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 a Team Coach.  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 over 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.  Emmy is also the director of our  competitive 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.  Lauren is also a team parent.

Caitlyn

Ms. Caitlyn is a preschool, recreational, advanced, special needs, and a private teacher as well as one of our Level 3-9 & Xcel Team 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 8 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.  Caitlyn graduated from Great Bay Community College where she received her certificate in 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 our primary tumbling coach.  Desirae is a USAG Professional Member.  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 5 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.  Ms. Dez’s coaching style and outgoing personality makes for a productive and fun practice.

Tracy

Ms. Tracy is one of our Team Coaches.  She is the head coach of  our Xcel team as well as a Level 2 coach.  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.  Tracy is Safety certified, CPR certified, & First Aid certified.  She is also a USAG professional member.

Maddie

Ms. Maddie is a pre-school, recreational, tumbling, and private teacher, as well as a Level 1 team coach, camp counselor and birthday party staff member.    She was with us as a gymnast for over 15 years and in a teaching capacity for 5 years.  She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Maddie was a Level 9 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team and Captain of the Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team.  Maddie is CPR/AED certified & First Aid certified. Maddie just finished her freshman year at Assumption College making the Dean’s list all year.  She is also on the Assumption College Varsity Rowing Team.

Mikayla

Ms. Mikayla is a pre-school, recreational teacher, private teacher, camp counselor and birthday party staff member.   She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Mikayla was a Level 8 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team and Captain of the Dover High School Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Maggie

Ms. Maggie is a pre-school, recreational and tumbling teacher as well a camp counselor and birthday party staff member.   She was an instructor in training under Ms. Karen and Ms. Desirae.  Maggie was a Level 7 member of the Tri-Star Competitive Gymnastics Team.

Dom

Dom is a camp counselor and birthday party staff member.  He was a camp counselor in training for 3 years.

Halle

Ms. Halle is a camp counselor and birthday party staff member.  She has been a junior counselor for 3 years. She is an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Halle has been a Tri-Star member since 2005 and a competitive team member for 8 years.  Halle is also a member of the Dover Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Emma

Ms. Emma is a camp counselor and birthday party staff member. She has been a junior counselor for 3 years. She is an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Emma has been a Tri-Star member since 2012 and is part of our Xcel Gold competitive team .  Emma  is also a member of the Spaulding Varsity Gymnastics Team.

Ezra

Ezra is a camp counselor staff member.  He is a form Tri-Star Team member.

Alyssa

Ms. Alyssa is an instructor in training under Ms. Karen.  Alyssa has been a Tri-Star member since 2012 and a competitive team member.  Alyssa is also a former member of the Spaulding Varsity 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.

Nicole

Since 1992 Ms. Nicole has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer in both academic and medical outpatient orthopedic settings.   She has treated recreational, elite and semi-pro athletes.  For more than 20 years, her experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant in orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine and postoperative treatment of the spine and extremities, has assisted young and old to perform at their best fitness level.  As a former elite gymnast, she understands the physical and mental demands the sport places upon athletes at such a young age.  Ms. Nicole’s goal is to increase confidence and overall performance of the athletes she encounters.

Gabby

Ms. Gabby is teaching our Saturday Creative Movement and Tap instructor as well as our beginner hip-hop.  She has been dancing at Tri-Star since 2004 and has been a competing dance team member since 2008.  She has won many awards at dance competitions in NH.  She has been teaching at Tri-Star for the last 2 years.

Ryan

Ryan is a camp counselor and a dance instructor.  He has been a Tri-Star member since 2004 and is part of Tri-Star’s Competitive Dance team.

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.

Colleen

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