Staff

The BEST part of this gym is the coaching. Hands-down awesome coaches. Along with outstanding experience and talent, coaches have cleared a thorough background check through USA Gymnastics or Live Scan via the DOJ (Department of Justice) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) or both. Coaches are also required to be USAG members in good standing, SafeSport certified by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) which provides important training about the nature of misconduct in sport and gives staff actionable information to better protect athletes, and carry current certification in CPR/First Aid. In addition coaches earn continuing education credits through online courses, attending USA Gymnastics Congress and USAG clinics during the year. Staff meets for internal training so we can bring to you the best coaching, technique and class programs.

gymnastics truckee caLaura Bronstone
Co-owner, Program Director

Laura is the Owner and Program Director of Truckee Gymnastics, Tahoe Gymnastics, and My Playground. She is a gymnastics coach, advanced ballet instructor, choreographer, professional dancer, and former certified aerobics instructor. Laura has completed the USA Gymnastics Women’s 2013-2021 Junior Olympic (JO) Compulsory Master Workshop Coach Training.  She is also a USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USAG Safety Certified, a USAG Certified KAT (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers) Instructor and has completed the USAG Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development Preschool Teacher Education Workshop. Laura grew up in Michigan, moving to Truckee in 1998. She’s an advocate for physical exercise and alongside her husband Howard enjoys raising two wonderful children in this beautiful Tahoe Truckee community. Laura & Howard opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.

‘The soul is healed by being with children.’ – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Yasuko S.
Coach

Since 1995 Yasuko (‘YAS-koh’) has enjoyed coaching gymnastics to all ages here in the US and in her native Japan. Always inquisitive, independent and motivated, she moved to the US to learn English. Yasuko coached at the Funabashi Junior Gymnastics Club in Japan and then at San Francisco Gymnastics. She’s also a licensed elementary school teacher in Japan. Yasuko is a USA Gymnastics Professional Coach and earned her USA Gymnastics Judges certification in July 2017. Yasuko enjoys working out, attending evening college courses and rock climbing with her family. You’re sure to see her around town smiling and having fun with her children. Yasuko has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2005.

 

Christina M.
Coach

Christina was a competitive gymnast growing up in New York. She was a USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Competitor achieving Level 10 gymnast status. She took multiple State, Regional and National titles in Individual and All-Around Levels 5-10. Since 2002 Christina has coached gymnastics in NY, CA and NV. She is also an accomplished snowboarder and first visited Tahoe area as a USA Snowboard Association National Qualifier competing for three years 2003 – 2006. Christina fell in love with Tahoe and after a brief time in the Bay area she returned to the place she adores. Christina has an Associates and Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and is an exceptional professional photographer.  Christina has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2014.

 

Anton B.
General Manager & Coach

Since he was a young boy in Sonomo County, Anton’s passion for gymnastics has lead him from a competitive high level gymnast, to coaching the best gymnasts nationally, and ultimately to general management. With his extensive gymnastics and coaching background, his value to the Truckee Gymnastics community is priceless. Since 1993 he has been a member of USA Gymnastics, a certified Men’s Gymnastics coach since 2005, and Head Coach of Men’s Gymnastics Programs in San Francisco and Reno since 2012. Anton strives to always continue his education in gymnastics and as a USA Gymnastics Professional Member he has completed USAG’s Safety Certification, National Coaches Workshops, National/Regional Congress, NCBGJA’s Judges Course, NCSI Background Check, and Red Cross CPR/AED/FA training. As a level 10 athlete competing nationally for 12 years, Anton attended Junior Olympic National Championships numerous times and competed in Switzerland against members of the Swiss National Team in 2004. By the time he was 16 he was a certified NCBGJA Judge. Anton is the current Treasurer for USA Gymnastics Region 1 presiding over California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Anton has trained and brought athletes to Junior Olympic/Elite National Championships since 2009, his latest athlete receiving a full ride to Penn State, placing 2nd on Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, and the All Around at 2017 USAG JE National Championships. He has coached athletes who have gone on to Oklahoma University, Ohio State, Springfield, Cal Berkeley, and Penn State for collegiate gymnastics. Anton believes every child benefits from gymnastics which develops a solid mental and physical foundation of strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. He aspires to provide students with the same dedication, love and inspiration that his coaches once showed him. Anton is a visionary manager, as well as a highly skilled, warm-hearted, and enthusiastic coach. When not in the gym you’ll find Anton running, paddle boarding, spending time with his family, and enjoying this beautiful mountain area. Anton moved to Truckee in 2016 and has been with Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

