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We Would Like To Introduce You To The Entire Staff Here At
Juergen's Gymnastics Academy
Juergen Achtermann - Owner, Founder and President of Achtermann Enterprises, Inc.
Juergen was introduced to Gymnastics in 1977 by his Humble High School PE teacher, Ian Adler during his sophomore year. With a background in Wrestling, Juergen seemed to pick up the sport of Gymnastics quite quickly. Making the Varsity Team at Humble High School and competing for the first time in his junior year, little did he know that this "hobby" would become his career and ironically enough, Juergen would spend over 20 years of life as the Varsity Gymnastics Coach at the same school where he was introduced to the sport years before. Although Wrestling (a sport in which Juergen placed 5th in the 1980 Olympic Trials) and Baseball were Juergen's two main passions, he caught the "Gymnastics Bug"...big time. In addition to his High School practices, he found himself working out after school at a local club and coaching there part time to help pay for his classes. In only his 2nd year of Gymnastics training, Juergen became the Texas State Champion on Pommels, Rings, P-Bars, High Bar, and All-Around. After high school, Juergen attended Texas A&M where he was a member of the Aggies Gymnastics and Wrestling Teams. At the end of a short lived competitive career, Juergen became the Varsity Gymnastics Coach at Kingwood High School guiding the Girls Team to the 1983 Texas State Title (which just so happens to be the first State Champion Team in the history of Kingwood High). After 2 years at Kingwood, Juergen transferred to Humble High School and created a longtime dynasty in both Men's and Women's Gymnastics. For over 2 decades, Humble was "The Team to Beat" when it came to Varsity Gymnastics. He recently retired from coaching High School Gymnastics after his 30th year as an employee for Humble ISD. In the early and mid '80's, Juergen was a member of Karolyi's Master Camp Staff working Gymnastics Camps across the country with his longtime friend, Bela Karolyi. In 1986, Juergen opened Juergen's Gymnastics Academy. Over 25 years later, the gym, the business, and the customer base (past and present) have helped in the creating of a somewhat Gymnastics culture with the emphasis on healthy living through the art of Gymnastics. Throughout his coaching career, Juergen has coached literally countless High School and Club District, State, Regional, and National Champions and High School All-Americans. He has the distinction of being the only coach in Texas to win a High School State Championship in both Men's and Women's Gymnastics as well as being the only coach in the Nation to have both a High School Men's and Women's Team to be ranked #1 Nationally. Juergen has coached athletes who have continued their Gymnastics careers at the following Colleges and Universities: Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, West Point, United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, William & Mary, Penn State, Arkansas, NC State, San Jose State, Texas Women's University, Centenary, Texas A&M, UT, Texas Tech, Texas State, University of Houston, Southern Illinois, and UT Arlington (to name a few). And with some of the talented young athletes coming up through his program, it appears the list won't stop there. He has been named "Coach of the Year" more times than he can remember. Other than coaching, Juergen has also served in the capacities of Texas USA Gymnastics District Rep, Texas USA Gymnastics Coaches Education Chairman, USA Gymnastics Women's Texas State Chairman, High School Regional Technical Chairman (for both Men and Women), Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association President, and has been a Certified Gymnastics Judge for both Men and Women. Juergen is CPR Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, First Aide & Safety Certified, and USA Gymnastics Safety Certified. It's plain to see, Juergen knows Gymnastics. Outside of the gym, Juergen spends as much time as he can with his son Jace and the family dog named Barani. His hobbies include almost anything sports related (from participating, to spectating, to memorabilia collecting), home improvement, coin collecting, magic, and is a bit of an adrenaline junkie (which is Juergen's excuse for his fascination with roller coasters, fast cars, and sky diving).
