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.
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.
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.
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.
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 USAG Regional Vault Champion while competing at Nittany Gymnastics in State College before walking onto the Penn State Women’s Gymnastics team as a vault specialist.
After receiving her degree from Penn State, Heather worked at one employeer in the Convenience Store Industry for 12 years. During her tenure she worked in Information Technology, Marketing, Sales and Merchandising.
Heather is the Business Programs Manager and the Group Fitness Manager at Centre Elite. She is a USA Gymnastics Certified Meet Director and was the Meet Director and Meet Coordinator for the 2016 Level 8 Regional Championships- Centre Elites' first time hosting a Regional Competition. She holds Les Mills Instructor Certifications in both CXWORX and BODYCOMABT and teaches a number of group fitness classes to our fitness members each week.
Heather and her husband Paul live in Petersburg, PA with their dogs Chester and Metta.
Karen Stupak has been with CEG since the gym first opened in 2010. She has been teaching preschool and beginner classes along with starting KinderGym in 2012. She is currently the recreational Class Program Director and loves to help her fellow instructors be the best they can be. She also enjoys making sure the children and families have a wonderful experience during class. Karen has been a gymnast since the age of 5, where she started at the Columbia Academy Tumblejets in Bloomsburg, PA. She then moved to the Susquehanna Valley Gym Starz where she competed for many years, finishing as a class 3 optional gymnast (level 7).
Karen lives in State College with her husband Jonathan and son Alex. She enjoys traveling and golfing. "I love my role at CEG. It has been great to be a part of the gym working with wonderful families and working with the kids as they advance in gymnastics. My heart just adores seeing children achieve their personal goals and I am so happy to be a part of that."
Stephanie has 20 years of experience teaching and raising young children. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Education and has taught most grades in a number of different states. While over seas supporting her husband in the Air Force, she taught a community home schooling preschool. In addition, she has coached basketball, softball and volleyball.
Stephanie has been teaching preschool gymnastics classes and our morning Kindergym program for the past two years. She loves fitting into the family here at Centre Elite and believes that "Children are the future. I just want to teach them many social, academic and athletic skills all while having fun learning gymnastics! Life can have it all when you're young!"
Stephanie is the Preschool Program Director and also runs the Kindergym program.
Sara works in the office and helps with the kinder gym program and is one of the Birthday Party Co-Directors. The whole family has come to know and love gymnastics since her time here at CEG. Her daughter Macy competes as a level 6 gymnast and her son Max takes a boys class here at CEG. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves a good book every now and then. Sara takes great pride in embarrassing her kids by singing and dancing obnoxiously.
Jen has been working on the administrative staff of CEG since the summer of 2015 as one of the Birthday Party Co-Directors. Her favorite part of the job is helping kids and families have a fun, positive experience at the gym. Prior to working at CEG, she has held administrative positions at Christ Community Church and The Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania.
Melanie Haig is a junior at Penn State majoring in Kinesiology with a focus on Health and Physical Education in elementary schools.
She is originally from New Jersey and some of her favorite things include CrossFit, Disney, and her dogs.
Kelsey Chandler is a junior at State College Area High School where she cheers on the varsity cheerleading squad. She lived in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and moved to State College when she was in fourth grade. Kelsey came to CEG to help increase her tumbling abilities and loved it so much that she decided to join us this summer to help others flourish their abilities.
Kelsey loves babysitting and working with children. After high school, she plans on going to college to become an elementary teacher for children with special needs.
Kileigh Kane is a sophomore in high school who attends both State College Area High School and the Delta Program. At State High, she partakes in multiple activities such as women's cross country and track and field. She is a triple jumper for State High that competes in the Fall and Spring.
Kileigh started doing gymnastics at the age of 6 and began training with Tracy at the age of 9. Kileigh competed in both the Junior Olympic program and Prep Op. Although she no longer trains, she will always have a strong passion for the sport. She loves to work with younger kids in the gym and watch them develop a love for the sport.
When Kileigh graduates she wishes to attend college and go on to become a graphic designer.
Kateryna Yakushina started doing gymnastics at the age of 3 and spent 10 years competing as an all-around gymnast in the former USSR. After her gymnastics career she joined the Circus taking her gymnastics skills to a new level . She became an aerial gymnast, performing and traveling for another 3 years before settling down.
Kateryna enjoys coaching gymnastics as well as competing herself. She recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, competed in several triathlons and is currently training for her very first Ironman.
Kateryna joined CEG in the spring of 2015, coaching recreational and advanced recreational classes. She loves passing her knowledge, passion, and love for gymnastics to young athletes. She lives in State College with her 3 children.
Cassie Baker has been working at Centre Elite for a year and a half now and is a junior at State High. Cassie has been doing competitive cheerleading at Superstar Athletics for 11 years now.
She teaches all recreational class levels and loves it. Working with kids has always been something she has loved to do and loves the feeling of seeing a kid succeed because of her help.
Leah Homan was originally adopted from Guatemala. She is 20 years old and currently a Junior at Penn State University studying Criminology. She has been a Recreational class for almost 3 years now. She decided to start teaching gymnastics after stopped competitive gymnastics. She absolutely loves her job, and can’t wait to help your child(ren) learn and grow.
Britney Peachey is currently a junior at State College Area High School where she recently has been inducted into the National Honor Society. She began competitive cheerleading at the age of 5 and continued for 11 years, competing at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships in Orlando, Florida. She has received her black belt in Youth Martial Arts and enjoys participating in track and field. She was a silver medalist in the 2014 Hershey’s Track & Field Nationals in the standing long jump.
Britney enjoys playing with her dogs, going to the beach, and attending Penn State football games. Upon high school graduation, Britney plans to attend college in hopes of being accepted in to medical school in order to pursue a career in the medical field.
Sydney is 15 years olds and was 6 when she started tumbling classes. She has been doing competitive cheerleading since she was 7. She loves babysitting and being able to teach kids. Sydney loves living in State College and when she's not relaxing with friends and family you can catch her cheering for her Nittany Lions!
MaKenna Bailey is a junior at State College Area High School. She is currently on the varsity and Superstar Athletics Open level 5 cheerleading team in Pleasant Gap.
She enjoys attending Penn State Football games and babysitting her nieces and nephews.
Catelin grew up in the gym - starting gymnastics at the age of 2 and competing for 10 years through her senior year of high school. She became interested in teaching gymnastics while in high school and after training to teach gymnastics, became a pre-team coach in the summer of 2015.
Catelin is currently a freshman at Penn State, majoring in Elementary Education. Catelin, the oldest of 4 siblings, has a natural ease with pre-school and elementary age children and enjoys sharing her gymnastics experience with her pre-teamers.
Catelin is also an award winning artist and a very active CrossFit athlete.
Matt started recreational gymnastics at the age 3. He began competitive gymnastics at the age of 6 and has competed at JO Nationals for multiple years. He continued to do gymnastics in college where he studies microbiology at Penn State. He trains and competes for the men’s club gymnastics team. Matt coaches the boys class along with the team program.
In his free time he enjoys watching movies and playing video games
Jaret Beyer is a level 10 gymnast and a junior at State College Area High School. He is a 4-time Jr. Olympic national competitor and most recently a regional champion on the floor exercise, vault, and high bar. He teaches novice athletes at Centre Elite. Jaret is an exceptional student that has recieved Academic All-American honors twice.
During his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in different sports.
Nate is a level ten, and sophomore at Penns Valley High School. He is a Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier, and a regional silver medalist on parallel bars. He also coaches level one and two gymnasts.