Meet the Coaches Gymnastics Coaching for Girls and Boys

Gymnastics coaching takes patience and a caring attitude, and that’s what you find at Garland's Gymnastics. Our coaches love to teach gymnastics skills to girls and boys. They get a real sense of pride as they watch the kids learn new skills, accomplish moves they didn’t think they could do, and develop into mature young adults. Our coaches are experienced in teaching gymnastics, tumbling, and ninja skills to children ages 18 months to 18 years.

Bret Garland
Brett Garland
Owner / Gymnast / Coach

As a child, Brett participated in all kinds of sports but found he was drawn to gymnastics because of all the great moves they performed. He’s been coaching in one way or another since he was in ninth grade. He and his wife, Wendy, are the owners of Garland’s Gymnastics and are proud of the positive, uplifting environment they have created for children. Brett and the coaches he has retained care about the kids as people and it shows in everything they do. “I love it when the kids call me grandpa and I hear them referring to the coaches as their best friends. That’s when I know that what we are doing is having a positive impact on their lives.”

Brianna Morton

Since her parents owned a gym when she was growing up, it was only natural that Bri spent most of her waking time in their gymnasium in Yakima, WA. She grew up doing gymnastics, competing locally and nationally. With her love of the sport, the next step for Bri was coaching. She began coaching gymnastics in 2012 and helps manage Garland's along with coaching. Bri really enjoys being a part of the Garland team. “We are just a big family of goofballs that like to have a good time. We love seeing kids love gymnastics as much as we do!”

Kelen Richardson
Coach/office manager/gymnast

At age six, Kelen started recreational gymnastics. She was good at the sport and when she got older, she spent two years competing in the Junior Olympic program and four years competing in her high school’s program. After Kelen was through with competitions, she started coaching and has been doing so on and off since 2007. “I like seeing the look on a student’s face when they achieve a new skill they’ve been working hard on!”

Wade Hascall
Veronica Romero
Coach/Birthday supervisor

I attended this gym from middle school until I got too old to go. I love the coaches and you can tell how much they love to make it enjoyable and a great experience for you. Brett is an amazing owner, gymnast, and coach!!

Cory Lester | Student Testimonial

Amy Kerl
xcel head coach/gymnast

Amy grew up in Yakima, WA and participated in gymnastics competitions for 13 years. She’s been coaching since 2015 and loves everything about it. “I love this team of girls and coaches who have become just like family. It’s not work when you absolutely love what you do!”

Holly Schell

Holly began coaching gymnastics in 2017. She loves working with kids and finds that she’s a natural in the coaching role. “The kids are amazing and the staff at Garland’s Gymnastics is phenomenal!”

Alissa Carreno

Alissa has been a competitive gymnast for most of her life. Even after she retired as a gymnast, Alissa couldn’t stay out of the gym – and that’s what brought her to Garland’s where she began coaching in early 2019. “I love watching the young ones learn as they grow in more than just gymnastics. It’s amazing to see them developing important life skills through their gymnastics training.”

Jenessa Reid

The coaches are so good with my sons, they are becoming more and more motivated to learn new moves, and have grown in leaps and bounds in confidence and gross motor control. Highly recommend :-D

Jessica Bird | Parent Testimonial

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Sydney Hoeft
Coach/Birthday supervisor

You most often see Sydney running birthday parties and supervising open gym time. She participated in gymnastics for about four years as a child and really enjoyed it. It’s the memories of that experience that brought her to Garland’s Gymnasium. Sydney loves spending a lot of time with kids, so this is the perfect job for her! “Everyone is so friendly and it’s always a good time at Garland’s!”

Opal Koeppel

Opal started with recreational gymnastics when she was eight years old and was good enough to earn her way onto Garland’s competitive team. She performed competitively for seven years, finishing as a Level 9. Altogether, Opal did gymnastics for more than 10 years and has been coaching on and off since 2018. “I have such a love for the sport. My favorite part of coaching is being able to see that same love and appreciation grow in the kiddos I coach.”

Abby Dalton

Abby began as a recreational gymnast at Garland’s Gymnastics as a child. She continued with the sport for a number of years and began coaching in 2007. “I love watching kids grow up in the gym and seeing them develop new skills as they grow in the sport.”

Gabby Winstead
Alexis Lawrence
level 3 team coach

Great, supportive coaches and staff who really care about the kids

Donna Hostick | Parent Testimonial

Mary Virden
evening office manager
LeeAnn Gonzales
Coach/birthday party extraordinaire

LeeAnn was raised in a gymnastics family, and was a gymnastics coach in Idaho Falls for six years before purchasing her own gym. LeeAnn owned Pure Energy Gymnastics in Idaho Falls for 10 years and has been coaching at Garland’s Gymnastics since 2016. “I love everything about being a coach! This is the only place I truly feel I can be my crazy awesome self!”

Alix MacDicken
xcel assistant coach

When she was just two years old, Alix began taking gymnastics. She loved the sport and competed for 12 years in her hometown of Federal Way, WA. Alix has been coaching since 2017. “I love that we are one big happy family! It doesn’t feel like work when you enjoy what you do. I love this gym and the girls are like family to me.”

Dani Gustin
level 3 and 4 team coach

Dani began taking gymnastics when she was five years old, continuing until she was 16. She competed in high-level gymnastics with Garland’s for many years and attended nationals in 2014. Dani really enjoyed gymnastics and the confidence it brought her. She had a strong desire to continue with the sport, which is what led her into coaching. She coached for Garland’s from 2009 through 2010, returning to Garland’s in 2019 to coach again. “I love being able to pass on my love of the sport to enthusiastic kids!”

Sydney Richardson
April Field