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.
Ryan Terrill is entering his second year (2018-2019) as our head boy’s team coach at Centre Elite. His background in gymnastics began when he was only 4 years old where he started basic recreation classes in his hometown in San Angelo, TX. Ryan started competing when he was 6 years old and moved his way up to level 7 until he quit gymnastics in 6th grade to pursue other sports such as football, basketball, and track in middle school.
Keeping gymnastics in the back of his mind through middle school, he decided to start the sport back up again to compete high school gymnastics for San Angelo Central High School; making the varsity gymnastics team as a freshman. Ryan continued to play football for his high school through his sophomore year, but after some injuries and a constant struggling to find enough time to commit fully to both sports, he chose to give up football and fully commit to gymnastics in pursuit to compete for the University of Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics team.
In high school, Ryan was a 2-time District All-Around Champion, 3-time Regional All-Around Champion, and Runner Up in the All-Around in the Texas State Championships his senior year. He went on to the University of Oklahoma to try to walk on to the NCAA team in 2012.
Battling with an almost year-long battle with cancer that consisted of 5 surgeries, 6 months of chemotherapy, and 2 months of radiation treatment during his freshman year of college, Ryan would continue his passion and pursue competing collegiate gymnastics for The University of Oklahoma. Ryan went on to compete for the University of Oklahoma’s Club Men’s Gymnastics program. A program that would work and train jointly with and follow the NCAA program’s standards.
Ryan competed for the club team for 4 years and was a crucial part of the Sooners’ NAIGC National Championship Team in 2015 and 2016, as well as becoming the NAIGC National All-Around Champion in 2016.
Ryan graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science and has now formed his passion for gymnastics into coaching. Ryan’s goal is to develop gymnasts into fully functional athletes by creating and developing specific strength and conditioning programs to help build a stronger foundation in young athletes and help prevent common injuries that occur in men’s gymnastics.
He has a passion for learning and staying up to date with current exercise science and sports performance principles, as well as applying them into a yearly training program that allows our athletes to continue to grow and develop into elite athletes year round. Ryan believes that gymnastics teaches crucial life lessons such as mental toughness, learning how to accept and overcome constant failure, the true meaning of 100% effort, becoming a team player, and overcoming fears, that are crucial in the development in a successful athlete and person. He hopes that these lessons paired with his background and experience in the sport of gymnastics will build a powerhouse of a boy’s program at CEG full of elite athletes and even better people.
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, the Centre 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 assisting with 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.
Abby has been coaching at CEG since 2012 and has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years. She has a national rating for judging gymnastics and has been judging for 18 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 is currently working on a Masters Program through Penn State University.
She currently works for Geisinger Health System and lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Gabe, and their 2 daughters.
Jen grew up in rural northern New Jersey and trained at North Stars until she was 11. She continued dancing competitively throughout high school, while also participating in marching band, symphonic band, and jazz band.
Teaching others has always been her biggest passion. She started as a dance assistant at the age of 13, became a gymnastics instructor at 17, and held her first position as head coach of an IGC team at age 24. Jen’s love for teaching continued to develop as she coached children of many different ages and levels.
Jennifer’s teaching philosophy involves adaptation to her individual students’ needs. Her goal is to help foster the development of well rounded and happy kids. She takes each athlete and encourages them to do their very best by teaching them what it means to work hard, how to set personal goals, and helps each child build confidence by allowing them to be proud of all of their accomplishments, big and small.
Jennifer encourages a strong team friendship through social skills and by helping them communicate with each other. It is important to her that the girls do not compare themselves to each other or focus solely on scoring. She likes to encourage her gymnasts to participate in other school, social, or athletic opportunities outside of the gym.
Jen began her career at Centre Elite Gymnastics in 2015 after moving to State College from New Jersey. She is in her 4th season working with our compulsory level girls team. Jen lives with her husband, Andy, and two children, Riley and Liam.
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 compulsory and optional levels , and XCEL. Before joining CEG, Kerry was the Gymnastics Coordinator and Head Coach at the Bellefonte YMCA. She joined the Centre Elite Gymnastics coaching staff in 2016 and is currently the head coach of the XCEL Program.
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. She began coaching in 2007 in Wisconsin and eventually relocated to Chicago where she continued to work with programs such as USAG compulsories , Xcel/AAU, GIJO (Gymnastics of Illinois Junior Organization), Pre-Team and recreational gymnastics and trampoline.
Liz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Middle Education with an emphasis in Music Education, as well as minors in Music Performance and Social Sciences from North Park University of Chicago, and a Master of Education in Special Education from Penn State University. During her time in Chicago, she was granted a cheerleading scholarship, competed for her university for four years and led her team as captain. She spent time coaching cheerleading at a college prep in Chicago and is a member of the AACCA (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators).
At CEG, Liz is the tumbling program director and head coach of the competitive trampoline and tumbling team. In addition, she assists with the artistic gymnastics program as well as works with the girl's team, teaching dance. She has experience working with gymnasts with special needs in the mainstream recreational gymnastics setting as well as working with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics gymnastics program.