100% Safe Sport and USA Gymnastics Recreational Coach Certified
Auburn Gymnastics Academy has been proudly providing high quality gymnastics instruction to the Auburn/ Opelika area since 2000. What differentiates us from other gyms is our ability to truly connect with our customers, and provide the exceptional, compassionate service they deserve. Our Staff is 100% Safe Sport and USA Gymnastics Recreational Coach Certified. Meaning that our staff has taken multiple education courses to ensure that we provide the best quality gymnastics instruction while keeping a safe environment. These courses include but are not limited to several coaching clinics hosted by AGA, US Center Safe Sport, USA Gymnastics Safe Sport, Tough Coaching or Emotional Abuse Education, Concussion Education & a complete Background Check. Our Competitive Coaches have also completed Fundamentals of Gymnastics, Safety and Risk Management, and attend 1-2 outside educational training courses each year. Rest assured that we have the best trained staff in the Auburn/ Opelika area as we prioritize a fun, yet safe environment while also teaching correct gymnastics fundamentals and technique.
GYM DIRECTOR & MANAGERS
Christie Leigh McHugh
Hometown: Auburn, AL
Education: B.S. in Exercise Science ’08, M.Ed. in Biomechanics ’10 from Auburn University.
Bio: Christie Leigh has worked at AGA since 2007 as a coach. She has been the Class Director & Office Manager since 2011. In 2021, she was promoted to Program Director. She competed gymnastics at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center for 10 years. In her spare time, she serves as a chapter advisor for a sorority at AU and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Manager of Coach Development
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Education: B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Speech and Hearing Science from University of Illinois 19', M.S. in Sports Management from West Virginia University.
Bio: Rachael has worked at AGA since October of 2022. She is a former Illini gymnast who competed from 2016-19. After graduating, she coached at Hills Gymnastics and at the Parkettes Gymnastics Training Center, working with Level 10 and elite gymnasts. She currently serves as the Auburn University Volunteer Assistant Coach.