Staff

Our employees are inherently nice to children. We only hire coaches who are upbeat, energetic, and extremely conscientious of the health and well-being of children. We offer extensive and ongoing development opportunities so that our staff are experts in their fields.

Gold Star has become a leader in the community for hiring and training high school students to become effective and compassionate teachers – giving them their first jobs to prepare them for both their future and ours. Alongside these young coaches are some of the most experienced and extraordinary professionals in the sport. The veterans are enlivened by mentoring the next generation, and the newest teachers are learning from seasoned coaches – a perfect combination.

Owner

Pam

owner

Pam, the owner of Gold Star, began gymnastics classes when she was six, progressing to optional levels of competition. In 1979, she started coaching and replaced beam workouts with dan...


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Managerial Staff


  • c.c.

    head cheer coach & program director

    C.C. is our Program Director and Head All-Star Cheer Coach. She has been at Gold Star since the day the doors opened. She cheered for ten years, began coaching for Pop Warner Cheer in 1992 and for ...

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  • Chris (Daffron)

    floor manager

    Chris (Daffron) came to Gold Star in 2004, but began coaching in 1998 in Texas. He has extensive experience running a gym, not only teaching preschool through comp...

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  • Chris (Garcia)

    floor manager

    Chris (Garcia) has been with Gold Star since 2000, and has taught in practically every aspect of our program and in 2005 he joined our management staff. Originally trained as a cheerleader, and hav...

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  • Crystal

    office manager

    Crystal began coaching for Gold Star in summer of 2005, after cheering for the GSG All-Star Cheer teams. In 2015, she took on the role of Office Manger. She graduated with her Asso...

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  • Kim

    floor manager

    Kim began coaching our All-Star Cheer teams in 2002, our recreational gymnastics classes in 2004, and then joined our management staff in 2015. She graduated from San Jose State wi...

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  • Owen

    head coach

    Owen came to Gold Star in 2002, but began coaching in 1979. He was born in Ireland, and grew up training with his brothers. Over his career he has coached all aspects and levels in...

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Gold Star Staff

  • Abbie W.

    coach

    Abbie W. started working at Gold Star in summer of 2019, after coaching for two years at sports summer camps. She began as a MiniStar student when she was three and then moved to o...

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  • Abby B.

    coach

    Abby B. began coaching at Gold Star in summer of 2016. She was a member of our Optional Artistic Team for 4 years, having trained as a gymnast since she was eight years old. She is USA Gymnastics S...

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  • Abi S.

    coach

    Abi S. began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017 and is the daughter of Coach Michelle! She participated in our recreational program, having been in gymnastics classes since before she cou...

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  • Albert

    coach

    Albert started at Gold Star in the winter of 2013. He had coached a variety of sports teams in and around Sunnyvale before joining our staff. He has certifications in USA Gymnastic...

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  • Aleks

    coach

    Aleks joined the staff at Gold Star in the fall of 2010. Before coming to Gold Star, she trained as a dancer throughout high school, which made for an easy transition into rhythmic...

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  • Alyson

    coach

    Alyson started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She has been a gymnast since she was 7 years old and competed through Level 8 at one of our neighboring gyms. Alyson cur...

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  • Amanda

    coach

    Amanda began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2019, and is CPR and First Aid certified. She started in gymnastics at the age of four and rose through our MiniStar program, comp...

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  • amberlynn

    Coach

    Amberlynn came to Gold Star in the fall of 2012. She was a gymnast for 19 years and competed through Level 10 including 4 years in college. Amberlynn began coaching in 2...

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  • Anastasia

    coach

    Anastasia came to Gold Star in the spring of 2004. She began training as a Rhythmic Gymnast when she was five. In Russia she earned a degree in Management and Accounting, while coa...

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  • Andy

    coach

    Andy began coaching at Gold Star in 2018. He joined our cheer program in 2015 while also a member of his high school cheer team. He currently competes for GSG’s Senior Cheer. He ...

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  • Anika

    coach

    Anika started coaching in the fall of 2019. She trained as a gymnast for 8 years, then left to participate in other sports, but has now circled back to our join All-Star Cheer team...

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  • April

    front desk

    April began working the front desk at Gold Star in the spring of 2016, but has been part of the GSG family since 2011 as mother of two Cheer and Hip Hop students. She graduated fro...

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  • Arlene

    front desk

    Arlene started working at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She has been teaching grade school since 2001. Arlene graduated from Cal State Hayward with a Bachelor in Liberal Arts an...

