Our Dedicated Coaches

Meet Our Dedicated Coaches

Ian Skurdal
Ian SkurdalDirector of Gymnastics / Optional Team Coach
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Tesla Baker
Tesla BakerCompulsory Coach
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Nikki Waggoner
Nikki WaggonerXCEL Coach
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Taylor Evans
Taylor EvansRecreational Programs Director
Taylor comes to the USGA from
Minnesota and is getting her master’s at the University of Oregon. She received her black belt in Karate in 2013. Taylor has several years of experience
in teaching martial arts, such as Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and
many more through the Minnesota Kali Group and Hamline University.
Avery Lawrence
Avery LawrenceRecreational Coach
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Tia Baker
Tia BakerRecreational Coach
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Calyx Hampton
Calyx HamptonTumbling Coach
Calyx is a current member of the University of Oregon Acrobatics & Tumbling Team. While in High School she competed for Wildfire Gymnastics in California from 2007-17… winner on vault and third on floor at state in 2014… third on floor at regionals in 2014… finished ninth on vault and floor at Western Nationals in 2014… named to Region 1 JO Western Championship Team.
Caitlynn Emick
Caitlynn EmickTumbling and Level 2 Coach
Caitlynn is a current member of the University of Oregon Acrobatics & Tumbling Team. Before coming to Oregon, Caitlynn was an elite level gymnast at Just Jymnastics in Rapid City, SD where she was a 2016 JO National Championships qualifier and also a five-time Region IV Championship qualifier.

The U.S. Gymnastics Academy’s Inclusion Statement

At the USGA, it is our sincere hope that each and every person that walks through our doors always feels welcomed.  Therefore, we are dedicated to establishing and maintaining an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for our athletes, coaches, and administrators.  Please click on the photo to the right to read our statement in full.