Our Staff

Meet The Founders

With over 50 years of combined experience in the world of gymnastics, our journey began as a shared dream between five like-minded individuals. Let us introduce ourselves:

  • Stephanie McReynolds
  • Jacqie Hamblin
  • Trey McReynolds
  • Nick Astle
  • Lara Astle
  • Stephanie McReynolds

    Stephanie McReynolds

    A seasoned gymnastics coach with a passion for nurturing talent and mentoring young athletes. Over the years, Stephanie has worked tirelessly with gymnasts of all ages, from beginners to elite-level competitors. The accolades on Stephanie’s resume include State, Regional and National champions in USA Gymnastics’ Developmental Program, as well as coaching her athletes to realize their dream of Division 1 scholarships. Stephanie is a former Division 1 Gymnast for the University of Minnesota, a clinician, choreographer, and technician. Beyond the medals and trophies, Stephanie always believed in the potential of every gymnast to achieve greatness.

  • Jacqie Hamblin

    Jacqie Hamblin

    A mother, coach, and Judge; Jacqie has been in the sport of gymnastics since 4 years of age. She has many accomplishments under her belt from an athlete to a coach. Jacqie was a level 10 gymnast trained by some of the best coaches in the nation. She has successfully guided many athletes who went on to win state, regional, and national titles. She has been a part of the NAWGJ judges’ association since 2008 and continues to keep an active rating. As with her own children, her passion is to see every child reach their full potential in every way!

  • Trey McReynolds

    Trey McReynolds

    Married to Steph McReynolds. Trey competed in gymnastics for 10 years. He has 15+ years of professional coaching experience. Originally from Longview, TX, Trey moved to DFW at the age of 21 to work with one of the National Training Facilities. Trey has a passion for developing strong athletes that aren’t just physically strong but are strong people. He stands on the idea that gymnastics is more than a sport, but a life tool to teach your athlete how to be empowered, do hard things, overcome, and succeed.

  • Nick Astle

    Nick Astle

    Nick brings balance and vision to our leadership at Vertical Athletics. Nick is a mastermind of business owning, warehouse production, and has found his passion in the business of gymnastics. After years His career has been centered around serving those he works with and the customers he works for. As a parent of a gymnast, he understands what it is like to be on that side of the table. His viewpoint and execution is what brings Vertical to life.

  • Lara Astle

    Lara Astle

    Lara brings creativity and passion to the Vertical Family. She has years of group fitness training and marketing and plays a key role in making our business function smoothly. As a parent of a gymnast, she can empathize with each family that comes through our doors and knows how to best serve them. Her eagerness to support and succeed is what helps build and maintain “The Vertical Standard.”

Vision, Values, & Drivers

This is why we do what we do

The people we get to work with are our motivation! We love getting to know the kids and parents that come into our lives. Here are what a few of them have to say about Vertical Athletics.

Do you love the experience you and your child have had with Vertical? Let us (and prospective families) know what you think!

Kiya Johnson, LSU Gymnast

I had a great experience while having Steph as a coach. She spread so much light and joy throughout her coaching which has continued to inspire me to this day. She pushed me to my limits in a positive way and always encouraged me to strive for greatness. Now having her as a mentor, she has continued to help, support and encourage me even though I am now in college. I am forever grateful to have been coached by her and to have her as a role model for me.

Melissa Gaa, Parent

Vertical Athletics is more than just another gym. They are like family. Our daughter loved her time working with the coaches. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and supportive environment for their kids!

Sam and Rebekah Bustamante, Parents

My daughter loves Vertical Athletics and adores her coaches. The staff/leadership is why we chose this program over other extra-curricular options for my daughter. We love what they stand for. Plus, to have my daughter be coached by some of the most experienced coaches in the nation is pretty incredible.”

Lara Burhans, University of Arizona Gymnast

During my time working with Steph, she taught me valuable skills and technique that I utilize to this day as a collegiate gymnast. Not only is she highly knowledgeable about our sport, but she also mentored me on topics both in and out of the gym. She was one of the few coaches I had in 18 years of gymnastics who truly valued us as people over athletes.