Our Coaches

taryn webTaryn Matthews

Workout/Rehab Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Member of the gymnastics community over 30
USAG Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Competitors
Collegiate diver obtaining a 4 year scholarship at Southern Connecticut State University
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Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training/sports medicine.
Master degree in sports management at Adelphi University.
Assistant Athletic Trainer at Adelphi University
NPC figure and fitness competitor
FGA DIRECTOR: Special Needs, Team, Birthday parties, Meets, & Website
Taryn’s passion for gymnastics brought her back into the gymnastics
community as a coach. She comes to FGA with 16 years of coaching
experience. Her passion is not only to teach gymnastics skills but lif
elong
lessons that the children will use into adulthood. Taryn is also an aquatics
director, pre-school teacher, athletic trainer, and personal trainer. Loves exercising.
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG professional member/safety certified gymnastics coach
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
U101 Gymnastics University: Instructor, First Aid/ CPR/ AED certified,
U310 2014, 2015 Region 6 Congress,
W202 Women Meet Director.
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Hmayak Karapetyam

Floor Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Olympic Coach for the USSR.
25 years+ of coaching experience.
Coached both men and woman gymnastics including setting up training
programs with national teams, preparation of many prize holders,
champions of the USSR and winners for competitions in gymnastics.
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Special achievements:
Hmayak has prepared many sportsmen for the Republic of Armenia, all
USSR and international sports categories. Among these are the following:
1980 Edward Azarian- gold medal winner in 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow
1985 Avrapet Gukasyan - silver medal winner on parallel bars in USSR
youth competition in Kiev,Ukraine
1989 Levon Karakhanyan- silver medal winner on floor-3rd place all around
1989 Ashnot Sarkisyan - gold medal winner on rings, championship of
USSR you thin Kiev, Ukraine.
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG Professional Member
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Kim Barone

Beam Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Junior Olympic Competitive Gymnast
University of New Hampshire Collegiate Gymnast
Junior Olympic National Competitor,
Junior Olympic Level 10 Regional Vault Champion
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Junior Olympic Level 10 State Balance Beam Champion
UNH Grad ’05, DPT Touro ’10
Kim began her coaching career as a teenager. Her love for coaching gymnasts to meet and
exceed their expectations continues today.
Choreographer for Balance Beam and Floor Exercise for 15 years
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG professional member/safety certified gymnastics coach
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
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Cait Crudden

Beam Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Junior Olympic Gymnast
University of Central Florida - degree in Psychology and Biology
Cait has over 18 years coaching experience with gymnasts of all levels
from mommy and me through Elite.
Enjoys hot yoga, snowboarding and boating
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG professional member/safety certified gymnastics coach
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
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jayJay Dawbroski

Crossfit Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
1996
2001 Junior Olympic gymnastics competitor
Kings Park High School graduate 2005.
Continuing soccer at Limestone College Soccer player and in winning the
2006 Carolina Virginia Athletics Conference moving on to the NCAA
Division II Sweet 16 Championship
Studied physical education, health and exercise science at Springfield College from 2008-2010
Historic 100th and 101st Gymnastics Home Show participant
Springfield College Powerlifting team winning the 2008 and 2009
Massachusetts/Rhode Island State Championship
Personal 1st place in the 57kg weight class
2009 Regional Crossfit Competitor
2010 Sectional Crossfit Competitor
Smithtown Recreation Summer Camp Counselor for past 10 years
FGA Gymnastics Coach for team, boys and girls all levels 5 years
CERTIFICTIONS
USAG Professional Member
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
CPR/FA/AED/BBP
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2010 Gaining certification in Crossfit as a Level 1 Trainer,
2010 through 2015 gaining specialty trainer Crossfit Certifications in
nutrition, gymnastics, endurance and strongman.
NAUI Scuba Diving Certification,
USA Weightlifting Member and referee Certification.

 

kevKevin Walker

Sports Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2014 graduate Plainedge High School
Varsity football and Basketball Player for 4 years
Kevin has a tremendous passion for all sports especially gymnastics
4 Years coaching experience
Special Needs instructor
Head coach of FGA Pre-Team and Little Twisters
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG Instructor
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction,
CPR/FA/AED/BBP Certified
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cindyCindy Nieman

Cheer & Tumbling Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College National Champion
Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Instructor
Nassau Community College Cheerleader studying Childhood Education
Varsity Cheerleader at Seaford High School 2009-2014
FGA Coach 3 year
Cindy’s kind heart and patience makes her a perfect candidate to work with
small children.
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG Instructor
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
CPR/FA/AED/BBP Certified
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Jacqueline Lowe

Gymnastics Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 Commack High School Graduate
USAG Junior Olympic gymnast
USAG Junior Olympic National Competitor
Numerous 1st place achievements over the 11 years as a gymnast
Scholarship with Quinnipiac University on the Acrobatics and Tumbling
team
FGA coach 3 years
Extreme passion and understanding of gymnastics
Jackie loves to take her experiences as a gymnast and helping chil
dren learn
new and exciting skills.
Looks forward to obtaining a Nursing Degree in college
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG Instructor
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Nick Marciano

Powerlifting/bodybuilding Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Wrestled for Jonas E. Salk middle school and MacArthur High school
Freestyle calisthenics competitor
Powerlifting/bodybuilding enthusiast
Studying biology and nutrition at SUNY Farmingdale
FGA Coach 1 year
*Loves being around children and teaching them how to build strength and courage
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG Instructor
CPR/FA/AED/BBP
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Sam Sasso

Beam Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2014 Babylon High School Graduate
Varsity gymnast at Babylon from 2009-2014.
Varsity cheerleader at Babylon from 2010-2014.
Captain of the Suffolk Women’s soccer team.
Region 15 and District G champion.
Named All-region player this past season.
Placed 7th in the nation at the national tournament.
Honors College at Suffolk Community College
Inducted into the Phi Theta kappa honor society for two year colleges.
Studying physical therapy
FGA Coach 1 Year
CERTIFICATIONS
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Jamie Reich

Lacrosse Enthusiast

CERTIFICATIONS
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Mia Reich

Volleyball Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Girls volleyball coach for 4 years at St. Pius.
High School volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse player.
Quinnipiac University student studying Physical Therapy
3yrs recreational/preschool gymnastics coach
FGA
summer camp and birthday party instructor.
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Myra Maldonado

Gymnastics Enthusiast

EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS
USAG Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Competitor
Competed throughout the US and Germany
Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice
Level 10 Gymnastics Judging Official
Retired Suffolk County Police Officer
Holds the sit-up record at the Police Academy
NPC/Fitness competitor and Certified Personal Trainer
Myra is a mother of 5 children, 2 of her daughters competed gymnastics,
one is a USAG Level 7 Gymnast today. She retired in 2011 for the police
department and returned to the sport she loves. She brings her years of
athleticism, gymnastics experience, coaching, judging and lover fo
r the
sport to the FGA family.
CERTIFICATIONS
USAG professional member/safety certified gymnastics coach
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
W311 National Junior Olympic compulsory Workshop
J311 Beginning Optional Skill Evaluation, uneven bars
School of Judging: Level 10 rating
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