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.
Christa is originally from Cumming, GA, and lived in Charleston from 2013-2015 when her USAF husband was stationed here. They moved away for 7 years to be stationed at Grand Forks and Beale, but their love for Charleston brought them back when they could finally choose. Christa competed gymnastics up to Level 5 before switching to cheer, and she went on to cheer at Georgia Tech (she was the team captain her senior year) and compete Open Co-Ed Level 6. She has also coached youth swim teams, won strength and conditioning awards, interned with the marketing department at Under Armor, and earned her B.S. in Business Admin with certificates in Marketing and Organizational Psychology.
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!
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.
Jadyn joined the GAC WA staff in the fall of 2022 and is originally from Tennessee. She followed her parents here in 2018 and has made it her home. She started gymnastics at the age of 2 and continued until her senior year of high school. Throughout this time she got as high as Level 9, qualified for every advanced optionals Regional meet, and attended Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Florida. She is currently a student at the College of Charleston earning a degree in secondary biology education while keeping her Presidents List streak going.
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 has been with GAC since 2014 and is the head coach for the GAC Xcel program, working primarily with the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond groups.
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.
Rec & Team Coach
Bridgette joined GAC in the fall of 2022 and is originally from Northern VA, but she moved to Charleston in 2021 for warmer weather and a change of scenery. She competed through Level 10 at APEX Gymnastics, was a National Qualifier, and a DIII gymnast for four years at The College at Brockport. She coached developmental, compulsory, and optionals part time for three years then Head level 5-8 Beam + Floor coach for a year, alongside some recreational coaching. Bridgette has a B.AA in English and Communications, and is also a personal trainer/kickboxing coach here in Charleston.