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  • Ashley H.

    coach

    Ashley H. joined the Gold Star staff in April 2019. Before her love of gymnastics bought her to Gold Star, she coached several local soccer camps. Ashley has her Safety Certificati...

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  • Ashley R.

    birthday & camp director

    Ashley began teaching in the fall of 2008 after joining on of our All-Star Cheer teams in 2007. She had coached Pop Warner for three years. In 2015, Ashley took on the roles of Ass...

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  • Brenden

    coach

    Brenden began coaching at Gold Star in the spring. Before joining our staff, he was a counselor for elementary school students at science camp, volunteered at a local elementary sc...

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  • Brian

    coach

    Brian began coaching Aikido at Gold Star in the summer of 2014. He is a 5th degree black belt and comes to us with more than a decade of teaching across three continen...

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  • Brittani

    coach

    Brittani began coaching in our All-Star Cheer program in the summer of 2017. She cheered competitively for 14 years and trained as a dancer for 4 years. She earned her Bachelors in...

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  • Caity

    coach

    Caity began coaching at Gold Star in 2007, but she started gymnastics classes at GSG when she was three and quickly added cheerleading and dance to her training. Caity has cheered ...

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  • Carolyn

    cheer program coordinator & marketing director

    Carolyn has been with Gold Star since 2002 and is Program Coordinator of our All-Star Cheer Teams and our Marketing Director. Carolyn has been coaching cheerleading since 1992. She...

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  • Cassidy

    floor coordinator

    Cassidy began coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2010, but was a member of our cheer and hip-hop program from 2003-2014. In the spring of 2018, she joined our management team, ...

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  • Cedy

    coach

    Cedy joined the Gold Star staff in the spring 2018, but began coaching in 1987. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and English from Houston Baptist. Cedy ho...

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  • Charissa

    coach

    Charissa began coaching at Gold Star in the winter of 2018. She has been training as a gymnast since the age of 4 and finished her career here at Gold Star on our optional team. On...

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  • Chris S.

    coach

    Chris (Schalge) began coaching in our Aikido program in the fall of 2017 but has been an Aikido instructor since 2012, and a student of Aikido since 2002. He is currently a second-degree black belt...

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  • Clara

    coach

    Clara started working for Gold Star in the fall of 2018. She began gymnastics at GSG as a MiniStar, rose through our recreational gymnastics classes to compete in the Compulsory te...

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  • Courtney K.

    coach

    Courtney K. began working at Gold Star in the summer of 2016 and is currently part of our Girls Optional Artistic Team. She started gymnastics at five years old and came to train a...

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  • Courtney R.

    coach

    Courtney R. has been with Gold Star since 2000 and coaches our highest level Optional Girls Team. She has been coaching since high school, including assisting the team at Stanford when she was earn...

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  • Dan

    coach

    Dan joined the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2018, but has been coaching since 2003. As a gymnast himself, he reached Level 10 and won collegiate Nationals in 2008. He graduated...

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  • Deija

    coach

    Deija started working for Gold Star in the summer of 2018. She has been a member of our cheer program since 2016 and is currently attending Foothill College, where she is studying ...

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  • Devon

    coach

    Devon started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2013 after joining our All-Star Cheer and Dance program in 2012. He has extensive experience as a choreographer and dancer, has...

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  • Elaine

    front desk

    Elaine is part of our front desk staff, and has been at Gold Star since 2001, after working for four years in the gymnastics club where her children trained. Elaine is CPR and Firs...

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  • Ella

    coach

    Ella joined our staff in the summer of 2018. She has been a gymnast is our recreational program since 2013. She holds CPR and First Aid certifications, and has read the entire Harr...

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  • Emi

    coach

    Emi joined the Gold Star staff in April of 2019 but started gymnastics at GSG when she was nine, beginning in Girls Red and working her way through our Recreational Program before ...

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  • Emily d.

    coach

    Emily D. began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2017, after competing with our competitive Rhythmic from 2013-2017. She has trained in ballet since Kindergarten and started rhythmic gymnastics ...

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  • Emily Z.

    coach

    Emily Z. started coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2017. Before coming to Gold Star, Emily competed on the national acrobatic gymnastics team for seven years and is a four-time ...

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  • Emma

    coach

    Emma began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017 and is currently a member of our Girls Artistic Optional Team competing Level 9. She started at Gold Star as a MiniStar when ...

