Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs

Owner

Background: Began dance training and tumbling classes at age 6. Competed at 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 – Present.
  • 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.
  • U100 Gymnastics Certified.
  • USAG Meet Director Certification.
  • 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 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 older brother-Nate

Other Interests: Lacrosse, hockey, football, basketball and wrestling fan

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 routine choreographer. USA Gymnastics Professional Coach since 2011. USAG Safety Certified. USAG Xcel coach 2010- current. USAG U100 Certified

Education: Graduated from Valley High School as a valedictorian. Graduated Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon.
Graduate of Drake University -Master’s Degree in Elementary Ed.
She currently is a 6th Grade Science teacher for the Gold Team at Waukee Middle School.

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

Kendra Bottorff

Kendra Bottorff

Coach

Currently coaching: Intermediate & House Team, Xcel Team level coach.
Field Trip and Camp/Clinics Manager

Coaching experience:
USAG Professional Coach since 2015
USAG Safety Certified
USAG Xcel coach 2015- current
USAG U100 Certified.

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

Education:  Graduated from ADM, Grandview University junior –  business major.

Other interests: Spending time at the gym, hanging out with friends and family, internships with DM Menace and DM Wild.

Alisha

Alisha

Coach

Currently experience:
Recreational, House Team and Xcel Team

Coaching experience:
USAG Professional Coach since 2015
USAG Safety Certified
USAG Xcel coach 2015- current
USAG U100 Certified.

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

Education: University of Arizona

Other interests: Fitness, Family, Friends & going to the lake

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

Family: Husband Eric and 1 year old Mick

Amanda Epting

Amanda Epting

Coach

Currently coaching: House Team and Xcel Team

Background: Competitive team gymnast Florida, Corner House and Triad

Coaching experience:
USAG Professional Coach since 2013
USAG Safety Certified
USAG Xcel coach 2015- current
USAG U100 Certified
USAG U110 Safe Sport Certified

Family: Courtney, Hailey, Dominic

Conner Rittenhouse

Conner Rittenhouse

Coach

Currently Coaching: Pre-school – House Team

Background: Former Jacobs Team Gymnast

Education: Waukee High School Class of 2017, attending DMACC fall 2017

Other Interests:  Water sports and hanging out with friends

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool –  Advanced Levels

Experience: Former Jacobs House Team Gymnast

Education: ADM Sophomore

Abby Battreall

Abby Battreall

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced

Background: Current Diamond Xcel team gymnast

Education: Waukee Junior

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Friends & Family.

Kelsey Woodward

Kelsey Woodward

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced Levels

Experience: Former Jacobs House team gymnast

Education: Waukee Senior

Paige Oswalt

Paige Oswalt

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – House Team

Background: Xcel team gymnast – Level 3 through Gold

Education: Waukee Senior

Other Interests: Gymnastics, golf, swimming,music, friends, family, babysitting, working with special needs kids, laughing & listening to the rain.

Brenna Hunt

Brenna Hunt

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner – Advanced.

Experience: Platinum Level Team Gymnast

Education: Freshman at Prairieview School

Other Interests: Music, Cheer, Friends & Family

Paige Lockner

Paige Lockner

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Intermediate

Background:  Xcel team gymnast – Gold Level

Education: DCG Freshman

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Volleyball

Hailey Hollander

Hailey Hollander

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner, Preschool and Recreational Levels

Education:  Iowa K12  – Junior

Other Interests: Animals, family and friends

Emma Slifka

Emma Slifka

Coach

Currently Coaching: Recreational levels and House Team

Experience: Platinum Level Team Gymnast

Education: South East Polk Junior

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, DECA, friends and family.

Aubrey Mahoney

Aubrey Mahoney

Coach

Gymnastics experience: JO competitive team through level 8.
Junior Assistant at parties and meets.

Education: WHS Sophomore

Other Activities: Cheer, School, Friends

Emma Graen

Emma Graen

Coach

Currently Coaching: Summer coaching all levels and then subbing when available.
Staff development coordinator.

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

Education: Van Meter graduate, UNI sophomore – Elementary Education major

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

Olivia Wood

Olivia Wood

Coach

Currently Coaching: Summer coaching all levels and then subbing when available.

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

Education: Waukee Graduate Class of 2016, currently attending UNI pursuing an Elementary Education Major

Other Interests: Family – lots of sisters! Church youth group, traveling, music and friends.

Megan Stitz

Megan Stitz

Coach

Currently Coaching: Advanced

Background: Intermediate –  Diamond Xcel team gymnast

Education: Waukee graduate Class of 2017, attending University of Iowa in the fall of 2017

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Water Sports, Fitness,  Travel, Video Production – cheernastics2 you tube

Ciera Stitz

Ciera Stitz

Coach

Currently Coaching: Advanced

Background: Intermediate  – Diamond Xcel team gymnast

Education: Waukee graduate Class of 2017, attending University of Iowa in the fall of 2017.

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Water Sports, Fitness,  Travel, Video Production – cheernastics2 you tube

Emma Budd

Emma Budd

Coach and Birthday Coordinator

Currently: Birthday Coordinator and sub for all levels

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

Education: Waukee Graduate, Grandview University Graduate with a computer programming/coding degree.

Other Interests: “Girls who code” club volunteer and Pi 515 volunteer, both of which encourage girls to pursue technology.

Jillian Wood

Jillian Wood

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced

Background: Xcel team gymnast – Level 3 through Gold

Education: Waukee Senior – Class of 2018

Other Interests: Cheer, Music, Theater & Show Choir

Alison Toler

Alison Toler

Coach

Currently Coaching: Superstars summer 2017, Sub Fall 2017

Experience: Current Platinum level gymnast

Education: Freshman at Timberline

Other Interests: Cheer, Track, Swimming & Friends

Teagan Sindlinger

Teagan Sindlinger

Coach

Currently Coaching: Subbing Recreational Levels

Experience: Current Diamond Gymnast

Education: Freshman at Timberline

Other Interests: Cheer, Sisters, Family, Track

Piper Sindlinger

Piper Sindlinger

Coach

Currently coaching: Preschool-Beginner levels

Gymnastics experience: Beginner –  Platinum level gymnast.

Education:  Timberline student

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

Elly Kellner

Elly Kellner

Coach

Coaching experience – Has coached recreational levels at Jacobs for 3 years.

Education Valley HS graduate.  Sophomore at University of Iowa

Other Interests: Church group, family, friends

Kylee

Kylee

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreation Levels

Experience: Former Platinum Level Gymnast

Education: Waukee Sophomore

Other Interests: Cheer, New brother Bodie, family and friends

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Beckye

Beckye

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 (Pug), Enjoys Starbucks and Nails for You!

Mallory Arnold

Mallory Arnold

Coach and Assistant Gym Manager

Gymnastics Experience:  Recreational – Jacobs Team Gymnast

Education: WHS graduate, ISU Graduate Mathematics Major

Working at Farm Bureau and assisting at the desk and with all level classes in the gym.

Other Interests – Civic Center, Music concerts, Family and Friends.