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.
  • Head USAG Xcel coach 2010- current.
  • Family: Husband, Ron and sons, Nate and Luc
Luc Jacobs

Luc Jacobs

Coach

  • Background:
    Competed AAU Boys and tumbling competitions.
  • Currently Coaching:
    Xcel Team 
  • Coaching experience:
    Began coaching June 2005.
     USAG Professional Coach since 2011
    USAG Safety Certified
    USAG Safe Sport Certified
    USAG U100 Certified.
  • Education:
    Graduated WHS 2009

    Graduated Grandview College – Elementary Ed major with a K-8 math endorsement
    Waukee Trailridge Middle School 6th grade Science teacher.
  • Family: Dad-Ron, Mom-Chris, and  brother-Nate
  • Other Interests: Lacrosse, hockey, football, basketball and wrestling fan.
    Amy Garcia

    Amy Garcia

    Coach

    • Background:  USAG competitive gymnast
    • Currently coaching: Rec 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: WHS Grad, AIB Business College
    • Family:  Husband Matt, Daughter Megan
    • Other interests: Cheering on the Hawks! Hosting  family/friend gatherings.
    Mallory Arnold

    Mallory Arnold

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs AAU and AmeriKids team gymnast
    • Currently coaching:  Xcel Team 
      Xcel Floor Choreographer
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching at Jacobs in 2010. 
      USAG Professional Coach

      USAG Safety Certified
      USAG Safe Sport Certified
      USAG U100 Certified
      USAG Judging -Women’s Xcel Bronze/Silver/Gold Rated
    • Education: WHS Grad, ISU Grad – Major in Mathematics
    • Currently working at Athene. 
    • Other interests: Travel, Cheering on the Cyclones, Home renovations, crafts, Puppy mom to Huxley, Civic Center, Family!
    Schy Rowen

    Schy Rowen

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs AAU and AmeriKids Team gymnast
    • Currently coaching:  House and Xcel Team.
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching at Jacobs in 2011
    • Education: WHS Grad, University of Nebraska Grad – Major Elementary Ed, Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Literacy.
    • Currently teaching 4th grade at ADM. 
    • Other interests: Spending time with my nieces and nephew, go to movies and read.  Enjoying life with my puppy!
    KaDee Deemer

    KaDee Deemer

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs Preschool classes – Xcel Platinum
    • Currently coaching:  Intermediate, Advanced, House Team, and Xcel Team.
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching at Jacobs in 2021. 
      USAG Professional Coach

      USAG Safety Certified
      USAG Safe Sport Certified
      USAG U100 Certified
    • Education: WHS Senior. 
    • Future plans:DMACC, ISU to study Veterinary Science. 
    • Other interests: Work to school, Volleyball, being an Aunt
    Olivia Peterman

    Olivia Peterman

    Coach

    • Background:
      Competed Jacobs AAU and Amerikids Teams
    • Currently Coaching:
      House Team
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching June 2012.
      USAG Professional Coach since 2020
      USAG Safety Certified
      USAG Safe Sport Certified
      USAG U100 Certified.
    • Education:
      Graduated WHS

      Graduated UNI – Elementary Ed Major 
      Currently teaching 3rd grade at  Perry Elementary Schools
    • Family: Husband Zach, and the legendary Wood family: Andy, Connie, Audrey, Jillian and Meredith
    • Other Interests: Family, friends, grading papers.
    Kaitlyn Tope

    Kaitlyn Tope

    Coach

    • Background: AmeriKids and Xcel Teams 2008-2016.
    • Currently coaching: House Team
    • Coaching experience:
      Coached at Jacobs through High School, returning after college graduation, coaching all levels.
    • Education: WHS Grad, University of Iowa – Human Physiology
      Currently a PCT at Iowa Heart
    • Other interests: Running (recently completed a half marathons),outdoor activities, V traveling with friends and family and cheering for the Hawks!
    Olivia "O" Mesman

    Olivia "O" Mesman

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs Xcel team gymnast
    • Currently coaching:  Rec levels – Team.
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching at Jacobs in 2017. 
    • Education: WHS Grad, DMACC – Elementary Ed
    • Other interests: Family and Friends, Organizing everything! 
    Alison Toler

    Alison Toler

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs Preschool classes – Xcel Platinum
    • Currently coaching:  Advanced
    • Coaching experience: Began coaching at Jacobs in 2017. 
    • Education: WHS Grad, Iowa State
    • Future plans: Competing Platinum this year, continuing education. 
    • Other interests: Cheering for ISU, travel (Hawaii is a fav!) Hanging out with family and friends.
    Abby Battreall

    Abby Battreall

    Coach

    • Background:  Jacobs AmeriKids and Xcel Diamond Level Team gymnast
    • Currently coaching:  Intermediate, Advanced and Xcel Team.
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching at Jacobs in 2015
    • Education: WHS Grad, University of Iowa Grad, Nursing student at Mercy DSM. 
    • Other interest: Talented House Plant hobbiest, criminology,: Travel, Cheering on the Hawks,  family, friends.
    Conner Rittenhouse

    Conner Rittenhouse

    Coach

    • Background:
      AmeriKids and Xcel Team Gymnast
    • Currently Coaching:
      Subbing when back from grad school – UNI
    • Coaching experience:
      Began coaching rec classes in 2013.
      Also, coached House and Xcel Team
    • Education:
      Graduated WHS, Attended DMACC and graduated from ISU – Interior Design.
      Masters Design program at UNI
    • Other Interests: Being a new Aunt, Gray’s and Criminal Minds. Designing interiors.
      Marissa Reiland

