The Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy Board of Directors has recently hired a new director/head coach for our program. Ashley Brasel has accepted this position and will be transitioning into this role over the next few months.
Ashley is a former Yellowjacket gymnast and is currently a coach at American Gold Gymnastics in Fargo, ND. She is committed to the American Gold Program through March 2014. Beginning January 1st, Ashley will share her expertise by assisting with developing lesson plans for current staff and gymnasts. Starting March 1st, she will begin coaching, continue with supervision and will be fully on board as director/coach on April 1st.
Ashley has an extensive and successful background in gymnastics. She began participating with the Perham program when it started in 1998 and was the first gymnast from PHS to win the State All-Around title as a sophomore. Ashley was a member of 4 state championship teams with the Yellowjackets. She was a coach with Lakes Area Gymnastics from 2002-2007 and been an optional coach and competitive optional coordinator for American Gold since 2008. Ashley is a National level coach, is safety and CPR certified and has a pro membership with USAG.
Ashley has a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm for coaching young athletes and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our program.
The present coaching staff will remain intact and provide stability as the LAGA moves forward. Jenna Schmitz, Mike Peterson and John Lubitz are a part of the high school program and will be coaching the high school team during their season, which began in mid-November and continues through February.