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Our Coaches

World Class Gymnastics Coaches in Your Own Backyard

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Coach Stephanie

Founder & Coach

Is a distinguished former Ball State University gymnast, who excelled in her sport on a full-ride scholarship. Her passion for gymnastics extends into her career as a NAWGJ Level 9 rated judge and a successful gym owner. Stephanie has owned three gyms across two states, demonstrating her commitment to fostering gymnastics communities.


For the past 20 years, she has successfully coached& managed Flip Zone Gymnastics in Plainfield, Indiana. Recently, she expanded her vision by opening Flip Zone of Southwest Florida in Bradenton, which has flourished over the past nine months, now boasting 95 competitive athletes. In addition to Flip Zone, Stephanie introduced Sweet Peas Gymnastics to Lakewood Ranch, offering a specialized preschool recreational program for young families.


We are thrilled to have Stephanie's expertise and dedication benefiting families across the United States through her exceptional gymnastics programs.

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Coach Scott

Director of Operations

Scott is the Director of Operations for both Sweet Peas and The Flip Zone. He had been involved with the business for the past 5 years and has implemented many creative ideas for curriculum and equipment setup at Sweet Peas. 


David Ruiz
Team Coach
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, David began his career with the sport of gymnastics at the age of 8 years old. During his Junior Olympic Developmental career, he achieved success at the state, regional, and national levels. Competing on a scholarship for the Michigan State University, David became a standout, winning NCAA titles and becoming a 5-time All American.
After his competitive gymnastics career, David began working with major recording labels and toured the world as a dancer and choreographer for numerous recording artists. He continues his work in the dance field doing floor choreography for gymnastics teams and colleges around the country.
With 29+ years of coaching experience, David has coached men’s and women’s programs from beginner through to the elite level, with great success. His passion for the sport is unparalleled!

Almari Hennes

Recreational Coach

Almari is very excited to coach at Flip Zone Gymnastics of SWFL. Coach Almari did gymnastics from ages 3-14. She competed in Compulsory, Xcel and Optionals finishing through level 6. She missed the sport so much she came back to coach it! Coaching and seeing the bright look on her students faces is the highlight of her week!


Coach Autumn
Recreational Director
Autumn is the Recreational Director at FlipZone Gymnastics. With a deep passion for teaching children, Autumn brings enthusiasm and expertise to every class. Her dedication to fostering a love for gymnastics in young athletes ensures a positive and enriching experience for all.

Paxton Duffy

Team Coach

Paxton Duffy is a devoted and seasoned gymnastics coach with over 5 years of experience working with athletes in recreational gymnastics and Xcel programs. She is dedicated to empowering her students to achieve their full potential by creating a positive and supportive environment that fosters growth, confidence, and teamwork. With a personal background in gymnastics, Paxton brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for the sport to her coaching. Recently making the move from Minnesota to Florida, she enjoys unwinding at the beach, indulging in arts and crafts, staying active at the gym, and cherishing moments with her two dachshunds and loved ones.

Hallie Tucker
JO & Xcel team coach

I grew up in Boca Raton, FL starting gymnastics at the age of 3 and competing through level 8. In 2007 I began my coaching career teaching Preschool, Recreation and all levels of our competitive team. In 2017 I moved to the west coast of Florida to be closer to family and now I am raising my own little gymnast!

Candy Genot

Recreational Coach

Front Office Staff


Selena Phillips

Front Office Staff

Jennifer Kepnes

Dance Zone Director & Team Coach

Jennifer came to Florida 3 years ago. Her Hometown is Boston, Massachusetts where she had her career as a soloist with Boston Ballet for 7 years. Aside from performing, Jennifer loves teaching children the art of dance and has been working with children of all ages for 20+ years within the dance world. Jennifer has acquired many teaching certifications throughout her teaching career. Some of which came from Dance Masters of America Teacher training school in Buffalo, NY and American Ballet Theater Training programs. Jennifer has been married for 17 years and has 2 daughters who were/are also gymnasts. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to bake sourdough bread, be in nature (probably dancing) and most of all spending time with her family.

Becky Price
Team Coach

Maria Iankova
JO & Xcel Team Coach

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