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Balance 180 gymnastics coachesOur coaching team works very hard to make gymnastics a great experience for each of our athletes. Our team is friendly and nurturing, and LOVE working with our athletes to help them achieve their goals and reach their potential. Thank you for trusting us with your kids, and see you in the gym soon!

Emily Reid


Position: Competitive Gymnastics Coach

Education: Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida and is currently completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida

Background: Prior to coaching gymnastics, she was a level 9 gymnast. She has coached gymnastics for nine years across multiple domains. Prior to coaching at Balance180, Emily was a recreational and competitive gymnastics coach in South Florida. She was previously active in the adaptive and recreational gymnastics program and served as the program director for Balance180 for one year. She was also ranked under the Top 100 gymnasts in the state of Florida in 2010.

Coaching Goal: As a Balance180 gymnastics coach, her goal is to make every athlete feel strong, confident and aid in the development of life skills that they will carry with them years beyond gymnastics.

Interests: Aside from coaching, she enjoys working out, hiking, fishing, crafting and attending Gator Gymnastics Competitions


Julie Foster

Position: Operations Director, Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics Coach

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Specialized in Sports Management and minor in Entrepreneurship.

Background: Began gymnastics in elementary school and competed through her sophomore year of high school. Prior to Balance 180, she coached recreational and compulsory level classes in Fort Myers, FL and in college she competed with UF Club Gymnastics Team. Has volunteered with her church’s children ministry.

Coaching Goal: Set a positive example for the athletes, help them discover their potential, and encourage their passion for gymnastics.

Interests: Exercising, spending time with friends and family, reading, and attending church.


Julie Walter

Position: Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics Coach, Official Balance 180 Photographer

Education: Currently a Sophmore at the University of Florida majoring in Public Relations and Minoring in Innovation.

Gymnastics Background: She was a gymnast for 10 years. She competed in Belgium at age 11 on the Junior National Team. She is currently on the University of Florida Club Gymnastics team. Certified Special Olympics Trainer.

Coaching Goal: Instill confidence, determination, and self-discipline in the athletes, while still emphasizing the fun aspect.

Samantha Graham

Position: Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Sam is a Sophomore at the University of Florida studying Applied Physiology and Kinesiology on the Pre-Med track. She is interested in Sports Medicine.

Background: Gymnast for 13 years, reached and completed Level 9. Currently training on the UF Club Gymnastics Team. Before Balance 180, she did some coaching at Balcony Gymnastics in Ocala, FL during her free time.

Coaching Goal: To make every athlete accomplish a goal or learn something new every day while having fun.

Interests: Gymnastics (of course!), horseback riding, playing piano and saxophone, and playing different sports or exercising with friends.

Andrew Fenton

Position: Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Currently a Junior at the University of Florida majoring in Physiology and Kinesiology.

Background: Gymnast for 10 years, reached Level 6. Before Balance 180, he coached 3 years of coaching kinder-gym, Boys 1 and 2 gymnastics at Tousdell Gymnastics Center in Tallahassee, FL.

He is also an American Fitness Institute certified Personal Trainer.

Coaching Goal: I want athletes to have fun and enjoy learning new skills.

Interests: Weightlifting, cycling, Super Smash Brother Melee video game, and loves peanut butter.


Christian Wong

Position: Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Pursuing a degree in Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida.

Background: Christian was a competitive gymnast and retired after level 7. A fun fact about Christian is that he is a FL-licensed EMT.

His goal as a Balance 180 coach is to help athletes grow and learn gymnastics in a friendly, encouraging environment.

Coaching Goal: To help athletes grow and learn gymnastics in a friendly, encouraging environment and above all, have fun!

Interests: He enjoys working with computer programs, listening to music and biking in his free time.

Rebecca Zawrotny

Position: Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Rebecca is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Sports Management.

Background: She did gymnastics growing up and is now on the UF club gymnastics team and holds two executive board positions. Before coming to Balance 180 she coached at a gym in her hometown.

Coaching Goal: Her goal as a coach is to see the kids she works with achieve their goals and make their experience as positive and fun as she can.

Interests: She has an interest in ethics, specifically how it relates to medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and doing gymnastics.


Natalie Ziev

Position: Volunteer Coordinator for Adaptive Gymnastics and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences from the University of Florida. Interested in Occupational Therapy.

Background: Acting camp counselor, babysitter, soccer coach for children under five. Currently, she works with YAP, Adaptive and is a Behavioral Technician for children with Autism.

Coaching Goal: To see the children improve their gymnastics skills, social skills, as well motor control and confidence.

Interests: Dolphins, the beach, soccer, skateboarding and working with kids with special needs.

Alyssa Harris

Position: Competitive Gymnastics Coach

Education: Alyssa is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a Dance Minor on the Pre Physical Therapy track at the University of Florida.

Background: She went to a performing arts high school called New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl.

She was a company member at the dance studio, Artistic Soul Studios. Alyssa has been a dancer for the past 9 years and is currently dancing with University of Florida’s prestigious dance company, Danza. She is also certified in Pilates Mat I and II. 

Coaching Goal: To Inspire and motivate young athletes to be the best they can be in and out of the gym.

Interests: Dance, photography, AcroYoga, coaching and teaching children and spending time with family and friends

Interests: Cycling, running, hiking and gymnastics.

Noelle Perry

Position: Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Noelle is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Florida

Background: When she was younger she did gymnastics for about 10 years. During her freshman year of high school, she started coaching at Upper Keys Gymnastics.

She is currently on the University of Florida Club Gymnastics team.

Coaching Goal: Her goals as a Balance 180 is to see every child enjoying him or herself and to help every child accomplish their own goals.

 Interests: In her free time she likes to play soccer and do crafts.

Position: Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Education: Currently a Sophmore at the University of Florida on the pre-nursing track.

Background: Gymnast for 8 years, reached Level 6. Before Balance 180, she coached 2 years of gymnastics in Maimi, Florida. 

Coaching Goal: Make an athlete’s day better by learning and achieving gymnastics skills in a fun and encouraging way.

Interests: The beach, all outdoor activities, camping, playing card games.


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