Competitive Coaches

Craig Smith
Womenís Competitive Head Coach

Coach Craig Smith has been the Head Coach at Milton Springers for 5 seasons.  He was named the 2015 Competitive Women's Artistic Coach of the Year by Gymnastics Ontario! 

Craig is a Level 4 gymnastics coach, with over 30 years of gymnastics coaching experience, including 15 years working as a Competitive Head Coach.  Craig attended Seneca College’s Coaching Techniques for Gymnastics program.  He has experienced many successes in the Provincial program with several athletes performing medal winning  routines at the prestigious Ontario Championships. 

Craig has experience building a National High Performance program from the ground up and  has coached several athletes who have attended prestigious events such as Elite Ontario, Canada Winter Games (2003 Coach of Team Champions), and National Championships, with athletes achieving All Around Champion status in the Novice HP, Junior HP, Senior HP and Open categories.  He has travelled with athletes to international events and also helped many athletes pursue scholarships to American Universities.  Craig was the coach of participants at the prestigious World Championships in 2001 and 2002. In addition to his coaching accreditation's, Craig is also certified in High Five principles of healthy child development. 

  • Level 4 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Certified Level 3 Trampoline
  • First Aid, CPR and Risk Management
  • 30+ years of coaching experience
  • "High Five" Principles of Healthy child development
  • 2015 Gymnastics Ontario Coach of the Year
Susan Manjak
Women's Competitive Coach

We are extremely pleased to announce that Susan Manjak, a Level 4 NCCP certified coach, has joined the Milton Springers Competitive Team Coaching staff!  Susan has coached for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to our club.  She was part of the coaching staff for the Canadian Olympic Gymnastics Team at the 2012  She has attended numerous Canadian national championships and accompanied athletes to other international events such as Pan Am Games and World Cups.  She has worked with and mentored a dozen+ athletes that have earned NCAA scholarships in the USA.   While working with high level athletes is a very satisfying experience, Susan also enjoys the process of identifying talent and nurturing gymnasts of all ages and levels to find their full potential! 

Outside gymnastics, Susan has 2 sons ages 9 and 13.  Her favourite thing to do is travel but when that isn’t possible, a nice quiet night at home watching movies can be just as satisfying!

Tenishia Tomlinson
Provincial/Compulsory Provincial Coach

Tenishia was a national level athlete for 8 years and has been in the sport of gymnastics for 18 years. She is a former athlete of Craig Smith and was coached by him for 9 years. She attended Canadian National Championships in 2011 and 2014 and Eastern Canadian Championships in 2008 and 2010.

Tenishia attended Mayfield Secondary School of Arts where she participated in the dance program. In 2011 she received a full ride NCAA Gymnastics Scholarship to Central Michigan. In her first year there her team won their 4th consecutive Mid- American Conference title.

Tenishia has her level 2 coaching certification, Risk Management and is First Aid certified. She coaches at the optional and compulsory team levels. Tenishia was a team coach for the Ontario Tour Selection Team travelling to California in 2018.

Justine Russell-Rowe
Compulsory Coach

Justine is an avid member of the gymnastics community; involved as a Women’s Artistic level 2 certified coach with level 1 trampoline, a Women’s Artistic Judge.

She was a competitive gymnast for 12 years coached by Craig Smith. and most recently the level 9 eastern Canadian Champion in 2014. She retired from competing in June 2014 to focus on educational goals.

Justine graduated from Mayfield Secondary School in the Regional Arts Program with a diploma in dance in the Spring of 2015. She attends York University in the Social Work Program.

Justine began coaching at the age of 13 as a CIT with recreational and pre-competitive level athletes. She hopes to coach for many years to come, teaching and inspiring athletes to be their best and to love what they do.

Christine Sternloff
Compulsory & Invitational Coach

Chris came to Milton Springers in 2014 after coaching competitive gymnastics in Georgia for the past 10 years. Chris got involved in gymnastics because all 3 of her children are competitive gymnasts. Her daughter Jillian is a former Provincial Gymnast and is now a competitive cheerleader, and her sons competed level 10 in the USA and are now both competitive cheer participants in the US. Chris has an athletic background as a national level competitive swimmer. This allows her to understand the need for hard work and dedication required to coach competitive gymnastics.

Chris is currently taking her Level 3 NCCP certification, and has completed her Gymnastics Ontario risk management and is a certified personal trainer. She has her USA Coaching Certification, USA Safety and Risk Management, USA Fundamentals of Gymnastics, and USA Gymnastics 101. 

Krista Johnsen
Women's Competitive Program Administrator, Womenís Pre-Competitive Coach

Krista has been a Springer Competitive Coach since 2008 and is now coaching our Springette and SpringElite Athletes.  A former gymnast from the Sudbury area, Krista has an encouraging, positive approach to teaching gymnastics and a true desire to keep athletes involved and enjoying the sport.  This dedication has helped to develop and expand our competitive program to include multiple levels with a “Sky is the Limit” approach. 

Krista’s vision is to develop young athletes to become the most successful gymnast they can be in a “Firm but Fair” atmosphere and then encourage them to become an even greater role model.  Krista has been recently certified as a Sports Phychology Coach.

