Chris Jacobs

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 – 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 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.

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

Other Activities: Volleyball & Wedding planning

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 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

Kendra Bottorff

Kendra Bottorff

Coach

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

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

Education:  Graduated from 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

Alisha

Alisha

Coach

Currently coaching: Recreational, House Team and Xcel Team

Background: Early dance classes and then began at Jacobs at age 9, competed Xcel Diamond level. USAG Safety Certified. USAG U100 Certified

Education: University of Arizona

Other interests: Fitness, Friends & going to the beach

Amanda

Coach

Currently coaching: House Team and Xcel Team

Background: Competitive team gymnast. USAG Professional member certified coach. USAG Safety Certified. USAG U100 Certified

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Jami

Jami

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.

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. She is attending graduate school at Drake University to obtain her 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.

Conner

Conner

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner – Advanced

Background: Former Jacobs Team Gymnast

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

Other Interests: Gymnastics & Cheer

Emma B.

Emma B.

Coach and Birthday Coordinator

Currently: Birthday Coordinator

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

Education: Waukee Graduate, Graduating from Grandview University with a computer programming degree.

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

Jillian

Jillian

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

Megan

Megan

Coach

Currently Coaching: Advanced

Background: Current Diamond Xcel team gymnast

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

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer & Video Production

Ciera

Ciera

Coach

Currently Coaching: Advanced

Background: Current Diamond Xcel team gymnast

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

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer & Video Production

Chloe

Chloe

Coach

Currently Coaching: Pre-School – Recreational Levels

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

Education: Waukee graduate Class of 2017

Other Interests: Basketball Cheer at WHS

Abby

Abby

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced

Background: Current Diamond Xcel team gymnast

Education: Waukee Sophomore

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer, Friends & Family.

Paige

Paige

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – House Team

Background: Xcel team gymnast – Level 3 through Gold

Education: Waukee Junior

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

Emma G.

Emma G.

Coach

Currently Coaching: Returning to coach in May from UNI

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

Education: Van Meter graduate, currently attending UNI and pursuing an 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 and outdoor activities!

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool – Advanced

Background:  Xcel team gymnast – Level 3 through Gold

Education: Waukee Sophomore

Other Interests: Gymnastics, Cheer & Volleyball

Olivia

Olivia

Coach

Currently Coaching:  Returning from UNI to coach in May and Summer 2017

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

Hailey

Coach

Currently Coaching: Beginner, Preschool and Recreational Levels

Education: Indianola Sophomore

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Brenna

Brenna

Coach

Currently Coaching: Recreational levels and Superstars.

Experience: Platinum Level Team Gymnast

Education: Freshman at Timberline

Other Interests: Music, Friends & Family

Emma S.

Emma S.

Coach

Currently Coaching: Recreational levels and House Team

Experience: Platinum Level Team Gymnast

Education: Sophomore at South East Polk

Other Interests: Cheer

Mary

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreational Levels

Experience: Former House Team Gymnast

Education: Waukee Sophomore

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Teagan

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreational Levels

Experience: Current Diamond Gymnast

Education: Freshman at Timberline

Other Interests: Cheer

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Kelsey

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreational Levels

Experience: Former House team gymnast

Education: Waukee Sophomore

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Alison

Alison

Coach

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Experience: Current Platinum level gymnast

Education: Freshman at Timberline

Other Interests: Swimming & Friends

Kylee

Coach

Currently Coaching: Preschool and Recreation Levels

Experience: Current Platinum Level Gymnast

Education: Waukee Sophomore

Other Interests: Cheer

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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 & Starbucks