The Gymnastics Academy of Charleston - West Ashley facility is the second location of the premiere gymnastics and tumbling gym in the low country.  The gym is a 10,000 square foot air-conditioned facility with AAI equipment specific for training the four Olympic events and additional mats for drills and progressions to learn specific skills. The building also houses an air floor, Tumble Trak trampoline, an Ultimate Ninja Rig, and more!



Head Coach + Co-Owner

Valerie grew up in Massachusetts where she trained at Gymnastics Training Center and was coached by Dutch Olympian, Richard Maijs, and Bulgarian Olympian Tania Fillipova. Valerie was a 3-year level 10 competitor.  She was a member of the 2004 Massachusetts National Team and qualified for Vault finals. Valerie was recognized for her Scholastic honors in the Boston Globe and Herald.  Valerie attended the College of Charleston and graduated in '07 with a bachelor's degree in political science and health. Valerie has grown her competitive team from scratch to over 100 team members.  In those years she has had countless State Champions and multiple Regional Qualifiers and Champions.  She has coached a TOPs National Team member, Level 10 JO National Qualifier, and has successfully coached many to college scholarships.



Business Manager + Co-Owner

Becky was born and raised West of the Ashley in Charleston, SC. She graduated with a Business and Industrial Safety Degree from Newberry College and has been a successful business manager for over 25 years. She was a competitive baton twirler with various state and national awards. She is passionate about fitness for children and helping them find a means to further their education through the sport of gymnastics. She has one son and a daughter who graduated as a Level 10 gymnast. She is married to Randy Parrish.



Program Developer |  Boys Head Coach & Girls Optional Coach

"The Professional FunMaster" Randy was a former competitive college gymnast at Illinois State University. He has been coaching since 1976 and owned Quincy Gymnastics for 25 years and coached gymnasts and cheerleaders to the National level and collegiate level. He is a certified Physical Education teacher. In addition, he is the director of FLIP FEST summer gymnastics camp in Tennessee owned by Olympians John Macready and John Roethlisberger. He coaches all levels including recreational gymnastics here at GAC. He is GAC’s Program Developer and Director. He has coached athletes to various State, Regional, and National levels. He is USAG National and Regional Clinician and USAG Men’s and Women’s Professional Coach, Meet Director and Safety Certified.  

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Stacey Croston

Director and Customer Service Manager

Stacey started coaching in her hometown of Winchester Virginia in 1991 and has coached all levels to include: Recreational, Pre School, Levels 4-10, Xcel Levels Gold - Diamond. She's led gymnasts to Regional and National qualifications and prepared several for collegiate gymnastics. Stacey coached for 21 years before relocating to Charleston in 2012. She has continued to coach gymnastics as well as direct programs for private and municipal clubs.  With an extensive gymnastics background in coaching, mentoring and directing programs, we look forward to what will come as she utilizes her skills as our Director and Customer Service Manager at our new West Ashley location.


Jordan Devlin

Head Team Coach/Coordinator

Jordan started coaching gymnastics in 2013 at Summerville YMCA Gymnastics, a gym she'd competed for in her youth, and took over as the head coach and gymnastics director in 2017. She has coached USAG levels 2-9, as well as recreational gymnastics, with several State Champions and 6-8 Regional qualifiers to her name. She has an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston where she was also a cheerleader!



Rec Coach

Rebecca is originally from Columbia, South Carolina, but moved to Charleston in 2021 because she wanted to live closer to the beach! She's been in gymnastics her entire life, competing until the age of 16 for All Star Gymnastics. She moved on to coach for All Star as well before joining us at GAC in the spring of 2021. According to Rebecca, her greatest achievement is her "courageous, smart, beautiful angel of a daughter: Lily." 



Team & Rec Coach

Hannah is originally from New Lothrop, Michigan and moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2008. She began doing gymnastics when she was three years old and continued through the age of fifteen. She competed for the Gymnastics Academy of Charleston from levels 6-9 and then started coaching for them in high school. Hannah has been coaching competitive gymnastics at GAC West Ashley since 2021. 

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Xcel Head Coach

Tim is from Annville, Pennsylvania, and has been working in East coast gymnastics facilities since 2007. He was a varsity athlete in high school and a talented amateur tumbler. While never a competitive gymnast, Tim has spent well over a decade with the sport on both competitive and recreational sides. He moved to Charleston for graduate school and earned his Masters of Communication from CofC. He is the head coach for the GAC Xcel program, working primarily with the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond groups.



Team & Rec Coach 

Katelyn was born in Guam, but the military brought her to Charleston, South Carolina. She has been coaching gymnastics since 2018. She was a compulsory gymnast at a young age, among many other sports, and went on to pole vault at the collegiate level. Katelyn graduated with a bachelors in Biology and a minor in Education, and has since began post-baccalaureate work in Histology at MUSC.



Boys Coach 

Emmett is originally from Fort Mill, South Carolina, but moved to the Charleston area for his undergraduate work in Sociology. He was a gymnast from the age of two and started competing at age six. He stayed in the sport until Level 7, qualifying for Regionals twice along the way. After stopping his own competitive journey, Emmett turned to coaching at his home gym for the next 3 years. He is currently a combat engineer in the U.S. Army National Guard.