All our coaches are USAG certified, and have passed a mandatory background check. They are continuously training with USAG and utilizing other resources to learn the most effective training techniques, safety precautions, and sports injury prevention measures. We care about your child's safety and overall well being!
Ashley Strong Owner/ Head Coach
Ashley Strong has loved gymnastics and children since she can remember. She competed with USAG through Mountain Gymnastics Club in Ft. Collins, CO. She moved on to compete in high school with the Rocky Mountain Gymnastics team. She married her high school sweetheart Matthew not long after graduating. Ashley later became a Walmart Supercenter store manager in 2005 and ran stores in both Rock Springs, WY and Sidney, NE until she resigned in 2010 to stay home and raise her family. Ashley and her husband have four children. After realizing the positive effect gymnastics had on her oldest son, Payton, Ashley started to reacquaint herself with gymnastics, and remembered how much she loved and admired the sport. Ashley has coached gymnastics for several years through different organizations, and is a USAG Professional Coach. After realizing that watching a child learn a new skill was one of her greatest sources of joy, she finally decided to open her own gym in 2018. Ashley has great passion for coaching children of all ages and is strongly devoted to the sport of gymnastics and its benefits of both athleticism and the values it instills in athletes.
Payton Strong has been a self-taught gymnast since he was four years old and learned to climb the hallway walls like Spider-Man. He is a junior at Crawford High school. His hobbies include gymnastics, trampolining, and performing flips in obscure places. He also enjoys waterskiing, fishing, and working on cars. Payton is a USAG certified developmental teacher and is currently training with USAG to obtain his men’s artistic gymnastics instructor certification. Payton enjoys working with children and watching them learn new skills and gain athletic abilities. He loves and respects the sport of gymnastics, and is always looking for new and inventive ways to advance the sport.
Ashtyn is originally from Rapid City, SD. She is currently a junior at Chadron State College. She plans on graduating in May of 2020 with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology, She plans on going into Victim’s Advocacy. Growing up, Ashtyn was a part of dance, cheer, and gymnastics. She competed gymnastics for 5 years, and was in cheerleading for 8 years. Ashtyn is currently training through USAG to obtain her developmental teaching certification. She truly enjoys helping and teaching others, and is excited to coach gymnastics.
Zoe has been involved in gymnastics since she could walk, it is something that has been a shared passion in her family. She is from Hot Springs, SD, and is currently a junior at Chadron State College. She is majoring in Family and Consumer Science with a focus in Nutrition and Wellness and a minor in Exercise Science. As a child she participated and helped with summer recreational gymnastics. She participated in middle school gymnastics, and then high school gymnastics. She continued to compete varsity gymnastics for the remainder of her high school career. Zoe is currently training with USAG to obtain her developmental teaching certification. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, listening to music, and going on adventures.
Matt Strong was the reason Panhandle Gymnastics opened their first gym in Chadron, NE. He believed in his wife Ashley, and gave her the means and the courage to her start their first gym. Matt has always been in the background, building and fixing equipment, encouraging the coaches, and working his regular 9-5 job to support his family and his wife's dream of owning her own gym. He has always loved coaching, and as the gym has grown and expanded Matt has taken over coaching when needed. In February 2020, he was added as a permanent coach to Panhandle Gymnastics. In his spare time Matt likes to work in his shop building custom hot rods, spend time at the lake in the summer, and spend time with his family.