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.
Tatum has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics and Tumbling Instructor at BRAG since 2018. Prior to coming to BRAG, he worked as a Beginner Boys Gymnastics instructor at his family's club, Indiana Gymnastics Center. A gymnast for 10 years, he competed up to Level 7 where he was a State Champion and Regional Qualifier. He currently attends Battlefield High School. He enjoys displaying his tumbling skills as both a gymnast and diver.
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.
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.
Coach Lauren H.:
Lauren has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2017. Prior to working at BRAG she participated in club gymnastics for 12 years to include five years in the Junior Olympic Program competing up to Level 7 and two years in Xcel at the Diamond/Platinum levels. Also, she was a member of the Battlefield High School Gymnastics Team for three years. When not at school or working at BRAG, she enjoys playing with her Bulldogs and spending with family/friends.
Campbell has been working as a Recreational Tumbling and Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. She competed in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) circuit in extreme forms (a combination of traditional martial arts and tumbling). In 2015 and 2016 she was ranked 9th and 8th in the world, respectively. Currently a student at Battlefield High School, she intends to continue her studies to become a Physician Assistant. When she is not busy with work or school, she enjoys working out, readying, watching NETFLIX, painting, and spending time with her family.
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.
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!
Katherine has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. She started taking gymnastics classes at the age of 3 and competitive gymnastics at age 9. She competed for five years at Junior Olympic Levels 4/5/6 and Xcel Gold. In 2014 she place 1st on Beam 2nd on Vault, and 2nd All Around and in 2015 she placed 3rd on the Uneven Bars, 2nd on Beam, and 7th All Around in her age group at the Xcel Gold State Meets. Also, she has been a member of the Fauquier High School Competitive Cheer and Varsity Sideline Cheer Teams for the past two years. In 2018, the FHS Competitive Team was 1st Team All District. She is planning on studying Physical Therapy after she graduates from high school.
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.
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.
Helen has been working with BRAG's competitive teams since 2018. She has been involved in gymnastics in some form for over 40 years. She was a gymnast at Karon Gymnastics Center for several years and switched to high school gymnastics when her family moved to Maryland. She has been a USAG Professional Member since 1989, coaching for several years in Northern Virginia, Idaho, and Washington state. She has been a member of the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ) since 1989 and a Virginia NAWGJ Board Member 2013-2017. In addition to being a NAWGJ Judge, she is also a Virginia High School League (VHSL) and a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Judge, She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Psychology (Minor) from George Mason University. In her free time she enjoys spending free time with her son, music, hiking, reading, and cooking.
Jesse is a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor and Xcel Team Coach. She has been with BRAG since 2017. 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.
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.
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.
Bridgette has been working with BRAG's competitive program since 2015. She was a competitive gymnast up to Junior Olympic Program Level 10 in Virginia. She was a two time Eastern National qualifier at Level 9 and Regional qualifier at Level 10. She was recruited by College of Brockport in New York where she received Second Team All American honors on on the Floor event and also received a B.A. in English/Communications. During her free time, she enjoys taking her dog to the park and drinking fine wines.
Erika 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.
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.
Developmental and Recreational Instructors
Kat has been working as a recreational gymnastics and cheer instructor at BRAG since 2017. She was a cheerleader in high school and for a year and a half at Cabrini University. Prior to starting at BRAG she coached gymnastics and tumbling in Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a BFA in Graphic Design at George Mason University. When not working at BRAG, she supports a local theater as an artist and graphic designer. When not studying or working, she enjoys scary movies and eating tacos!
Kaylee has been a Recreational Gymnastics instructor with BRAG since 2018. She started competitive gymnastics at the age of 8 and worked her way up to JOP Level 8 before she started competing with her high school gymnastics team. She also cheered with her high school squad for four years. She started coaching at Spivey Gymnastics prior to its closure. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College. She enjoys working out and spending time with her friends.
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.
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.
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Competitive Team Coaches
Lori has been an Xcel Team Coach with BRAG since 2018. She started her gymnastics training at the age of three and competed up to Level 8. She also participated in club gymnastics while in college. She has been coaching in Virginia since 2001 as a recreational instructor and Xcel/JOP coach. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. When not working at BRAG she enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
Coach Leigh Anne:
Leigh Anne has been BRAG's Cheer Program Director 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.
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.
Brenna has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2017. She was a competitive dancer for five years before starting at BRAG. As a dancer, she and her team won several Regional competitions and Nationals in 2016. She worked as an instructor at her dance studio prior to working at BRAG. She has been a member of the Battlefield High School Dance Team for three years. She is also a member of the Battlefield High School Choir.
Coach Lauren R.:
Boryana has been a Compulsory Team Coach with BRAG since 2016. She has over 25 years experience as an international competitive gymnast and coach. She was a member of the Bulgarian National Women's Gymnastics Team from 1981 to 1988. She was the 1983 World Champion on the vault and represented Bulgaria at the 1984 Friendship Games (Oloumouc) and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She was also a member of the 1985 and 1987 teams that competed at the World Championships. From 1986 to 2013, she worked as a school teacher and coach in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has a Bachelor's degree from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism and an MS in Physical Culture and Education from Georgi Dimitrov Higher Institute of Sports.
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.
Autumn has been a Recreational Cheer and Tumbling instructor with BRAG since 2018. She has been an All Star competitive cheerleader for the past six years and her Coed Level 4 team has qualified for Nationals. When not working with her cheer team, at BRAG, or attending Brentsville High School, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Theresa has been a Competitive Cheer Coach at BRAG since 2018. She competed on All-Star Cheer and Dance teams from age 11 to 18 years old. She was the captain of her cheer squad at West Springfield High School. She cheered professionally for two years in Canberra, Australia in the Australian national rugby league. She coached her high school's dance team for two years and she was the head sideline cheer coach at Patriot High School from 2015-2018. She studied Interior Design at Radford University. Theresa grew up in a military family and has lived in several locals to include Germany and Hawaii. When she is not focusing on the upbringing of her four children or working at BRAG, she also designs and sells cheer and dance uniforms for a national sports apparel company.
Valencia has been working as a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor at BRAG since 2018. Prior to coming to BRAG, she was a recreational gymnastics instructor in 2015 and 2016 at other gymnastics facilities in Northern Virginia. As an athlete, Valencia competed up to JOP Level 8 and was a two-time State All-Around gold medalist. She is currently attending Kettle Run High School were she is a Pole Vaulter and Student Athletic Trainer. She has an interest in Art as one of her hobbies.