MEET THE STAFF
We at WGC, pride ourselves on the quality of instructors on staff. All staff at WGC have thorough background checks, and are USAG Safe Sport certified. Our competitive team coaches are USAG professional members.
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.
Owner/CEO - Head Coach
As a gymnast, power tumbler and a cheerleader for most of my life, I have always had a dream of one day owning my own gym! Throughout my college life, I was a compulsary team coach as well as a coach for 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 gymnast 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 levels 4 through 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 Junior Olympic certified coach, First Aid and CPR certified, Certified Pilates instructor. Education also includes USAG U200, 4 years of Gymnastics Association of Texas conference, Safe Sport Certified, USAG National Congress, 3rd Level Consulting Brain Trust Business Consulting Certified,
Tumble and Trampoline Head Team Coach
What classes do I coach: Tumbling, Trampoline and Double Mini
Niki is a proud retired Army veteran, and former elite tumble and trampolinist. She has a long and strong background in competitive power tumbling, trampoline and double mini, and is a huge asset to WGC. Her coaching style is strict, precise and positive, and the children really thrive and progress from her teaching style. Niki coached 3 of WGC's T&T athletes to a grand total of 4 National Championships in 2017! One of her level 5 double mini athletes, who happens to be her daughter, scored 3 perfect 10s from judges at Nationals! USAG Pro Member Certification, Safe Sport Certified, CPR & First Aid Certified
USAG Junior Olympic Compulsory Team Lead
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.
Competition TAAF, XCEL and USAG Junior Olympic team coach, Recreational all Around & Tumbling Coach
Meygan has spent nearly her whole life in the world of Gymnastics, starting training at the age of one and competing at the age of four. She has competed in Artistic, Trampoline And Tumbling, Acrobatic Gymnastics and Cheerleading. After her competitive days came to a close, she has coached Recreational and competitive Trampoline And Tumbling levels 4-10 and Artistic levels 2-8. She has been coaching for twelve years, with experience with USAG, XCEL, AAU and now TAAF. Meygan's passion about Gymnastics is evident in the way she coaches, and her goal is to help others achieve their dreams
Level 1 & 2 USAG Team Coach
Coach Sarah is from Nacogdoches, Texas. Sarah was a competitive gymnast for the East Texas Twisters! She “retired” when she was a Senior in high school and at USAG Level 9. Coach Sarah went to Stephen F. Austin State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Sarah also cheered on the All-Girl SFA Cheer squad. While being a college student and cheerleader at SFA, she was also a USAG competitive coach for levels 4-6 for the East Texas Twisters. Her gymnasts received many district and state recognitions. After graduating from college, Sarah moved to Ennis and began her teaching career and coached gymnastics at Flip Fusion in Waxahachie. Sarah had the privilege to coach Gina Six’s daughters, Megan and Emily! Sarah got married to Brad Cepak in 2011. Sarah stepped away from coaching gymnastics to continue her teaching career and raise a family. Sarah and Brad have two children, Sophie and Cy Cepak. Sophie is a gymnast on the Hot Shot prep team. Because of Sophie and her passion for gymnastics, it has brought Sarah back into the coaching life! I AM SO EXCITED TO BE BACKK!!!!
Recreational All Around and Preschool 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.
Developmental Team Director, TAAF team coach, Recreational All Around and Assistant Artistic Team Coach
Coach Payton is back! We are so excited to have Coach Payton back on staff as our Special Events Director in charge of camps, birthday parties, open gyms, cheer clinics and more. Her 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!
Recreational, Preschool, Developmental Artistic Team 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.
Front Office Administrator, Tumbling & Cheer Coach
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.
Tumble Tots Coach
Melisa is a teacher by day, a coach by night and a busy mom in between! She has three kids that are all WGC gymnasts. She grew up in competitive gymnastics but now enjoys sharing the love with other parents & kiddos to grow their love for gymnastics as well!
Tumbling, Recreational Coach and Assistant T&T Team Coach
I am an aspiring coach from an athletes back ground of training on the T&T team for 3 solid years. In those 3 years, working constantly to improve myself mentally and physically, I made it all the way to a level 9 athlete on trampoline and double mini. During that time I also did my best to propel myself in my tumbling knowledge and skill. As a coach I hope to be a guide for kids to have the same learning experience I had as a gymnast. Teaching them positivity, hard work, and devotion to better help them not only in the gym, but also throughout life. I do my best encouraging youth to push themselves to their full capabilities, helping them excel in their gymnast careers.
Tumbleweeds Preschool Director
Shannon is orginally from Grand Prairie, but has lived in Waxahachie for 8 years now. She has always had the desire to be a coach, and has blessed many children as a basketball, t-ball, soccer, and now preschool gymnastics coach. She loves coffee talks, being humorous, and speaking engagements. Shannon is a happy wife with a happy life, and calls Jimmy Parch her husband. She is a proud momma to her princess Olivia, who is currently in our Tumbleweeds program. Shannon's zest for life and silliness with the kids makes her a perfect addition to our Preschool staff!
Tumbling and Recreational Coach
Caed has been a gymnast for 3 years and all three of those years were at WGC. He is also one of the most powerful and talented tumblers in our gym. He mostly coaches T&T and Beginner Boys T&T, But he is also is a coach for wherever they need him. Caed is the youngest coach in the gym and he has always had a passion for watching and doing gymnastics and loves to flip, twist and fly! Other than coaching, Caed attends Midlothian High School, and is a percussionist in the band program, and loves to play and write music. (FYI: if you see Caed walking around with sunglasses, they in fact are his Colorblind glasses.)
Tumbling, Cheer & Recreational All Around Coach
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!
Tumbling, Boys & Girls Recreational All Around Coach
Landon is a student athlete at Waxahachie HS, and enjoys being a leader at school, as well as the gym. Although he hasn't lived in the gym his entire life, WGC already feels like home to him. He would like to push the children he coaches to new heights. Just like he strives to be the best he can be at baseball, he wants to help kids be the best they can be at the gym!
Tumbling, Boys & Girls Recreational All Around 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!
Preschool, Tumbling, Girls Recreational All Around Coach
Macie has been in gymnastics on and off since she was a young child. As an all star cheerleader, she won many national titles throughout her career. Her passion to work with kids and watch them grow both mentally and physically has lead her to be a wonderful asset to WGC!
Competitive Team 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.
Front office hospitality
Makayla is a lifetime resident of Waxahachie, TX and a Senior Interdisciplinary Studies major at Tarleton State University, graduating in December. My future plan is to be an elementary school teacher in the Ellis County area. I enjoy working with kids and have worked with them for 8 years, babysitting, working at daycare, camps, etc. I also love being around people and kids and bringing joy into their lives and making them smile.
Competition Team Assistant Coach
Claudia is a student at Texas Tech University, and plans to study nursing. She was a gymnast for over 10 years, finishing as a level 9 with Waxahachie Gymnastics in 2020. Unfortunately her final season was cut short due to COVID, but while she was competing, she won many State and Regional titles. Claudia has been instrumental in helping her younger teammates both physically and mentally as team captain. She graduated Waxahachie High School June 2020 in the top 1% of her class! She takes her past experience as a gymnast to be the best coach she can be. Hopefully she will be able to coach while home during breaks from college.
Competition Team Strength and Agility Director
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 plans to get her Master’s in athletic training starting in June of 2021. 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!