DANIEL HAYDEN - Owner and Head Team Coach Dan Hayden was a member of the 1985 and 1987 World Teams. He was US National Champion and an Arizona State University Collegiate National Champion. Dan was also a 1984 Olympic Team alternate. Dan was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2004, and he also has a gymnastics skill named after him. Dan has been the owner of Haydens Gymnastics for over 18+ years.
TUNDE PENTEK -JOHNSON - Assistant Co-Head Coach Women's Gymnastics Born in Rhegin, Romania. Coached by Henrietta Onodi Hungarian Olympic Coach. Tunde holds 3 European Championships, 3 World Championships and placed 4th in the 2004 European Cup. She qualified to the 2004 Olympic games (alternate) in Athens, Greece. Tunde also competed at the Collegiate level where she finished at the top of her class and graduated with a degree in Physical Education plus gymnastics coaching diploma. Tunde relocated to the United States and started her coaching career in Texas. She has produced both State and Regional champions, TOPS Development qualifiers and Diamond Hopes team members.
BRANDON JOHNSON - Assistant Women's Gymnastics Coach Brandon is from Houston, TX. Brandon brings to Haydens 10 years of coaching experience under the direction of Marta & Bela Karolyli at the National Training Center. Brandon also was a competitive Collegiate Cheerleader who went on to coach All Star & Collegiate Cheerleading. Brandon studied Kinesiology and Physical Education at The Univesity of Houston. Brandon meet Tunde Pentek while they were both coaching at The National Training Center in Tx and married in 2010.
CRAIG KIRBY - Assistant Women's Gymnastics Coach Craig is originally from Arizona and was a 1975 National Tumbling Champion, 1975 3rd place World tumbling Champion in Switzerland. NCAA finalist for Arizona Sate University. Craig has over 31+ years of coaching experience!
TODD MOORE - Assistant Boys Coach & Functional Fitness Head Coach Todd is originally from Buffalo NY and has over 15 years of teaching experience in physical education. Todd holds a Bachelors in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Sports Administration. Todd's certifications include: K-12 Physical Education, Crossfit Level I, Crossfit Gymnastics, HIIT-training, United States Soccer Federation-C&B coaching licenses, First Tee, Archery, and Safety and First Aid. Todd was a successful youth gymnast and a three sport high school athlete who set both track and field long distance records. Todd received a scholarship to Castleton State College for men's soccer where he earned All-American honors. Todd's gymnastics background helped him perfect his front handspring (flip-throw) throw-in atributing to his 55 assists throught his college career. Todd brings with him extensive experience using Crossfit/High Intensity training to increase athletes' strength and conditioning levels. Todd's past experience of owning/operating a Crossfit gym and his ability to work with high school/college coaches developing "off season" conditioning programs will be a major asset to Haydens gymnastics programs.
STEPHAN BUSHARD - Trampoline & Tumbling Head Coach Stephan grew up in the gym his parents owned and has participated in competitive gymnastics for over 15 years. Stephan qualified to several National level competitions and represented Region 2 as a team member. Stephan has over 10 years of coaching experience training levels 1 through 10 in boys and girls gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. Stephan has trained and taken multiple gymnasts and trampolinists to Regional and National level competitions.
TONYA HILLEY POOLE- DIRECTOR HAYDENS ALL STAR TWISTERS Tonya has over 20 years of coaching and teaching tumbling to youth all the way to adult-level. Tonya owned Freedom Cheerleading in 2001 in Columbus, GA. Her teams won numerous National titles and were featured in American Cheerleader Magazine in 2007. Tonya has a master's degree in secondary science education. Tonya is USASF certified in Levels 1-5.
CARA LEWIS - Cheer Coach Cara started at Haydens in 1996 as a 4th grader on the youth squad. She was a team member at Haydens for nine years ending her career with back-to-back Cheersport National titles in 2005-2006 with Haydens Senior Black team. Cara was part of the cheerleading squad at Georgia Southern University. While there, they won the 2008 NCA College National Championships and were runners-up in 2009 and 2010. Cara has a bachelor of Science in Biology. Cara is thrilled to be back at Haydens.
BREE HUFFIN - Cheer Coach Bree has been with Haydens for eight + years and 6 of those years she was a Haydens cheerleader. Bree is working towards a BA degree in Marketing and her dream is to one day cheer for the University of North Carolina or North Carolina State. Bree has many interest outise the gym, she is working on her 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. In 2008 Bree was an assistant coach to our youth Purple squad and in 2011 she helped coach our Youth Purple squad to a Cheersport National championship. In 2011-2012 Bree coached Senior Silver squad.
ANGELINA GIANCROCE - Gymnastics Coach Angelina in 2015 is a 4th year level 10 gymnast. Angelina has won All Around State championships levels, 4, 5 (skipped level 6), 7, 9 and 10. Angelina has competed abroad and has participated in Regional and National competitions. She has coached our JO Optional Girls Team. Angelina will be pursuing her academic endeavors at The University of Alabama where she will be a member of the Crimson Tide Gymnastics Team!
GABE FREEMAN - Head Parkour Coach & TUMBLING Gabe is part of a sponsored freefunning team, Team Apocalypitc (facebook.com/apocalypticfreerunners). Gabe has been competing around the Southeast for 3 years. Gabe is currently attending Georgia Regents University in the process of obtaining a degree in Business Marketing. Gabe also is the Head Coach of our Parkour program here at Haydens as well as primary recreational tumbling coach.
COURTNEY MCRAE - Compulsory Girls Coach Courtney has over 10 years of gymnastics experience and had a successful career up to level 8. Courtney attended USAIGC Nationals and placed 3rd on beam and 2nd AA. Courtney has been coaching for 4+ years.
TRICIA BAILEY - Xcel Team Coach and Preschool Head Coach Tricia comes to us with 8 years of gymnastics experience (3 years she was trained abroad in Italy) and 2 years of coaching experience. Tricia is also a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with over 30 years experience. Tricia has attended numerous local and state championships as well as had countless national and international experiences. She is a five time All Army and Armed Forces Tae Kwon Do team member and a four time World Military Team member. She has over 15 years of experience coaching Tae Kwon Do at both state and national levels. With Tricia's combined knowledge and experiences from both sports, she brings to Haydens a level of precision and structure making her a well rounded coach. Tricia is currently one certification away from receiving her bachlor's degree in Exercise Science.