Krista’s experience and certifications include:

  • Level 3 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 1 Certified Trampoline Coach
  • First Aid, CPR and Risk Management
  • 20+ years of coaching experience
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • "High Five" Train the Trainer Certificate
  • Certified Sports Psychology Coach
Stephanie Head
Compulsory/Development Team Coach
  • Level 2 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 1 NCCP Certified Trampoline
  • First Aid and Risk Management
  • Assistant Recreation Program Director
  • Springers Summer Camp Kindergym Director
  • "High Five" coaching seminar                                                   
  • Former Rhythmic Gymnast
Dayna Simbeya
Provincial Team Coach
Coach Dayna started her career in gymnastics when she was 5 years old after watching my older sister become involved in it.  Coach Dayna was a competitive gymnast until part way through high school. After high school she joined competitive cheerleading for two years.
 
She started as a "Coach in Training" at thirteen, and then began recreational coaching at 15 yrs old. At 17 yrs old she began coaching competitive gymnastics and has loved it ever since! Coach Dayna currently has her level 2 certification in WAG and Trampoline. She is working towards attaining her level 3 coaching certification.
 
Currently she is coaching a variety of groups and she is enjoying them all. Her goals as a coach is to continue to learn about the sport she loves, so that she can be the best coach she can be for all of the athletes she coaches. 
 
Outside of coaching, Dayna loves hiking, spending time with family and close friends, and going to concerts.
Heather Coffen
Compulsory & Invitational Coach

Heather started gymnastics as a Springer in 1983 and competed provincially for 6 yrs.  She has continued doing gymnastics as an adult and now has been doing gymnastics for 35 years! 

It was only natural for her to move into a coaching career.  Heather started coaching at Springers in October 2017. She is Foundations Trained, and has completed her Introduction to Competition Training.  Heather coaches compulsory and invitational groups and assists with the optional teams. 

Heather's coaching goals are to continue growing and learning as a coach and to provide a positive environment where gymnasts can reach their goals, and be the best they can be.  
 
Heather's interests include spending time with her four daughters, working out and gymnastics.
Austin Dagg
Competitive Trampoline Team Coach
Madison Lunshof
Petites/Development Program Coach

Madison Lunshof started gymnastics at a recreational level when she was 3 years old. She later joined the pre comp team allowing her to move into the provincial stream and finish her gymnastics career as a level 9. Some accomplishments include placing 2nd at provincial championships and qualifying to be on team Ontario to compete in New Brunswick, placing 4th overall.  Madison was also a Springers National Level trampolinist and qualified to go to nationals in Alberta July 2018. 

Madison began coaching recreational classes at age 13 and is currently a level 2 artistic and level 1 trampoline certified coach. In the summer of 2017 Madison and Shannon became the youngest competitive coaches to have their own group.

Outside the gym, Madison participates in track and field, and swimming at school and loves going for hikes and being outdoors.

Shannon Sadler
Petites/Development Program Coach

Shannon started gymnastics at Springers when she was 2 years old. She competed Provincial level 7 in artistic women's gymnastics, and after retiring from artistic gymnastics, she competed provincial 2 trampoline with Springers competitive Trampoline Team.

Shannon began coaching in 2014 with the recreational program, and currently am level 2 artistic and level 1 trampoline certified coach. Shannon loves coaching the in the development program! Her goal is to help kids get a positive start to gymnastics. In the summer of 2017 Shannon and Madison became the youngest competitive coaches to have their own team.

Outside of the gym Shannon is an accomplished cook and baker, and she enjoys staying active and fit.

Alex Robson
Competitive Coach

Alex began her gymnastics career at Springers at the age of 3 years old. She started in our recreation program and joined the competitive program.  She worked her way up to Provincial Level 7. At 9 years old Alex came 2nd at Provincial championships, and was an alternate for Team Ontario when she was 14.

Alex starting coaching with the recreation program at age 13, and has assists with the competitive development program. Alex has completed her Introduction to Competitive coaching certification. 

Alex participates in track and field at school as well as cross fit at school and outside of school.

Keiara Jones-Tyrell
Competitive Coach

Keiara began her gymnastics here at Springers at the age of 4, joined the competitive team at the age of 5, and continued from there to Provincial Level 9. In 2015, Keiara won Provincial championships for level 8 age 14+, then went on to win Eastern Canadian championships for the same level. In 2017 she came 3rd at Provincials for level 9 15+, and went on to compete at Eastern Championships again coming 2nd AA. Keiara has traveled with as a team Ontario athlete and competed in Vegas (2015) where her level 8 team came 1st, and competed in Cancun (2014) where she placed 1st AA as well as her level 8 team.

Outside of gymnastics, Keiara enjoys track and dancing.  Keiara began her coaching career at the age of 13, and now has her Level 2 coaching certification and helps out with the competitive team. Keiara is attending university for Anthropology.
Curtis Droge
Competitive Coach

Curtis first started gymnastics at Springers when he was only 4 years old.  After a year he took a break and started back into gymnastics when he was 9, and was immediately placed on the Interclub boy's team. He then worked his way up to the Provincial team and retired last year.

Curtis began coaching at Springers in January 2017, and is now a Foundations Trained coach. Curtis is now using his experience as a gymnast and his love for gymnastics to pass on his knowledge, as well as motivate and empower the young gymnasts.