Team Staff

Girls Team

Kittia Carpenter

Kittia Carpenter

Girls Team Director

Kittia Girls Team Director at Buckeye Gymnastics. In the 20+ 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

Li Li

Girls Team Coach

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.

Phillip Todorov

Phillip Todorov

Girls Team Coach

Phillip is one of the most accomplished gymnastics coaches in the world. He was the head coach for the Bulgaria National team during most of the 1980’s when Bulgaria was a gymnastics powerhouse. He has coached at the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and other top international competitions where his gymnasts have won gold, silver, and bronze medals. Phillip was a top international competitor himself winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Sports Acrobatics with his twin brother Mathew.  Phillip has coached at Buckeye since 1990 and he recently became a U.S. citizen.

Becky Doggette

Becky Doggette

Girls Team Coach

Becky 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

Christian Gallardo

Girls Team Coach

Christian 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

Sasha Timchenko

Girls Team Coach

Sasha 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.

Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan

Girls Team Coach / Gym Stars

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 Milam

Gabe Milam

Girls Team Coach

Gabe 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.

Maggie Kusakova

Maggie Kusakova

Girls Team Coach / Gym Stars

Maggie comes to Buckeye by way of the Czech Republic. Maggie trained and competed in the Czech Republic for many years advancing to a 3rd place all-around finish at the Regional Level. She came to the USA looking to complete her graduate work in education.  Her love for gymnastics and her students have made her a very popular and much requested teacher at Buckeye. Maggie also runs a fitness class in the early morning at Westerville. For more info check at the front desk.

Michelle McNabb

Michelle McNabb

Girls Team Coach

Michelle 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

Keru Cai

Girls Team Coach

Keru 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.

Debbie Carlisle

Debbie Carlisle

Girls Team Coach

Debbie trained under Danny Warbutton, the legendary coach and owner of Gym Dandies Gymnastics, In Washington, PA. Debbie continued her love for gymnastics with teaching and coaching. Debbie coached the Newark YWCA girls team before making the decision to bring her daughter to Buckeye Gymnastics for team training. She now continues her love of coaching with our level 2′s, 3′s, and 4′s.

Dr. Kim Van Camp

Dr. Kim Van Camp

Girls Team Coach

Kim 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.

Laura Clark

Laura Clark

Girls Team Coach

Laura was a former Level 10 gymnast, many time state champion, regional champion, and National competitor for Buckeye Gymnastics. Laura attended Eastern Michigan University where she competed for the last four years. She is now back in Columbus and coaching team at Buckeye.

Fernando Villa

Fernando Villa

Girls Team Coach

Fernando is originally from Bakersfield, CA.  He has been coaching gymnastics since 1995.  Fernando has worked with World Team Members, USA National Team members and many other high level gymnasts.  Fernando joined us for our team camp this summer and is now relocating to Ohio to bring his coaching talents to Buckeye Gymnastics.

David Holcomb

David Holcomb

Founder and Owner of Buckeye Gymnastics

David is the founder and owner of Buckeye Gymnastics. David was an Ohio State gymnast and cheerleader and he then coached in central Ohio and upstate New York for about a decade before opening Buckeye in 1982. David has served the gymnastics community on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors and the USAG Executive Committee and he has chaired such committees as the USAG Member Club Task Force, the By Laws Committee and the Business Advisors and serves as host for the Business Conference held each year in conjunction with USA Gymnastics National Congress. David has presented hundreds of lectures at National and Region Congress over the past 20 years on a variety of topics and has been honored by USA Gymnastics with the National Business Leader and Service Star awards multiple times.

Buckeye Cheer Elite

Melanie Schmidli

Melanie Schmidli

Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

Melanie graduated from River Valley High School where she excelled in both gymnastics and cheerleading traveling as far as Texas to compete at Cheer Nationals and winning a State Championship in cheerleading as a senior. While attending Marshall University Melanie was selected for an internship with the Marshall Football team. Melanie has been teaching cheerleading and gymnastics at Buckeye for over 8 years.

Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder

Cheer Teacher / Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

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).

Justin Oldham

Justin Oldham

Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

Justin 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.

Holly Babcock

Holly Babcock

Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

Holly has been a standout cheerleader for Buckeye Cheer Elite for many years. Holly is an accomplished and powerful tumbler and has been part of many National Championship teams for BCE. She has also won top honors in individual cheer competitions. Holly attends Olentangy Liberty High School. Her favorite quote: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others claim that you cannot do.”

Jen Monaghan

Jen Monaghan

Cheer Stars Director / Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

Jen 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.

Mike Young

Mike Young

BCE Head Coach

Mike 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.

Carla Crawford

Carla Crawford

Buckeye Cheer Elite Coach

Carla has been involved with cheerleading for most of her life. She started out in gymnastics as a younger child and was a cheerleader in middle and high school in Hilliard and then at Heildelberg College. Carla has been the Varsity Cheer Coach at Dublin Jerome High School for past 9 years and has coached the Varsity Gymnastics Team at Dublin Scioto for 5 years. Carla has also coached All-Star Cheerleading and has been teaching tumbling since she was 10 years old. Carla has earned several degrees including a BS in both Elementary Education and Mathematics and her Masters Degree in Education leadership and Elementary and Secondary Education. Carla is USASF Certified Levels 1-5.

Buckeye Flyers

Vicki Keller

Vicki Keller

Buckeye Flyers Coach

Vicki was a gymnast at Buckeye for many years before returning to teach and coach. Vicki brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the gym and she coaches Buckeye Flyers trampoline and tumbling team.

Weston Hendricks

Weston Hendricks

Buckeye Flyers Coach

Weston 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.”

David Steigerwald

David Steigerwald

Buckeye Flyers Head Coach

David 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.