes. Joy especially loves teaching goat yoga classes. She has a taught all ages in gymnastics, from Mommy & me classes, preschool, rec and team...even adult classes! She is also a certified CPR instructor.
Level 3 USAG Team Coach
Brandy is a busy mother of 4, three of which are involved at WGC, including two daughters on our competitive team. Brandy has a diverse background, including a combined 16 years of gymnastics, cheer, dance and martial arts. She has worked with kids of all ages through Mother's Day out programs, YMCA teams and programs, and teaching high school math and science. Brandy is CPR and First Aid Certified. In recent years her competitive nature has found an outlet in running. She has completed a number of marathons, half marathons, relays and triathlons. She values discipline, determination and striving for excellence. Brandy is excited to work with and learn from the amazing coaching staff at WGC and to have the chance to achieve greatness! USAG Professional and Safe Sport Certified.
Artistic Gymnastics Team Director
After retiring in 2012 in Law enforcement with 27 years in Illinois, Regina decided to do something that she has a passion for, which is cheering. Regina cheered all throughout high school and at Illinois State University, and decided to get certified to coach Cheer and Dance, and certify in AACCA Spirit Safety. Before moving to Texas in 2017, she coached collegiate cheer at Southwestern Illinois College for five years, along with judging cheerleading as well. In addition to coaching, Regina also followed her daughter in her cheerleading career throughout high school and while she attended the University of Missouri. We are so excited to have Regina as a part of WGC family, and know she will continue to bring the excitement and positive energy that the program exemplifies.
Texas Pride Allstars Competition Cheer Director
Reina recently moved to Texas from Las Vegas. Her favorite hobbies are coaching and cheerleading. Reina is an All Star cheerleader, winning 19 national titles with her teams over the years, and is a very dedicated coach for her students. She is super excited about coaching here in Waxahachie for us!
Texas Pride Allstars Competition Head Coach
Recreational & Tumbling Coach
Coach Payton's multi faceted talents make her a valuable part of WGC. Soaking up knowledge constantly, Payton strives to be the best coach she can be, along with having a fun, outgoing, creative personality to make all of our special events just that, SPECIAL! We cannot wait to see what the future holds for Payton at WGC! USAG & Safe Sport Certified
XCEL & Level 3 USAG Team Coach
Recreational & Tumbling coach
Mackenzie coaches preschool, level one and two recreational classes, as well as the TAAF program. Mackenzie was in gymnastics for 8 years starting at the age 4, and was actually one of our very first WGC team gymnasts when we opened in 2010! She was a varsity cheerleader 3/4 years of my high school career, and loves teaching children and watching them form the same love she has for the sport. I believe gymnastics is much more than cool skills that look near impossible, but a way to learn discipline, dedication, and responsibility all while giving an escape from everyday life. USAG & Safe Sport Certified
Level 1 & 2 USAG Team Coach
Developmental team, Recreational & Tumbling coach
Heather fell in love with the sport of gymnastics at a very early age. She spent 11 years as a competitive gymnast, 4 of which in level 10. She qualified and competed in multiple national competitions and learned so much along the way. Unfortunately, her dreams of being a collegiate gymnast came to an end when she had to have several ankle surgeries. At that point she then became a compulsory and optionals team coach. She had the pleasure of coaching for 4 years until she moved to Texas from Wisconsin.
USAG Optionals Coach
Kylah is a recent graduate from Texas State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion. She also competed as a collegiate track and field athlete all 4 years where I saw success as an individual and team. Before that, she was a competitive gymnast for roughly 8 years. The lessons learned and memories made, ultimately drives her to help today’s gymnasts to reach their full potential and inspire them as those from my past did for me. She is excited to be involved with the gymnastics world again and will always have love and passion for the sport. USAG & Safe Sport Certified
XCEL, Level 3 & 4 USAG Team Coach
Braden is a fun loving, athletic student at Waxahachie HS. He plays football and soccer, and also studied martial arts for 10 years. He is involved in theater and is a creative, artistic older brother to 3 siblings. Two of which are on WGC's competitive team. He loves younger kids, and is excited to be a part of the WGC family of coaches!
Ninja, Recrational & Tumbling Coach
Faith is a current student at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie where she is pursuing a degree in counseling. She was a gymnast for 10 years and is incredibly grateful for the important life skills gymnastics has instilled in her. She is looking forward to the opportunity to work with kids and grow with them as they fall in love with the amazing sport of gymnastics.
Recrational & Tumbling Coach
Shelby is a recent graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she received her Bachelors degree in education and is currently working towards getting her teacher certification. She is the oldest of 3 siblings one of which is on WCG’s competitive team. She has always had a love for working with children and is excited to be apart of WGC!
Customer Service & Preschool Coach
Lauren is a graduate from Midlothian High School and is going into Navarro for her pre-bachelors in registered nursing. She is a fun, loving, and energetic person.
