Coach Julie has been coaching gymnastics for nearly two decades and has worked with ages ranging from 12 months to 18 years, Parent-tot to Pre-Elite. She has been a coach and crucial part of the development and training of Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 IL State Championship teams as well as coached over 45 individual gymnasts in state and National titles. Julie has been a program director at the park district, and was a team manager at another gym when its doors opened in 2006. Her teams have had very successful competitive programs at all levels she helped develop.
Coach Julie herself was tumbling by age three and started competitive gymnastics at age six. She competed USAG until age 16 when she was sidelined by injury and could no longer continue with the sport.
Her love for coaching comes from the many experiences she had growing as a gymnast and wanting to share that love and passion with others. Gymnastics teaches many skills that enhance a persons life, including building confidence, goal-setting, determination and perseverance. Gymnastics helps train for strong minds, body and spirit, and helps young people obtain valuable skills that will help with achieving success in every aspect of ones life.
Julie attended Northwestern Universities Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Business.
Coach Andrei started his gymnastics career in Russia where he was a top-tier athlete. Andrei’s gymnastics training was supplemented by formal ballet instruction and intensive conditioning and stretch programs. Coach Andrei was a member of the National Junior Team of Russia where he was a Regional Cup holder in 1994, and a bronze medalist on vault and high bar in 1996. In 1997, Coach Andrei was the National Vault Champion and the All-Around Regional Champion.
Coach Andrei followed up his successful competitive gymnastics career as a High Bar performer with the Moscow Circus. His experience as a circus performer brought him to the United States where he was a member of the trapeze production of “Sky Surface”, which he performed with the Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus.
Realizing that he still had a passion for gymnastics, Coach Andrei returned to his roots and became a coach for competitive gymnastics. Andrei has extensive experience coaching vault, bars, and tumbling with gymnasts from Compulsory levels through level 10. In his nine years as a competitive gymnastics coach, he has coached gymnasts at the State, Regional and National levels.
Natasha Stenenkova is a Gymnastics Coach with over 40 years of coaching experience. She has coached all levels from pre team to team level gymnastics. She has also has established and directed Elite and TOPs programs. Natasha is friendly and cares about each student individually. She takes the time to help each student to strive to achieve their personal best. She has proven training and physical conditioning techniques that aid gymnasts in achieving their maximum potential.
As a former competitive gymnast, Natasha has great knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the sport. Natasha studied at Vitebsk Technical College of Physical Education in 1976 to 1979. As a former gymnast, Natasha was three time State Champion of Belarus Republic, member of the Junior National Team of the USSR and won a Silver Medal in the USSR National Championship.
Coach Angie is a former gymnast, who competed in gymnastics as a child and throughout high school. As a USAG qualified instructor, Coach Angie has over twenty years of coaching experience and has coached Tumbling, Recreational, Pre-Team and USAG Compulsory Levels. She’s been with IGA since 2014, started as Pre-Team and Rec Coach and then started coaching Team – Level 3/Compulsory in 2015. She is First Aid and CPR certified.
Angie’s coaching style focuses on teaching the fundamentals of gymnastics while creating a passion for the sport. Coach Angie brings a unique perspective to coaching since her own daughter (Caeleigh) is a member of the IGA Competitive Team. As a mom and coach, Angie recognizes the importance of creating a positive environment for young gymnasts to help them achieve the necessary skills and confidence for a long and productive career in gymnastics.
Coach Brittany has over 16 years of competitive gymnastics experience and was a Level 10 gymnast before attending Northern Illinois University where she competed as an uneven bars specialist.
Brittany went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University while remaining involved with gymnastics as a competitive team coach. For the past two years, she has worked as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist specializing in preventative and rehabilitative skills with gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders and other athletes.
As our staff Physical Therapist, Brittany works with our gymnasts to achieve goals, gain skills, and promote team camaraderie by allowing injured girls to rehab at the gym with their teammates, in an environment they are comfortable in.
Brittany’s philosophy is that being strong both physically and mentally is important for athletes and non-athletes alike. Brittany teaches our gymnasts that strength will help overcome obstacles in life and helps them to understand this concept and apply it to their lives.