Tricia Lawhon - Director, Girls Rec Program Manager, Girls Team Coach
Gymnastics has been a part of Tricia's life ever since pre-school in Vail, Colorado. At age 7, she moved to Lufkin, TX where her true love of gymnastics would begin. While competing in both USAG and AGA organizations, Tricia went on to win many titles including AGA State Champion for multiple years. Her first coaching experience came while she was in high school, coaching Pre-School and Girls Rec classes at Gymagination Gymnastics. Tricia's history with Juergen's started in 2001 when she lived in Lufkin, TX and would drive 3 days a week to Humble to train with Juergen. The following year, she made the move with her family and became a full time gymnast at Juergen's and also competed for him on the Humble High School gymnastics team. She was a 5 time USAG regional qualifier and qualified for USAG Level 10 Nationals in 2003. She competed at the 2004 High School Nationals and became the National Balance Beam Champion. Before working out each night, Tricia would also coach Girls Rec classes at Juergen's. She was eager to pass her love for gymnastics down to each and every child she could. After graduating from Humble High School in 2004, Tricia continued her gymnastics career in college. She received a Full-Ride Gymnastics Scholarship to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her success didn't stop there. In 2005, as a freshman, she was selected as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) “Rookie of the year”. Her accolades include earning many ECAC Coaches Choice Awards and becoming an All-American in USAG throughout her college career. She qualified to the NCAA Southeast Regional Competition in the All- Around in both 2005 and 2007. Tricia was the Team Captain her senior year, and received "The Rock" award for her consistent performances at every competition. She also assisted in coaching gymnastics classes held at the college in her free time. Tricia graduated with a Business Administration degree in Finance and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation she was presented with the President’s award in recognition of Sportsmanship, Citizenship and Leadership. After graduating, she worked 4 years at Aaron's Sales and Lease, where she was the General Manager and operated her own store for two years. Tricia was very excited to return in 2012 to join the Juergen's Gymnastics Family and continue working with her true love of gymnastics. She is the Girls Program Manager and Team Coach for Levels 2-10. She recently just got married to Brody Lawhon on July, 16th, 2016. Tricia is CPR Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, and First Aide & Safety Certified.
Kelly Belmore - Front Office Manager
Kelly is the voice on the phone with no face, and the first person you see when you enter the gym. She goes by Ms. Kelly or Kel Bel for short and has been with Juergen's for 12 years. She is married to Howard and has 3 sons, 4 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. She enjoys drag racing, car shows, off shore fishing, deer hunting, scuba diving, cooking, barbeques, music, swimming, traveling, family activities, and much more! Her former jobs include being a Nurse, a Dispatcher for a Cable Television Company, and an Administrative Assistant for Peterbilt Trucking. Kelly is a Padi Open Water Scuba Diver, CPR Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, First Aide & Safety Certified, and a member of NHRA. But mostly she's a mother to all! Kelly moved here from Indiana in 1977 and has lived in Huffman, Crosby, and Humble ever since and believes there's no place like Texas! She is very proud to be part of the family we have here at Juergen's. The parents, students, and staff make it so enjoyable. If there is ever a time you need anything at all, please stop by the front desk. Kelly will be waiting!
Ronnette DePriest - Pre-School Program Manager
Ronnette is married to John DePriest. She has 2 daughters, Reagen who is a senior at Texas Tech University and Taylor who is a sophomore at Kingwood High School. Ronnette has a BS degree in Elementary Education and has taught for 10 years in the public school system. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and working in the yard. Ronnette is CPR Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, and First Aide & Safety Certified.andCara Jacksits- Team Girls Coach
Amy Johnson - Events and Ninja Zone Manager, Front Desk, Maintenance, Coach
Amy does a little bit of everything in the gym from coach kids to running all the amazing events we hold here at Juergens. Amy in a Navy Veteran she worked with F-18's and H-60's even in the military Amy was also a go to person for anything from launching a get to loading torpedos and missiles to tracking logs and records for all the aircraft in her sqaudron to running training programs. Amy is a monther to 3 children Kristen who is a Level 8 gymnast here at Juergens, Alexis and Nathan that love spending time here at our weekend events. Amy the Events Manager making sure that all events are staffed and fun for all who come and do them. She is also the Ninja Zone Manager or "THE Splinter". She also is one of the people that keeps the gym looking amazing at all times. You may also see her up at thefron desk ready to help anyone that walks in. Amy also LOVES to coach she coaches everthing from pre-school to Team at any given time. Amy is CPR Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, and First Aide & Safety Certified.
Phong Le - Gymnastics Instructor, Associate Team Coach, and Billing Manager
After several years of being away from the sport of gymnastics, Phong renewed his passion for working with kids when he returned to coaching at Juergen's Gymnastics Academy. He has been coaching the competitive girls' team levels 2 and up since 2010 and has enjoyed developing young athletes and making a positive difference in their lives. However, when Phong is not busy with work or coaching, he tries to sneak in a few rounds of golf with his friends enjoying the outdoors. Phong has also been DJing on and off since high school, so he enjoys mixing and listening to all types of great music from different genres. He has chosen a profession that he truly loves here at Juergen's and greatly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of your kids' lives. Phong is a USA Gymnastics Certified Pro Women's Coach member and CPR, Blood Borne Pathogen, and First Aide & Safety Certified.
