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Springfield Gymnastics Center (SGC) opened its doors to the first student in September of 2017 in the thriving community of Springfield, Illinois.  While our name and logo are brand-new, our coaches have been a part of the gymnastics arena for many years.  Our instructors love to teach kids about the fundamentals of gymnastics & tumbling in a supportive and fun atmosphere.

The SGC Facility

Newly renovated in August 2017, the 14,260-square foot SGC gym facility is located on the West side of Springfield boasts plenty of space and the latest technology to give athletes the best experience at every level.  Some of these features include:

  • 12,500 square feet of gymnastics and tumbling space
  • Front office where a staff member is present and ready to help when the gym is open.
  • Pro Shop includes a wide selection of t-shirts, GK leotards, shorts, water bottles, doll leotards, and SGC car magnets
  • Channel bar pit—the only one in Springfield!
  • Climbing ropes
  • 10-foot tumble trak as a special training station
  • 40 foot tumble trak into a large 26 ft. x 18 ft. foam filled pit
  • A 2600 square foot fully equipped, dedicated PreSchool area
  • Spacious parents’ observation area with a flat-screen television and bulletin boards highlighting events in the gym, important reminders, team results, and gymnastics news.
  • Video Delay Training System: Cameras will be focused around the gym to cover the team members workouts so that right after each athlete's turn, they will be able to visually review their performance on the closest TV monitor, all independently with or without the coach's input.

Pro Shop Merchandise

We have several items all decked out in our logo as well as leotards and shorts.  Stop by before or after class and check out all of our merchandise. 

The SGC Staff

Owner & Head Team Coach

Brad Epperson has been a coach in the sport of gymnastics for over 37 years.  He has owned and operated two successful gymnastics businesses before opening SGC in September 2017.  Brad focuses his gymnastics programs on the development of the entire athlete—to be mentally, emotionally, and physically strong with safety at the heart of every training program.  He stresses positive communication with gymnasts, parents, community members, and other gymnastic professionals.  Brad has received a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. from University of Illinois in Recreation Administration. He enjoys playing golf, guitar and singing, and watching St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros Baseball.

His credentials speak to the dedication he has made to the sport:

  • Director, AcroSports Gymnastics in Webster, Texas, 1985
  • Founder, Epperson’s Gymnastics Academy, Greenwood, South Carolina, 1994
  • Co-Owner, Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy, Peoria, Illinois, 2014
  • Coached with Kevin Mazieka, USA Men’s Olympic Gymnastics coach in 2000, 2004, and 2008
  • Coached with Alexander Alexandrov, past Russian National Women’s Gymnastics and Olympic team head coach
  • Gymnastics meet director for over 20 gymnastic competitions, including sectionals, state meets, and national invitationals
  • Has hosted meets that have included future and past Olympians and World Championship athletes including reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles and past Russian Olympian Victoria Karpenko
  • Professional Member of USA Gymnastics since 1985
  • Received many certifications from USA Gymnastics including: Professional Development 1 & 2, Skill Evaluator, Women’s Meet Director, Instructor, Junior Olympic Coaches Course, Safe Sport, Safety & Risk Management, and Fundamentals of Gymnastics

To contact Brad, email admin@springfieldgymnastics.com

Office Manager

Jamie was a gymnast and competitive tumbler for 11 years and a 9 time national champion.  She was a school age gymnastics program director and team coach at a gym in Chesterfield, Missouri for 5 years before moving to Maryland and starting a family.  She is USAG safety, safe sport and instructor certified.  She married her husband Kyle in 2004.  They have 2 kids, Kaley is 11 and a competitive gymnast at SGC.  Kody is 9 and a competitive baseball, soccer and basketball player who you will see conquering the warped wall at SGC during Ninja Classes.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling for her kids sporting activities.   Jamie started at SGC part time as the Pro Shop and Special Events Coordinator but quickly fell into the role of Office Manager.  

To contact Jamie, email info@springfielgymnastics.com

Team Coach

Gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, and dance have been a huge part of Laura's life.  She is a former USAG competitive  gymnast, USTA National Tumbling Champion, UCA All-Star Cheerleader, NCA All-Star Cheerleader, NDA All-Star Dancer, and was a member of the J'ette State Champion dance team.   Laura has many years experience teaching recreational gymnastics for all ages and skill levels and also coaching preteam and competitive gymnastics.  Previously, she has coached recreational and competitive tumbling, taught dance classes, and coached a State Champion High School cheerleading squad.  She has an accumulated 25+ years coaching experience.  Laura uses her experience, knowledge of the sport, and love for children in her work as a gymnastics coach.  Laura is a current USAG Professional Member as well as being USAG Safety Certified.   When not at the gym, Laura enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters, Erin, Anna, and Molly.    

Team Coach & Aerial Silks Instructor

Paige is a Texas native and has a B.A. from UT Dallas. Paige has extensive training in dance, studying in both studios and in college and has performed in and choreographed for professional dance companies in multiple states. She also teaches and performs aerial dance.
Paige began gymnastics at the age of three and has competed levels 5-10 for club teams and her high school, where she was a state and regional qualifier at each level. Some notable achievements were that she was Level 8 Texas State beam champion, she achieved Elite-All American All-Around status in high school and was also co-captain of her high school team.
Paige has coached recreational gymnastics, ages 2-18, and competitive gymnastics. She also coached gymnastics dance and choreographs beam and floor routines.

Paige was coached by Brad as a young gymnast in Houston, Texas

Preschool Director

To contact Kennedy, email preschool@springfieldgymnastics.com

CHRISTINA KENDALL                                                                                           School Age Director

To contact Christina, email schoolage@springfieldgymnastics.com

Special Events Coordinator

To contact Carie, email events@springfieldgymnastics.com

Cindi Atterberry

  •  Preschool Instructor
  • School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Emily Branham

  • School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Payton Calcara

  • School Age Instructor
  • Special Event & Party Staff

Heather Cox

  • Preschool Instructor

Demi Doehring

  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Jay Haigh

  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Sierra Hammon

  • School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor
  • Pre-Team/Team Coach

Jessica Higgerson

  • Special Event & Party Staff

Abby Holden

  • Preschool & School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Alison Housam

  • Preschool Instructor
  • Special Event Staff

Candace Housam

  • Office Assistant

Austin Hun

  • Ninja Instructor
  • Special Event Staff

Gail Johnson

  • School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Maddie McKenzie

  • Preschool & School Age Gymnastics Instructor

Vanessa Mulch

  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Faith Nuss

  • Preschool & School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Kylee Roberts

  • Preschool/School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor
  • Special Event Staff

Jorie Roubitchek

  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Kylee Shapiro

  • Preschool & School Age Gymnastics & Tumbling Instructor

Trevor Shue

  • Ninja Instructor
  • Special Event Staff

Ashlyn Skaggs

  • Preschool Instructor

Audrianna Tolliver

  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Shauna Trautvetter

  • Preschool Instructor
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