Coach Jessica - has since moved to Florida
Wendi Sullivan - 2016 - 2017
These are Sara's words. I started gymnastics in a recreational class at Huff 'n Puff when I was four years old. The next year I became a competitive gymnast as a member of the Jax Gym Competitive Team and competed for nine years. I had fallen in love with gymnastics when I had seen the "big girls" do their floor routines and I wanted to be just like them. Gymnastics has taught me many life lessons, has brought me close to many different people, and has given me many amaziing experiences to help me develop many deep friendships. My favorite event to coach is floor because I love to tumble and dance, and just show who I am, and my highest team competition scordes were always on floor. I absolutely love coaching gymnastics because it brings back great memories, and I get to teach the sport that I grew up doing. I am hoping that the gymnasts that I coach will enjoy gymnastics as much as I did. Also, my gymnastics training made it easy for me to become a cheerleader on the Sylvan Hills High School Competitive Squad.
Coach Jenna began her gymnastics career at Huff ‘n Puff when she was in the first grade and immediately fell in love with the sport. She was moved to competitive team her second year and competed for several years, winning State Championship on Vault (her favorite event) and also winning Second Place Individual All-Around State Championship that same year.
Jenna began assistant coaching at Huff ‘n Puff this summer and has continued coaching her own classes this fall. She has proven to be a valuable asset to our gymnastics program. She says that she loves her job and she feels like it is her responsibility to teach the young gymnasts to use their abilities to their best and we’re certain that she is also instilling in them her same love of gymnastics as she coaches them.
Coach Kayla Edgin
Briyana has a great background in both dance and gymnastics, having grown up taking both subjects at Huff 'n Puff since she was a young child. She actually began taking dance in Spain when she was two years old. She started taking dance at Huff 'n Puff when she was five and a half and began dancing in Jacksonville Dance Company when she was just seven years old. She started gymnastics with Huff 'n Puff and began competing on the JAX Gym Team when she was nine years old. Bri very successfully taught young preschool children dance (ballet, tap and tumble) during the 2013-2014 dance season. She began coaching gymnastics over the summer a year ago for both recreational and team classes. This season, Bri will be coaching Level Two competitive gymnasts. Bri cheered for several years at North Pulaski High School and last year was one of the two captains of the cheer squad. This fall, she is attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to further her dancing career and to gain more experience as an instructor. She is majoring in dance, and most likely, will minor in sign language in hopes of combining the two as a form of therapy for children with disabilities. Bri and her family have been an important part of Huff 'n Puff for nearly thirteen years.
This season, Bri will be teaching several recreational classes in the HnP dance department and will also be coaching Jax Gym Level Two Competitive Gymnasts.
Ms. Kayla has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over nineteen years, having started at age four. Ms. Kayla has always excelled in gymnastics, winning many individual and all-around honors over the years, and state and regional honors on beam and floor. Kayla has been with Jacksonville Gymnastics for the past ten years, first competing Levels Seven through Ten and then coaching for four years. Kayla was the first Level Nine gymnast on the Jacksonville Gymnastics Team and was also the Home Team's First Level Ten gymnast - what an honor! She was also a member of the Jacksonville Gym Team that won the Level Nine State Championship in 2009. She was one of the first two on Jax Gym team to qualify for Western Championships (25-26 state teams) where she placed eighth of the "Best of the West" on beam having the top beam score of her Region Three Team. Ms. Kayla began coaching at the gym in the summer of 2010 and coached Level Four Gymnasts. She and Coach Stacy are coaching the new XCcel Gymnastcs program at Ja Gym. She attendrf UCA and is now attending UAMS training in radiology technology. We are very proud of Kayla as we feel that we have sort of been part of her success and she has been a BIG part in our success; she is a great coach for these gymnasts as she is a great inspiration to these younger gymnasts.
Coach Dennis graduated from Hendrix College. He is a 31-year member of USA Gymnastics; he has been USAG safety certified for the past 24 years. He was a former Arkansas USAG advisory committee chairman and former Region Three USAG board member. He is also Kindercare accredited. He has 31 years coaching experience in competitive gymnastics and has coached at Jax Gym for the past several years. He is currently coaching Levels Six - Nine at JAX Gym. Coach Dennis coached Jax Gym Level Nine Gymnast, Joshuline Gaynor, to Western Nationals in April, 2015. Joshuline was one of two gymnasts from Arkansas to qualify for Western Nationals in Spokane, Washington, where she competed very well, placing third on bars and eighth all-around – a very high placement of anyone from AR from years past. Coach Dennis attended the Olympics this year in Rio and thoroughly enjoyed watching the US gymnasts as they competed and achieved their many highest awards. You may not be aware, Coach Dennis has "done" the hair and makeup for Ms. Arkansas pagent contestants - we were all so proud when Ms. Arkansas won the Ms. America contest this year - especially so since we know that Dennis had applied that makeup and was responsible for her hairdos during the pageant week.
Anna Bunch – 2016 - 2017
Generally, I sort of put the staff information together but I felt Anna did such a good job of telling me about her background when she arrived to coach with us two years ago, I was sure that I could not improve upon it and I have only updated it.. So these are her words - thank you Anna!
