Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs

Owner

Background:  Competitive USAG gymnast  as youth and  East High School.  

Experience:

  • Jacobs Gymnastics Owner – September 2002 – Present.
  • Director and coach for preschool – team levels, 1985-2002.
  • AAU Gymnastics Team gymnastics coach, 1994 – 2006.
  • Amerikids team coach 2006-2010.
  • USAG Certificates and Completions:
    USAG Gymnastics Professional Member Coach since 2010
    USAG Safety Certified.
    U100 Gymnastics Certified.
    USAG Meet Director Certification.
    Safe Sport Certified.
  • Coaching Xcel team levels.
  • Head USAG Xcel coach 2010- current.

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

Luc Jacobs

Luc Jacobs

Coach


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

Coaching experience:

  • Began coaching June 2005.
  • Currently Xcel Team Vault and Tumbling coach specialist
  • USAG Professional Coach since 2011
  • USAG Safety Certified
  • USAG Safe Sport Certified
  • 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 – since Fall 2015
  • Family: Dad-Ron, Mom-Chris, and  brother-Nate
  • Other Interests: Lacrosse, hockey, football, basketball and wrestling fan.
Alisha Hanze

Alisha Hanze

Coach

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

 Currently coaching:
Advanced, House Team and Xcel Team

  • Coaching experience:
    USAG Professional Coach since 2015
    USAG Safety Certified
    USAG U100 Certified
    USAG Safe Sport Certified
  • Education: University of Arizona
  • Family:  Dad- Dan, Mom – Lori, Sister Katelyn.
  • Other interests: Fitness, Family, Friends & going to the lake, country concerts, participating in weddings, travel. 

 

Amy Garcia

Amy Garcia

Coach

Background:  USAG competitive gymnast

Currently coaching: House Team and Xcel Team

  • Coaching experience:
    Began coaching at Jacobs in 2002 – all levels. 
    AAU and Amerikids Coach – 2003-2009
    USAG Professional Coach 2010 – current
    USAG Safety Certified
    USAG Safe Sport Certified
    USAG U100 Certified.
  • Education: AIB Business College

     

  • Family:  Husband Matt, Daughter Megan

  • Other interests: Cheering on the Hawks! Hosting  family/friend gatherings. 
Rachelle Ruhland

Rachelle Ruhland

Coach

  •  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.
  • Education: Graduated UNI, degree in Elementary Education.
  • Currently teaching Kindergarten at Saint Francis
  • Currently coaching  Xcel team and sharing choreography duties
  • Family: Husband Eric and 3 year old Mick, 1 year old Brynlee

Mallory Arnold

 Coach 

  • Background:  Jacobs AAU and AmeriKids team gymnast
  • Currently coaching:  Xcel Team and subbing all levels 
  • Coaching experience:
    Began coaching at Jacobs in 2010 – all levels. 
    USAG Professional Coach 
    USAG Safety Certified
    USAG Safe Sport Certified
    USAG U100 Certified
  • Education: WHS Grad – ISU Grad – Major in Mathmatics 
  • Currently working at Farm Bureau. 
  • Other interests: Cheering on the Cyclone – house renovations – Puppy mom to Huxley! Civic Center, Family!
Emma Graen

Emma Graen

Coach

  • Background: Began at age 2 with Chris and also at Jacobs opening day! Former Jacobs Team Gymnast.
  • Currently Coaching: Preschool – Xcel levels! Emma does it all!
  • Staff development coordinator
  • Education: Van Meter graduate, UNI, Allen College – Clinicals in Sonography
  • Other Interests:  Emma loves spending time with family, outdoor activities, and Farrell’s. 
Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Coach

Currently Coaching:  Advanced,  House Team Levels, birthday parties

Background: Former Jacobs House Team Gymnast

Education: Waukee Senior – Plans to attend Creighton University Fall 2020

Interests: Reading, movies, hanging out with family and friends. 

Kylee Vaudt

Kylee Vaudt

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced Levels, private lessons, birthday parties! 

Background:  Former Jacobs Xcel Team gymnast

Education: WHS Senior, NHS, CNA certificate, Midwifery internship. 

Brenna Hunt

Brenna Hunt

Coach

 Currently Coaching: Intermediate, Cheer Tumbling and subbing all levels. 

Eackground: Platinum Level Team Gymnast -possibly specialist in 2021.

Education: Junior at WHS

Other Interests: Music, Cheer, Friends & Family

Alison Toler

Alison Toler

Coach

Currently Coaching: Intermediate, Cheer tumbling, and subbing all levels

Background: Current Platinum level gymnast

Education: WHS Junior 

Other Interests: Cheer,  Swimming,  Hair styling for teammates, School activities & Friends

Kaisha Christianson

Kaisha Christianson

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner – Intermediate

Background: Former Jacobs House Team gymnast  

Education: ADM Junior

Other Interests:  ADM Comp Cheer – Loves coaching her gymnasts!

