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.
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.
Fernando Villa is originally from Bakersfield, CA. He has been coaching gymnastics since 1995 and has worked with World Team Members, USA National Team members and and Olympians. Fernando has been at Buckeye since 2014 and has been instrumental in placing multiple Buckeyes on the USA National Team, developing national medalists at J.O. Nationals, helping our gymnasts earn college scholarships and winning state championships. He was part of the Buckeye coaching team that was voted Optional Coaching Staff of the Year in Ohio in 2016.
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.
Laura Clark is a former Level 10 gymnast, many time state champion, Regional champion, and National and International competitor for Buckeye Gymnastics. Laura attended Eastern Michigan University where she competed for four years and was a two time All American on Beam and Floor, Conference Beam Champion and NIT National Beam Champion. Laura went on to graduate school at Northern Illinois in Psychology. She has been coaching at Buckeye for a decade and is a key coach for our compulsory level teams.
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.
Julie Cvitkovich has enjoyed a love affair with gymnastics her entire life. She grew up doing gymnastics in Columbus through Level 10/Class I where she was coached by Buckeye owner David Holcomb. Julie went on to compete for Bowling Green where she majored in Sports Management before finishing her formal education at Kent State earning a degree in Physical Education. She then launched her gymnastics coaching career with successful experiences at some of the top gyms in Ohio where she coached state championship teams, put her gymnasts at National TOPs camps, and coached at the top Regional Camps and Clinics. Julie also a holds Level Ten judges rating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.