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Nicholas has been a Recreational Gymnastics and Tumbling Instructor at BRAG since 2018. He was a competitive gymnast up to Junior Olympic Program Level 9. While living in New Mexico, he was a Junior Olympic Program Level 5 and 6 gymnast. While living in VIrginia, he competed at Levels 6-9. He is currently attending Brentsville High School. During his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing with his dogs.
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Leigh Anne has been a cheer coach at BRAG since 2017. She is a former school and club competitive cheerleader with her club team placing at several UCA and NCA Regional competitions. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University where she was a member of the co-ed cheerleading squad. After graduating from CNU, she began coaching recreational cheer and competitive cheerleading. She went on to head a competitive cheerleading program working with Junior Level 2 and Senior Level 4 teams. Her teams had numerous top 3 finishes and won the "National Championship" title at a JamFest competition. When not working at BRAG, Leigh Anne teaches special needs children in a local public school system.
Ashley has been a part-time front desk staffer with BRAG since the summer of 2018. She is the parent of one of our Xcel gymnasts. She was born and raised in northern Virginia. She is first aid and CPR certified with 10 years of experience with Prince William County Fire and Rescue. She loves going to baseball games with her kids during her free time.
Developmental and Recreational Instructors
Coach Sophia has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. She grew up in a military family which lead to her to competing in gymnastics up to USAG JOP Level 8 in such far reaching locations as Sydney, Australia and Anchorage, Alaska. While in Anchorage she placed 1st All Around for her age group at USAG Level 6. She had been coaching at another club in the local area for about six months prior to coming to BRAG. She is a graduate of Woodbridge High School and is currently attending cosmetology school when she is not working at BRAG.
Halsey has been a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. Prior to coming to BRAG, she was a recreational instructor at two local clubs from 2016-2018. Halsey was a competitive gymnast up to Junior Olympic Program Level 10. While living in New Mexico, she was a Level 4 and 6 State Champion. While living in VIrginia, she was a Level 9 Regional champion and placed 3rd All Around and on the Balance Beam at the Eastern Nationals. She is a graduate of Brentsville High School and is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College where she is working on an A.A. in Occupational Therapy or Respiratory Therapy. During her free time, she volunteers at the hospital.
Mallorie is BRAG's Recreational Program Director and Head Compulsory Team Coach. She has been with BRAG since 2014. A gymnast since the age of 5, she participated in gymnastics for 9 years and competed up to Optional Level 9 in Virginia. She started coaching with the opening of BRAG, coaching everything from Parent and Tot to now leading BRAG's Compulsory Gymnastics teams. She received her Health and Fitness Certification from NOVA. When not working at BRAG, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Erika Is BRAG's Cheer Program Director. She has been a Recreational Gymnastics, Competitive Cheer, and Xcel Coach with BRAG since 2017. A gymnast since the age of 5, she participated in gymnastics in several states up to USAG Level 7 as the child of a military family. She competed for four years with Battlefield High School, where the team went to states each year. She was a sideline cheerleader through high school and college. A graduate of James Madison University, her cheer squad competed nationally twice in the Small Coed 1A Division, placing in the top four each time. She was an instructor during several JMU cheer clinics. She has a B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Spanish. She enjoys traveling during her free time.
Drew is BRAG's Business Manager. He gained his entrepreneur experience as a small business owner in Missouri at the Lake of the Ozarks. After which, he served in the US Army for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During Drew and Mary’s numerous assignments across the United States and other countries, he grew to appreciate Mary’s passion for gymnastics. Drawing from their experiences at the different gyms Mary worked, together they created the business model under which Bull Run Academy of Gymnastics operates. He has a BS in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a MS in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Missouri football and basketball programs.
Competitive Team Coaches
Coach Lauren has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. She grew up in a military family which lead her to competing in gymnastics up to USAG JOP Level 6 in Tennessee. As a Level 6, she placed 1st All Around on several occasions and 3rd her age group on the Balance Beam at the Tennessee State Meet. Lauren also started to participate in competitive cheer when she moved to Virginia, ultimately working her way up to her club's Level 5 team. She had coached at another gymnastics facility in the local area for about six months prior to coming to BRAG. She is a graduate of Battlefield High School and has an Associates degree in Massage Therapy from Northern Virginia Community College. When she is not working at BRAG, she enjoys painting, travel, and several outdoor activities.
Jesse is BRAG's Trampoline & Tumbling (T&T) Team Coach and an Xcel Team Coach. She has been with BRAG since 2017. In 2019, Jesse received her Beginner Judges Certification (Category 3) for T&T competitive events. She is a former recreational gymnast and participated in numerous other sports activities before and during college. Before coming to BRAG, she had experience coaching/training swimming, volleyball, lacrosse, and equestrian activities. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she received a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. In her free time, she enjoys running, watersports, and horseback riding.
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Michelle has been a Junior Olympic Program Coach with BRAG since 2018. She is the daughter of a gymnastics coach and was an active gymnast from the age of three through high school. She competed up to Level 8 with USAG and earned Second and First Team All State honors while competing with her high school in Connecticut. Prior to coming to BRAG, she coached her high school team for five years and with Chelsea Piers in Connecticut as both a recreational instructor and JOP Coach. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement from the University of New Haven, CT. When not working at BRAG she enjoys a day at the beach!
