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 more than 15 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.
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 opportunity 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 to 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. All three of their daughters are competitive gymnasts.
Jen has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years, most notably at Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg Maryland. At Hill’s, Jen was the Assistant Coach to Kelli Hill, Owner and 4 time United States Olympic Coach. She has coached in many International and National Elite Competitions - she attended the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia with athlete Elise Ray, and then in 2002 she assisted athlete Courtney Kupets to a Gold medal on bars at the World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary . 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. Additionally, she had athletes qualify for and attend 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, West Chester, 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. While in the Region VII Elite position, Jen was responsible for helping to develop the TOP and National Elite Compulsory testing programs for the Country, as well as coordinating the Region VII Elite/TOPS training camps. In 2014 Jen was named a Master of Sport by USA Gymnastics- an honorary title awarded to coaches who have demonstrated their ability to train and produce athletes that have represented the United States in a Pan American, World Championship and/or Olympic Games competition. Currently she holds the position of USA Gymnastics Region VII Administrative Chair where she is responsible for the overall organization, administration and finances of Region VII which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia & West Virginia.
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, attended State High as well as received a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Pennsylvania State University. Jen & her husband Brian live in State College. They have two daughters who are both members of the Centre Elite Gymnastics Team. She also enjoys spending time with her family at the Chesapeake Bay crabbing and camping with her family.
Tony grew up in Allentown, PA and trained at Lehigh Valley Sports Academy. He has been involved in gymnastics for 20 Years, competing from the junior level all the way through the collegiate level. He has competed at the Visa Championships, U.S Winter Cup Challenge, and the Junior Olympic National Championships.
Tony competed for Penn State from 2010-2013 where he had a 4th place finish on Parallel Bars at the BIG Ten Championships and 9th on Pommel Horse at the NCAA Championships.
Tony started the Centre Elite Boy’s program in 2013. In 2015, theCentre Elite Boy’s Team finished as the 4th best team in the State of Pennsylvania and Tony was named the 2015 Boys Coach of the Year.
In addition to running the CEG Boys program, Tony is an Assistant Coach for the Penn State Men's Gymnastics Team. In this position he has had the opportunity to help coach the Penn State Men's Team on their journey to winning the 2015 BIG Ten Team Championships. Tony is also a certified judge and has judged Junior Olympic and Collegiate men’s gymnastics meets.
Tony has a B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife Jenna live in State College with their dogs Koby and Kooper.
Carlos is entering his 4th year at Centre Elite and 5th season with the Nittany Lions. He previously spent 20 years as the head coach of the men's program at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Burke, Virginia. Additionally, he has served as a U.S. Junior National Team coach since 1992, including serving as an assistant coach for the Junior Pan American Championships in Sao Palo, Brazil in 1992. Among the gymnasts under Vazquez's tutelage are 2008 Olympian Justin Spring, U.S. National Team members Jay Nardelli, Jason Furr, Dan Gill, Tim McNeal and Abhinov Ramani. Vazquez has been a member of USA Gymnastics Pro since 1985. Vazquez was a four-time letterwinner at Temple and served as the team captain from 1982-84. He graduated from Temple with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
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 Champion and a PIAA Floor Champion. 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 to 9th grade, in Laurel, MD, Harrisburg, PA, and now currently teaches 1st grade in the Clearfield Area School District.
Beth began teaching gymnastics when she was 16 years old and has taught gymnastics classes, Pre-Team and Compulsory teams in both MD and PA.
Beth lives in Clearfield with her husband Scott, and daughter Ellen, who is a member of the Centre Elite Gymnastics Team.
Dawn began gymnastics as a child and competed for Nittany Gymnastics before becoming a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Gymnastics Team. After college she coached the Bellefonte YMCA Gymnastics Team and was Assistant Gymnastics Coach at Penns Valley High School.
Dawn and her husband Jim live in Spring Mills, PA with their 3 children, Hailey, Kassi and Issac. Both Hailey and Kassi are competitive gymnasts at CEG.
Katelynn is a former gymnast who reached USAG Level 8 while competing at Nittany Gymnastics. She is also a former PA State and PA District 6 High School Gymnastics All Around Champion. Katelynn has taught preschool and school age gymnastics classes and coached the compulsory teams while attending Penn State University.
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.
Lauren lives in State College, PA with her husband Mark and their 3 children, Alyssa, Dylan, and Caitlyn. All three children are Competitive Gymnasts at Centre Elite.
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 along with preschool and recreational gymnastics for young children and gymnasts of all ages for approximately seven years. Angela will be teaching dance to our Pre-team 2, Compulsory and Optional team gymnasts.
