Jessica Baker is a passionate and driven gymnastics coach. She was the head coach and team coach at a local gym for 5 years before she ventured out and became a gym owner herself. She was also the head coach for the local Burroughs high school team for the 2016 school year. The girls did really well and placed second at state with 4 of the girls being named to the CIF Team. Jessica grew up in the sport of gymnastics and was a gymnast for almost 14 years. She has been coaching gymnastics for the past 12 years. Her passion is to help teach and inspire young children to live a happy, positive, and healthy life style, and instill the values of hard work, team work, dedication, and good sportsmanship. Prior to coaching gymnastics Jessica studied nursing at Kaplan college earning her certification as a medical assistant and a unit clerk. She has worked in the bookkeeping service off and on for the better part of 13 years. Her favorite events to do in gymnastics were Floor Exercise and Vault. She has the following certifications through USAG: USAG University Instructor, Junior Olympic Development Coach, Safety & Risk Management, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction , First Aid Basics , Development Coaches Course:Sport Science , 2016/2017 National Congress, Development Coaches Course: Hands on Training. She has the following other certifications: CPR, First Aid, Mandated Reporter: Child Abuse and Neglect and Concussion Awareness in Athletics
Pam Grattan started her career in gymnastics back in the late 70’s in high school and did some gymnastics in college. She started coaching tiny tots while she was still in high school at a local gym club for 2 years. During her senior year of high school she attended Merced Junior College taking courses in Medical Assisting with the intent of heading off to medical school. She started working in the medical field right after high school graduation and attending college full time taking pre-med courses with a minor in math. She became an EMT 1 and taught advanced first aid and CPR classes as a volunteer with her local Red Cross. Pam married and had children just short of finishing college. Some twenty years later she returned to college but changed her course of study to business and graduated Cerro Coso with a dual major in Business Administration and Office Technologies. Pam has 15 years of business banking experience where she worked her way from a teller to AVP Branch Administrator. After banking she spent 7 years working at a local law office where she became a paralegal. Pam has spent the past 13 years working for a local entrepreneur as a key member of his multi businesses. She is the office manager of his Ashley Furniture HomeStore in charge of the IT, HR, AP/AR, and customer service departments. She also runs his other businesses managing his legal, HR, IT, property management, payroll, and bookkeeping departments for the various companies. While her children were young and still in school, Pam coached gymnastics for the City of Ridgecrest. She spent 8 years coaching while her daughter Jessica was a gymnast in the club. She has always dreamed of owning her own gym and is now taking the steps to make this dream come true with her daughter by her side. She has the following certifications through USAG: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety and Risk Management, USA Gymnastics Fitness, Business Foundations 1, 2 and 3 and her Instructor certification. She has the following other certifications: CPR and First Aid.
Kim is from Ridgecrest California where she grew up participating in multiple sports. She went to college at the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver Colorado where she received a degree in Applied Animal Sciences and Technology. After returning to her hometown, she began working with the youth through Crossroads Community Church and eventually began coaching artistic gymnastics and has been for the last 7 years. She has worked with recreational level 1 to competitive team level 8. Along with coaching, she has designed and run conditioning programs for competitive gymnastics for the last 7 years. Kim holds a certification in personal training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and specialties in fitness nutrition and youth excercise. She loves working with the youth and giving back to the community. You can follow her and our gymnasts conditioning progress on Instagram @meandmyminibeasts. She has the following certifications through USAG: USAG University Instructor, Safety & Risk Management, USOC Safe Sport, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Bloodborne Pathogens, Developmental Sports Science, 2016 National Congress and Developmental Coaches Course: Hands on Training. She has the following other certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED, NASM-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), YES (Youth Exercise Specialist), CES (Corrective Conditioning Specialist).
