Our Coaches

Our Fabulous Gymnastics Coaches

Betty Axelson

Coached the Maine East H.S. Girls’ Gymnastics Team for 37 years, taking 1st through 4th place from 1977-’81.  Betty had many individual State Champions, as well as Conf., Reg., and Sect., individual champions as well as Team titles.  Betty is a National judge and was the first coach inducted into the IHSGGCA Hall of Fame, as well as the recipient of the USAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  Betty has a B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education from the Univ. of Illinois, Champaign. 

Glen Marks

Associates Degree Physical Education - Instructor at Maine East for Age Group Program and High School Team - Special Olympics and Maccabbi Games coach - Team USA coach Special Olympic World Games Beijing, China - The 1st recipient of the Tim Rand award - Coached many National, Regional and High School champions - USA Safety Certified

Jonathan Snyder

USAG State Champion - National Team member - USAG safety certified -  John Brinkworth Scholarship Award - Professional Circus Performer

Sandy Aichele

Gymnastics coach 20+ years. Park district coach, E.G.G.S. pre-team coach. Previous high school team coach. Former U.I.C. gymnast.

Randy Smith

Randy has been coaching gymnastics since 1998. Randy has been head gymnastics coach for high schools such as Conant and Prospect HS. He holds a degree in physical education and health education with a Masters in Education. USAG Safety Certified. Fitness instructor. Team coach at E.G.G.S.

Brea Imse

Brea was a gymnast for Madison Turners in Wisconsin and competed for LaFollette where she was Team Capt for three years. Brea is presently a professional water skier who competes locally, nationally, and internationally for both individual and team. Brea has coached for LaFollette HS and Des Plaines Park District at Main West HS. Brea also helps coach the Main West girls' gymnastics team and is a IHSA gymnastics judge.

Dion Dumayas

Competitor for Buffalo Grove HS for four years and MSL conference medalists on rings. Background includes personal training. Coaches the boys and girls rec classes as well as girls' team.  

Stacey Grossman
18 Year Gymnast - Competed Collegiate at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh - Dual Major Degree in Education and Special Education - Currently working toward Masters Degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism at University of Illinois - Stacey is currently a 7th Grade Special Education Teacher at Springman Middle School and was the Head Coach for Main East High School for 4 years - USA Safety Certified
Our High-Flying Circus Coaches

Mark Simpson

Mark has always pursued new and different activities and has traveled all over the world trying things as varied as musical instruments with the Aborigines in Australia, running with the bulls in Spain, and taking helicopter rides up onto high bluffs with base jumpers in Europe. He has performed with the Triton Trouper Circus for the last five years. His specialties include stilt walking, double stunts, double trapeze, stacking chairs, double-mini trampoline, silks, and corde de lisse.

Brian Hampton

Brian started performing with skating and cradle in Gamma Phi Circus. From there, he went on the work Flying Trapeze with the Flying Gaonas for five years. For the last two years, he's been in the Triton Trouper Circus as well as performing professionally for several local circuses. He has performed in flying trapeze, swinging cradle, static cradle, double stunts, double-mini trampoline, unicycle, and double trapeze.

Charlene Numrych

Charlene started as a gymnast and competed through college. Working as an engineer by day and a gymnastics coach at night, a chance encounter with a circus performer introduced her to the thrill and athleticism of circus aerial work. She performed with the Triton Trouper Circus for the last 10 years as well as in professional performances for several local circuses. She has performed in: static cradle, stacking chairs, double trapeze, swinging trapeze, double stunts, perch pole, teeter board, and russian swing.

Contact Us

Elk Grove Gymnastics School
775 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village IL, 60007
Phone: 847-437-3447