Our Coaches

taryn webTaryn Matthews

Workout/Rehab Enthusiast

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
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
lessons that the children will use into adulthood. Taryn is also an aquatics
director, pre-school teacher, athletic trainer, and personal trainer. Loves exercising.
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

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.
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.
USAG Professional Member
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Kim Barone

Beam Enthusiast

Junior Olympic Competitive Gymnast
University of New Hampshire Collegiate Gymnast
Junior Olympic National Competitor,
Junior Olympic Level 10 Regional Vault Champion
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
USAG professional member/safety certified gymnastics coach
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
U101: safety & risk management
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cindyCindy Nieman

Cheer & Tumbling Enthusiast

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.
USAG Instructor
U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
CPR/FA/AED/BBP Certified
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Jamie Reich

Lacrosse Enthusiast

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Mia Reich

Volleyball Enthusiast

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
summer camp and birthday party instructor.
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