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.
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 over a decade and she has had a huge impact helping Buckeye place gymnasts on the USA National Team, advancing and winning at J.O. Nationals, and sending many gymnasts to National Training Camps and TOPs National Testing. Li Li is also a brevet judge and has 2 skills named after her as a gymnastics on bars and beam in the FIG Code.
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 where she caught the eye of the coaches from West Virginia University. She ended up going to WVU on a full athletic scholarship in gymnastics and 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.
Christian Gallardo grew up in El Paso, Texas where he competed as a Level 10 gymnast and for his high school. He coached both girls and boys at Gymnastics Elite Youth Sports and The American Dream in El Paso and girls through Level 10 at Diamondback Gymnastics in Mesa, Arizona. Christian has been coaching Girls Team at the highest levels at Buckeye for several years.
Sasha Timchenko is a former champion of the USSR and he was 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.
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 many other high level gymnasts. Fernando has been at Buckeye since 2014 and has been instrumental in placing multiple Buckeyes on USA National Team, developing national medalists at J.O. Nationals, and helping our gymnasts earn college scholarships and win state championships.
Scott has spent his entire adult life in the gym. After earning his Masters degree in Science in Sports Promotion from West Virginia he stayed on a WVU as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Gymnastics Team. Scott then came to Buckeye Gymnastics where he coached all levels through Level 10. Since the late 1990’s Scott has the Head Coach and Program Director for Aztec Gymnastics in San Diego, Assistant Coach at the University of California- Berkeley, and as the Gymnastics Team Director for the Cameron Family YMCE in Santee, CA. Scott has coached National Champions in both the USA and Mexico, sent gymnasts to Level 10 Nationals 17 years, and had 18 gymnasts receive full gymnastics scholarships. We are thrilled to have Scott back at Buckeye once again.
Gabe Millan is a transplant from Texas and he comes to Ohio and Buckeye with a boat load of enthusiasm and a cowboy’s get-’er-done attitude. He is a very hard worker and we have put him to work mostly with our younger beginning and intermediate gymnasts to develop their basics and to fine tune their desire to work hard. He also works with our TOPs gymnasts and he has already coached a National TOPs Testing and at Region 5 Training Camps.
Michael Williams came to gymnastics late in life at the ripe old age of twenty-two. He started teaching gymnastics at Willpower Tumbling and Gymnastics in Gallipolis, Ohio where he coached for two years before moving over to Southern Ohio Gymnastics Academy which is also located in Gallipolis. He coached the girl’s competition teams at Southern Ohio for three years culminating in qualifying one of his Level 10 gymnasts to J.O. Nationals in 2015. Michael is a graduate of Ohio Valley Christian High School and the University of Rio Grande where he earned a degree in Business Management while also playing keeper for the varsity soccer team.
Laura Clark is a former Level 10 gymnast, many time state champion, regional champion, and National competitor for Buckeye Gymnastics. Laura attended Northern Illinois University on a full ride scholarship where she received numerous achievements such as the NIT and Midwest Independent Conference beam champion, was an All American on beam and floor, was a member of the 1995 NCAA regional team, was a 2 year team captain and held a school record of a 9.975 on the balance beam for many years. Since college Laura has been coaching at Buckeye Gymnastics.
Maggie trained and competed in the Czech Republic through the advanced level. She came to the USA to complete her graduate work in education and physical education. Maggie is a certified personal trainer and works with clients throughout the city. At Buckeye she works with the pre-team Levels 1-2 and teaches various recreational classes. Maggie also runs a fitness class in the early morning at Westerville. For more info check at the front desk
Michelle McNabb was a Buckeye gymnast and team member for many years and was strong contributor on many State Champion Teams at Buckeye. Michelle has been a strong teacher for Buckeye for many years and she works primarily with our young team gymnasts.
