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


Holiday Closure 12/17 through 1/1!  Just a reminder, Spirals will be closed for Rec classes Monday December 17 through Tuesday January 1st to give our staff time to visit family for the holidays.  Classes will resume on Wednesday January 2nd.  Have a safe and happy holidays!

Spirals Performing in the Santa Barbara Holiday Parade Friday 12/7!  See you all downtown at the 66th Annual Holiday Parade.  We’re in the second half so stick around and watch our amazing gymnasts and coaches flip out!

TEAM TRYOUT!  Interested in becoming part of our Competition Team?  Tryouts are Saturday Dec. 1 from 12-1 PM at Rob Gym on the UCSB Campus.  Call or email if you would like to sign up.

Great Compulsory Season Comes to an End.  Congratulations to Spirals 2018 Compulsory gymnasts.  For many this was their first year ever competing.  We ended the year with all the girls showing great improvement and several personal records at State.  Well done coaches and girls!!

Spirals Compulsory Team Getting Ready for Championships!  Our season is winding down for our Levels 2-4 team girls.  We’ve has some great performances this season with everyone improving as the season has progressed.  Stay tuned for State results for this talented group of girls.


Fall Enrollment is happening NOW!  Hurry to sign up as classes are beginning to fill up. We’d hate to have you miss your favorite class time!  Call or visit our Classes tab to find your class.

Spirals is performing at the Goleta Rotary Clubs 4th of July at Girsh Park!  Come to the stage area and watch our team do a demo at 6 PM then stay for the live music and fireworks!

2017/2018 Season  Results

**Cassidy Robinson is State Floor Champion!  Congratulations Cassidy on your Level 6 floor championship.  Congratulations to all our optional gymnasts on a great States.  Bring on Regionals!!


**Spirals Optional Gymnasts win big at the Great West Gym Fest!  Sierra Gronquist(FX), Taylor Crawford (Beam), Malia Yim (Bars) and Jessica Norman (Beam) all qualified for event finals Saturday night.  Jessica Norman won level 9 event finals on Beam!  Other highlights:  Level 6’s Cassidy Robinson, 1st floor, 2nd vault, 3rd AA, Jaiden Gengo,  2nd floor, 3rd bars.  Level 7’s Sierra Gronquist, 1st AA, vault, bars and floor, 2nd beam, Abbie Mintz, 1st vault, 2nd beam 3rd AA.  Level 8s Malia Yim 1st AA and bars, 2nd beam and floor, Taylor Crawford 1st AA and beam, 2nd bars, 3rd vault.

**Spirals Beach Classic was AWESOME!Congratulations to all the athletes who competed!  Highlights for Spirals:

Level 3’s- Izzy Arroyo: 1st place AA and vault, 2nd place beam, 3rd place floor

Sophia Rollman: 3rd place bars and beam

Katelyn Becerra: 3rd place vault

Makenna Innocenti: 1st place beam

Level 6’s- Cassidy Robinson: 1st place AA, vault and floor, 2nd place bars.

Emily Mintz: 1st place bars, 2nd AA, 3rd vault

Jaiden Gengo: 2nd place bars and floor

Audrey Gronquist: 4th place beam

Level 7’s- Sierra Gronquist: 1st place AA, 2nd Bars, Beam and floor,  3rd(T) vault

Abbie Mintz: 1st place floor, 2nd vault, bars and AA.

Level 8’s- Malia Yim: 1st place AA and floor, 2nd place vault and bars

Taylor Crawford: 1st place AA, bars, and beam, 2nd (T) vault

Level 9’s- Jessica Norman 2nd place AA, vault, bars, beam and floor

>Congratulations to our Compulsory Team.  Successful State Meets 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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