GET TO KNOW THE CREW
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.
REBECCA M. PARRISH
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.
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.
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.
Orginally from Columbia, South Carolina, Tahj moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2019 from CofC. Tahj was a competitive gymnast for 10 years before college, and competed Level 10. She works with both our compulsory and optional programs at GAC.
Boys Team Coach
Tommy is originally from Hilton Head, SC, and moved back to his home state in 2020 after spending 10 years in California. Though he was never a competitive gymnast, and has spent time coaching AAU basketball as well, Tommy found his true passion for this sport on a Euro bed trampoline and began his gymnastics journey. After working his way up through recreational classes, ninja, and team, he coached the members of Stanford Boys Gymnastics, creating Regional and National champions along the way. Tommy was also the Master Coach on trampoline at Stanford University for both men and women.
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."
Emily is originally from Charleston and has lived here for her entire life. She competed up to Level 5 and trained for Level 6. Emily went on to participate in track and field at her high school for four years and qualified for states both on an individual and team level. Currently, she attends the College of Charleston and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.
Ally Eidson is the daughter of Rebecca Parrish, one of the co-owners of GAC, and she is a graduate of Wando High School. She began gymnastics at the age of 3 and now competed as a Level 10 gymnast, becoming a 4x Regional Qualifier and Level 8 Regional Beam champion on the way. Ally coaches recreational classes and competitive teams.