Cara Jacksits - , Girls Rec Program, Girls Team Coach
Sydnie Grantham - Gymnastics, Tumbling, and Cheerleading Instructor
Sydnie has been a cheerleader for 12 years and 3 of them have been competitive cheer. She moved to Texas from Alabama. Sydnie is CPR, Blood Borne Pathogen, and First Aide certified. She coaches Pre-School gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading.
Bailey Atteberry- Girls Recreational Coach
Ognian Bangiev- Boys Team Coach
Lovella Barns- Maintenance Manager
Racheal Beard- Girls Recreational Coach
Ryan Bradford- Girls Recreational Coach
Kierra Bush- Girls Recreational Coach
Abby Chadis- Girls Recreational Coach
Blake Chilla- Ninja Zone Trainer and Girls Recreational Coach
Mckinley Daivs- Girls Recreational Coach
Jayda Dotson- Girl Recreational Coach
Sam Gabel- Gymnastics, Tumbling, and Cheerleading Instructor
Maddie Leatherwood- Girls Recreational Coach
Amanda Maker- Girls Recreational Coach
Robert Maker - Gymnastics, Tumbling and Adult Program Instructor
Robert began teaching tumbling at San Jacinto YMCA in Pasadena as a way to earn money while attending college at San Jacinto Junior College in the '70's. He took both tumbling and gymnastics classes while attending San Jacinto College from Pat Yeager who was an Olympic Gymnastics coach way back in the '60's. During his college years he worked at several YMCA's as well as private gymnastic schools part time. After his completion of a health and physical education degree he worked full time earning a living teaching gymnastics at private gymnastic schools in and around Houston. During this time he taught everything from Mom and me classes to 16 month olds to adult gymnastics classes. Since accepting a public school position teaching health and physical education most of his part time work has been with Juergen's Gymnastics in Humble and Atascocita for the last fourteen years. Heis also CPR Certified, Safety Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified and AED Certified.
Alex Mathes- Boys Recreational Coach
Lauren McLennan - Head Cheerleading Instructor
David Mouton- Boys Recreational Coach
David is a determined and dedicated individual who has always had a love for gymnastics. As a gymnast himself, he developed an 11-year journey committed to Juergen’s Gymnastics Academy. Davis established a passion for the sport at a young age an as time as passed, seriousness for the activity grew. David competed locally and nationally all the way up to level 9, obtaining numerous awards along the way. He did pursue other activities like swimming and baseball, but nothing quite compared to this physically and mentally challenging sport. David currently attends Quest Early College High School and manages to balance his out of school responsibilities, like his involvement in kid’s ministry at Grace Church of Humble, with his academic life. Like in any of his commitments, his diligent devoted persona shines through; David is currently ranked #1 in his class and is teaching, inspiring, and expanding his knowledge to young kids is very significant for him as coach, and as an athlete.
Reese Newton- Level 2 Team Coach and Girls Recreational Coach
Reese has been participating in gymnastics since she was 3 years old. She is currently competing as a Level 9 gymnast for the Juergens Gymnastics club team. Additionally, she also competes for the Atascosita High School Varsity Gymnastics team. Reese’s other activates include swim, volunteering and hanging out with friends. She enjoys coaching girls recreation classes and events. Reese is happy that she not only gets to teach gymnastics, but also gets to participate in it.
Alexa Nichols- Girls Recreational Coach
Petra Obiren- Girls Recreational Coach
Lexi Rillera- Girls Recreational Coach
Courtney Rimel- Girls Team Coach
Kamryn Ruzick- Ninja Zone Instructor and Girls Recreational Coach
Nie Saez- Girls Recreational Coach
Tanner Stork - Gymnastics, Tumbling and Boys Program Coach
Tanner has been participating in Juergens Gymnastics classes for 7 years. Tanner also competes for the Kingwood High school Varsity Gymnastics team. Tanner enjoys dirt biking, surfing and helping out at his church. He teaches and plays with children in small groups when helping at his church. He also enjoys playing the drums in the band. Tanner plans to participate and coach gymnastics for years to come. He is also CPR Certified, Safety Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified and AED Certified
Demi Weaver- Preschool and Girls Recreational Coach
Demi has been coaching at Juergen's Gymnastics since 2014. She enjoys teaching preschool, girls gymnastics, and events. Demi is currently participating in the gymnastics class at Atascocita High School and in her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the lake and hanging out with her friends and her sister Mackenzie. Demi plans to continure working at Juergen's until she moves away to college. She is also CPR Certified, Safety Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified and AED Certified.
Temora Wilson- Preschool and Girls Recreational Coach