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 ”Laurel Ryherd ”

Director of the Recreation Program

Laurel began gymnastics at age 4, and was Illinois state champion in bars, beam, vault and all-around for level 4.  She switched to trampoline and tumbling and was state champion, national champion and a member of the AAU 2011-2012 National Trampoline and Tumbling team.  She began coaching gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling at the YMCA in Champaign, Illinois in 2009 and eventually became the head coach of the Trampoline and Tumbling Team. In 2012, Laurel was offered a position to develop the preschool and tumbling program at a new gym in Champaign, IL and was there until she left to finish college. In 2015 Laurel moved to the Springfield area and began teaching at Gold Medal Gyms.
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“Coach Cash McGowan”

Head Team Coach

Cash started coaching gymnastics in 1997 while cheering at SMSU West Plains. In 1999 Cash started coaching competitively. Cash started the Team Program at Gold Medal Gymnastics in 2004 and created a great competitive Team Program, so well that a company in New York offered him a job. In 2013 Cash and his family moved to Long Island, New York where they helped to get a new gym started, and had a very successful JO Team program. Cash and his family have been back at Gold Medal Gyms since June 2015. In his first year back Cash led his Team Program to multiple state and regional champions, as well as a level 10 National champion.

It isn’t about who we are. It’s about your kids and who we get to help them become.

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“Sara McGowan”

Assistance Head Coach

Sara has been Coaching team and pre-school at Gold Medal Gymnastics since 2005. After moving to Long Island, New York with her family in 2013, where she helped to revamp the pre-school program there. In 2014 Sara was instrumental in getting another pre-school program started in Garden City on Long Island, New York while working alongside her husband starting a very successful JO Team program. In 2015 Sara and her family moved back to Gold Medal Gyms and Sara couldn’t be happier to be home where it all started.

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“Samantha Mayo”

Head Coach of Gold Medal Gyms Xcel Team

Samantha  was an upper level competitive gymnast in the 70’s and 80’s in Texas. She was also a college cheerleader at Texas Christian University in the 90’s. Samatha brings 25+ years of experience in coaching gymnastics and cheer leading to Gold Medal Gyms, ranging from private lessons to competitive team. As a current fitness instructor at the Y, she expects a high level of energy from her athletes. Her style is enthusiastic and affirming while at the same time providing correction in the details and technique of the sport she loves. Samantha is a mother to 2 boys and 1 girl who is on the Gold Medal Gyms JO Team.

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