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  • Erika

    floor coordinator

    Erika began coaching at Gold Star in fall of 2016, coming to us after teaching for five years at one of our neighboring gyms. Erika has cheered since 2004, and has danced on Perfor...

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  • Gabbi

    coach

    ...

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  • Gracie

    coach

    Gracie began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2017. Before joining our staff, Gracie grew up in our gym, having participated in our preschool gymnastics program and then our Al...

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  • Grant

    coach

    Grant joined the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2018. He has been a member of our All-Star Cheer teams since 2017 and cheered for four years with his high school cheer team. Gran...

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  • Hana

    coach

    Hana began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but has been a part of our family since she turned seven. She started in our Recreational program, competed with our All-Sta...

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  • Ivonee

    coach

    Ivonee is a member of our front desk staff. She came to Gold Star in the spring of 2018 after working in customer service since 2014. Among her many work experiences, Ivonee was a ...

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  • Jacqui

    coach

    Jacqui began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, and has been a student at GSG since 2010. Jacqueline started gymnastics when she was three, came to train at Gold Star whe...

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  • Jaelen

    coach

    Jaelen began coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2015, but as CC’s oldest daughter, she grew up at the gym. She joined our All-Star Cheer and Dance program in 2004 and has com...

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  • Jakob

    coach

    Jakob began coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2019. He is a Track and Field athlete, and came to GSG in the footsteps of his older brother who has been on staff since 2017. Ja...

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  • Janessa

    coach

    Janessa began working at Gold Star in the summer of 2019, and holds a Safety Certification. She has been competing for GSG as a member of our All-Star Cheer Teams for five years. W...

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  • Jeff

    coach

    Jeff began coaching at Gold Star in the spring 2019, after teaching for two years in another local club. He is a martial arts master, training for more than a decade in Tae Kwon Do...

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  • Jenna

    coach

    Jenna started coaching at Gold Star in winter of 2018. Before joining our staff, Jenna was a gymnast in our Preschool, Recreational, and Artistic Team programs. She currently compe...

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  • Jennifer k.

    coach

    Jennifer K. began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, but has been a part of our Gold Star family since she was four. Jennifer quickly moved through our recreational progr...

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  • Jennifer Z.

    coach

    Jennifer Z. began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, after starting at the gym when she was six years old. Jennifer trained and competed in our Rhythmic program throughou...

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  • Jessica P.

    coach

    Jessica P. began working at Gold Star in the fall of 2019. She is a member of our All-Star Cheer team and a cheerleader at her high school. Jessica has been training as a hip hop d...

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  • Jessica R.

    coach

    Jessica R. began coaching at Gold Star in December 2018. Before joining the Gold Star staff, she participated in our PreSchool and Recreational programs for eight years, then becam...

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  • Jessica V.

    coach

    Jessica started coaching in the summer of 2018. She started as a gymnast in our MiniStar program and left gymnastics to study and compete in dance, and has now switched to soccer a...

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  • Jodi

    coach

    Jodi began coaching in the summer of 2019. Although she came to Gold Star as an artistic and rhythmic gymnastics student for a few years, and then began training and performing in ...

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  • Julie

    coach

    Julie began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2019, but had her first gym class at age five and came to GSG when she was seven. Julie worked through our recreational program a...

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  • karina

    coach

    Karina became a part of the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2017, but came to GSG first as a student when she was four. Karina rose through our recreational program and onto our a...

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  • katie

    coach

    Katie began coaching at Gold Star in the winter of 2017. She is started in our Junior Olympic Program in 2007 and is now a member of our Xcel team. Katie is USA Gymnastics Safety c...

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  • Kayla

    camp director

    Kayla joined our staff in 2005, after having been part of our family since 2002 as a member of our All-Star Cheer and Hip Hop teams. In 2015, she took on the title of Camp Director...

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  • Kaylee

    coach

    Kaylee joined the Gold Star staff in Mach 2019 but has been a gymnast at Gold Star since was in second grade. She was such a natural talent that within a year she was on our PreTea...

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  • Kelli

    coach

    Kelli started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but began her gymnastics career at GSG when she was four years old. Kelli quickly moved through our recreational program ...

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  • Kendra

    coach

    Kendra began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, but is no stranger to the gym, having spent the better part of every week at GSG since she was four. She has First Aid, CP...

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  • Lala

    coach

    Lala began coaching at Gold Star in June 2019. But she is not new to teaching, coming to us with experience teaching Hawaiian dance and helping at local sports camps, and is Safety...

