Gym Owner/ Retired Coach
Emmalee Van Komen
NASA Gymnastics is where my career as a gymnast first started. I did gymnastics for four years and reached competitive level four. I love that the sport of gymnastics allows the gymnast to express them self in their own way and to channel their strength and beauty at the same time. Being a coach has allowed me to share my love for gymnastics to my students. Outside of coaching, I love dance, music, traveling, and reading.
Gym Manager/ Team Coach/ Recreational Coach
I grew up in a household of dancers; with my mom as a ballet instructor and my sisters and I taking every dance class our studio offered. I danced until I was 16 years old, when I started coaching at NASA Gymnastics for John and Linda Smith. I have always loved fitness, teaching, working with children and I never imagined how strong my love for gymnastics would grow! I am inspired everyday by the kids I work with! I love to see their motivation, help them over come fears, and watch their confidence grow; all while I get to teach them an amazing sport! I love coaching all ages and all levels, and I’ve enjoyed taking our competitive team to their competitions this past year. Coaching is my passion; I love that there is always more for me to learn and opportunities for me to grow. When I am not at NASA I love to to vacation in new places, bake desserts, train at BeFit, eat tacos, dance, snowboard and spend time with my family and friends <3
Pre School Director/ Recreational Coach
I was born and raised in Spokane, WA and was very active in baton, dance and gymnastics. I began competing gymnastics in Junior High School through the public school system. While I attended college in Portland, I was also coaching gymnastic classes. I have coached in Portland, Longview, Olympia, Bremerton, Bellevue and now Gig Harbor. I have coached all ages and levels, however I currently coach pre-school and level 1 students. This is one of my favorite age groups because of how much strength, bravery and excitement they can have! I have always loved working with kids and being a gymnastics coach allows me to share my passion for the sport of gymnastics with all my students! Outside of coaching, I enjoy camping, hiking, gardening and spending time with family. I am blessed to have two beautiful daughters and three wonderful grandkids!
With both my parent's being gym owners and head coaches, I have been in and around the gym since I was little. Before I started coaching gymnastics at NASA, I coached basketball, flag foot ball, and track & field. I have always enjoyed sports and have had a competitive drive. I love coaching because I get to help show my students how rewarding it is to master a difficult skill when you work hard and never give up. I currently coach Pre-school gymnastics, the beginning boys class, tumbling and the Level 1 - 4 Recreational classes. I also help with the competitive Level 3 students. I'm excited to keep furthering my knowledge as a coach! Outside of gymnastics, I play basketball, and like to go traveling and hiking.
I started gymnastics when I was 2 years old and stopped when I was 12 years old. At about age 10 I joined the first ever Trampoline and Tumbling Team at my gym (Gymfinity Gymnastics in Madison, WI). By the time I ended my gymnastics career I was competing Level 6 (training Level 7) passes & routines. My continued love for gymnastics led me to start coaching in 2015 at The Gymnastics Connection in Kirkland, WA. My favorite thing about gymnastics is the fact that while it’s really fun it also takes a lot of body control and conscious effort to excel. The combination of these two things makes coaching really exciting. It’s really rewarding to coach students who choose, for themselves, to work hard and excel at gymnastics and it’s equally as enjoyable to be silly and have fun with kids who are just starting gymnastics. Coaching at NASA Gymnastics gives me the opportunity to work with students within the community in which I live. My long-term goal is to become a teacher so I spend most of my time outside of coaching as a teacher’s assistant at Annie Wright Schools and a mathematics tutor. In my free time I play soccer, practice yoga, walk dogs, create metal art/jewelry, paint my nails, and travel (and a bunch of other stuff :) ).
Gym Owner/ Team Coach
I started gymnastics when I was 7 years old. It was only a tumbling class at first, but later turned into a gymnastics class. It wasn't to long, and I was asked to be on my gym's competitive team. Gymnastic levels were reversed when I was a gymnast and there were only 3 levels. They were referred to as Class 3, 2 and 1, with one being the highest. Of course I started in Class 3, which was compulsory only. In Class 2, I had 8 routines I learned and had to compete; one compulsory and one optional. Class 2 would be equivalent to Level 8/9 now. I began learning Class 1 routines and the elite compulsories, but unfortunately injured my big toe joint in my last year, so I stayed Class 2. I started coaching recreational classes my sophomore year of high school and have been coaching ever since! I primarily work with our competitive team, however I love to coach all levels and ages! Coaching brings me such joy. It doesn't matter if I am coaching a more difficult skill or something as simple as a handstand or cartwheel. It is very fulfilling as a coach to see success in the children and then the happiness they have when they achieve a new skill they have been working hard to get. Outside of coaching I love gardening and traveling!
I started gymnastics when I was four and did it till I reached level five at the age of thirteen. I started doing private lessons for a couple of years before I came to NASA. I love that gymnastics is a fun way to workout, making you strong and flexible without you even knowing it! I enjoy coaching because I love working with kids and I love seeing their excitement when they finally land tricks they are working hard to get. I coach at NASA because it's an amazing gym with a great system and staff. I always looked up to my coaches when I did gymnastics and I hope that the kids I coach feel the same! Outside of coaching, I love music and singing, being social with friends, and working hard in school. I love to travel and have lived in many places; experiencing new cultures is something I've always been interested in! I wish to attend nursing school after graduating and travel more!
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