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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.

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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.

 

 

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

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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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“Dida Finch”

Cheer Director

Dida began the journey with our competitive cheer program in February of 2017 and more than doubled the program in the first year. She has been coaching for 19 years. Did possesses a degree in Childhood Development. Her family relocated her from Tennessee, where she most recently owned her own gym and coached teams ranging from Tinies to Senior 4. We are very excited to grow our athletes both inside and outside of the gym and believe teaching life lessons is the number 1 goal.

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“Lindsey Bocklage”

Assistant Cheer Coach

Coach Lindsey has been coaching Competitive Cheerleading and Tumbling for 8 years. She cheered competitively from the age of 7 until she aged out at 19. During that time she also cheered for Glendale High School, and Drury University. She decided at 19 that coaching is what she wanted to do and pursued it full time. During her time as an athlete, Lindsey won Various National Championships and the All American Cheerleader award twice. Her passion for the sport has helped lead her teams to National Championships, Colorado State Grand Championship, and Full Paid Bid to compete at the D2 Summit at Disney World. Lindsey’s favorite part of her job is seeing the look on her athlete’s faces when they achieve a new skill or hit their routine. She is very thankful for the opportunity to teach her passion for the sport to the next generations of cheerleaders.