In the 30+ years that Kittia has been coaching at Buckeye her gymnasts have won over 1,000 state, regional, and national titles. She was an elite gymnast herself and a former elite national champion and she attended Arizona State University on a full athletic scholarship. Kittia is also a brevet judge and she has judged the top American athletes at the most important competitions in the country including Championships of the USA and the Olympic Team Trials. In addition, Kittia was elected by the coaches and judges in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana to serve on the Region 5 Board for USA Gymnastics. As Head Coach at Buckeye Kittia coached Gabby Douglas to the 2016 Olympic Team (Team USA Gold) and 2015 World Championships Team (Team Gold, Silver AA) and she has developed both Nia Dennis and Shania Adams both USA National Team members. Buckeye was named the Region 5 Elite Gym of the Year in 2016.
Justin Oldham is an Ohio University graduate where he was a cheerleader for four years and was a member of the 2001 nationals team that placed 10th at NCA nationals. He has been coaching for over ten years and is currently in his elenth year coaching at BCE. His teams have won several National titles with various companies such as Jamfest, COA, and Cheer Power. He has also coached a BCE Team at the World Championships. He has also worked with several high schools and middle schools in the Columbus area and has judged for various competitions. Justin is NFHS certified, and both First Aid and CPR certified.
Li Li is one of the most popular and decorated gymnasts China has ever produced. She competed in the 1992 Olympics
in Barcelona and in two world championships. She also coached Liu Xuan who earned a bronze medal on Uneven Bars at the 1999 World Championships. Li Li has been coaching at Buckeye for about three years and she has already had a huge impact sending several girls to National Team Training Camps, placing several girls on National TOPs teams, and getting our athletes qualified for J.O. Nationals.
Jim Mattox, commonly referred to as, “Mr. Gym” or “Mr. Gymnastics”, has been at Buckeye Gymnastics since 2001. Jim participated in gymnastics at the YMCA and the Columbus Recreation and Parks, Sports Aerobatics and Spring Board Diving RPAC. He was also an instructor under Jim Sweeney and Peter Kormann, the US Olympic Teach Coach.
Kea Early was a gymnast for 8 years at the YMCA in Newark and finished her competitive career as a level 8. After retiring her leotard Kea stayed in the gym as a teacher and a coach for three years before coming to Buckeye. Kea enjoys teaching all ages and abilities but she seems to particularly like working with girls from the 5th to the 8th grade. They like her too and Kea is a very effective and popular teacher at Buckeye.
Laura Montgomery competed in gymnastics for six years and has coached gymnastics at Buckeye for over a decade. She is a graduate of Capital University, graduating with a degree in Biology and Psychology. Laura attended a six-week internship at Rushmore Gymnastics in London, England, where she shared with our British sister club the details of running an American style gymnastics school.
Ariane Filkins was a gymnast for 11 years and competed at level 9 at Olympic Academy in Newark before heading to Ohio State where she graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies. She has taught gymnastics for four years in Central Ohio and coached to level 4. What she loves best about teaching gymnastics are the smiles on the kid’s faces
Mike Young is the Head Coach for Buckeye Cheer Elite. Mike was a cheerleader at the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee while earning his degree in Graphic Design and Psychology. He started Buckeye Cheer Elite in 2000. Mike is First-Aid and CPR certified, AACCA certified (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors) and USASF certified (United States All Star Federation). He was a founding member of NACCC (National All Star Cheerleading Coaches Congress). His teams have won top honors at the senior level 5 division in various national championships while participating in the top cheer competitions available included the Cheerleading World Championships. He has also coached and developed dozens of college cheerleaders for the Big Ten Conference, other big name conferences, and for many smaller schools as well. Mike was recently inducted into the Americheer Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a coach.
Megan O’Reilly has a very long history with Buckeye Gymnastics. She started gymnastics here when she was 6 years old. She was a member of our competitive teach for 12 years. Her personal experience with gymnastics and her love for making kids laugh and smile make Megan a great addition to the Buckeye coaching staff. She is currently coaching preschool, recreational and TNT classes at our Westerville location.
Sasha Timchenko is a former Champion of the USSR and a Master of Sport. He was also the head coach of one of the Soviet Gymnastics Training Centers in Ukraine where he developed national team members and at least one Olympian for the former USSR. Sasha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Buckeye. He is hard-working with a focus on the development of solid and technically correct basics. Sasha has been coaching the Girls Team at Buckeye for over 20 years and he was part of the Buckeye coaching team that was voted Optional Coaching Staff of the Year in Ohio in 2016.
