Coaches & Staff

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Coaches

Karen

Ms. Karen is one of the owners of Tri-Star.  She is the Co-Director of the Preschool & Recreation programs.  She has been teaching gymnastics for over 25 years.  She is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified and is CPR & first aid certified and is a certified CPR & first aid instructor.  She is also MELD & KAT certified.  She has attained the Professional Development Program – Level 1.  Karen completed the ACEF Sports Science Course as a Level Leader Coach.  She is a USA Nationally Ranked Gymnastics Judge.  Karen was a college level athlete in track & field and is a member of the UNH Hall of Fame.

Joni

Ms. Joni is one of the owners of Tri-Star and the Head Coach of the Girls Team.  She has been teaching gymnastics for over 20 years.  She is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified and is CPR & First Aid certified.

Haven

Mr. Haven is one of the owners of Tri-Star and Head Coach of the Boys & Girls Teams.  He has been teaching gymnastics for over 25 years.  He is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified and is CPR & First Aid Certified.  Haven is certified as a Meet Director.  He was a State of NH USA Gymnastics board member for 5 years and the State Director of the State of NH for USA Gymnastics for 8 years. He served as Vice Chair for one year.  He has been on the NHIAA Gymnastics Board for 15 years.  He has attained the Professional Development Program – Level 1.  Haven completed the ACEF Sports Science Course as a Level Leader Coach.  He is also certified as a Skill Evaluator with USA Gymnastics.

Paula

Ms. Paula is one of our Team Coaches.  Ms. Paula has been teaching gymnastics for 20 years.  She is safety certified & KAT certified.  She is a certified Meet Director.  Paula has obtained her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at UNH.  Paula’s upbeat personality & positive attitude is a perfect match for our team program.

Emmy

Ms. Emmy is the Dance Director and an instructor.  She has been running the dance program at Tri-Star since 1999.  Emmy has been teaching dance in the Seacoast area for the last 20 years and has been in the dance field for over 35 years.  She graduated in 1996 from UNH with a BA in Theatre, Dance and Music.  She is also the director of our dance team.

Lauren

Ms. Lauren has been with Tri-Star since our first day.  She is one of our pre-team coaches and a valued member of the Tri-Star Family.  Lauren is a UNH alum with 20+ years gymnastics experience. She is Safety certified and a USAG professional member.

Caitlyn

Ms. Caitlyn is a preschool, recreational, advanced, special needs, and private teacher as well as one of our Level 3-9 coaches.  She was with us as a gymnast for 12 years and in a teaching capacity for 9 years.  She was an instructor in training for 2 years under Ms. Karen and Ms. Mary and has been a lead instructor for 6 years.  Caitlyn is a past member of the Tri-Star Competitive Team as well as a gymnast for the Spaulding High School Varsity Gymanstics Team.  Caitlyin is currently enrolled at Great Bay Community College where she is studying early childhood education.  She is Safety certified and a USAG professional member.

Desirae

Ms. Desirae is a preschool, recreational, advanced, tumbling, and private teacher as well as one of our Level 3-9 coaches.  She is the Director of our All-Star Cheer program and the primary tumbling coach.  She was with us as a gymnast for 12 years and in a teaching capacity for 8 years.  She was an instructor in training for 1 year under Ms. Karen and Ms. Mary and has been a lead instructor for 3 years.  She’s the head staff member for birthday parties.  Desirae is a past member of the Tri-Star Competitive team and Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team and Cheer Team.

Tracy

Ms. Tracy is one of our Team Coaches.  She is the head coach of  our Xcel team as well as a pre-team coach and Our High School Shooting Stars instructor.  Tracy graduated from UNH with a BS in kinesiology/physical education.  She was a former competitive gymnast and has been coaching gymnastics for 15 years.

Morgan

Ms. Morgan is a preschool, recreation, and pre-team teacher.  She was with us as a gymnast for 14 years and in a teaching capacity for 5 years.  She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Morgan was a Level 10 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Team and a member of the Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Sarah

Ms. Sarah is a recreation and advanced teacher, as well as our Xcel team coach.  She has been coaching gymnastics for 5 years.  Sarah is first aid, CPR, ISSA, and ACSM certified.  She is a past member of the Tri-Star Competitive team.  She graduated with a BA in Kinesiology and a minor in wellness and coaching.  Sarah is also the Head Coach of the Dover High School Girls Varsity Gymnastics team.

Maddie

Ms. Maddie is a pre-school, recreational & tumbling teacher, as well as a camp counselor.  She has been with us as a gymnast for over 15 years and in a teaching capacity for 2 years.  She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Maddie is currently a Level 9 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team and Captain of the Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Mikayla

Ms. Mikayla is a pre-school teacher and camp counselor.   She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Mikayla is currently a Level 7 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team and Co-Captain of the Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Maggie

Ms. Maggie is a pre-school teacher.   She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen and Ms. Desirae.  Maggie is currently a Level 7 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team.

Cindy

Ms. Cindy is a preschool & recreational teacher.  She was an instructor in training under Ms. Desirae.  Cindy is also a team parent.

Annie

Ms. Annie is our Saturday Creative Movement and Tap instructor.  She has been dancing at Tri-Star since 2002 and has been a competing dance team member since 2007.  She has won many top awards at dance competitions in NH.  She has been teaching at Tri-Star for the last 4 years.

Larissa

Ms. Larissa has been studying dance for 15 years, with the last four years spent in advanced classes in Boston. Her favorite styles are hip hop, contemporary, and jazz. She attended master classes and dance intensives with lots of well-known professionals in Boston, NYC, London, and Buenos Aires. She currently performs with a professional dance company out of Boston (Boston Community Dance Project) and was a summer intern with them for two years.
Larissa will be teaching our Tuesday and Thursday hip-hop classes.

Office Staff

April

April has been part of the Tri-Star family since 2002 and a team parent since 2007.  April has been part of the office administration since 2012.

Lynn

Lynn has been part of the Tri-Star family since 2006.  She has been a team parent since 2008.  She started working in the office in 2012, mainly evenings and weekends.

Colleen

Colleen has been part of the Tri-Star family since 2010. She started working in the office in 2012.