Keru Cai is a former member of the Tianjin Outstanding Athlete Training Center, China and competed in regional, national and international meets. She is a National Gymnastic judge in China and a China Master Sportsman. Keru holds a M.S. in Physical Education from the Bejing Physical Education University. She has coached for close to three decades in both China and the USA. In China one of her athletes competed for China in the 1999 Tianjin Artistic Gymnastic World Championships. While coaching in Virginia and Mass. over the past decade Keru’s gymnasts have won both state and regional championships and have qualified to JO Nationals at Level 10.
Dr. Kim Van Camp is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. But before she was Dr. Van Camp she was simply “Kim” and she was a terrific gymnast here at Buckeye Gymnastics. Kim was a Buckeye longer than she has been a doctor and she advanced through the ranks until she competed as a Level 10. We are thrilled to have Kim back with us and working with our younger gymnasts..
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.
Jen Monaghan 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 1st at UCA Nationals at the Sr. Level 5 division and also placed 8th at Worlds. She then went on to cheer at Slippery Rock University for three years where her team competed at the NCA and UCA Nationals. Jen has worked for several years as an instructor for UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) at various summer camps and competitions.
Victor Pike comes to Buckeye from NOVA (Northern Virginia, aka: greater Washington DC) by way of Morehead State and the University of Louisville where he was part of the NCA College National Championship Team in 2012. Victor has coached for several years at NEO All Stars before relocating to central Ohio and BCE.
Samantha started cheering when she was 4 years old. She cheered on All-Star teams for five years including with Buckeye Cheer Elite where she received a World’s Bid. Samantha earned a varsity letter all four years of high school (Olentangy) and won the All-star award for my High school competition squad. She has been coaching cheerleading for 5 years at levels 1-3 and tumbling at levels 1-5. Samantha is currently attending Ohio State where she is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education (pre-k through 3rd).
Andi Cornwall has been cheering and teaching/coaching for most of her life. She grew up in North Carolina and started in gymnastics and then switched to cheerleading. Andi was a varsity cheerleader at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at NC State where she was also on the Varsity Dance Team. She went on the cheer professionally for the Fayetteville Wildcats of the Arena Football League. Andi coached cheer at various camps, schools and at all-star cheer gyms. Andi graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and from North Carolina Central University where she earned her teaching degree and certification and went on to teach middle school Marth, Science and Engineering in Durham, NC.
Krystal Ryan was both a cheerleader and a gymnast In West Lafayette, Ohio. She competed through Level 7 as a gymnast before switching to cheerleading. As a cheerleader Krystal competed as a Level 5 at Cheer Force and competed in many National Championships and at Cheerleading Worlds. Krystal also taught and coached both gymnastics and cheerleading for many years before joining us at Buckeye. Krystal has completed most of her course work for a degree in Biology.
David Steigerwald is the head coach for the Buckeye Flyers. He is a graduate of Aurora High School and Columbus College of Art and Design. David has bounced at a National and International level for several years. David started at Buckeye teaching our tumbling and trampoline classes but he was so enthusiastic about the sport that he soon had us thinking about starting a competitive for tumbling, trampoline, and double mini-trampoline. Now the Buckeye Flyers are ranked the top tumbling team in Ohio and in the top two in trampoline and double-mini trampoline. David has developed many state, regional, and national champions and has coached at the Age-Group World Championship Trials. David serves as the State Director for TNT in Ohio as elected by his coaching peers.
Weston Hendricks is a National Champion Tumbler who has qualified for and competed in the Age-group, World Championship Trials. Weston has also won a bronze medal as a Level 10 at the National Championships on Double Mini-trampoline. In all, Weston has competed in 6 National Championships winning 5 bronze, 3 silver and one gold medal over six years. Weston’s favorite skills include a triple-front half-twist out and a full-twist in, half-twist out, double front. His advise to his young athletes, “Just enjoy the process of working hard to achieve a goal.”
Spencer Merriss has been on the Buckeye Flyers trampoline and tumbling team since 2008. During that time he has advanced steadily from a beginning athlete to a Level 10 competitor and he has competed in eight states including competitions in Long Beach, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Knoxville, TN. Spencer has competitor at TNT Nationals many times and is a National Champion. His favorite quote, “A goal without a plan is a wish.”