Hannah is a senior at Waxahachie High School. She enjoys playing volleyball and is involved in FFA. Hannah is a former WGC gymnast who is excited to pass on her love for the sport to young athletes!
Recreational & Tumbling Coach
Cori is a fun, athletic student at WHS. She runs cross country and track. She used to be on the gymnastic team for a couple years when she was younger but her heart lead her to running instead. Cori is so excited to be joining the WGC coaching staff and loves seeing the little girls/boys excel everyday.
Recreational & Tumbling Coach
Brandelyn competed her younger years in gymnastics before switching to track and field. Her foundation in gymnastics helped her in achieving a high jump and hurdler ranking at the Junior Olympic level and continued on to win 4 State Championships through her high school career. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design where she owns her own design business and is certified to teach Art, Computers and Physical Education at all ages including coaching cross country and track and field on the side. “ I am a life-long learner. I love coaching kids and learning new ways to coach kids. I love that “A-Ha” moment and their excitement when they learn a new skill.”
Level 1 & 2 Team Coach
Maci is a current student at Waxahachie High School. She was a competitive gymnast for 8 years and has always been very passionate for this sport. Ever since she had to quit because of injuries, she has been coaching. Maci loves working with kids and getting to watch them fall in love with the sport!
Preschool, Developmnental Team Coach
Abby is current student at Waxahachie High School and 5th year cheerleader. She is involved in Student Council as an officer and HOSA for nursing. She also has been tumbling at WGC for two years and loves the environment. Abby enjoys working with kids and is so excited to start her coaching journey!
Preschool, Recreational & Tumbling Coach
Megan was a competitive gymnast for about 10 years and after that her heart went to volleyball. She has been coaching from the moment I stopped competing at the age of 13. Megan has been in love with gymnastics as long as she can remember. She has coached at WGC for about 8 years now and also coached at Achiever’s Gymnastics while studying at Texas Woman's University in Denton. She is now a graduate from TWU, with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and has begun working on her Master’s in athletic training at the University of Texas in Arlington. In addition to coaching team gymnastics, she is also the artistic team’s strength and conditioning coach. She loves it so much and cannot wait to expand her knowledge to help our gymnasts even more! USAG & Safe Sport Certified
Optionals Choreographer & Strength & Agility Coach
Andrea Rusk is no stranger to WGC. After having 2 daughters on WGC Team she decided to join us as a coach of our Preschool and Level 1 Recreational Gymnastics Classes. Andrea also brings experience in cheer and tumbling after coaching youth cheer for 5 years. She is a mom to 2 daughters and a son, all of which participate in gymnastics at WGC.
Customer Service, Preschool & Recreational Coach
Israel has been coaching now for 25years men and wormen’s gymnastics, 5 of which have been at WGC. He began competing in gymnastics early in his teens and was recognized for having a quick grasp for learning new skills. Israel moved from Corpus Christi TX to train in Garland TX at Dolphing Gymnastics and ended his Gymnastics career at Texas Gymnastics training Center. He has coached with great mentors from Russia and Romania, while attending law School in California, and has been at Waxahachie Gymnastics Center now for 5 years. He not only loves all of the gymnasts that he's had the pleasure of coaching but I love the dynamic culture that Coach Gina has created with hiring great coaches. I love to learn not only from expert coaches but new coaches too. Israel holds a a BS in Political Scince, a Masters of Laws in International taxation and a Juris Doctorate.
Competitive Team Coach
Lindsey is a student at Navarro College and aspires to become an art anthropologist for American and European art. Lindsey has been a gymnast for over four years. Over these years, she has appreciated the sport and how it has motivated her to grow both on the mat and as a person. She is incredibly passionate about reaching and teaching young students and helping them to discover a love of the competitive sport of gymnastics.
Preschool & Recreational Coach
Marlee coaches our morning preschool & tots classes, along with being an assistant coach to our level 1 & 2 teams! She was a gymnast from the age of 5 and continued on WGC's team for 7 years, competing as a level 7 gymnast. Marlee has 2 siblings, and her mom, which all participate at WGC in a variety of ways. Marlee loves coaching and the memories that are made here at WGC. She cannot wait to teach young gymnasts and help them learn and grow in their gymnastics careers, and learn and grow as a coach as well!
Developmental Team, Preschool and Tots Coach
Emma Pitts is a 2 x National Champion Tumbling and Trampoline Gymnast that has competed for WGC since 2017. She also has multiple State and Regional Titles in the sport and is a current member of the WGC Tumbling and Trampoline team. She is a Sophomore at Waxahachie High School and spends her free time fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and taking care of her 7 Turtles! She is Coach Niki’s daughter and has been in or around a gymnastics center since before she was born. She coaches Preschool and Beginner through Advanced Tumbling. She loves helping others learn the sport she loves so much!
Tumbling & Trampoline Team Assistant Coach