Spirals santa barbara gymnastics head coach derek may

Derek May

Derek May started his gymnastics career at the age of 7 and progressed through the Junior Olympic Program.  In 1996 he earned State, Regional and National Power Tumbling titles.  Derek holds a degree in Elementary Education and Theatre from San Jose State University as well as a degree in Sports Management.  Derek is a USAG certified coach, meet director and is FIG Level 3 certified.


Derek's coaching career began in 1988.  He has since coached at many different levels from recreational up to elite and college level.  Derek coached Olympian John Orozco in his early years where he was invited to participate in Future Stars camp. He's held assistant and head coaching positions in various locations throughout his career.

Derek has spent the last 8 years in Australia where he went on to coach many State and National Champions.  He successfully ran a gym that had over 1800 students . In 2012, Derek led his Level 7 team to win the National Championship.  This was the first time a team from Western Australia had earned that title.  That same year he was honored with "Sports Coach of the Year".

Prior to coaching in Australia, Derek spent time as an Assistant Women's Collegiate Gymnastics coach at the University of Iowa.  In 2003 he earned the North Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.  His Vault and Floor gymnast broke records in 2004 that are still standing.

Derek's coaching philosophy is to foster growth through calm, passionate coaching while teaching them lessons that will continue with them through life.  His goal is to help produce confident, capable, employable students.

"Get ready Spirals, because it's all about the JOURNEY!"

USA Gymnastics Certified Team Staff

Betsy Armitage

Level 4-8 Assistant Coach

Sarah Martin

Level 3 Compulsory Coach

Jarrad Radin

Level 2 Compulsory Coach

USA Gymnastics Certified Recreation Staff

Nathaniel Kroll-Goldschlag

Jonathan Sturholm

Sasha Howes

Ciara Giordani

Molly Yoon

Callista Tai

Alex Deng

Drew Janssen

Cassandra Tai

Mateo Halverson


>Congratulations to our Level 2 team.  Successful State Meet and a great Season!  Way to go girls!

>See Spirals Perform at Solstice Saturday June 24th at 2:30 at the Children and Families area!

> Olympic Day will be Saturday, July 1st from 2-5pm.  Free event for everyone! Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun activities!

> Throughout the summer our gymnasts will be visiting local preschools to give a short demo, along with a brief introduction to the sport of gymnastics.  Want us to visit your preschool?  Give us a call!

> Paseo Nuevo July 27th  10-11am through Playdate Partners.

> Jessica Norman Takes Regional All Around and Vault Champion Titles, plus State Vault Champion!

> Spirals is now accepting Santa Barbara Axxess cards!

> Interested in practicing skills on your own? Come to our Open Gym sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-9pm!

>Visit the About Us page to see our gym closure dates!

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