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We have a professional staff. All of our instructors are trained in teaching children and are CPR and First Aid safety certified.

Anna Pearce

Experience: 18 years in the sport of gymnastics with 10 of those years coaching. All-Around state champion in gymnastics, 3 time national champion in competitive cheerleading, NCA All-American college cheerleader. Part of the 2009-2011 Blinn College cheer team. Part of the 2011-2012 Baylor University acrobatic and tumbling team. Part of 2013-2014 IOC5 Cheerleading Worlds team.

A little about myself: I was homeschooled my whole life. I like to run, workout and spend time outside. Hunting and fishing are two of my favorite things to do and I love spending time with my friends and family.

Divine Oeltjen

Experience: I Started competitive cheerleading at age 7. I've won numerous national championship titles with Manning Cheer Cats. Cheered through-out high school. Over 4 years of coaching experience. 1st aid, CPR and Safety certified. Currently Mannings front office administrator.

A little about myself: Born and raised in Inez, TX (outskirts of Victoria). Very outgoing personality. I love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Savannah Mendoza

Experience: I've been in the Manning Gym for 19 years. Competed for Manning Cheer Cats and won numerous National Titles. 2 years of coaching experience and 4 years of being a UCA Staff member. 1 year of college cheerleading at Blinn.

A little about myself: I love to tumble. I love being outside in the sun, I love mani/pedis and love to travel. I have a puppy named Truff.

Sarai Schuler

Experience: Began competitive gym at the age of 8 with mannings. 3 time, level 10 nationals qualifier. Earned gymnastics scholarship to University of Kentucky 2003-2007. Coached compulsory and optional gymnastics for 12 years. Currently coaching Manning Exhibition Gymnastics Team.

A little about myself: I married my college sweetheart. we have 3 beautiful children. Kingston Blue (5 years) and Lexington (2 years) and Mavrik (Coming August 2015 :)

Jamie Manning Payne (Owner/Partner)

Experience: I have been coaching athletes for over 35 years. Numerous state regional and national gymnastics champions in levels 5 through 10 and cheerleading champions levels 1 through 4. Coached for Bela and Martha Karolyi(Olympic Coach) 1984-1989 and also coached for Pat Yeager (U.S. Mens olympic coach) from 1982-1984. NCA All American Cheerleader. Currently coaching the Manning Cheer Cat Competitive Cheerleading Teams.

A little about myself: Married to Jeff Payne. I have 4 grown children and 2 beautiful grandaughters.

Laura Manning (Owner/Partner)

Experience: I've been coaching athletes for over 35 years. Numerous state regional and national gymnastics champions in levels 5 through 10 and cheerleading champions levels 1 through 4. Coached for Bela and Martha Karolyi(Olympic Coach) 1984-1989. Competed and placed 3rd in Nationals at SMU in Dallas, TX. and placed 2nd in Internationals in Los Angeles, CA. Currently coaching the Manning Cheer Cat Competitive Cheerleading Teams.

A little about myself: I have 2 Sons and a precious grandaugther. Love to spend time with my family and be outside.

Chad Ganaway

Coaching Experience: (23 years)

> Tumbled competitively as a child, 11 and 12 years old

> Helped coach tumbling on and off through my high school years 1990-1994

> Coached basic tumbling in a dance studio in Bulverde, TX in 1995

> Started a tumbling and trampoline program and competitive team at Manning Gymnastics in 1997 and continued there until 2002

> In 2002 started South Texas Elite Gymnastics in Cuero TX, was the program director and head coach from 2002 until 2006. In 2006 bought South Texas Elite

> In 2014 rejoined Mannings and started a trampoline and tumbling program

Coaching Credentials:

> USAG Safety Certified

> USAG professional member

> Coached athlete to 1999 World Age Group Games in Sun City, South Africa in which she won 3rd in the world on double mini trampoline

> Coached same athlete to 2001 World Age Group Games in Odense, Denmark in which she won 5th in the world on double mini trampoline.

