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About Coach Nastia

Nastia, a native of Belarus, grew up in the life of gymnastics.  Nastia trained in all the skills offered in gymnastics and represented her gym and Belarus in regional and international competitions.  After moving to the USA she continued her career focused on trampoline and tumbling, reaching the Elite level at age 15.  After discovering her love of coaching, she began forming her own team in 2012.

Nastia helping a boy on bars.

About Head Coach Natasha

Natasha was born and raised in the small town of Gomel, Belarus.  After discovering trampoline at age 9, she shifted her focus from gymnastics and her training rapidly progressed.  Consistently placing first in state, regional, and national competitions, she qualified for and won gold at many World Cups, European Cups, and World Championships.  In 2000, she represented her country at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and earned a fifth-place finish!  Now, Natalia coaches our competition teams.

Coach Natalia and a student at championships cropped.

About Coach Leah

Coach Leah joined GSTA in late 2021. To say Leah has been tumbling from the time she could walk would be an understatement. With over a decade of experience competing in Acro and dance, she loves to help others find their way in the sport. Some of Leah’s favorite disciplines include tumbling, hand balancing, contortion, and various Acro skills. Leah is finishing her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Rutgers. Above all else, she is mother to son, JJ, who is just branching into the sport himself.

About Coach Gabi

Gabi is a life-long Millstone resident whose love for gymnastics started when she was three, After graduating from The Peddie School, she completed her bachelors in psychology and is working towards going back to school for physical therapy. Prior to her coaching gymnastics, she was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, With over 5 years of experience in coaching gymnasts of all ages and skill level, she is always excited to share her passion for gymnastics with her students.

Coach Gabi working with child on the uneven bars

About Coach Courtney

Courtney is 23 years old and has graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in Psychology. She attended Robbinsville High School and has lived in Robbinsville New Jersey her whole life. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years and has been coaching children from preschool to competition team level for the last 7 years. Courtney loves seeing children fall in love with the sport and the excitement on their face when they learn a new skill.

Coach Courtney helps child practicing their handstand

About Coach Liz

Liz is a 21-year old college student from Cream Ridge, and she’s been working with children of all ages for almost ten years. She loves making gymnastics a fun, safe experience for every kid. She loves helping her students make progress and learn new things, and she encourages every kid she teaches to be the best they can be!

About Coach Amanda

Amanda has over 20 years of experience coaching gymnastics. She has worked as a recreational program director, developmental team coach and camp counselor at gyms in NJ and PA. She holds a bachelors degree in Communication with minors in Women’s Studies and Athletic Coaching from Millersville University. Always athletic, Amanda worked as a Health and Fitness Specialist for various large corporations, prior to having children, and obtained her personal trainer certification through NCSF. She loves leading group fitness classes and doing 1:1 instruction with kids and adults alike. In her spare time, she volunteers at Penn Medical Center in Plainsboro as a founding member of the Patient Family Advisory Council and is on the board for the Central Jersey Mothers of Multiples. Amanda loves sports, gardening, cooking and thrift store shopping. She resides in Mercer County with her dear husband, energetic 6 year old twins, sweet golden doodle, and persnickety pussycat.

About Coach Heather

Heather is from Hopewell, NJ and has over 30 years of gymnastics coaching experience. She started gymnastics and dance when she was 2 years old. She competed in artistic gymnastics then trampoline and finally rhythmic gymnastics. She started as a junior coach when she was 12 years old. At 18, she was the Special Olympic World Games assistant gymnastics coach and head rhythmic coach for Team NJ. She’s coached USAG artistic gymnastics levels 1 – elite, rhythmic gymnastics levels 1-9, and Trampoline and Tumbling through the elite level.

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Her favorite event to coach is tumbling. Heather reintroduced power tumbling to NJ in early 2009-2010. From there she coached multiple state, regional, and national champions in power tumbling. She’s had four athletes be members of the Olympic Development/JumpStart team as well as the EDP (Elite development program) team. She is a category 2 power tumbling judge who has judged invitationals, states, regionals, and nationals. She has served on the NJ and Regional boards for trampoline and tumbling.

She is currently a graduate student at Concordia University, Chicago in applied exercise physiology with a focus on strength and conditioning. She holds a bachelors in exercise science and kinesiology. She will be sitting for her exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and USA weightlifting certification exams in the next few months. She finished her sports performance internship focusing on speed and power at Redline Morristown and is now interning for special populations, Olympic lifting, and group training sessions at Evolve Fitness in Millburn, NJ.  Heather’s passion is teaching and helping students reach their goal and staying healthy and happy in the process.

About Coach Rachael

Coach Rachael has been in the sport since she was 4 years old. Starting off with artistic gymnastics and switched to trampoline and tumbling by the age of 6. By the time she was 10 years old she was already going to Olympic training camps and on an elite level. She has been all over the country, going to nationals and different types of competitions. After her career ended, coach Rachael started diving and competed for high school gymnastics. Rachael has been coaching recreational and team program for over 5 years now and loves seen kids learn new skills!

Coach Rachael helping student learn proper backflip techniques

About Fran

My career started in restaurant and banquet sales. Soon after, I joined my family’s pizzeria business in North Jersey.  After 8 years working in the family business, I joined Funtime America in Cliffwood as their Sales Manager and Party Director. While at Funtime America, I oversaw countless birthday parties, school events, and summer camp programs. After semi-retiring in 2019, I began looking for my next opportunity when I came across the Front Desk Assistant at Garden State Trampoline Academy. I am privileged, honored and very happy to have joined the GSTA Team and look forward to seeing all our athletes at the gym! 

Fran smiling at camera while working on a computer in front of a Garden State Trampoline Academy sign

About Coach Brittany

Brittany graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Mathematics. After which she taught at Bishop Ahr High School for 3 years when she decided to change careers. Brittany then graduated from Drexel University ACE program with a bachelor’s in Nursing. Brittany has been an RN at St. Peter’s University Hospital in the ER and ICU for the last 6 years. Brittany was a high school cheerleader and coached the Bishop Ahr Varsity Cheer team to a state championship. Brittany loves children and enjoys getting to flip around and teach others to share that passion!

When she’s not at the gym or the hospital, Brittany enjoys spending her time with her two sons; Logan and Sean. She loves Black Bear Lake and GSTA!

About Coach Ritsika

A high school Senior, Coach Ritsika has been pursuing gymnastics since the tender age of 7 years old. Being trained by Coach Natasha and Coach Nastia, Ritsika has traveled the country competing in trampoline, tumbling and double mini. Upon graduation, she will be pursuing a degree in pharmaceuticals. Gymnastics has been a major part of Ritsika’s life and by coaching our youngest athletes, she hopes to make their experience as memorable and fun as hers was.

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