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Gym Manager, Team Head Coach
Dianna discovered her passion for the sport of gymnastics when she was only four years old. After competing at Level 10 in high school, she earned a full gymnastics scholarship to the University of Michigan, during which time she received the NCAA’s All-American distinction for her athletic and academic achievements and was awarded the team’s Most Courageous Performance Award. Dianna completed her graduate studies in Physical Therapy a the University of Miami and ran her own practice in New Hampshire prior to moving to Tucson in 2008. While she reached for new heights, personally and professionally, she’s not stopped being Coach Dianna since she began coaching recreational gymnastics in high school. Today, she coaches up to Level 10. She believes that many of the characteristics, like determination, hard work, commitment, and the ability to persevere in the face of adversity, that have seen her through life’s challenges can be attributed to her early foundation in gymnastics. It is her mission to foster a passion for the sport and help young athletes, both recreational and competitive, develop some of these same characteristics. She works diligently to help all students reach their individual goals and work to their full potential to succeed. When she’s not wearing her numerous gym hats, she dons the mom and wife cape, spending her time cheering on and supporting her three children compete in their respective sports, at the pool and in the gym, with her husband of 15 years.
Office Manager / Front Desk
Angela likes cars and University of Arizona basketball and football, but she fell in love with gymnastics at Springs when she was a young girl, and it quickly became her passion. During the 10 years that she practiced, she competed throughout Arizona and reached a career high as a Level 7 when she took 2nd in the state on vault for Levels 7-10 at Arizona Grand. Training as a Level 8, she retired from competitive gymnastics when she entered her freshmen year of high school. Angela says she feels fortunate to be able to return to Springs to foster her love for gymnastics as a coach. Beginning as a recreational coach in 2015, Angela applied the same determination she did as a gymnast and quickly progressed from coaching beginner recreational levels to Bronze and Silver Xcel competitive teams. For Angela, the best part of coaching is helping her gymnasts accomplish their goals and being able to celebrate their successes with them, as she was able to do her first competitive coaching season when her Bronze team took 7th in the state of Arizona.
After 10 years of working up to Junior Olympic Level 7 gymnast here at Springs, Genesis Brown became “Coach Genna” in 2014. She began working with Tumble Bugs in our recreational program first and then, because of her unrelenting determination to challenge her own abilities, she soon transitioned to also coach our Xcel team, up to Platinum. Because Genna’s favorite part about coming to work every day is working with your kids, she passionately pursues new learning opportunities to constantly improve her coaching. Her bold presence and loud personality can be seen and heard throughout the gym, and her high spirits, creativity in coaching, and persistence lift her athletes up to reach for new heights. Outside the gym, Genna is currently studying Health & Wellness with the long-term goal of becoming an athletic trainer in gymnastics or football, and in the free time she does have, Genna enjoys shopping, spending money, being with friends, eating (always eating!), and having fun in her youth.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Laurie has been coaching at Springs since November 2010. She is a USAG Instructor and holds her Safety Certification as well. Laurie has been a dancer for more than 20 years in various disciplines including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, toe tap, drill team/pom and also as a choreographer. Laurie lives in Tucson with her husband and 2 daughters. They love to explore Arizona every chance they get. Laurie is also a Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator and spends time planning retreats, camping and other events for youth at local Christian churches.
Prior to moving to Tucson, Marissa competed as a Level 6 Junior Olympic gymnast in Texas. She is currently attending Pima Community College, but what she loves most about being in Tucson is coming to work at Springs. Marissa is thrilled to be able to pass down her knowledge of gymnastics to children who are so passionate about this sport, and love it just as much as she does. While working to be the best coach she can be, Marissa believes that just being in the environment at Springs, with her students who bring a smile to her face each and every class, improves her personal happiness. Springs is proud to have Marissa, and Marissa is proud to be Springs Strong!
Faith, a Tucson native, has participated in many sports throughout her life. She’s played soccer since she was three and competed as a gymnast at Springs for more than six years. Faith’s excellence in academics rivals her athletic determination. Currently in her senior year of high school, she remains in the top five percent of her graduating class. Coming back to Springs in 2016 as recreational program coach, she now teaches students of all ages and skills, from beginner to advanced. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sketching, and traveling around the United States. Faith feels honored that she has such an amazing job at Springs and is excited to continue teaching young athletes turn their own determination into achievement.
Jorge has been enthusiastic about sports for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, soccer was the focus in Jorge’s early life. He played on an international traveling team as a teenager and danced with a Chilean folkloric dance company for many years. In 1998, with his wife and infant daughter, Jorge moved from Miami, Florida to Missouri where he became the assistant director of a dance and acrobatics studio for 11 years. During his tenure, he won several national choreography awards for his energetic acro-gymnastic routines. In 2006, Jorge graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Valley College with a double major in exercise science and physical education. After moving to Tucson in 2012, he began coaching USA Gymnastics at the recreational level and now, as an integral part of the Springs family, he coaches up to Level 10. Jorge has an innate ability to inspire athletes. His positive coaching style encourages gymnasts to believe in themselves and to find their inner strength to overcome obstacles on their journey to success. Jorge believes this type of strength in adversity is a key, long-term life skill. Outside of Springs, Jorge teaches physical education at a local charter school and enjoys spending relaxing downtime with his wife and daughters.
Morgan has called Springs Gymnastics her home for 17 years. She entered the recreational program when she was only three years old, advanced to become a competitive gymnast for 10 years, and has been coaching since 2013. She currently coaches recreational classes, as well as our Junior Olympic team Levels 2, 3, and 4. Her love for gymnastics began as an athlete and has only grown stronger as a coach, where she capitalizes on every opportunity to further her own gymnastics education. Morgan devotes much time to completing online research, as well as official USA Gymnastics coaching courses at the US Women’s Olympic Training Site and National Congress. This investment makes Morgan an asset to all her students and to Springs. Morgan says she loves being part of the Springs family because “we challenge our gymnasts and expect a certain quality of gymnastics and work ethic, but still allow them to be kids and enjoy the sport.”
Coach Nate, or “Ninja Nate” as he is now known, has been with Springs since early 2017. Being drawn to sports that require mental agility and body control, Nate spent three years as a gymnast, and two years in martial arts and cheerleading. He loves being able to help his students realize their own potential here at Springs.
A Springs family member since 2004, Brittney is a valuable asset to the gym. She began as a competitive gymnast, then transitioned to a front office team member and recreational coach. Now, when she isn’t planning games and activities for Parents’ Night Out or summer camps in her role as special events coordinator, she is preparing our Junior Olympic Level 2 gymnasts for competition and coaching them up to the next level. Brittney is a Tucson native and proud University of Arizona Wildcat working toward a degree in physiology. In the little spare time she has, Brittney enjoys reading and playing volleyball.
Now a University of Arizona Wildcat in her senior year, Brooke first came to Springs when she was 10 years old. She worked her way up to a Level 8 Junior Olympic gymnast and then was a founding member of the Springs Xcel Team. Brooke’s innate ability to teach technique and instill enthusiasm for excellence led her to become a volunteer coach at the young age of 14 years old. Since then, Brooke has come a long way thanks to her dogged determination to better herself and those she works with. As a Level 3 and Level 4 coach, Brooke loves working with each of her gymnasts to help them achieve their individual goals. Brooke, like her twin Brittney, also spends the little free time she has reading and playing sand volleyball.
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