Staff

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


Announcements

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!

Summer Camps open for Registration!  Go to our Classes Tab to select and register for your camp.

**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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