Scott Ryan is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Sports Promotions. While at West Virginia Scott was a scholarship gymnast on the Mountaineer’s Men’s Team. Scott has over 35 years of coaching experience ranging from coaching college at West Virginia University and UC-Berkeley to 9 years here at Buckeye Gymnastics and 15 years spent coaching in California. He was a member of the So Cal USAG Board of Directors for a number of years while in CA. He is currently coaching S&G and USAG Girls team, and is the Scarlet and Grey Team Director and Operations Manager at Buckeye Gymnastics.
Ana Papworth: Anastasia recently graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in Theatre & Dance and she has been dancing for over 20 years. She was also a competition dancer for 10 years and was able to travel and learn from a variety of well-known teachers. She has also been a popular and accomplished teacher in her own right and she brings her talent, energy, and experience to Buckeye.
Angela Wiegand is a graduate of Big Walnut High School and she has been teaching preschool for almost nine years including three years at the YMCA. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse by the State of Ohio. Angie has been teaching at Buckeye for a decade.
Alan Lanzador has been a sports guy his entire life. He excelled in athletics in high school and went on to coach a generation of youngsters in his favorite sport, soccer. But when his daughter fell in love with gymnastics he did too. He turned his considerable enthusiasm and energy to his “new favorite sport” and soon found himself immersed in the life of the gym; so much so that he was volunteering to help teach the youngsters alongside our experienced gymnastics teachers. He is now a Program Director at Buckeye at the Powell Gym.
Chelsea Cline started gymnastics when she 2 years old and spent 11 years at Buckeye gymnastics before switching to cheerleading. Chelsea has been teaching at Buckeye for several years and is a popular teacher at all levels.
Charity Rae Ellzey: Charity all but grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics. She competed for us for many years and traveled all over the USA with her favorite competitions held in Florida, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia. Charity was good on every event but she absolutely rocked on vaulting and was a many time State Champion on that event. Charity now coaches the sport that she loves and is a popular teacher at Buckeye.
Becky Doggette has been involved in gymnastics since she was six years old. She was a top performer at Buckeye Gymnastics for seven years as she won many individual state titles and helped the Buckeye team win six State Team titles. She competed at the J.O. National Championships in Dallas and attended WVU on a full athletic scholarship in gymnastics while leading the Lady Mountaineers to four winning seasons. She has been an important component to our coaching staff at Buckeye for many years and she has developed many state, regional and national champions. She was part of the Buckeye coaching team that was voted Optional Coaching Staff of the Year in Ohio in 2016.
Rachel Osmena began her initial training as a ballerina with Dayton Ballet School in Dayton, Ohio. She received additional training at San Francisco Ballet, Marin Ballet, Palo Alto Ballet, Jacksonville Ballet and Wright State University and became a professional ballet dancer in 1992 joining Dayton Ballet. Rachel has teaching experience of 20 years in all types of movement. She was Director of Dayton Ballet Junior Company, Dayton Ballet Outreach Program and has staged multiple works for choreographers she worked with while she was a professional dancer. After taking a short break to start a family, Rachel started working for Momentum where she is now Residency Program Manager and Senior Teacher. Momentum is a non-profit organization that teaches students the life skills of self-discipline, teamwork and striving for excellence. She joined Buckeye Gymnastics first as a parent following both of her daughter’s dreams and now as a teacher that loves working with children.
Gabby Whitaker grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics starting at age 7 and “graduating” as a high school senior. She competed for Buckeye for 6 years through Level 8. She is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist and discovered that she has the gift of teaching after rejoining us as a gymnastics teacher and coach.
Becky Cox was already something of a legend in the sport of gymnastics in Ohio before she stepped into the gym as a coach at Buckeye. Becky was the 2012 Horizon Coach of the Year for Region 5 (OH, MI, IL, IN, KY), 2011 Ohio Judge of the Year, and the 2013 Spirit of Team Ohio award winner. She has been coaching some of the best gymnasts in the city, state and region as coach at Universal Gymnasts for over a decade and she was an accomplished gymnast in her own right at Lima Gymnastics. Becky brings over 30 years of gymnastics experience to Buckeye through her competing, judging and coaching and we welcome her to the coaching staff.
