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 & hip hop coach

    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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  • 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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  • Chris (Daffron)

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Gold Star Staff

  • a.j.

    coach

    A.J. began coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2008. In 2006, he joined our hip-hop teams and still competes on our Open Hip-Hop team. He has his USASF Dance Credential, USA Gym...

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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...

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  • abby r.

    coach

    Abby R. started coaching in the fall of 2017 but joined Gold Star when she was just four years old. She was first a MiniStar before joining our All-Star Cheer program, where she co...

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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 s...

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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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  • alexx

    coach

    Alexx began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She has been a member of our All-Star Cheer and Dance teams since 2009 and currently competes with our Senior Cheer team. A...

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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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  • 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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  • ananya

    Coach

    Ananya joined the Gold Star Staff in summer of 2016. She is currently a member of our Girls Artistic Optional Team and also competing for her high school gymnastics team. Ananya be...

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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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  • anissa

    coach

    Anissa started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She came to GSG first as a student in our Adult Class. Anissa graduated from San Jose State with her Bachelors in Commu...

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  • april

    coach

    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

    birthday coordinator

    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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  • brendan

    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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  • cara

    coach

    Ciara began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, after participating in our teen classes. She is currently attending local community colleges, majoring in Film & TV Pro...

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  • carolyn

    front desk / afternoon lead

    Carolyn has been with Gold Star since 2002 and is assistant head coach of our All-Star Cheer and Dance Program. Carolyn has been coaching cheerleading since 1992. She is First Aid ...

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  • cassidy

    coach

    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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  • ciara

    coach

    Ciara began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, after discovering her love of gymnastics while participating in our teen classes. She is currently attending local community colleges, major...

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  • cindy

    coach

    Cindy started working at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, but has been a gymnast at GSG since she was just two years old. She trained up to a Level 9 gymnast, and is now coaching o...

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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 m.

    coach

    Courtney M. joined the Gold Star staff in the summer of 2018. But she has been a student at Gold Star since was three, participating in gymnastics, cheerleading, and hip-hop. Her talents extend to ...

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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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  • coy

    coach

    Coy began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2005. He began choreographing in 1990 for various hip-hop groups and started teaching in 1995. Over the years his resume has come t...

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  • cyrus

    coach

    Cyrus began coaching in the fall of 2017, although he started gymnastics at Gold Star at the tender age of 2, training and working his way through our class program and onto our competitive team. A...

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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 working at Gold Star since 2001, after working for four years in the gymnastics club where her children trained. Elaine is CPR ...

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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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  • ellie

    coach

    Ellie started working at Gold Star in the spring of 2017. She has been a cheerleader for 7 years, cheering for Gold Star, Pop Warner and her high school, where she was named captain of her squad. E...

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  • emilia

    Coach

    Emilia began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016. Emilia started training in Rhythmic gymnastics at the age of five while living in Finland. She has studied dance, is USA G...

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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

    Coach

    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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  • Erin

    coach

    Erin started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2011, teaching throughout high school and every break throughout college. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors in Enviro...

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  • gabriel

    Coach

    Gabriel began coaching Aikido at Gold Star gymnastics in the summer of 2016 and has been training since 2008. Additionally, he trained for three years in traditional Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Gabri...

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  • giselle

    Coach

    Giselle began coaching at Gold Star in summer of 2016, after having joined our hip hop program in 2005.  She is currently a student at Foothill College where she is completing her...

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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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  • ivonne

    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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  • 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

    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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  • joy

    floor coordinator

    Joy began at Gold Star in the summer of 2005. Since 1985, she has coached gymnastics, instructed in music, and taught Physical Education. In addition to her teaching experience, Jo...

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  • julia

    coach

    Julia started working at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She has trained as a dancer since she was in preschool, and has been competing in dance at her high school. She began teaching as an assist...

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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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  • katherine

    coach

    Katherine began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017, but has been a part of our Gold Star family since she was three years old. Katherine worked her way through our recreat...

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    coach

    Laura B. started at Gold Star in the winter of 2006, having started coaching in 2001.  Laura began gymnastics when she was seven and trained through optional competitive levels. ...

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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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  • lauren

    coach

    Lauren started coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2013 and instantly became a favorite of both the staff and the students. Lauren has a natural instinct for teaching, treating ...

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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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  • lucia

    coach

    Lucia began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, but started her gymnastics training at a neighboring club.  She came to GSG as an already accomplished gymnast, joining o...

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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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  • maytal

    coach

    Maytal began working at Gold Star in the summer of 2015, but has been a student at GSG since she was 6 years old. Maytal moved through all of our Recreational levels and onto our C...

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  • melissa

    coach

    Melissa started coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2017. She joined our gymnastics classes when she was 10 and rose through our recreational classes to our Artistic Compulsory ...

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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.

    coach

    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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  • mira

    coach

    Mira began coaching at Gold Star in the spring of 2018 after having been a student in our recreational gymnastics program since 2010. She currently competes on her high school gymn...

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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 coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, and joined GSG as a student at eight years old, after being enamored by the 2008 Olympics. Natalie started in our Recreational program, mo...

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  • natasha

    coach

    Natasha came to Gold Star in 2009 after coaching throughout the Bay Area since 1999. She started gymnastics in the Ukraine at the age of six, and became an internationally acclaime...

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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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  • nomi

    Coach

    Nomi began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016, but has been a student at GSG since she was four years old. Nomi moved through our Mini Star and Recreational levels, onto o...

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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 has commuted between the US and Russia since 1998, and in 2002 came to work here at Gold Star whenever she is in town. She graduated in 2004 with her Masters degree in Physica...

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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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  • 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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  • piper

    coach

    Piper began working at Gold Star in the winter of 2018, after having started taking classes in 2014. She started in rhythmic classes and is now a member of our All-Star Cheer and D...

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  • quynn

    coach

    Quynn began working at Gold Star in the summer of 2015, but has literally grown up in the gym. She is the daughter of the owner, and was three weeks old when her parents bought the...

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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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  • 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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  • roosa

    Coach

    Roosa began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016. At age five she started her gymnastics career in Finland, then moved to the United States and competed through Level 4 at a...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Sofi at the adorable age of 2 in our Kinderstar class. She has worked through the ranks and is now competing Level 7 on our...

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  • Sophie

    coach

    Sophie has been an athlete at Gold Star since 2000, working her way through our entire program and finally retiring as a Level 7 gymnast. In 2011, Sophie began coaching and has proven herself to be...

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  • talya

    coach

    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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  • Thea

    coach

    Thea began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2016. She was four when she started gymnastics classes in Sweden, and then came to GSG when she was six years old in Girls Red mov...

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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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  • Vicky

    font desk

    Vicky began working at Gold Star in the winter of 2018, and had joined the GSG Hip Hop team in 2016.  She began her training in dance when she was four, studying hip hop, ballet,...

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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, and is now our billing coordinator. From 2004-2015 she was our Camp Director, and devel...

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  • will

    coach

    Will started working at Gold Star in the spring of 2014, following in the footsteps of his mother and working alongside his sister. Before coaching at Gold Star he volunteered at t...

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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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