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Our Staff


staff valerie Valerie Matyskiel
Head Coach/ Co Owner

Valerie grew up in Massachusetts where she trained at Gymnastics Training Center and was coached by Dutch Olympian, Richard Maijs and Bulgarian Olympian Tania Fillipova. Valerie was a 3 year level 10 competitor.  She was a member of the 2004 Massachusetts National Team and qualified for Vault finals. Valerie was recognized for her Scholastic honors in the Boston Globe and Herald.  Valerie attended the College of Charleston and graduated in '07 with a bachelors degree in political science and health. Valerie has grown her competitive team from scratch to over 100 team members.  In those years she has had countless State Champions and multiple Regional Qualifiers and Champions.  She has coached a TOP’s National Team member, Level 10 JO National Qualifier and has successfully coached many to college scholarships.



randy and becky Rebecca M. Parrish
Business Manager/ Co Owner

Becky was born and raised West of the Ashley in Charleston, SC. She graduated with a Business and Industrial Safety Degree from Newberry College and has been a successful business manager for over 20 years. She was a competitive baton twirler with various state and national awards. She is passionate about fitness for children and helping them find a means to further their education through the sport of gymnastics. She has one son and a daughter who is a competitive gymnast. She is married to Randy Parrish



Randy website Randy Parrish
GAC Ultimate Ninja Warrior Director, GAC Program Developer/Director, Boys Head Coach and Girls Optional Coach – “The Professional FunMaster”
Randy was a former competitive college gymnast at Illinois State University. He has been coaching since 1976 and owned Quincy Gymnastics for 25 years and coached gymnasts and cheerleaders to the National level and collegiate level. He is a certified Physical Education teacher. In addition, he is the director of FLIP FEST summer gymnastics camp in Tennessee owned by Olympians John Macready and John Roethlisberger. He coaches all levels including recreational gymnastics here at GAC. He is GAC’s Program Developer and Director, Boys Team Head Coach, Ninja Zone Director, and Girls Team Optional Coach.  He has coached athletes to various State, Regional and National Level. He is USAG National and Regional Clinician and USAG Men’s and Women’s Professional Coach, Meet Director and Safety Certified.  Randy is known as the "Funmaster" everywhere he goes. The kids absolutely love Coach Randy!

GAC Jen Profile Pic Jennifer Biron
Ninja Trainer and Front Office
Jen is currently one of our Ninja Zone Coaches and has a daughter on the GAC competitive team.  Jen also is a familiar face at our front office and she can assist you with all your Ninja and Gymnastics needs.

201811011443100 Max Fortier
Ninja instructor and Boys Team Coach
Max Fortier is a recent graduate of Wando High School and has a background in martial arts. He earned his first degree blackbelt in taekwando, and got into tumbling and "tricking" at the age of 13. After spending years attending GAC open gyms and tirelessly polishing his own skills, Max came on as a member of our staff in order to share the excitement of that transformative journey with others, and has spent much of his time with our boys team and ninja program. He dreams of one day becoming an artist, and hopes to attend art school in the coming years. 

201811011538260 Jonathan Dotter
Ninja instructor
Jonathan is from Charleston, South Carolina and is currently a sophomore at Charleston Charter School for Math and Science. He's been doing parkour since 2015, and is one of our fantastic Ultimate Ninja instructors!

5 Savannah Hugie
Ninja instructor
Savana Hugie is from Lexington, South Carolina, and was a gymnast for 14 years, competing all the way up to Level 10. Her passion for athleticism took her to a major in Exercise Science at the College of Charleston, starting in 2018. She is one of our exciting Ultimate Ninja instructors, and she helps with our Fast Track gymnasts as well. 

20181101155034 Will Buck
Ninja instructor
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Will Buck has been in the gymnastics and tumbling world for most of his life. He recently graduated from Wando High School and has gone on to join American Cheer Xtreme in Irmo, South Carolina, just outside of Columbia. Will competed up to Level 10 and works with both our GAC boys team and Ultimate Ninjas.

20181114173228 Hannah Stasa
Ninja instructor
Hannah is a junior at Oceanside Collegiate Academy. She was a Level 9 gymnast at GAC and spend 12 years in the sport before taking some time off. Now she's back to pass her skills on to others! She is one of our Ninja instructors and party leaders, as well as a coach for the Xcel Bronzes and Silvers.