North American Sports Academy

NASA Gymnastics

Coaching Staff


                       John D. Smith- Owner, Director of Programs, Hall of Fame Gymnastics Coach, Team Coach 

Began coaching in 1972 and opened NASA Gymnastics in 1981. Coach Smith coordinates all programs at NASA Gymnastics and serves as the head coach for the gymnastics team. He has coached a college gymnastics team, two high school teams, two junior high teams and at several private clubs. He has coached AAU basketball and the Curtis Junior High Basketball team, and conducts clinics for athletes and coaches specializing in speed and jump training. Coaching wide receivers with University Place Viking Football club and providing technical training for spring board diving  and pole vaulting and long jump and triple jump, has helped him to assist athletes in many sports. Coach Smith was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Washington State Hall of Fame in 2006 and he continues to train athletes in numerous sports. Gymnasts trained by him have earned International Medals in Japan, England, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. He has been involved with coaches training in Moscow, USSR- St Petersburg, Russia- Beijing, China- Nishinomiya- Osaka, Japan, Cork, and Dublin, Ireland, Aberdeen-Scotland, and London, England. Athletes he has worked with in Track, Basketball, Spring Board Diving and Football have won State and League championships and several have earned college scholarships in their sports. Two track and field athletes he worked with qualified to the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials. One athlete won the 2013 US National Field Championships.

​                                               Linda M.N.Smith- Owner, Choreographer, Balance Beam Expert, Team and Recreational Class Coach

Since 1983 Coach Linda has trained more then 180 State Champions on the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. Her Choreography skills and coaching expertise have led her gymnasts to National Championship titles, International Medals and College Scholarships. Coach Linda is an expert in recreational coaching and imparts her knowledge to the coaches at NASA Gymnastics. Her ability to train gymnasts from age 2 to 20 is remarkable. She is the mother of two boys who started in gymnastics and went on to successful academic and athletic careers in track & basketball.  She was nominated for the USA Gymnastics Washington State Hall of Fame and in December of 2012 she was Inducted in the USAGWA STATE Hall of Fame!

​                                 Belinda "Billi" Mutton- Pre-School Program Director, Recreational Class Coach (At NASA Since 1998)
Coach Billi is beloved by her pre-school students, parents and fellow coaches. She is a former competitive gymnast from Spokane, who trained in several programs before finding a "gym home" at NASA Gymnastics. "Ms. Billi" specializes in pre-school and recreational gymnastics and does a wonderful job in developing our young preschool gymnasts with good fundamentals .

                      Tianna PittmanGym Manager,  Team and Recreational Class Coach  (At NASA since 2009)
Coach Tianna coaches preschool, all recreational levels and beginning team levels. When she's not out on the floor coaching or taking kids to competitions, she's in the office helping manage the gym and office. She is a former ballet dancer with years of working with young people in dance, gymnastics and movement. Coaching and working with kids is her passion!  


​                       Andrew Smith- Recreational Class Coach (At NASA since 2015)

Drew coaches pre-school classes, Level 1, 2, Intermediate Recreational classes and Advance Recreational classes. He himself has a background in tumbling, cheer, basket ball, track and football. He has coached kids in many different kids of sports, but gymnastics stands to be one of his favorites. He can always bring the competitive side out of the kids and knows how to make every bit of training ad conditioning exciting! 


​                            Taylor Marshel - Recreational Class Coach (At NASA since 2016)

Coach Taylor spent 10 years as a competitive gymnast for the Victorian Center of Excellence and on her school team at Wantirna College in Melbourne, Australia, competing both nationally and internationally. She retired as a junior elite gymnast in 2008 after moving to Gig Harbor. She joined our staff recently and is coaching our Pre-School and Recreational gymnastics classes. She's excited to teach new generations of gymnasts about the sport she loves!


                            Caitlyn Alejo - Recreational Class Coach (At NASA since 2016)

Coach Caitlyn coaches level 1 and 2 classes. She started gymnastics when she was 5 and trained in the sport for 8 years. She trained for TOPS and made it up to Level 7/8. She has also been cheering for the past 3 years and has helped teach a few cheer clinics. Caitlyn brings a lot of experience and knowledge to her classes. We are so thrilled to have her be apart of NASA's family!


Liz Braithwaite - Recreational Class Coach (At NASA since 2016)

Coach Liz started taking gymnastic classes when she was 5 years old and worked her way up to Level 4. In college she got back in the gym with a group of students each week, working on their tumbling and event skills. She has worked with kids for years as a substitute teacher, a tutor and as a summer camp instructor.  She also currently works at Seabury in Tacoma as a Pre-K teacher's aide. We are excited to have Liz join our NASA team!