Centre Elite Gymnastics is proud to have wonderful, talented and passionate staff members. We offer more than 180 years of combined experience with competitive gymnastics and coaching at all levels.
Angela Cooke started dancing at the age of three and continued for sixteen years. She spent six of those years as a competitive gymnast for Columbia Academy in Bloomsburg, PA, in which she continued to receive dance training. Angela has spent time in New York City’s Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She has taught ballet classes for young children and gymnasts of all ages for approximately three years and gymnastic classes for two years.
Angela will be teaching dance to our Pre-team 2, Compulsory and Optional team gymnasts. She is also our Birthday Party Manager and our Weekend Manager. Angela’s goal is to build children’s self-confidence in dealing with new challenges.
Beth was a gymnast from age 9 to 22. As a Class 1 gymnast (equivalent to today’s Level 10), she was a regional and Eastern National competitor. She also competed for her high school, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, PA and was a district and regional AA champ and a PIAA floor champ. Beth earned a full scholarship to West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, where she competed 4 years as an all-around gymnast, and was co-captian her junior and senior year. She was voted most improved gymnast in her freshman, sophomore and senior year. Beth still holds the record for the most meets competed in at WVU.
Beth has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Education. She has taught in the classroom, Kindergarten t0 9th grade, in Laurel, MD, Harrisburg, PA, and now currently teaches 1st grade in the Clearfield Area School District, Clearfield, PA.
Beth began teaching gymnastics when she was 16 years old and has taught gymnastics classes, pre-team and Level 4 team in both MD and PA. She will be working with the pre-team and compulsory gymnasts, as well as teaching various classes, at Cente Elite Gymnastics.
Beth lives in Clearfield with her husband Scott, also a WVU alum, who is currently a physical education teacher in the high school. They have one child, Ellen, who is involved in competitive gymnastics and plays the violin and piano.
Lisa started gymnastics at age 7 at Lancaster County Gymnastics Academy (LCGA). At age 14 she began coaching at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster. While at Prestige she coached everything from preschool classes to tumbling, parent tot, field trips, birthday parties, pre teams & levels 4, 5, & 6. Over the past 18 years at Prestige she has coached numerous gymnasts to state titles in levels 4, 5, and 6. Lisa believes hard work with a positive attitude to encourage young athletes will help them strive to their fullest potential. Lisa enjoys coaching gymnastics and is thrilled to be a part of the CEG family!
Lisa is also a certified massage therapist at Long’s Chiropractic in Lancaster. She lives in Red Lion/York with her husband Joe & their 2 daughters Joy (4yr) & Holly (3).
Heather started doing gymnastics at 4 years old and was a competitive gymnast for 15 years. As a level 10 gymnast Heather was both a regional and national competitor. She was a regional vault champion at Nittany Gymnastics in State College before walking onto the Penn State Women’s Gymnastics team as a vault specialist.
Heather has a BA in Administration of Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. After school, Heather worked in Information Technology, Operations and Marketing in the convenience store industry prior to coming to Centre Elite.
Heather and her husband Paul live in Petersburg, PA with their dogs Chester and Metta.
Abby did gymnastics for 13 years before she started coaching and has coached on and off for he past 16 years. For the last 12 years, Abby has judged for the state of Pennsylvania where she is a level 10 rated judge.
Abby grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in exercise science. She wants the kids to learn that gymnastics is a fun sport and that through hard work they can do anything they put their minds too.
Abby currently resides in State College where she works for Geisinger. She and her husband, Gabe, have a 1 year old daughter, Olivia, and two dogs.
Jackie grew up in Doylestown, PA, where she began taking classes at Central Bucks Gymnastics Club. She quickly became a top competitor placing 1st in many state competitions. Her family then moved to the Allentown area so that she could train as an elite gymnast at Parkettes National Training Center. Jackie started competing as an elite at the age of 12 and qualified for Elite Nationals by the time she was 13. Jackie competed nationally and internationally while at Parkettes.
Aside from gymnastics, Jackie developed a love for outdoor sports such as canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing while attending Penn State University and became involved with the Penn State Outing Club. After graduating, Jackie began instructing wilderness expeditions for the Outward Bound School in Manitoba Canada, Ely Minnesota, and the Rio Grande area of Texas/Mexico. She focused on helping her students build self confidence through self discovery, impelling her students into mentally, emotionally and physically demanding wilderness experiences.
Jackie started coaching gymnastics when she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1999. She coached pre-school classes through level 10. She also taught classes and coached the high school varsity team on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts from 2003-2010. Along with teaching gymnastics, Jackie was a Children’s Program Coordinator for the after school program at the Nantucket Elementary School and a Children’s Ice Skating Instructor at the Nantucket Ice Rink.
Jackie lives in Boalsburg, PA with her husband and two children, Luna (6) and River (4) where she is pursueing her dream of owning an organic farm. When not in the gym, Jackie enjoys playing ice hockey, white water canoeing and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She believes self confidence is the key to a successful gymnastics experience and is looking forward to helping CEG’s gymnasts reach their full potential. Jackie will be working with pre-team and compulsory team gymnasts and will be teaching various classes.
