MEET TEAM BALANCE
Brandy has been competitive in gymnastics for over 30 years as an athlete, coach and judge. She also was a NCAA Pole-vault All-American. She holds a Bachelors degree in Fitness & Exercise Science as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She is a RN with a passion for cardiology.
Matt has been a fitness enthusiast his entire life through weight training,
running, powerlifting, Cross-fit and more. Matt also runs a wood shop where he handcrafts custom made cabinetry and furniture.
Head Pole Vault Coach
Lance has been involved in track and field most of his life . He competed through the collegiate level as a pole vaulter. He has been a Physical Education teacher, and Track Coach for 25 years. Lance has coached 14 Virginia State Champions and 10 Virginia State runner-ups in Pole Vault. He has had many students go on to earn college scholarships and compete at the collegiate level.
Gymnastics Program Coordinator/Coach
Elle grew up in Kansas where she competed in gymnastics through level 8. Her favorite events were floor and vault. She began coaching recreational gymnastics in college and progressed to coaching competitive team the last 4 years. When she is not coaching, she is riding her horse, Argo. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Nate and their 3 dogs: Dede, Mya, and Milo.
Jessie has been in gymnastics for 18 years, and competed through the collegiate level at Liberty University. She has been a gymnastics coach for 5 years, including 3 years as a coach for Liberty University's club team. Jessie has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She also has a passion for fitness, art, and graphic design.
Vickie was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, and achieved a VA state championship title in bars. She earned a BS in Psychology from VA Tech in 2017, and works currently with at risk youth as a mental health case manager. Vickie has been a competitive gymnastics coach for 8 years. She thrives on making a positive impact on children while helping them reach their full potential.
Gymnastics and Fitness Coach
Christa has been into gymnastics and fitness most of her life. A former gymnast herself, Christa began coaching gymnastics 12 years ago. She has also taught group fitness classes and weightlifting for 6 years. She owns Align Athletics with her husband Josh, which specializes in Functional Fitness, as well as nutrition coaching. Christa is a certified Level 1 Cross-Fit trainer, and a certified NCI Nutrition Coach.
Liz has a background in competitive gymnastics and college cheerleading. She has a passion for working with children and is currently a P.E. teacher as well as gymnastics coach. She completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College. She really enjoys working with children in the XCEL gymnastics program.
Grace was in competitive gymnastics for 6 years, and competed through Xcel Platinum. She grew up in Lynchburg and was coached by almost every coach at Balance! Grace has been a camp counselor in years past so she loves to make her classes fun with a her high spirit. She is a high school senior and headed to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study elementary education. Grace is artistic and loves to have fun!
Amelia was a gymnast for ten years and absolutely loves coaching kids in the sport that taught her so much! She is currently a senior at Amherst County High School, as well as a senior in the STEM program at CVCC. When she's not coaching or working on school, she enjoys pole vaulting, participating in church activities, and spending time in the outdoors.
AJ is from Ohio where she competed gymnastics for 13 years. She currently attends Liberty University where she competes as a level 9 gymnast while pursuing her BS in Exercise Science: Strength & Conditioning. AJ has a passion for helping young athletes reach their full potential and grow as individuals. She also enjoys CrossFit and challenging herself through new avenues of fitness.
Kaitlin grew up in Pennsylvania where she competed through USAG for 8 years and then pursued high school gymnastics for 4 years. During high school, Kaitlin started teaching gymnastics classes as well as assisting with the competitive team. Kaitlin is currently a senior at Liberty University majoring in public health and global studies. When she is not studying or working, Kaitlin loves traveling and exploring new places.
Boys Ninja Warrior Instructor
Bailey recently jumped in the gymnastics and ninja warrior world because of his love for teaching kids. He currently works as a portfolio manager at Bank of The James. Bailey is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, but Lynchburg always remained his hometown. In his free time he enjoys golf, being outdoors, and riding his longboard.
Audrie grew up in WV where she competed in gymnastics for 11 years. She is pursuing a degree in Public Health at Liberty University where she also competes on the gymnastics team. Audrie loves working with kids because they are so fun, and she simply enjoys putting smiles on people's faces. She also finds joy in coaching gymnastics because it is a sport that has she feels has taught her so much.