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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.


Christie Leigh McHugh

Program Director

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.


Rachael Donovan

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.

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Kyla Graba

Manager & Preschool Head Coach

Hometown: Auburn, AL

Education: Junior at Auburn University

Bio: Kyla has worked at AGA since 2015. She is currently working on her degree in psychology with a minor in sport coaching. She aspires to one day be a sport psychologist!


Noelle Sanders

Receptionist & Office Manager

Hometown: Auburn, AL

Education: Senior in Nursing

Bio: Noelle has worked at AGA since 2015. She is currently pursing a degree in Nursing and aspires to one day work as a pediatric nurse.



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Roya Adkins

Team & Recreational Coach

Mattie Alston

HUGS (Adaptive) Head Coach & Recreational Coach

Kayla Altenbaugh

Recreational Coach


Grace Cheng

Pre-Team & Team Coach

Emma Cummings

Recreational Coach

Shannon Donahue

Recreational Coach

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Annie Ellison

Recreational Coach

Brooke Fligel

Recreational Coach & Receptionist

Isabella Gafanha

Recreational & Pre-Team

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Shayla Graba

Recreational & Team Coach

Nicole Hua

Preschool & HUGS (Adaptive) Coach

Ana Jones

Team & Recreational Coach


Stella McWhorter

Recreational Coach

Sarah-Grace Paul

Recreational Coach

Ryleigh Rush

Recreational Coach

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Alex Russell

Recreational Coach

Camryn Smeraglia

Recreational & Team Coach

Kaili Smith

Recreational Coach

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Rachel Young

Recreational Coach

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