Our Staff

CG’s Gymnastics is blessed to have such a qualified staff. Staff is selected by their knowledge of the sport, attitude, experience, ability to teach and spot, and their love of children. Our staff is fortunate to have continuing education, various levels of gymnastics and other certifications, national level competitors and judges, certified teachers, first aid and CPR staff that are always on hand. Education is ongoing. many of us teach clinics and workshops at the local, National, and International level.

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James Clement


   Coach James was born in New Jersey but moved around during his childhood to Michigan and Ohio, before he landed in Baton Rouge.  He is a former C.G.'s competitive gymnast and graduated from Episcopal High School.  He then began coaching and worked his way through school, graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University.  Coach James teaches Tumbling, Recreational Gymnastics, and our Boys' Competitive Team.

   In 2013 he and Christy purchased the business from owner Caesar Garcia after being a part of C.G’s Gymnastics for 14 years.  It is his goal to carry on Coach Garcia’s legacy by sticking to the fundamental values that made his business a positive influence in children’s lives.  He is also the State Director of Louisiana Men’s Gymnastics.

   James and Christy have been together since 2009 and married in July 2015.

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Christy Hancock


     Christy is the voice/face you usually are in contact with in the Office.  She not only handles the office but also a large portion of the day to day organization and running of the gym.
     She is very familiar with the gym and the gymnastics world.  She started gymnastics when she was 1 year old and began Acrobatic Gymnastics (formerly named Sports Acrobatics) a few years later.  By the time she was twelve she was competing on the highest level of Acro, Elite, and had competed at Nationals four times.
     Christy is from the Baton Rouge area and went to Episcopal High School where she was a soccer player, powerlifter, and an officer in NJROTC.  She went on to graduate from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2006 with a B.A. in English and Psychology and a minor in Political Science: Legal Studies.  She was one of 33 women in a class of 397 graduates and her class started with 617 “knobs” (freshmen) in 2002.  After college, she went to law school at Ole Miss and graduated in 2009 with a J.D.  She was the first in the country to graduate with a Criminal Law Certificate and a Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law Certificate.
     Christy also is an extensive traveler and has been to over 30 countries and studied abroad twice at Cambridge University in England.  She is also an animal lover and enjoys horseback riding, painting, drawing, and reading.  Christy and Coach James have been together since 2009 and married July 2015.  

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Daniel Kelly

Girls' Team Department Leader

  Coach Daniel was born in Hawaii but has lived all over the world as part of a military family.  He has over 15 years of coaching and gym management experience and has worked as a gymnastics coach at various gyms across the country including Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio, and Las Vegas.

  Coach Daniel has been coaching women's gymnastics since 2001, and is known for building strong, successful competitive teams and athletes.  He holds a current Professional membership and background check with USA Gymnastics as well as a USAG Safety Certification, Meet Director, and Skills Evaluator certifications, and a Red Cross CRP and First Aid certification.  Coach Daniel is a Master Clinician and has coached multiple state clinics across the mid-west and east coast. He has coached numerous all-around state champions as well as several regional winners and 9 & 10 JO  National competitors. 

  Coach Daniel joined the C.G.'s family in June 2016 as the Girls' Team Department Leader.  He has a beautiful little girl, Jynelle.

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Chelci Fitzgerald

Gym Cats Department Leader in Training

  Coach Chelci is from Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a member of the C.G.'s family since 2013.  In addition to being the Preschool Department Leader in Training she coaches girls' recreational classes, boys' recreational classes, tumbling, and our Girls' Xcel Team.  Coach Chelci currently runs our Summer Camp program.

   When Coach Chelci is not in the gym she is attending Louisiana State University or spending time with her boyfriend, Jacob, and dog Jezi.

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Kristen Estorge

Girls' Team Assistant Department Leader

   Coach Kristen grew up in Niagara Falls, NY and competed in gymnastics until she was 15 years old.  She competed as a Level 9 for several years but an ankle injury caused her to transition to track and field.  She was the New York State Pentathlon champion in 1993 and was a five time All-American in track and field in college.  She was also the Springfield College Overall Female Athlete of the Year three times and continues to hold the indoor 400 meter record at Springfield College.

   Coach Kristen has a B.S. in Movement and Sports Studies from Springfield College, a M.S. in Athletic Administration from Springfield College, and is currently pursuing a PhD from Regent University in Organizational Leadership.  She has been coaching gymnastics since 1999 throughout the country including Alabama, North Carolina, and Delaware and even owned her own gym.  She has numerous gymnastics and safety certifications as well as extensive team coaching experience.  Her husband's promotion brought her family to Baton Rouge where they plan to stay permanently.