> Coached many local, regional, and national medallist in power tumbling, trampoline, and double mini trampoline.

> Currently has coached an athlete who has won a National Championship for 15 consecutive years.

A little about myself: I spend most of my time outside of the gym with my daughter Caleigh. I also love NFL Fantasy football! My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.

Jazlyn Payne

Experience: I have been coaching for 9 years. Part of the 2005-2006 Back to back UCA National champions with Manning Cheer Cats. 1st aid, CPR and Safety certified. Currently coaching Manning Allstars and am the Tiny Might Director for our facility.

A little about myself: God is a big part of me! I have two beautiful daughters Channing and Madison. I was born and raised in Victoria, TX. I was a division 1 college soccer player in Alabama. I am a registered nurse. I enjoy hanging out with my girls and my significant other, Anthony.

Sylvia and Jim Manning

Experience: Started out teaching dance and tumbling from 1968-1994. We started the gymnastics program in 1980. We have now been at this Manning location since 1997.

A little about myself: We have been married for 61 years and we have lived in Victoria for 59 1/2 years. We enjoy traveling, and creating flower and table arrangements. We have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Angela Watts

Experience: I started gymnastics at the age of 3. After competing in gymnastics until age 16, I started coaching for Mannings in 1994.

A little about myself:I have 4 children and I'm also a school teacher outside of working at Manning Gymnastics.

Chrysta Guerrero

Experience: I have been a part of the Manning family for 15+ years. I was part of the competitive gymnastics program from ages 6 to 12. I am a level 5 state bar champion, 2nd all around, and 3rd on floor. I moved into Manning Cheer Cats at the age of 12 and continued until 18 years old. Won multiple national championship titles as a Manning Cheer Cat. Currently on my 3rd year of being a UCA Staff member and 3+ years coaching at Manning.

A little about myself:I love to workout and I'm in powerlifting. I enjoy volunteering my time to my community and spending time outdoors. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family!

Brooke Perez

Brooke PerezExperience: I have currently been working at Manning Gymnastics since Summer 2016. I have worked with all ages and level of children in the facility including our summer camp program. Tiny Mights, Elementary Tumbling, Tiny Stars and Cheer Prep are my specialty classes!!

A little about myself: I love outdoor benefits and traveling in my spare time. Fishing & hunting is always on my agenda. Working at Manning Gymnastics makes me so happy. I love putting smiles on the kids faces!

Ashton Hohlt

Ashton HohltExperience: I have been in the sport of Gymnastics for 18 years. I started at the age of 3 and finished my career as an elite gymnast under Olympic coach Shawn Townsend and Olympic head coach Kevin Masickah. At the end of my career I was 3rd in the state at level 10 and was ranked 1st in my region. I am currently working on my 3rd year as a gymnastics coach.

A little about myself: I am 22 years old. Gymnastics has been my entire life. Other than gym I’ve aspired to go to medical school in the future.

Chelsie Newbern

Chelsie NewbernExperience: I have been at Manning Gymnastics since I was 2 years old. I took Tiny Mights, Sports Gym & Have also competed level 4, 5 & 6 gymnastics. I switched over to All-Star Cheer in the 7th grade. I also cheered competitively at a national level in high school and college.

A little about myself: I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am now a 2nd grade teacher at Vickers Elementary. Here at Mannings I coach all-stars and sports gym. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family in my spare time.

Beth Burleson

Chelsie NewbernExperience: I competed in gymnastics for over 12 years, ending my career as a level 9. I coached pre-school and pre-team level gymnastics in West Virginia. I am also a certified personal trainer through the American College of sports medicine for training clients in West Virginia and Miami.

A little about myself: I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. I attended Texas State University and graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science and recreation. I moved to West Virginia with my boyfriend for his residency. His career has taken us to Miami and now to our forever home in Victoria, Texas. I am so excited to be a part of Manning Gymnastics. I am available through our front office for any questions you may have.

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