Our Men’s Head Gymnastics Coach Vincent Avalos coached in Ridgecrest for 5 years before moving to San Diego to further his skill set as a Professional Men’s Coach. Vincent coached for Elite Gymnastics Academy and Toby Wells YMCA for approximately 3 years. He was the Men’s Head Coach for levels 4-6 and was the assistant Optional Coach for level 7-9. Coach Vincent has 8 years of experience as a Men’s Gymnastics Coach and has been successful in taking his teams to state and regional competitions every year while in San Diego. The one moment that he is most proud of is taking one of his level 9 boys to state competition where Coach Vincent played an intricate part in the progression of muscle growth, stamina, nutrition, fitness, endurance, and form, which played a major role in his overall success. The level 9 made the best strides ever in his carrier as a gymnast under the leadership and assistant coaching of Vincent Avalos. Coach Vincent has expressed that his goal for our community is to give young Men the opportunity to enhance their sports and fitness needs through Men’s gymnastics. “No matter what sport you take part in competitively or non-competitively gymnastics is the number one sport that will dramatically help you in becoming better in any sport,” and that is what he stands by and promotes. Vincent would like to add that if he had never started gymnastics as a young man, he would not have the fundamentals to play various sports without difficulty. Vincent was a competitive gymnast for about 5 years where he excelled at High Bar, Vault, and Floor placing 1st through 3rd at many competitions. Coach Vincent states that, “picking up any sport was simple and easy due to his gymnastics training.” Vincent has returned back to Ridgecrest to be with his family and to be a part of his nieces’ life. Coach Vincent greatest desire is to give back to his community by helping young Men become Leaders and team players in the sport of Gymnastics, which he hopes will help play a valuable role in their life whatever career path they may choose or sport they pursue. He has the following certificates through USAG: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety and Risk Management, Instructor Certificate. He has the following other certifications: CPR and First Aid.
Laura Vera is a former British Recreational and Acrobatic gymnastics coach. She coached in the United Kingdom for 10 years, focusing her gymnastics coaching on ‘Gymnasts for All’, a section of gymnastics concentrating on display routines and show stopping performances. Laura coached her display group ‘ENIGMA’ for ten years representing Great Britain both nationally and internationally. Enigma consisted of 20+ gymnasts aged 8-18 years who combined gymnastics skills, acrobatics lifts, dance, and tumbling to create routines for a variety of performance venues including; ‘The Royal Albert Hall, London Festival of Gymnastics, Festival del Sol held in Italy, the Blume festival held in Gran Canaria, and 3 World Gymnaestradas’. Laura has always had a passion for choreography and combining dance with gymnastics elements.
As well as coaching Laura worked in Education for 9 years as a teaching assistant, since moving to the states she has worked as a para professional. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary dance and Choreography from the University of Hull. She then went on to further education to receive a professional Graduate degree in education from Nottingham University. Laura moved to the United States of America May 2018. She has the following certificates through USAG: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety and Risk Management, Instructor Certificate. She has the following other certifications: CPR and First Aid.
Saralynn has been a gymnast for 10 years and is currently training as an Xcel Diamond gymnast. Her favorite event is the Floor Exercise in 2019 Saralynn placed in the top 100 gymnasts in America for her floor score of a 9.5 at Excel Platinum .She has been coaching gymnastics for 3 years. As a coach, she loves to watch her athletes grow and be inspired by the art of gymnastics while learning many valuable life lessons along with the fundamentals and physical aspects of gymnastics. Saralynn started her coaching career by teaching preschool classes and a few recreational classes. She was a member of the Burroughs High School gymnastics team, where in the 2017 season she placed on the CIF team along with three of her teammates. Jessica Baker, owner and gym manager, has played a significant role in her life and has been her gymnastics coach for over 6 years. Coach Jess has also been a mentor to her and has inspired her to become the coach she is today along with inspiring her to constantly keep improving as a coach and a gymnast. Saralynn’s future goal as a gymnast and coach is to become a college athlete and to continue coaching throughout the years ahead. You can follow her on Instagram @saralynn_gym. She has the following certificates through USAG: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety and Risk Management, Instructor Certificate. She has the following other certifications: CPR and First Aid.