Our Story

Our Journey to Revolutionize Gymnastics:

A Story of Passion, Friendship, and Excellence

In the world of gymnastics, there is a prevailing culture that often encourages young athletes to strive and to “fake it till you make it.” But for us, that was never the path we wanted to tread. Our journey in the gymnastics world has been shaped by a shared commitment to excellence, a genuine love for the sport, and a desire to foster an environment where athletes thrive not only in their skills but also in their overall well-being. We are friends and colleagues who embarked on a mission to change the culture of gymnastics and create a high-caliber program that truly cares about its athletes and their families.

Our friendship and professional partnership blossomed over the years as we shared a vision of a gymnastics facility that was unlike any other. We envisioned a place where athletes could receive top-tier coaching and mentorship while also enjoying a supportive and nurturing environment. Our dream was not just about producing outstanding gymnasts but also about fostering their personal growth and well-being.

Together, we embarked on the challenging journey of turning our dream into reality. We scouted locations, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and assembled a team of passionate coaches who shared our vision. Our facility became a place where young gymnasts could thrive, not only in terms of their skills but also in their personal growth.







Our story is one of friendship, passion, and dedication to the world of gymnastics. It’s a story of three individuals who dared to dream differently, who believed that gymnastics could be more than just medals and trophies. We are proud of what we’ve achieved, and we’re even more proud of the talented gymnasts who call our facility home. Our journey continues, as we strive to redefine the culture of gymnastics. We invite you to join us on this incredible journey of growth, excellence, and genuine care for our athletes and their families.

Together, we're changing the sport, one gymnast at a time!

Meet The Team That Raises The Bar

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.