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Ali Williams

Office Assistant

  Ali was born in Mandeville, LA and moved to Baton Rouge in 2015.  She has one brother, Brett, who is also her roommate.  Ali has taken dance classes for 17 years, was a competitive dancer from age 10 to 18, and has taught dance and choreography since 2013. 

  She currently attends Louisiana State University and is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy Human Movement Science.  She hopes to one day be a physical therapist.  In addition to working at C.G.'s Ali is an LSU Ambassador, a physical therapy tech, and a certified Pure Barre instructor.

  Ali joined the C.G.'s family in 2016 as a member of our office staff.

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Jennifer Thorburn

Office Assistant

    Jennifer was born in Derby, Connecticut and moved to Baton Rouge with her husband and two children in 2011.  After her daughter was on our competitive team for two years, she joined the CG's staff as an office assistant.

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Rachel Gallman

Office Assistant

   Rachel is one of our office assistants who has been a member of the C.G.'s family for many years as a team mom.  In addition to helping run the office and being one of the friendly faces you see every day, she's also an English teacher in Walker and was named Teacher of the Year! 

   Rachel and her husband, Danny, have three wonderful children - one boy and two girls.  Her girls are members of our Junior Olympic and Xcel competitive teams.

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LaToya Johnson

Office Assistant

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Kathryn Story

Team & Recreational Coach

   Coach Kathryn is a former gymnast and gym owner.  She is the coach of our Level 1, 2, and 3 girls' competitive gymnasts as well as several recreational gymnastics classes.

   Kathryn is married to her wonderful husband, Bobby and is the mother of  three amazing children, Hope, Josh and Faith.  

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Sam Easley

Team & Recreational Coach

  Coach Sam is from Walker and is the oldest of five children.  She started coming to C.G.'s when she was 5 years old.  She was also a cheerleader and is currently taking classes online as a junior at Arizona State University.  Coach Sam loves coffee and chocolate.

  Coach Sam joined the staff in 2016 and coaches our recreational classes as well as our Pre-Team, Level 1, and Level 2 competitive teams.  She and her husband, Drew, have a Siberian Husky named Chapter.  Her dream car is a minivan and she hopes to have at least 6 children.

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Monica Zeringue

Team & Recreational Coach

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Jonathan Lipsky

Recreational Coach

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Ransom Clifton

Recreational Coach

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Callie DeRanger

Recreational Coach

    Coach Callie was born in Hammond, LA and is now a resident of Denham Springs.  She is a senior on the Denham Springs softball team as well as a member of the Key Club and a traveling choir.  In her free time she likes to hunt, fish, and play piano and guitar.  Coach Callie has dreams of one day being a forensic pathologist, opthemologist, or pilot one day.

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Gabby Parsons

Recreational Coach

   Coach Gabby was born in Baton Rouge, LA but has moved around due to her father's job and found her way back to the city.  She is the middle child with an older sister and a younger brother.  Coach Gabby plays softball for Denham Springs High School.  She loves to help others on their journey to reach their goals.

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Kailyn Sibley

Recreational Coach

    Coach Kailyn was raised in Denham Springs and homeschooled for six years.  She is the captain of her competitive cheerleading team and is the oldest of five siblings.  As a child she enjoyed gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and dance.  Coach Kailyn plans to attend Louisiana State University for nursing or sonography.

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Nick Portier

Recreational Coach

     Coach Nick has lived in Baton Rouge since he was three years old but was born in Mobile, Alabama.  He was a member of the C.G.'s competitive team for five years and even earned multiple perfect scores on pommel horse during competitions. 

     Coach Nick graduated from Louisiana State University in 2018 with a degree in theatre and is the writer of two award winning short films.  When he is not coaching he is working on transitioning to writing feature film scripts and working out in the gym.

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Melinda Thiessen

RUF Coach

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Sherie LeBlanc

RUF Coach

    Coach Sherie is one of our RUF adult fitness instructors.  She has trained with Coach Roy since 2017 and is excited about continuing his love of fitness with others.  Sherie has worked at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where she has served as admissions director and mathematics teacher since 2000.

    Coach Sherie and her husband, Duane, have one child who is a member of our Boys' competitive Team.

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Tonya Ballard

RUF Coach

    Coach Tonya is one of our RUF adult fitness instructors.  She bagan RUF with Coach Roy in 2015 and her love of fitness has only grown over the years.  Tonya is a first grade teacher at St. Alphonsus Catholic School.  She loves being outdoors and being active.  She also really loves baseball, football and gymnastics.

    Coach Tonya and her husband, Brandon, have 3 daughters, Kamryn, Karley, and Kenley.  Kamryn is a member of the Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team at C.G.'s.