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  • Lana

    coach

    Lana joined the GSG staff in the summer of 2018, but has been coaching since 2001. She graduated with a degree in History from Odessa University in Ukaraine. She began coaching ful...

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  • Larry

    coach

    Larry joined the Gold Star staff in the winter of 2015. He had been a youth director for 7 years, where he not only managed staff, but also coach several sports including gymnastic...

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  • Laura B.

    floor coordinator

    Laura B. started at Gold Star in the winter of 2006, having started coaching in 1998. Laura began gymnastics when she was seven and trained through optional competitive levels. She...

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  • Laura M.

    coach

    Laura M. joined the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2018. She has been in gymnastics at Gold Star since she was nine years old, but began training as a gymnast at the age of four ...

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  • Leila

    coach

    Leila started coaching at Gold Star in the winter of 2018. She began in our gymnastics classes when she was three years old and continued through to our PreTeam level. She has also...

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  • Lilly

    coach

    Lili began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2019, but has been part of the sport since she was four years old.  She has worked at neighboring clubs for the past several decade...

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  • Mackenze

    coach

    ...

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  • Madi

    coach

    Madi started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but has been in the gym since she was two, participating with her parent in our KinderStars program. She rose through our ...

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  • Malia

    coach

    Malia began working at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but has trained with us since she was four years old. She was one of our highest level competitors in our Rhythmic program r...

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  • Marie

    front desk

    Marie began working the front desk at Gold Star in the spring of 2019. She comes to us with over 25 years of customer service experience, and is CPR certified. She has spent her li...

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  • Maycie

    coach

    Maycie began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2019. She has been training a dancer since she was three years old, and started teaching hip hop and tap to elementary school st...

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  • Michelle R.

    front desk

    Michelle R. joined our front desk staff in the fall of 2015, after many years in customer service and retail management. She has her Nursing Assistant Certification and is certifie...

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  • Michelle S.

    floor coordinator

    Michelle S. came to Gold Star in the spring of 2013, after working at a neighboring club since 2007. She is CPR and First Aid certified, has her USA Gymnastics Certification and Ha...

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  • Monica

    coach

    Monica began working at Gold Star in the fall of 2019. She has trained as a dancer and has competed for over a decade in Color Guard, including teaching middle schoolers this uniqu...

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  • Nadia

    coach

    Nadia has been at Gold Star since 2000. Before coming to California, she taught for 20 years in Russia, earned a Bachelors in Education from the University of Moscow, began her car...

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  • Natalie

    coach

    Natalie began working at Gold Star in the fall of 2019, but has participated in a number of our programs.  She has taken gymnastics classes, and competed in gymnastics for her hig...

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  • Nathan

    coach

    Nathan joined the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2018, but has taught at a neighboring facility since 2012 where he taught in almost every aspect of the gym from Special Events m...

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  • Neal

    coach

    Neal began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2018 but has been coaching gymnastics since 2016 at a neighboring gym. He was an Eagle Scout where he was named Troupe Guide, Patr...

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  • Noor

    coach

    Noor joined our staff in the summer of 2018. She has been a participant in our recreation teen class since 2015. She has worked with children as a camp counselor at various summer ...

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  • Olga v

    coach

    Olga commutes between the US and Russia, and since 2002 has come to work here at Gold Star whenever she is in town.  She has a Bachelors in Physical Education from Zaporozhskiy S...

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  • Patrick

    coach

    Patrick joined the Gold Star staff in May 2019. He has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling since 2013 in both gymnastics and cheerleading programs across the country. He is certi...

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  • Patty

    front desk

    Patty started at Gold Star in the spring of 2014, joining our front desk staff. She came to us with her Bachelors in Social Work from San Francisco State, followed by years as a su...

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  • Paul

    coach

    Paul started coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2006 after an illustrious career in competitive gymnastics.  He began gym classes in elementary school in Ireland, competing in...

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  • Paya

    coach

    Paya joined the Gold Star staff in May 2019 but has been a part of the Gold Star Family since she was born. She is CC’s youngest daughter and has been a part of our competitive A...

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  • Pearce

    coach

    Pearce joined Gold Star Gymnastics in the fall of 2016, with over 40 years of experience as a judge and a teacher, including a coach at Stanford, coordinating a Special Olympics pr...

