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Jacobs Gymnastics

75 NE Venture Drive, Suite A, Waukee, IA 50263

Jacobs Gymnastics Staff

ChrisJ1

Chris Jacobs, owner

Background: Began  dance training and tumbling classes at age 6. Competed YMCA, YWCA,
and USGF (United States Gymnastics Federation) Class 3, Class 2 and Optionals.
Competed  at East High School.

Experience:Jacobs Gymnastics Owner - September 2002 - current.  .

Director and coach for preschool - team levels, 1985-2002. AAU Gymnastics Team gymnastics coach, 1994 - 2006.

Amerikids team coach 2006-2010.   USA Gymnastics Professional Member Coach since 2010,
 USAG Safety Certified 2010. U100 Gymnastics Certified. USAG Meet Director Certification.

Coaching pre-school - team levels. Head USAG Xcel coach 2010- current.

Family:Husband, Ron and sons, Nate and Luc.

 

 

Richelle2

Coach: Rachelle Ruhland

Background - Team gymnast at The Turn Around gym in LeMars. Coached team programs at Triad and Blackhawks.

Began coaching Xcel Team, private lessons and subbing at Jacobs in 2013.

Graduated UNI, degree in Elementary Education. Currently teaching Kindergarten at Saint Francis

Other Activities: Volleyball, Wedding planning

 

 

 

 

Luc1

Coach:  Luc Jacobs

Background: Began gymnastics classes at age 3. Competed AAU Boys and also tumbling competitions. 

Coaching experience:  Began coaching June 2005.

Currently Xcel Team Vault coach specialist  USAG Professional Coach since 2011, USAG Safety Certified 2011. 
USAG Xcel coach 2010- current. USAG U100 Certified. 

Education:  Graduated Waukee High School 2009 - Graduated  GrandView College - Elementary Ed major with a K-8 math endorsement. Waukee Middle School 6th grade Science teacher Purple Team -  Fall 2015

Family:  Dad - Ron, Mom - Chris, and older brother - Nate

Other Interests: Lacrosse, hockey, football.

 

 

KendraB

Coach: Kendra Bottorff

Currently coaching: Intermediate, House Team, Xcel Team  level coach

Background: Began gymnastics age 6, working through all levels, finished her senior year competing as a Platinum level gymnast.
 

Education:  Graduatedt ADM, looking forward to attending Grandview University in the fall 2015 as a business major.

Other interests: Spending time at the gym, hanging out with friends and family

 

AlishaH

Coach: Alisha

Currently coaching: IPreschool, Superstars, Advanced, House Team and Xcel Team

Background: Early dance classes and then began at Jacobs at age 9, competed Xcel Diamond level. .

Education: Attended DMACC, attending Lee University - Tennessee - in the fall 2015 majoring in Exercise Science..

Other interests: Fitness, Friends, going to the Beach

Maggie

Coach: Maggie

Currently coaching: All levels

Background: Began at Jacobs at age 9
Currently  Jacobs Xcel Diamond Team Gymnast

Education: Graduated Valley HS, Sophomore at U of I

Other interests:  Scratch cupcakes, attending concerts

Emma H1

Coach: Emma H.

Currently coaching: Beginner -  Advanced levels

Background: Began at Jacobs and worked up through the levels!
Former  Jacobs Xcel  Team Gymnast

Education: Graduated from Waukee, Continuing classes at DMACC, then transferring to ISU in Spring 2016 to study Computer Programming

Other interests: Art, Drawing, Gymnastics

Emma Gr

Coach: Emma G. 

Currently coaching: Beginner through Xcel Team levels

Background: Began at age 2 and also at Jacobs opening day!
Former  Jacobs  Team Gymnast - also works out with team.

Education: Senior at Van Meter

Other interests: Gymnastics, National Honor Society, Class President, Cheer Captain at Van Meter, Student Ambassador, Church group. Emma loves spending time with family and outdoor activities.

RylieD

Coach: Rylie

Currently coaching: Intermediate through House Team

Background: Began at age 3!
Former Jacobs  Xcel  Team Gymnast

Education: Senior at Waukee High School

Other interests:

Olivia

Coach: Olivia

Currently coaching:  Intermediate - House Team levels

Background: Began gymnastics age  4, started at Jacobs at the opening!
Former Jacobs  Team Gymnast

Education: Senior  Waukee

Other interests: 

Kendall1

Coach: Kendall 

Currently coaching: Beginner and Intermediate levels

Background: Began gymnastics age 2, started at Jacobs at the opening!
Former Jacobs  Team Gymnast

Education: Graduated Waukee - ISU Fall of 2015

Other interests: ISU Cheerleader

KassidyH

Coach: Kassidy

Currently coaching:  Intermediate - House Team levels

Background: Began gymnastics age 2, started at Jacobs at the opening!
Former Jacobs  Team Gymnast

Education: Graduated Waukee - ISU Fall of 2015

Other interests:  ISU Cheerleader,

Chloe

Coach: Chloe

Currently coaching: Pre-School -  House Team  levels

Background: Began gymnastics at Jacobs at an early age. Pursued other interests and returned as a coach!