My involvement in gymnastics started at age 6 when I tried a recreation class with a friend. I was hooked right then! I spent a couple years doing just rec and tumbling, then moved into competitive gymnastics. My Artistic career ended at level 5, where I then switched to Acrobatic gymnastics. I competed in the Acro National Cup many times, my last year as a Lv. 9. My high school senior year (2004) was my last year as a competitor. I am originally from South Louisiana. A small Bible college outside of Hot Springs is what originally relocated me here in Arkansas. In 2006, after being out of the gym for two years with two years of Bible college complete, I began a full time dental job, while coaching part-time at Hot Springs Gymnastics. The following fall of 2007, I went full-time. I was with Hot Springs Gymnastics just shy of 7 years when I relocated after getting married in May 2013. I mainly focused on Recreational classes, though I coached a little of everything while I was there: Rec., Competitive, Tumbling, and Preschool. I also spent a little time as preschool teacher in their "Little Preschool." Not to be forgotten, I was also the swim lesson director/ teacher for the last 4 years.
I have had a few other jobs, but nothing makes me want to go to work like the opportunity of coaching. There's nothing like being able to help a child reach their goals. When I see something in their skill I can correct to make them more successful, I want nothing more than to be able to share that with them. The opportunity of being a coach, someone typically highly trusted and admired in a child's life, is a great blessing. I love seeing them each week and developing relationships with them. Through the common love of Gymnastics we are able to impart so much more into them than just learned skills, but wisdom towards their success in life.
Two years ago, in her first year with us, Anna was named the Educational Gymnastics Department Leader and coached Recreational Gymnastics. She also assumed responsibility for the very popular Fun Night at the Gym. This year, Anna is coaching recreational acrobatics and Jax Gym Level Three and Four competitive gymnasts.
Many of you will remember Coach Jessica Negron - I have left this for now because we all loved Jessica so much. Her husband Manny was transferred to Florida and he and Jessica left in fall, 2016 to begin their new life there.
Coach Jessica began coaching Level Four gymnasts at Huff 'n Puff in fall of 2011. This fall, Jessica is coaching Level Two and Level Five Team gymnasts and is the head coach for the Trampoline and Tumbling Team. In the past, Jessica coached preschool classes at Hnp. Coach Jessica competed USAG gymnastics for four years, reaching Level Seven. She was a State Champion in Florida and also a National Champion. She cheered in high school for two years and was an all-star cheerleader for one year. She was named Cheerleader of the Year and she won a cheerleading scholarship to cheer for the University of Florida Gators, but turned it down to move to Jacksonville to be with her husband. Jessica has now coached gymnastics for ten years, coaching preschool, recreational cheer and team gymnastics and now trampoline and tumbling for two-three years. She was also summer camp manager at Orlando Gymnastics. Jessica is currently also working on college studies for a major in law.
COACH STACY PERSON - 2016 - 2017
Coach Stacy Person, team coach, first joined us thirteen years ago. Ms. Stacy started gymnastics at age seven, and at age eight, was the first person from Searcy to compete in a USAG meet. She competed in gymnastics for eleven years, and won many medals and awards. She was in training for level nine when she stopped taking gymnastics. She has coached gymnastics for eighteen years--teaching preschool, tiny team, recreational classes, power tumbling, cheerleading, preteam and team, levels two to ten. In 2002, she coached the Searcy High School gymnastics team to second place in the district. Ms. Stacy studied accounting at ASU Beebe. Ms. Stacy is mother of nine-year-old twins, year old baby boy and step mom to 12-year-old daughter. Ms. Stacy is an integral part of Huff 'n Puff and this year Coach Stacy will coach the new program at Jax Gym--Excel Competitive Gymnastics. This program has been utilized in other states, especially southern states for many years; however Jax Gym is using it for the first time this summer and fall. She and the gymnasts are looking forward to an exciting year of competion.
Laurel Zimmerman Adams
Ms. Laurel Zimmerman Adams, is Director and Chief Operations Officer of Huff ‘n Puff and its programs. She is also head gymnastics team coach. Laurel has been associated with Huff ‘n Puff from its beginning in 1980. She began taking dance and gymnastics at age three and became a serious student of dance and gymnastics at age ten with the opening of Huff 'n Puff. Ms. Laurel began teaching dance at a very young age. Her background in dance comes from many years of study with well-known Arkansas instructors, through studio classes, college courses and private lessons. She also began teaching gymnastics at Huff 'n Puff at age 14.
Ms. Laurel and her family returned to Arkansas in 1996 so she could once again be a part of the business. She is a member of the professional USA Gymnastics Federation, is safety certified by USAG and is a USAG Skill Evaluator; she has also been a USAG Junior Olympic Judge. She also completed her Kinder Accreditation, a preschool gymnastics certification. She teaches advanced gymnastics and prepares the more advanced students for competitions. In 1998, she began the Jacksonville Gymnastics Competitive Team with eleven Level Four members. This summer our competitive team, Levels Two through Nine, numbers nearly 80 competitors, and has had several state championships to its credit.
Laurel has an associate degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute in Dallas and an associate degree in Business Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Besides managing the business, she also does screen-printing, embroidery and jewel work on the program attire for the students and parents (in her spare? time) at home.
Laurel is the daughter of Sheryl Zimmerman and mother to 22-year old Tori, who is a senior at UALR and who has been a a staff member here at HnP for the past several years; and to 18-year old Madi, who is a Level Nine gymnast with the Jax Gym competitive team and is a senior in high school.