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Margaret has been BRAG's Office Manager since 2016. She spent almost 10 years running her own business before coming to BRAG. She has a BA in Communication from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Her daughter is training with BRAG's Competitive Tumble and Trampoline team. When Margaret is not spending time with her two daughters, she enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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Solange has been coaching recreational gymnastics at BRAG since the summer of 2017. A gymnast since the age of 8, she competed in Virginia in the Xcel program up to the Diamond level where she placed on numerous occasions. During her free-time, she enjoys anime and regularly cosplays at conventions. She can speak four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Portugeuse.
Tim has been BRAG's Head Optional Coach since 2018. He trained as a gymnast for six years before competing in the Trampoline and Tumbling Program where he took 2nd place at Nationals in Level 7 Power Tumbling. During high school, he instructed recreational gymnastics for two years. Since 2010, he coached competitive gymnastics at two different clubs in Louisiana, eventually working his way up to a head coaching position at each. He has coached his gymnasts to three Regional Competitions and two to collegiate scholarships. He studied Business at the University of Alabama. When not working at BRAG, he enjoys auto cross, horseback riding, hiking, and playing with his dog.
Aquiera has been an Xcel Team Coach with BRAG since 2018. She started participating in gymnastics at age nine. In high school, she was twice selected as her team's MVP. While in high school she started coaching at a local club in New York state and for the past ten years she has coached recreational gymnastics, pre-team, and JOP Levels 4-8. She attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. When not working at BRAG she enjoys music, singing, and dancing.
Bull Run Academy of Gymnastics (BRAG) is now hiring enthusiastic, outgoing individuals with competitive and/or coaching experience to fill instructor positions for its recreational and competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling programs. Pay and benefits will depend on level of experience. If you would like to be a part of BRAG’s fun and dynamic coaching staff, please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen has been a Developmental and Recreational Gymnastics Coach with BRAG since 2016. A gymnast since the age of 3, Kristen was trained by 1996 Olympic U.S. women's gold medal gymnastics team member, Jaycee Phelps, for two years. Kristen competed for several years as a Compulsory and Optional gymnast. At Level 9, she placed 1st All Around at the Colorado State Championships and qualified for the Region 3 Championships and Western Nationals.
Donna has been a part-time front desk staffer with BRAG since the summer of 2018. She studied dance for 18 years to include ballet, jazz, and ballroom. She has a B.S. in Nutrition from Virginia Tech and a M.A. in Human Resources Management from Marymount University. One of her daughters is a competitive gymnast with BRAG. She and her family foster dogs for local rescue groups. They also enjoy fishing, hiking, and road trips during their free time.
Nancy has been a part-time front desk staffer with BRAG since 2018. She is the parent of one of BRAG's JOP Optional Gymnasts. She has a B.S. in Accounting and a MBA from Strayer University. When not working at here full-time job or watching her , she enjoys going to craft shows and spending time with family and friends.
Jeff has been with BRAG since 2018. He started his coaching career in 1996 as an instructor with the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) while in college. During that time, he began working with the earliest all-star program in our area, Capital Cheer! He assisted with the success of that program until he began his own cheerleading gym in 2002, Cheer Dynasty. In a few years, Cheer Dynasty operated in 3 separate facilities and was recognized as one of American Cheerleader Magazines "Top 25" Programs in the Nation. He coached his elite teams to The Cheerleading Worlds and attended The Summit during it's inaugural year and beyond. He worked with his wife to capture a Level 5 Youth Division NCA National title in 2013! After selling his business to spend more time with his growing family, he went on to work with Cheer Tyme and Maryland Twisters. He has extensive experience judging cheerleading competitions of all levels.
He was a scholarship athlete at George Mason University with his team placed top 5 at every UCA College National in Division I during his time there. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2 children. He also likes to do home projects and test his HGTV skills.
Mary is a former optional level gymnast, power tumbler, and cheerleader who competed at the national level in power tumbling and cheerleading. She is the daughter of two YMCA directors and has several years experience participating in numerous athletic programs. She began coaching while in college and held her first program director position immediately after graduating from the University of Kentucky. She is a USAG certified National Coach and former Junior Olympic Program Level 10 judge. She has produced numerous state champions and collegiate gymnasts while coaching in California, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. She is an avid fan of University of Kentucky basketball and the Kentucky Derby.
Coach Dana has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2019. As a competive gymnast, she competed up to USAG JOP Level 8 in Virginia and for her high school for 3 years. She had been coaching at another gymnastics facility in the local area for two years prior to coming to BRAG. She is a graduate of Battlefield High School and is currently studying Communications at Northern Virginia Community College. she still enjoys practicing her gymnastics skills and spending time with her friends.
Quianna has been BRAG's Head Xcel Team Coach since 2017. She started training in gymnastics at the age of 7 and competed up to Optional Level 8 in New York. While in high school, she competed on her school's gymnastics team and also coached at her home gym, Elite Gymnastics. She continued to coach gymnastics part-time at another gym while attending college and returned to coach full time at Elite Gymnastics after receiving her degree. In 2012, she started a gymnastics program for a Boys and Girls Club and in 2013 she became the Director of the USAIGC program at Elite Gymnastics. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Old Westbury where she received a BA in Public Health. She loves spending time with her daughter and niece, taking them to dance classes, swimming, girl scouts, and of course gymnastics.
Zach has been working with BRAG's competitive and recreational training programs since 2019. Prior to coming to BRAG, he worked at the West Virginia Gymnastics Training Center for two years. He was a recreational gymnast for eight years during his youth. Also, he was a competitive cheerleader at California University of Pennsylvania where he received an Associates Degree in Science and Technology and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. His favorite animals are Orcas and Dolphins! During his free time, he enjoys going to the beach and amusement parks.