Elite Directors

The staff at Elite Gymnastics and Aquatics has over 175 combined years of teaching and training students in gymnastics and swimming. 

Gerald Carley

Gerald Carley

Gerald Carley, Owner & Team Coach
Gerald started gymnastics as a teen at Wichita High School in Wichita, Kansas. He went on to compete in high bar and rings at the University of Kansas and represented KU at the NCAA Nationals were he finished 9th.  He set a high bar record in 1970 that still stands today!  While at KU, Gerald also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education. Following a few years of  teaching in the Shawnee Mission School District,   Gerald opened Elite in 1973.  As a former competitor, it is safe to say Gerald’s entire life has revolved around gymnastics. He served as a member of the USAG Kansas State Board 1978-2011 and is a safety-certified Professional Member of  USAG.  In 1984, 1985, 1996, & 1997, Gerald was named “Coach of the Year” by colleagues in the Kansas City Gymnastics Association and in 1986 he was honored with the “Kansas Outstanding Contribution to Gymnastics Award.  Since it’s opening, Elite has trained gymnasts for State, Regional and National competitions as well as two gymnastics that went out to become NCAA National Champions.  Many Elite gymnasts have obtained scholarships at various colleges and universities.  In 1985, Elite was the first team in the state of Kansas to place first at all competitive levels for a State Meet.

 

Sierra Trussell

Sierra Trussell

Sierra Trussell, Competitive Team Coordinator
Sierra has been a part of Elite Gymnastics since she started taking classes in 2000. She began competing for Elite in 2001 at the age of 9 and continued competing in gymnastics until she graduated high school. After high school she attended Kansas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. While at K-State Sierra was involved in a number of activities including K-State Cheer, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and coaching gymnastics. She is currently attending school in pursuit of a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant. In her free time, Sierra enjoys baking, running, reading and going to concerts.

 

 

Brady Holder

Brady Holder

Brady Holder, Aquatics Director
Brady has been in charge of the Elite Aquatics program since 2014. He began organized swimming at age 4, and continued competitive swimming through age 19.  Brady has 20 years experience teaching swim lessons and has coached three different swim teams.  In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts and seeing movies – especially anything that involves Star Wars.

 

 

 

Becky Rooney, Recreational Gymnastics Director

Becky has been with Elite since she moved to Kansas City from New York in August 2015. She began as the Recreational Director and has since transitioned to also working with the Competitive teams. Becky was a competitive gymnast growing up, and has recently enjoyed getting back into the sport. Before she came to KC, Becky was the Women’s Team Program Head Coach at Castle Hill RSL in Sydney, Australia. She spends the majority of her free time at the dance studio where she is a free lance choreographer and a professional dancer with City in Motion modern company.

 

 

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Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics is always looking for qualified enthusiastic gymnastics and swimming instructors to join our team. Apply today in person or online.

 

 

 

 

 

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