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.
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.
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.