Aussie R.
Coach

Ever since 2005 Aussie has coached gymnastics. Her talents range from preschool recreational classes through compulsory team and in 2010 became a certified USAG National Gymnastics Competitive Judge. Aussie has coached multiple state champions while still maintaining her sense of fun in the gym. When not in the gym you’ll find Aussie backpacking and camping. She is excited to now be in  Tahoe after having spent many years in the Bay area.  Aussie has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

FUN FACT:  ‘I’ve been writing my own poetry since I was 8 years old and have even made a book of all my work by hand.  In the near future, I hope to professionally publish my book that’s filled with 200+ pieces in it.’. -Aussie

 

Melissa C.
Coach

Raised in Truckee, Melissa has been an avid part of gymnastics since 2013. After honing her advanced gymnastics skills here, Melissa went on to study kinesiology at Sonoma State as well as abroad at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico where she became fluent in Spanish. Melissa coaches both recreational and competitive gymnasts. She coached at Rohnert Park Gymnastics for a year before returning here to Truckee Gymnastics. Melissa has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

Erin V.
Team Director & Coach

With a successful coaching career and extensive dance background, Erin has a number of accolades in competitive JO Womens Gymnastics. Erin is one of those rare gifted coaches who enjoys the toddlers, preschoolers, recreational, and team gymnasts. Come experience her wonderful energy, knowledge and talents. Be sure to give her a warm hello when you see her in the gym! Erin has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

Ashley C.
Coach

Ashley grew up in Illinois and attended Kent State Universite in Ohio. Since 2010 she’s coached all levels of gymnastics in San Diego, Alameda and most recently Reno where Ashley managed the Women’s JO and Xcel teams at Gymnastics Nevada and was their Meet Director. Ashley loves coaching gymnasts of all ages and abilities with support for their individual emotional and physical needs. As a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in SF Ashley also loves to bake!  Ashley has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

‘I believe that training, coaching, and the components of competition all serve to develop exceptional people. It is essential that the sport of gymnastics always be filled with a quotient of fun and marvel for all. Developing this pleasure and passion for the sport is crucial to facing challenges on the equipment and in life.’

Hannah B.
Coach

Hannah was an artistic gymnast growing up in northern California. Hannah quickly rose to a national and international senior level in competitive Acrobatic Gymnastics. Hannah is so gifted that she made the USA Gymnastics National Team, a very prestigious honor. On the US National Team she competed for four years touring the US, Poland and Russia from 2008 – 2012. Hannah represented USAG in Worlds twice earning rank of 8th out of 30+ Senior Acrobatic competitors. She has competed in National Championships, World Age Group Competition, the Volkov Cup and the Visa Championships. Hannah loves coaching children and sharing all her knowledge of gymnastics. Hannah first coached for Truckee Gymnastics in 2015 and returned in 2018.

Cayden R.
Intern

At age 9, Cayden began taking gymnastics here at Truckee Gymnastics. She took recreational classes for several years and at age 12, Cayden joined Truckee Gymnastics Xcel Competitive Team. As a USA Gymnastics Athlete Member, she has competed with the Truckee Gymnastics Competitive team since 2015 and qualified for Xcel States Championships every year since 2016. Cayden will continue to compete with Truckee gymnastics for seasons to come. In addition to competing with Truckee Gymnastics, Cayden has interned for Truckee Gymnastics in camps, parent-child classes, birthday parties and other events. She has a delightful approach and enjoys coaching for Truckee gymnastics. Cayden’s knowledge of current day gymnastics allows her to help gymnasts she works with. Cayden has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

Howard Bronstone
Co-owner, Facilities & IT Manager

Howard grew up in the Bay area. Earning several degrees including a Masters from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston, Howard enjoyed many successful years in the automotive industry with both Ford Motor Company in Detroit and Toyota in LA. Choosing to live in Tahoe, Howard and Laura moved to Truckee in 1998. Howard is brilliant and the back bone of the gym including facilities and back office manager, developing and maintaining IT systems to help manage all the programs. In addition to the gym, Howard enjoys road biking, stamp collecting and raising his two children with Laura here in Tahoe. Howard & Laura opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.