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  • Phil

    coach

    Phil has been working at Gold Star since 1997. During this time, he has taught all levels of the organization from preschool through competitive boys and girls teams. Phil was a gy...

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  • Rebecca

    coach

    Rebecca joined our front desk staff in August 2019, but has been part of the Gold Star family since 2017 when her daughter began participating in our MiniStar program. Judging by h...

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  • Rod

    coach

    Rod began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2019, but has been part of the sport since he was born, as his father was a gymnast and a coach. He competed throughout elementary ...

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  • Ron

    coach

    Ron started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2018. Before teaching at GSG, Ron assisted with his younger brother’s middle school basketball team through four seasons, and t...

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  • Roni

    coach

    Roni began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2019, but has been a gymnast in our program since she was seven years old. She moved through the Recreational classes, competed Comp...

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  • Ronney

    head boys coach

    Ronney came to Gold Star in the fall of 2007 as Director of our Boys Gymnastics Program. He was a competitive gymnast and has taught all levels of gymnastics since 1991 in gyms thr...

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  • Ruth

    Coach

    Ruth began coaching for Gold Star in the spring of 2006, after competing as a compulsory gymnast and then as a member of our All-Star Cheer for six years. She then left and earned ...

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  • Ryan

    coach

    Ryan began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2004. He came to the gym as a member of our All-Star Cheer team in 2002, and was one of the original participants of GSG’s first ...

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  • sabrina

    coach

    Sabrina started coaching at Gold Star in 2000. In 2003, she began to train our competitive students, and over the next fifteen years has coached every level of girls competitive ar...

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  • Sam

    coach

    Sam began coaching at Gold Star in April 2019. She competed in our All-Star Cheer and Dance program for five years, first as a hip hop dancer and then as a cheerleader. She is Safe...

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  • Sarit

    coach

    Sarit began coaching for Gold Star in the winter of 2013.  She joined her first gymnastics class in second grade, competed throughout high school and college, and started at GSG...

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  • Savio

    coach

    Savio started coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2019. He began gymnastics at age five, and came to Gold Star three years later. He worked through our gymnastics classes and onto...

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  • shahar

    Coach

    Shahar began coaching at Gold Star in the fall of 2016, but has been a member of the GSG Artistic Boys Compulsory Team since 2015, having started in our recreational program. Shaha...

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  • shelby

    coach

    Shelby joined the Gold Star staff in November 2018. She has been a gymnast since she was five years old and competed at Gold Star in Levels 3, 4, and 5 before joining our Xcel team...

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  • simona

    coach

    Simona began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, and has been a student at GSG since 2010. Simona started gymnastics when she was five years old and rose to compete on our...

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  • sofi

    coach

    Sofi started working at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but we first met her at the adorable age of 2 in our KinderStar class.  She has worked through all of our class levels and...

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  • Sophia R.

    coach

    Sophia R. began teaching at Gold Star in May 2019. She is Safety Certified, and came to us with many years of experience working with children through teaching Sunday school, tutor...

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  • sophie j.

    coach

    Sophie began coaching in 2011, but has been an athlete at Gold Star since 2000, working her way through our entire program and finally retiring as an Optional level gymnast.  Soph...

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  • Sophie R.

    coach

    Sophie R. started coaching in May 2019. She has competed in our All-Star Dance program since she was 10. Before joining our staff as a gymnastics coach, Sophie also taught several ...

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  • Talya

    floor coordinator

    Talya started coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2010.  She had joined our All-Star Cheer in 2009 and throughout her career cheered for thirteen years. In 2015, she took on th...

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  • valerie

    front desk

    Valerie became a member of our front desk staff in the summer of 2018. She earned a Bachelors from San Francisco State in Business Administration and has been working in customer s...

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  • vital

    coach

    Vital started working at Gold Star as our parking lot attendant in the spring of 2015, but has been part of the GSG family since 2001, when his daughter CC implemented our Cheer &a...

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  • weini

    billing coordinator

    Weini has been working for Gold Star since 2001. She was originally hired as a receptionist, then became our Camp Director and is now our Billing Coordinator. She has completed the...

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  • Winston

    coach

    Winston joined the Gold Star staff in June 2019. Before teaching at Gold Star, he has babysat for family and friends, all while cultivating a passion for theatre and photography. W...

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  • yousef

    coach

    Yousef came to Gold Star in the winter of 2010, but began teaching gymnastics in 2005 at one of our neighboring clubs. He has coached all levels from recreational through teams, fr...

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