LA School of Gymnastics draws on a distinguished and diverse group of nationally and internationally trained coaches from over 14 countries. All coaches are required to complete the USA Gymnastics (the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States ) and OSHA Infant & CPR certification courses. Ten LASG coaches have a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology, or are former professional athletes. Together, its 21 coaches have over 120 years of combined coaching experience.
Elvira “Ita” Villa
Class Coordinator Coach & Pre-Team Director
Elvira brings 25 years of combined gymnastics experience to LASG. She holds a degree in Physical Education, safety certification by USAG and is a U.S.A. professional member.
Elvira is a former team Head Coach from Concepcion, Chile and is exceptional at evaluating skills. She has been at LASG since 1992.
Known as “Ita” to her students, she is passionate about developing the children under her direction and takes great pride in taking her students from beginner level right up to competition standard. She believes in developing confidence and inspiring personal growth in each one of her students.
Accreditations: – USA Gymnastics Safety Certified – OSHA Infant – CPR Certified – Background, Clearance, and Fingerprint cleared
Boys Team Head Coach
Originally from Armenia, Stepan joined the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics family back in 2006. As a member of the USSR Junior and Armenian National Team, Stepan has earned high accolades in many competitions. Stepan moved on to get his degree in Physical Education and has been coaching for 27 years. He loves sharing his passion and knowledge of gymnastics to his students at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics.
Birthday Party Program Director & Coach
Heather has started in gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued until she was 17. She competed with a team in Sacramento and they were California State Champions, 2 years in a row. Bars was her favorite and scored 3 perfect 10’s during her career on this event.
She began coaching over 10 years ago – and coach all levels of gymnasts, from ‘Parent and Me’ to adult gymnastics. She especially loves coaching the pre-school (ages 3-5) level because of their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Many of my former students are now at the team level.
Masters of Nutrition
Pre-school / Pre-level 1 Director & Coach
Irma, who has been with the school since 2008, is originally a gymnast from Armenia. She enjoys working with children, especially preschoolers. Watching her students develop is a passion of hers. She holds safety certification and makes sure that each one of her students gets the individual care and attention that they need to develop.
Yefim Furman – “Dr. Backhand Spring”
Recreational Class Coach & Director of Cheer Tumbling
“Internationally acclaimed coach, Yefim has been with LASG since 1998. He is a long time gymnastics veteran and is affectionately referred to as “The Godfather” by many in the sport. Before LASG, Yefim worked with the UCLA gymnastics department. He is passionate about sharing his experiences and knowledge about gymnastics with his students. Yefim has transformed our competitive cheer teams.
These students have blossomed under his instruction into winning power tumblers, taking home top prizes from the spirit association, USA, UCA, JAMZ and many more!
Mr. Furman has coached many of the sport’s greatest athletes of all time. He has earned places in both the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games. He has worked with Olympic Champions Tim Daggett, Chris Walker, Scott Keswick, Chaney Umphrey, and Steve McCain. Yefim also consults with thousands of gymnastics centers around the world in the areas of training techniques and program management. Yefim also works as a consultant for NBC sports for all their gymnastics coverage.
To add to his success story, Yefim is also an Olympic champion, having claimed silver at the 1972 games in Munich.
Girls Team Coach
Hamest Ohanyan learned and graduated from the Physical Sports Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. She has worked many years as a head coach at Hrant Shahinyan School of Gymnastics. She also prepared many masters of sports gymnasts who have gone on to win many world championships. Now, she is working as the Girls Team Coach at Los Angeles School and is continuing the preparation of high-level gymnasts. 45 years experience – 14 years in USA State champion for many first place champions – Master coach of Sabrina.
Spanish speaking coach.
Bio to follow.
Origin: United States
Hi my name is Janell Sanchez. I have practiced and competed in gymnastics since I was 8 years old in my hometown Cleveland, Ohio. I started coaching at age 14. I've always enjoyed working with kids teaching them gymnastics. The reason why I fell in love with gymnastics was because it taught me more than just physical strength. It taught me how to believe in myself, to be mentally strong and knowing if I work very hard at my goals I am capable of achieving anything. I'm so happy to be a member of the LASG family!
Origin: United States
Melissa has coached gymnastics for over 10 years all over the country. Melissa started as a gymnast at Hills Gymnastics in Maryland. Melissa’s love for the sport is what later encouraged her to start coaching during college in Miami, FL. She coached everything from toddler classes, birthday parties to the level 3 competitive team.
Following her first job in Miami in 2007 she has continued to coach teams in Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut and Los Angeles. Some of the coaching highlights have been being head coach of development teams, compulsory teams, and watching gymnasts go on to compete in college. Her goal is to make sure the gymnasts enjoy the sport as much as she does and leaves them with lessons that can last a lifetime!
Melissa is excited to be part of the amazing team at La School of Gymnastics using decades of her experience to serve the families in the LASG community. For contact please email email@example.com
Francesca De Nardi
Francesca has practiced rhythmic gymnastics for 15 years in Italy. She finished her career at the age of 20. She has participated in national and international competitions. Her Italian team was the Italian champion of 2013. She participated in the top Italian international championship, Serie A, for 3 years.
She started working in Italy as a team coach for national level gymnasts, also as head coach of the team in Egypt and coach of the Egyptian national team individual gymnasts. She worked in several clubs around the United states for L-3 to L-9. Certification: CSI (Italian Sports Center ) Coach Rhythmic Gymnastics Certified , Exercise Development specialist Certified, Development Coach certified, USA gymnastics professional member, 2018 fall JO Judges, USA Gymnastics Safety, CPR Certified, First AID Certified .
Origin: United States
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