Education: Junior at Waukee

Other interests:

Connor

Coach: Conner

Currently coaching: Beginner - Advanced

Background: Former Jacobs Team Gymnast
 

Education: Junior  at Waukee

Other interests: Gymnastics, Cheer

Megan

Coach: Megan

Currently coaching: Advanced

Background: Current Platinum Xcel team gymnast - working toward Diamond level
 

Education: Junior  at Waukee

Other interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Video Production

Ciera

Coach: Ciera

Currently coaching:  Advanced

Background: Current Platinum Xcel team gymnast - working toward Diamond level

Education: Junior  at Waukee

Other interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Video Production

Jillian

Coach: Jillian

Currently coaching: Preschool - Advanced

Background:  Xcel team gymnast - Level 3 through Gold
 

Education: Sophomore  at Waukee 

Other interests: Cheer, Music, Theater, Show Choir

Paige

Coach: Paige

Currently coaching: Preschool - House Team

Background:  Xcel team gymnast - Level 3 through Gold
 

Education: Sophomore  at Waukee 

Other interests: Gymnastics, Golf, Music, Friends, Family, Babysitting, Working with Special Needs Kids, Laughing, Hearing the Rain.

Abby

Coach: Abby

Currently coaching: Preschool - Advanced

Background: Current Platinum Xcel team gymnast - working toward Diamond level
 

Education: Freshman  at Waukee  Timberline

Other interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Band, Friends and Family.

Kaitlyn

Coach: Kaitlyn

Currently coaching: Preschool - Advanced

Background:  Xcel team gymnast - Level 3 through Gold
 

Education: Freshman  at Waukee  Prairieview

Other interests: Gymnastics, Volleyball,

Elly

Coach: Elly

Coaches Beginner - Advanced

Education: Valley High School Senior

Other interests: Volleyball

Beckye1

Gym Manager: Beckye 

Beckye manages the lobby, answers many questions, receives payments and general inquiries.
 Also, Beckye is a  Critical Care Cardiac Manager/Nurse at Mercy Hospital.

Education: Grandview College of Nursing graduate.

Other interests: Mom to Alison and Caitlin, Coach to 5K at the Y, Starbucks

Emma S

Junior Coach - Emma S.

Currenly Platinum level gymnast - working to move up to Diamond

Education: South East Polk - Freshman

Other interests: Swimming/Diving, Cheer, Running,

Brenna

Junior Coach - Brenna

Currenly Gold level gymnast

Education: Waukee Middle School

Other interests: Music, Friends, Family

Jacobs Coaches who are “away at college”

Allison

Junior Coach - Alison

Currenly Gold level gymnast

Education: Waukee Middle School South

Other interests: Swimming, Friends

Jami

Coach: Jami

Current Xcel Choreographer

Background: Began gymnastics age 6 with Chris, team levels 3-7 and optional,  former Jacobs  team gymnast.
Experience:  Jacobs Gymnastics coach (all levels) beginning in October 2002. Optional Floor routine choreographer. USA Gymnastics Professional Coach since 2011,
 USAG Safety Certified 2011.  USAG Xcel coach 2010- current. USAG U100 Certified.

Education: Graduated  Valley as a valedictoran, Graduated Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon, attending graduate school at Drake to obtain her Master’s Degree in Elementary Ed. 

Other interests: Fitness, Travel, Painting, Golf, Baking, Family and dogs.

Callie

Coach: Callie 

Currently coaching:  Summer classes

Background: Began gymnastics age 3,  working through all levels, former Jacobs  team gymnast

Education: Graduated Dowling. Attending Arizona State - Pursuing Nurse Anesthetist since the  fall 2013

Other interests: Diving, Dowling sporting events, being with friends

Sarah1

Coach: Sarah C.

Coaches Intermediate

Education: Graduated Waukee 2015 - University of Iowa Fall 2015

Other interests: Soccer, Friends, Family.

Meenu

Coach: Meenu

Currently coaching: Assistant Team coach, Beginner-Advanced levels Birthday parties.

Background: Began at Jacobs at age 8
Former  Jacobs Team Gymnast

Education: Iowa State Sophomore

Other interests: Gymnastics and Cheer

Sarah

Coach: Sarah 

Currently coaching: 

Background: Began gymnastics age 2, working through all levels -
Currently: Diamond level Jacobs  Xcel Team Gymnast

Education: Graduated  Urbandale, attending ISU
 - National Honor Society -
Pursuing Physical Therapy major in fall 2013

Other interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Track, Study Abroad Australia

Schylir

Coach: Schylir 

Currently coaching:

Background: Began gymnastics age 8,  former Jacobs  team gymnast

Education: Sophomore at Nebraska

Other interests: Volleyball, Softball,