As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on all our dedicated members and volunteers to help us make things happen! We also have a great team of coaches to deliver our high-quality programming!
Gym Manager: Lisa McCartney
Lisa joined our team as gym manager in 2017. Her background is not in gymnastics, but in business management and marine biology. She only discovered the world of gymnastics through her own children, who attend classes at CGA. Lisa loves working with the organization to further their mission of providing high-quality, affordable gymnastics programming to everyone in Las Cruces!
Lisa especially enjoys focusing on program improvement and efficiency, so if you have any ideas for how to help CGA be even better, please let her know!
Rec Coach: Abigail Stolp
Coach Abigail has been involved with gymnastics for 12 years, and has been coaching for 3 years. She really enjoys helping kids discover that they can do things they never thought they could, and she especially loves seeing how kids' faces light up when they finally get a new skill!
Coach Abigail is very popular among our littlest gymnasts, although she loves working with gymnasts of all ages. Her biggest coaching goal is to help kids have fun doing gymnastics and to foster in kids the same interest and passion for the sport that she has always had!
Coach Abigail also works as a coach in the Homeschool program, and her favorite events in gymnastics are the vault and uneven bars.
Rec Coach: Bailee Minnick
Coach Bailee was a gymnast for 15 years, beginning at age 2 and retiring as a level 6 competitor after her junior year of high school. After retiring, she still wanted to stay with the CGA family, so she began coaching!
Coach Bailee currently enjoys coaching our 4-5 year old Lizards and our Beginner Girls Jackrabbits classes, and is happy to share her knowledge and love of gymnastics with all our beginning athletes.
Her favorite things about coaching are the life lessons gymnasts learn from the sport, including working through fears, determination to succeed and a positive mindset. She loves making her students laugh and smile, and seeing them work hard and improve.
Coach Bailee works hard to make the gym a positive and fun place that athletes will look forward to coming, especially when needed as a break from a hard or tiring day!
Girls Team Coach: Samantha Dufrane
Coach Sam started gymnastics at 7 years old and quickly fell in love with the sport. She began competing when she was 11 and reached Level 7 before retiring. Her favorite event is the uneven bars.
Sam has been coaching for 3 years and currently coaches Level 3 gymnasts on our Girls Competitive Team, as well as our Tumbling Classes. She loves seeing gymnasts progress through skill levels and helping them learn and master new skills.
The most rewarding part of coaching for Sam is seeing the excitement in her girls' eyes after they have worked hard to learn a new skill and have finally mastered it!
Girls Team Coach: Leslie Herrera
Coach Leslie did gymnastics for a short time when she was five years old, but wasn't able to continue. She missed the sport so much that she would line up sawhorses in her yard and practice balance beam maneuvers on them. Growing up, she concentrated on soccer instead and became an accomplished player.
Recently, Coach Leslie has come back to the sport of gymnastics, coaching at almost every level, from beginner girls to Girls Team. Her favorite events are balance beam and vault. Coach Leslie spends a lot of time at the gym, either coaching or keeping an eye on her kids, who are on the boys and girls competitive teams. When she's not at the gym, she can be found attending her kids' gymnastics meets or soccer games, teaching beginner aerial dance, or knitting.
Boys Team Coach: Seth Beard
Seth Beard coaches our Boys Gymnastics Team, including level 4 through level 7 gymnasts. He is also a certified judge in the state of New Mexico.
Coach Seth has been involved in gymnastics since he was 8 years old, and began competing at 10 years old. He enjoys all mens events, but his favorite event is the Pommel Horse.
For Seth, the most rewarding part of coaching is seeing our boys team gymnasts master new skills. He loves seeing the next generation grow into this phenomenal sport - Gymnastics encourages not only physical but also mental fitness. Seth has been passionate about gymnastics since childhood, and he draws on that passion as he coaches the next generation of gymnasts.