Tony grew up in Allentown, PA and trained at Lehigh Valley Sports Academy. He has been involved in gymnastics for 18 years and has competed at the Junior Olympic National Championships, The U.S Winter Cup Challenge, and The Visa National Championships. He has a competed on the Penn State Men’s Gymnastics from 2010-2013 and has placed 4th in the BIG Ten on Parallel Bars and 9th in the NCAA on Pommel Horse.
Prior of coming to Penn State, Tony has coached classes and teams at his home gym and coached at numerous camps over the past six years. Tony has a B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from The Pennsylvania State University.
Jen has been coaching gymnastics for almost 20 years, most recently at Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg Maryland. At Hill’s, Jen was the Assistant Coach to Kelli Hill, Owner and 4 time Olympic Coach. During those 10 years, Jen coached in many International and National Elite Competitions. Most notably she attended the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia with athlete Elise Ray, and the 2002 World Championships in Debrecen Hungary when athlete Courtney Kupets won a Gold medal on bars. Jen also assisted in coaching Courtney Kupets to the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, CA and to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where the USA Team earned a Silver medal. Jen also qualified athletes and attended USA Championships 7 years in a row, including the years in which Elise (2000) and Courtney (2003 & 2004) won Senior International Elite National titles.
At the JO level, Jen coached athletes at Level 10 Nationals 9 years in a row, as well as attended numerous Level 9 Eastern Championships. Jen has coached gymnasts to College scholarships at many Universities including: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Cornell, Florida, Georgia, Ithica, IUP, Maryland, Michigan, NC State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Utah, William and Mary, and Yale.
Jen’s successful coaching career has earned her many honors including the United States Elite Coaches Association National Elite Coach of the Year in 2003, and the opportunity to hold the position of Region VII Elite Committee Chairperson. With the Region VII Elite position, Jen helped to develop the TOP and National Elite Compulsory testing programs for the Country, as well as coordinated the Region VII Elite/TOPS training camps for the Region.
Jen is eager to share her knowledge and experience with the gymnasts at Centre Elite Gymnastics, while helping to coach our gymnasts to the highest level they are able to achieve. Jen is a State College native, attending State High as well as receiving a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University. Jen, her husband Brian, and there 2 daughters live in State College.
Lauren grew up around sports – both participating and coaching for over 20 years. In high school she played basketball (1000 point scorer), soccer (regional All American and school record holder for most goals and most points) and track ( NJ Group 3 state champion in the 100 meter dash and long jump). After high school, Lauren went on to play varsity soccer for Penn State (1994-1998) on a full athletic scholarship.
Lauren works for Penn State University as the Athletic Training Program Director and an Instructor in Kinesiology. She is a National Athletic Trainers’ Association Certified Athletic Trainer (BOC #029902764) and an American Red Cross Certified Instructor in First Aid, CPR and AED.
As a certified athletic trainer, Lauren believes injury prevention is one of the most important aspects of all sports. Additionally, proper strength and flexibility are 2 key components to preventing injuries in the sport of gymnastics. Her goal at CEG is to incorporate a general core strength program for the compulsory and optional gymnasts to hopefully reduce some of the common overuse injuries seen in gymnastics. Her focus will be overall core strength along with some Yoga and Pilates principles incorporated into a 30-40 minute strength session, twice a week.
Lauren lives in State College, PA with her husband Mark and their 3 children, Alyssa (7), Dylan (6), and Caitlyn (4). Alyssa is currently a Level 6 gymnast and a U7 soccer player, Dylan is a member of CEG’s Boys Developmental program and Cailtyn is on the Girls Pre-team 1.
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Tracy Salvino Longenecker
CEG is owned by Penn State alumnus, Tracy Salvino Longenecker. Tracy was a competitive gymnast for 13 years. She has earned finishes in the top 5 in PA State meets, top 5 in Region 7 regional meets, top 9 at JO Nationals, top 6 at USAIGC Nationals and attended Elite Nationals. She won national invitational competitions and regional championships and earned a full scholarship to the Penn State Women’s Gymnastics team.
Tracy began teaching preschool gymnastics in high school and after graduating from Penn State, has spent 12 years coaching all levels of gymnastics. She was trained in dance for 7 years and has choreographed beam and floor routines for all levels of gymnasts. She is currently a Level 8 rate judge.
Aside from gymnastics, Tracy worked in sales for a Fortune 200 company for 12 years with a sales team that handled over $90 million in business. After moving on from sales, she launched a nation wide marketing program in the convenience store industry and while in that position, had the opporutnity to work in all aspects of business operations from hiring, payroll and accounting to budget creation, vendor management and strategic planning.
Centre Elite Gymnastics is Tracy’s opportunity combine her passion for gymnastics with the business insights she has gained over the last 18 years. She is proud to share her gymnastics knowledge with the Centre Region community and looks forward to establishing a business that is valued and well respected among the families of Central PA.
Tracy and her husband, Chad, and their four children live in State College. Two of their daughters are competitive gymnasts.