Lauren Roggenkamp was a student and competitive gymnast at Buckeye from the time she was in Kindergarten until 12 years old. She competed for Buckeye through Level 8 and then did gymnastics at Thomas Worthington High School. Lauren went on to get a degree in Early Childhood Development from CSCC. After getting her degree she worked as a preschool teacher for a number of years before returning to Buckeye to coach.
Victoria grew up and Westerville and took classes at Buckeye from the 1st through 8th grade. She then competed for Westerville Central High School where floor was her favorite event. Her favorite quote: “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated,” and that is exactly how Victoria approaches teaching at Buckeye Gymnastics. Fun Fact: Victoria is fluent in Hungarian.
Julia grew up in Rocky River, Ohio where she trained and competed for Great Lakes Gymnastics. Julia went on to cheer for Rocky River High School while teaching gymnastics at Great Lakes. Julia is now at Ohio State.
Jennifer has been teaching and coaching gymnastics since 2011. Jen coached at Top Flight Gymnastics in Crestview Hills, KY and she was the Gymnastics Coordinator for the Ross County YMCA where she managed the entire program, taught gymnastics at all ages and abilities and coached the competitive team. Jennifer is the Buckeye Preschool Director at Powell.
Anamaria (Bican) Roe started gymnastics as a child in Romania and by the age of thirteen was invited to train at the Olympic Center among other national and international champions. She went on to win medals in such competitions as American Cup, Goodwill games and European Championships. She was selected to be one of the six gymnasts who made the 1996 Olympic Team for Romania but, unfortunately, she was unable to compete due to a knee accident. For the last past 16 years she has been coaching in the USA preparing athletes who won State, Regional, and National Championships. Anamaria is a National level rated judge and the recipient of Master of Sports Certification awarded by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. She earned a BA Saginaw Valley State University in International Studies with emphasis in Business and a Certificate in International Business and a minor in accounting.
Jen Monaghan Held has been cheering for most of her life. As a high school student at Somerset Area High School in Somerset, PA, Jen cheered for four years with her school and also cheered for an all-star team that placed at UCA Nationals and at Worlds. She then went on to cheer at Slippery Rock University. Jen has worked for several years as an instructor for UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) at various summer camps and competitions.
Vicki Keller was a gymnast at Buckeye for many years before returning to us to teach and coach. Vicki brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the gym where she is a popular teacher in the Gym Stars programs. Vicki was the lead tumbling coach for the Buckeye Flyers TNT team for many years where she developed many state, regional and national champions.
Jenna Swarzentruber grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics. She has developed into one of the most accomplished gymnasts ever to come out of our gym. She has competed in the Nastia Liukin Cup twice, has competed at Level 10 Nationals three times, is a National J.O Champion and has earned a full athletic scholarship and will attend The Ohio State University in the fall of 2017.
Thad Beaver has been a USA Gymnastics professional for three decades as a coach, gym owner, gym manager, program director, instructor, motivator, and leadership developer. He has worked and coached in Central Ohio for Columbus Gymnastics, Gym Extreme and Midwest Gymnastics. During this time he has trained and developed state, regional and national competitors and many champions. We are pleased to welcome Thad to our coaching staff and look forward to the excitement and commitment to excellence that he brings.
Dayah Haley grew up in the gym. She competed as a member of Hills Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Maryland, before earning a full college scholarship at West Virginia University. At WVU Dayah earned an undergraduate degree in Athletic Coaching Education with a minor in Personal Training and went to earn her Masters in Athletic Coaching. Dayah competed and lettered all four years at WVU culminating with a 3rd place All Around finish at the Big Twelve Championships in 2014 and in being elected Team Captain by her coaches for her dedication and leadership. She continued her gymnastics career at West Virginia as a graduate assistant coach and as a teacher and coach at WVU’s summer camp program.
Nate Shaffer learned gymnastics at Olympic Academy in Newark, Ohio and he learned to teach and coach over the past 13 years at gyms throughout central Ohio. Along the way John developed experience and skill in teaching preschool gymnastics, girls and boys gymnastics, competitive girls gymnastics, special needs, and Trampoline and Tumbling. John has a great way with kids and he provides his students with a fun, effective , and positive approach to learning.