Anna McClellan

Anna McClellan

Coach

Currently Coaching:  Preschool – Advanced. 

Background: Former Jacobs Gymnast

Education: WHS Junior 

Other Interests: School, Family, Friends

Piper Sindlinger

Piper Sindlinger

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner – Intermediate

Background:  Former Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast

Education: WHS Sophomore

Other Interests: Spending time with family, friends, babysitting and spending time with kids.  

Olivia Mesman

Olivia Mesman

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Intermediate

Background: Xcel Gold Team Gymnast 

Education: Sophomore at WHS

Other Interests: Church functions, friends and family

Lauren VanDeRiet

Lauren VanDeRiet

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced

Background: Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast.  Has also been attending classes at Jacobs for 12 years!

Education: Freshman at WHS

Other Interests: German, travel, Church. “I love to see the kids grow in the sport and progress!”

Kyla Christianson

Kyla Christianson

Coach

Currently coaching: Beginner – Intemediate levels

Background: Xcel Gold Team gymnast

Education:  ADM Freshman

Other interests: Spending time at the gym, cheer, friends and family

Reese Ervin

Reese Ervin

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner – Intermediate levels

Background: Former Xcel Gold Gymnast

Education: Dowling Freshman

Other Interests: Cross Country

Lily Nepper

Lily Nepper

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreation Levels

Background: Xcel Gold Team Gymnast

Education: ADM Freshman

Other Interests: Family, friends and travel. 

 

Paige Laird

Paige Laird

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner and Intermediate levels

Background:  Xcel Gold Team Gymnast

Education: WHS Sophomore

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Track (high jumper), Fitness, Friends, Family and Football!

Lillie Doehrmann

Lillie Doehrmann

Junior Coach

Currently Assisting: Preschool 

Background:  Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast

Education: St Francis

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Parades, Volleyball, BB, Ice cold water, making slime. 

Mya Sposeto

Mya Sposeto

Junior Coach

Currently Assisting: Young HT w/Amy

Background: Began at Jacobs in the 2 year olds. Former Jacobs Xcel Gold Team Gymnast

Education: WMS 

Other Interests: Spending time with her mom and family – getting nails done, cheering for her brothers’ activities.  

Taffy Sindlinger

Taffy Sindlinger

Junior Coach

Currently Assisting: Preschool

Background:  Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast

Education: Waukee South Middle School

Other Interests: Singing/performing, hair, make-up, nails… hanging out with friends.

Abby Battreall

Abby Battreall

Coach

Currently Coaching: Subbing all levels -when available.

Background: Former Xcel Diamond Level team gymnast

Education: WHS Graduate – U of I Fall 2019 – Physician assistant program

Other Interests: Dance Marathon, volunteers in the stem cell unit at U of I Hospitals,  Cheering for the Hawkeyes, Photoshop,  Friends & Family.

Conner Rittenhouse

Conner Rittenhouse

Coach

Currently Coaching: Subbing all levels -when available.

Background: Former Jacobs Team Gymnast

Education: DMACC Graduate –
Junior at ISU fall of 2019

Other Interests:  Interior Design, art, and hanging out with friends and family.

Beckye Tate

Beckye Tate

Gym Manager

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

Education: Grandview College of Nursing graduate.

Other interests: Mom to Alison and Caitlin. Toby and Lola (Pugs), Enjoys Starbucks and Nails for You!

Jami Lenz

Jami Lenz

Coach and Choreographer


Currently coaching: 
Xcel Team Coach and Choreographer

Background: Began gymnastics at age 6 with Chris, team levels 3-7, and former Jacobs team gymnast.

Coaching experience: Jacobs Gymnastics coach (all levels) beginning in October 2002. Xcel Floor choreographer. USA Gymnastics Professional Coach since 2011. USAG Safety Certified. USAG Xcel coach 2010- current. USAG U100 Certified

Education: Valley High School, Lewis and Clark University, Portland, Oregon, Drake University -Master’s Degree in Elementary Ed.
Currently teaching 6th Grade Science – WMS Gold Team.

Family – Husband Billy, daughter Mila

Other interests: Fitness, traveling, painting, golf, baking, family and dogs.

Kelsey Woodward

Kelsey Woodward

Coach

Currently at the University or Iowa

Background: Former Jacobs gymnast

Education: DMACC Graduate – U of I Fall 2019

Jillian Wood

Jillian Wood

Coach

Currently at ISU – Sophmore

Background: Former Xcel team gymnast 

Education: ISU fall of 2018

Other Interests: Cheer, Music, Theater & Show Choir