Coach Ashley

Ashley 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.

Coach Payton

Payton 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 recent graduate of Crawford High school and is now a sophomore in college at CSC.  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.

Coach Matt

Matt is 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 for her to 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 spending time with his family.

Coach Hanna
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Hanna has been coaching gymnastics for almost a year at Panhandle Gymnastics and absolutely loves it. In her free time, Hanna is most likely found at her sister's house hanging out with her nephews and brand new niece. Hanna also loves going out and being with her friends. Her favorite thing about coaching is that she gets to teach kids mental, emotional, and physical toughness, and help kids to be confident in themselves. Hanna loves coaching and being with our gymnasts. In the future, Hanna plans on becoming a teacher and hopes to be a mom.

Coach Karissa

Karissa grew up on a ranch in Camp Crook, SD and is currently going to college at Chadron State.  She is pursuing a career in physical therapy. Karissa has been in love with gymnastics for as long as she can remember. She was self-taught until she turned 11, when her parents decided it would be worth the near 2-hour drive (one way), 4 days a week, to put her into classes in Spearfish, SD. There she competed for 5 years and made it to level 7 until a horse accident left it to painful to continue. Gymnastics has made her who she is today and she is so excited to share the love she has for it.

Coach Emma

Emma grew up in Chappell, Nebraska. She is currently a freshman at Chadron State College and am majoring in Special Education. She competed in cheer for 3 years in high school. In her free time she likes traveling and spending time with her friends. She loves continuing to learn more about gymnastics. Her favorite part of coaching is seeing the smiles on the kids faces after doing a fun new skill. 

Coach Jannette
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Jannette is a mother of four from Hemingford. She met her husband while they were in high school and they married not long after graduating. She has worked for the Office of Human Development since 2005. 


Jannette loved gymnastics as a child. There were no classes in her area at that time, she would go to the park across the street from her childhood home doing what gymnastics that she could. Her love passed down to her kids mostly her youngest Leah who has been in competition gymnastics since she was 4. 


In her free time Jannette enjoys camping, spending time at the lake, baking and doing little craft projects. 

Coach Cassie

Cassie has been a diehard fan of gymnastics for as long as she can remember. From watching Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin win the 2008 Olympics to now spending her Friday nights watching LSU gymnastics meets with her mom and her best friend, she has been in admiration of the challenging sport for her entire life. Cassie had been a gymnast from the age of 5 to 13, took a brief break from the sport, and is now back competing with Panhandle Gymnastics as a senior in high school. Cassie loves being able to be a part of the Team and also be able to coach at the gym. She loves working with kids and being able to make special connections with all of them. Her favorite part about coaching is seeing the kids improve and grow in the gym because it is nice to see all of their hard work pay off. 

Coach Gavin
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Gavin is a sophomore at Chadron State College, where he is studying Elementary Education. In his free time he likes to spend time with his dog Bandit or working on his car. He hoped that he would be able to coach in the future, and was excited for the opportunity to learn to coach gymnastics. He looks forward to also coaching other sports someday too.

Coach Jackson

From watching her friends do cartwheels on the playground in 4th grade, to watching her best friends’ meets, Jackson has always admired gymnastics. Jackson also loves working with kids. For these reasons, she enjoys teaching athletes to work hard and learn skills in gymnastics and ninja classes. Jackson is currently a senior at Chadron High School. In the future, Jackson hopes to attend college at either Montana State University or Colorado University.  In her free time, Jackson enjoys being outside, creating artwork, and watching movies.

Front Desk Receptionist

Tawna is enrolled in her sophomore year at Chadron State College.
She is working towards acquiring her bachelors of biology degree with a focus in veterinary
medicine. In high school she had an internship at her local vet clinic and ever since then has
been very passionate about becoming a vet-tech. In her free time she likes to take her dogs to the
state park, hike, paint, and hangout with loved ones. Aside from her two dogs, most of the team
girls at the gym know about her kitten, two turtles, and hermit crab. Although she was a three-sport athlete in high school, she had never been exposed to gymnastics until now. She lived in a rural area where it just wasn’t a possibility. After she started helping around the gym and had the chance to learn about gymnastics, she started to find herself wishing that she could’ve had the opportunity to try it out for herself.

Office Manager
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Kristin is Panhandle's Office Manager, which means she handles all class registrations, payments, social media management and general day-to-day chaos.

As a child, Kristin loved doing gymnastics-in lieu of a gym to join, she made her family's front yard her gymnasium. This love of gymnastics carried on in all 5 of her kids, and she has enjoyed watching them participate and compete over the years.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, creating art out of her photography and going on adventures with her husband and best friend, Paul.