Competitive Coaches

Craig Smith
Women’s Competitive Head Coach

Coach Craig Smith has been the Head Coach at Milton Springers since 2014.  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 plus 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

Susan is a level 4 certified coach, and has coached for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to our club.  She was part of the coaching staff for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics Team.   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.  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!

Rod Hounsell
Women's Provincial Coach

Rod Hounsell is a graduate from the elite coaching program at Seneca College, certified Level 4 coach and has been coaching gymnastics for over 30 years.

Originally from Newfoundland, and a gymnast himself, Rod came to Ontario to pursue a coaching career.  He has developed many provincial and Eastern Canadian Champions and most recently acted as the Team coach for the Level 10, 16+ Ontario Team at National Championships in Ottawa.

Outside the gym Rod is an avid outdoorsman.  He is the father of 2 lovely children and happily married to Kelly Gill.

 

Tammie Gray
Women's Provincial Coach

Tammie is a graduate of the Elite Coaching program at Seneca College and is a certified Level 3 coach.  She has been coaching gymnastics for over 26 years in the GTA area.  Tammie has experience working with both provincial and national level athletes.  She enjoys coaching all four apparatus and has produced several gold medal winning floor routines over the course of her career. One of her proudest and most memorable gymnastics moments to date was the day one of her optional level athletes received a perfect 10 for her beam routine at a qualifier! Her athlete had tears in her eyes and exclaimed “I did it? I didn’t think I could” to which Tammie replied “I always believed you could”. 

Finding that “belief in yourself” is what Tammie would like all of her athletes to take away from sport.   Gymnastics (and life) can sometimes be a struggle, but working with her athletes to build up their resilience and find the motivation and inner belief to get up and try again is a quality that she hopes to nurture in all of them, knowing that this skill will be one that they can rely on throughout their lives beyond gymnastics.

Outside the gym, Tammie is the mother of 2 amazing little girls that keep her very busy!  Biking and hiking are favourite pastimes as are spending time at the cottage swimming, fishing or roasting marshmallows!

 

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.

Krista Johnsen
Women's Competitive Program Administrator, Women’s 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
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

Austin was a former National Level Trampoline athlete for 4 years and has been training for over 14 years. He started coaching at the age of 14 in his hometown gym in Caledonia. Since then, he has worked in different gyms across Ontario to focus on his educational goals of being a firefighter.

Austin Has also been involved in Tumbling for 3 years in the Cheerleading world and went to Worlds back in 2017. With his hands-on approach in both tumbling and trampoline as well as his many years of experience Austin strives to help kids attain basic to advance level skills through progressions, drills, and spotting.

Outside the gym, Austin enjoys Snowboarding, Rock climbing and Producing Music

  • Level 3 NCCP Certified Trampoline
  • Level 2 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics
  • EMR Certified
  • First Aid Certified
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.
Mia Levstik
Development Coach

Mia started gymnastics as a Springer in 2008 and competed until 2019.  Finishing off her competitive career as a level 7 gymnast.  Mia is passionate about gymnastics and has chosen this as her career path.  

She is Foundations trained Level 2 certified and coaches our Fundamental & Development groups.  

Mia is a positive role model to all young gymnast and well her way of becoming on of Springers best coaches.

  • Level 2 Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • First Aid, CPR & taping 
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 WAG Intro to Competitive 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.