Angela lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Nathan, and their three children. Her daughter is a competitive gymnast.
Abby has been coaching at CEG since 2012 and has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years. She is a Level 10 judge and has been judging for 15 years. Abby was a competitive gymnast through Level 8 and attended Bowling Green State University. She graduated in 2005 with a degree in Exercise Science.
She currently works for Geisinger Health System and lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Gabe, and their 2 daughters.
Trevor Howard joined Centre Elite at the beginning of summer. He has been doing gymnastics for 20 years and coaching for 8. He has competed at the collegiate level but also the national level. Trevor has traveled to China, Guatemala, Canada, and Puerto Rico representing the United States where he made the National team his junior year. His senior year in high school he was 2nd in the all-around at J.O Nationals where he won floor, vault, and parallel bars. During his freshman year at Penn State he was named Big Ten Freshman of the year and was a National Champion on the floor. He was a 2 time Big Ten ring champion, a high-bar champion, and won a Big Ten team championship with Penn State in 2015. In his final year at Penn State, he was nominated as a Nissen-Emery Award Finalist (The Heismen for gymnastics).
Trevor is originally from Columbus, Ohio and trained with Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center. He has a dog and loves anything music related. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University this year with a degree in Advertising and is training for the 2020 Olympics.
Jennifer began her gymnastics experiences at the young age of 2 years and continued her competitive training through age 11 at North Stars Gymnastics. Continuing with her dance career from the Ballet Barre in middle and high school, Jennifer went on pursue a physical education major and dance minor from Hofstra University. Teaching others has always been a passion for Jennifer. She began as all others do, a teachering assistant for her dance studio as well as recreational gymnastics instructor while in high school. Coaching continuously through college, Jennifer’s philosophy developed into one whose key ingredient is individuality. She takes each student and encourages them to do their very best by using several different teaching styles. No matter what personality your child has, Jennifer is able to channel their energy and focus onto gymnastics while building strength, endurance, flexibility, self-esteem/self-confidence, and most importantly friendships.
Jennifer has been head coach of IGC Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and assistant coach for levels 3,4, and 5, focusing on being the main coach for level 3.
Kerry is originally from Mountain Top, PA. She began gymnastics at the age of 2 at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA before being invited to join the first competitive gymnastics team for Northeast Gymnastics Academy upon opening its doors in 1994. There, she was a competitive gymnast until level 7 and continued recreationally until attending college.
Coaching for approximately 10 years in the State College area, Kerry has taught a multitude of class levels ranging from toddler to advanced, in addition to pre-team, USAG levels 2, 3, and XCEL. Before joining CEG, Kerry was the Gymnastics Coordinator and Head Coach at the Bellefonte YMCA.
Kerry has dual B.S. degrees in Nutrition and Kinesiology, specializing in Athletic Training from The Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and snowboarding.
Elizabeth grew up as a gymnast in Northeastern Wisconsin. She started gymnastics at the age of three and competed throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for seven years. She began coaching in 2007 and transitioned to coaching with USAG upon relocating to Chicago. In Chicago she worked with programs such as USAG, Xcel, GIJO (Gymnastics of Illinois Junior Organization), Pre-Team and class instruction. During the summers she spends her time as a division director and coach at Camp Lohikan in northeast Pennsylvania. During her time at Lohikan, Liz designed the gymnastics program, and remains head of the cheerleading program and clinics.
Liz has a BA in Elementary and Middle Education with minors in Music Performance and History from North Park University of Chicago. During her time in Chicago she was granted a cheerleading scholarship and competed for her university for four years. She led her team as captain for two years as well as the tumbling coach for four. She also spent time as the assistant cheerleading coach at a college prep in Chicago, which went on to win the 2013 and 2014 City Championships. Liz is also a member of the AACCA (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators).
After college, Liz remained in Chicago where she continued coaching and taught sixth grade at an Academy in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. She comes to Pennsylvania to obtain her Master’s of Education in Special Education. In the future she aspires to develop programs for gymnasts with special needs.
Liz lives in State College with her Pomeranian, Nero. In addition to gymnastics, Liz was competitive in volleyball, golf, cross country, and (due to the lack of a women’s team) played men’s varsity soccer. Being a lifelong musician she continues to perform professionally when the opportunity presents itself. Her hobbies include music, partner dancing, photography, and interior design.
Jennifer got her start in competitive gymnastics at the age of 8. She became involved in coaching at 17, and went on to coach State College Area High School girls team.
Jen has two daughters, Kaelyn and Hannah. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. When she's not in the gym, Jen enjoys spending time with her daughters and horses.