      Marissa Reiland

      Coach

      • Background:  Currently Xcel Gold Team Gymnast
      • Currently coaching: All levels – Parent/tot – Advanced
      • Coaching experience:
        Began coaching 2021
        Completed USAG 100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
        USAG 101 Safety and Risk Management
        USAG 112 and USAG 201
        AKA – “preschool whisperer” 
      • Education: Homeschool 11th grade
      • Other interests: Creating and practicing new hair styles and nail designs. Very artisitcally talented, loves painting. 
      Liva Nicorata

      Liva Nicorata

      Coach

      • Background:  Former Xcel Platinum
      • Currently coaching:  Intermediate and Advanced Levels
      • Coaching experience:
        Began coaching at Jacobs in 2019
      • Education: Waukee Northwest Senior – ASU next year
      • Other interests: Water sports, vacations/traveling, being with friends
      Taffy Sindlinger

      Taffy Sindlinger

      Coach

      • Background:  Started as a 2 year old, superstar, Xcel team “Little” – competed Platinum in 2022.
      • Currently coaching:  Preschool/3-year-olds – her favorite! 
      • Coaching experience:
        Began coaching at Jacobs in 2020
      • Education: WHS 11th grade
      • Other interests: Travel, WHS Cheer.
      Cara Headlee

      Cara Headlee

      Coach

      • Background:  Current Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast
      • Currently coaching:  Beginner, Intermediate rec classes
      • Coaching experience:
        Began coaching at Jacobs in 2021. 
      • Education: Waukee Northwest Junior
      • Future plans: Interested in Real Estate Sales
      • Other interests: Being with family, cooking/baking, cheerleader at NW. 
      Addison Kingery

      Addison Kingery

      Coach

      • Background:
        Several years of Xcel Team – Twisters- Cedar Rapids – Jacobs Platinum
      • Currently Coaching:
        All levels! Preschool – Advanced
      • Coaching experience:
        Began coaching rec classes in 2022.
      • Education:
        Waukee Northwest Sophomore
      • Other Interests: Track team, volunteering, pursuing Physical Therapy.
        Haley Homan

        Haley Homan

        Coach

        • Background:  Currently Xcel Gold Team Gymnast
        • Currently coaching: All levels – Beginner – Advanced
        • Coaching experience:
          Began coaching 2022
        • Education: Prairview – 9th grade
        • Other interests: Real Estate, interior design, organizing, shopping and reading.
        Bailey Goldsmith

        Bailey Goldsmith

        Coach

        • Background: Currently Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast
        • Currently coaching: Preschool – Advanced Levels
        • Coaching experience:
          Began coaching at Jacobs in 2023
        • Education: WHS Freshman
        • Other interests: Golfing, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.
        Lillie Doehrmann

        Lillie Doehrmann

        Coach

        • Background:  Started as a 3-year-old, superstar, Xcel team “Little” – completed Platinum/Diamond in 2022.
        • Currently coaching:  Intermediate/Advanced levels
        • Coaching experience:
          Began coaching at Jacobs in 2019
        • Education: Dowling Senior
        • Other interests: Art, Monterey, Bread.
        Molly Cooper

        Molly Cooper

        Coach

        • Background:  Current Xcel Platinum Team Gymnast
        • Currently coaching:  Preschool – Advanced classes
        • Coaching experience:
          Began coaching at Jacobs in 2021. 
        • Education: Homeschool – Junior
        • Future plans: Attend ISU
        • Other interests: Being with friends, reading. She loves getting to know her gymnasts!
        Vaughn Nardini

        Vaughn Nardini

        Coach

        • Background:
          Xcel Team Gymnast
        • Currently Coaching:
          Beginner/Intermediate Levels
        • Coaching experience:
          Began coaching rec classes in 2022.
        • Education:
          ADM Sophomore
        • Other Interests: Jazz Choir, Baking, reading, writing poetry. 
          Skyler Simpson

          Skyler Simpson

          Coach

          • Background:  Former Xcel Gold Team Gymnast
          • Currently coaching:  Beginner – Advanced
          • Coaching experience:
            Began coaching 2023
          • Education: Prairview – 9th grade
          • Other interests: Pursue Nursing career, running (XC), being with the people she loves.
          Emily Nemechek

          Emily Nemechek

          Coach

          • Background: Former Xcel Gymnast
          • Currently coaching: Preschool – Advanced Levels
          • Coaching experience:
            Began coaching at Jacobs in 2023
          • Education: ADM 
          • Other interests: Weight lifting 
          Bree Roberts

          Bree Roberts

          Coach

          • Background:  Xcel Gold Team Gymnast
          • Currently coaching: Preschool – Advanced levels
          • Coaching experience:
            Began coaching at Jacobs in 2023
          • Education: Timberline, Freshman
          • Other interests: Travel, reading, golf, spending time with friends in and out of the gym. 
          Addi Pirtle

          Addi Pirtle

          Coach

          • Background:  Started at Jacobs at age 3, Superstars, Current Xcel Gold Team Gymnast
          • Currently coaching:  Preschool – Advanced classes
          • Coaching experience:
            Began coaching at Jacobs in 2023. 
          • Education: Waukee Timberline – 8th grade
          • Other interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, arts and crafts, music.