ABOUT US

Tennessee Gymnastics Athletic Center

TGAC has been a shared vision of owners Scott and Julie Spence for many years. Having been in the Gymnastics world for over 30 years, and having supported 8 of their 14 children as they competed in the sport, the two felt that this was their calling.

 

Scott and Julie coached at various other gymnastics facilities over the years then began coaching a mobile gymnastics/fitness and movement program at several schools in middle Tennessee.

 

After so many years of traveling around to these various locations for the sport that they love, they decided it was time to open a gymnastics facility right in their backyard and sow into their own community.

 

And with 2016 being an Olympic year, what better time to start this new and exciting journey!

Philippians 4:13 ~ "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."


MEET OUR STAFF

Julie Spence

Julie Spence is our Girls Program Director here at TGAC. She brings years of gymnastics experience and knowledge, and a true passion for the sport and the athletes and families involved. She started gymnastics at 10 years old and competed for 11 years.
While competing she was State Champion on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, and was an all- around National Competitor for 2 years at the University of WI La Crosse.
Julie has coached and/or directed for a wide variety of gymnastics programs for over 30 years now. She has coached levels ranging from beginner to level 10, has coached multiple state champions and regional competitors, was a men’s gymnastics judge for 2 years, and a women’s gymnastics judge for 4 years.

Further Accolades for Julie:
-Associates Degree in Fitness and Nutrition
-USAG Professional Member
-Current USAG National Safety Certified
-Current USAG Background Check Approved
-Background checked to teach in Robertson County Schools
-USA Gymnastics University U100 Certified in Fundamentals of Gymnastics

Scott Spence

Scott Spence is the Owner and Director of TGAC. He brings over 30 years of gymnastics experience and knowledge, and a true passion for the sport and the athletes and families involved. He started gymnastics at age 15 and competed for 8 years.
While competing in High School he was Pommel Horse Champion and All Around Runner up at the N.Y. City High School Championship, Pommel Horse Champion at the Empire State Games, and named 1981 De-Witt Clinton High School Athlete of the Year.
While competing at the college level he was a member of the East Stroudsburg University (ESU) 3 time national collegiate championship team, received multiple All American awards (Earned a spot in the Top 6 at NCAA National Championships), and was named the 1986 East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Athlete of the Year. In 2013 Scott was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Scott has coached and/or directed for a wide variety of gymnastics programs over the years. He has coached levels ranging from Beginner to Elite, has been a coach for several TN State and Regional qualifiers clinics, and has produced multiple state and regional champions as well as national qualifiers.

Further Accolades for Scott:
-B.S. Degree in Special Education from ESU
-Current USAG Professional Member
-Current USAG National Safety Certified
-Current USAG Background Check Approved
-TBI Finger Printed for teaching in schools
-USA Gymnastics University U100 Certified in Fundamentals of Gymnastics
-3 years of attendance at The Olympic Training Center Future Stars Visa Championships and Coaches Workshops
-Attended a number of clinics run by USA Gymnastics for continuing education


Ariel Spence

Ariel Spence is our Boys Program Director here at TGAC. He brings years of gymnastics experience and knowledge, and a true passion for the sport and the athletes and families involved. He started gymnastics at age 14 and competed for 6 years.
While competing he was State and Regional Champion multiple times (throughout levels 6,8, and 9), was a three time USAG TN State Junior Olympic Team Member, and earned a spot in the Top 6 while representing the state of Tennessee at the Regional Championships (qualifiers from 7 different states
are selected to compete and represent their state).Ariel has coached and/or directed various gymnastics programs for about 8 years now. He has coached levels ranging from beginner to Level 10.

Further Accolades for Ariel:
-Current USAG Professional Member
-Current USAG National Safety Certified
-Current USAG Background Check Approved
-USA Gymnastics University U100 Certified in Fundamentals of Gymnastics

Ann Spence

Ann Spence is a Pre-School Gymnastics and Girls Recreational Program instructor for TGAC.
Ann competed as a USFSA Figure Skater for 9 years (from 2003-2012). She began Figure Skating at age 9 and earned several gold medals for her events as well as a Regional Championship title during her time spent competing.
She has developed a wealth of knowledge and skill in her positions as a beginner level (ages ranging from 18 months to 13 years old) gymnastics coach over the years (from 2010 to present) and has a passion for working with children.

Further Accolades for Ann:
-Gymnastics and Fitness Instructor for Monkeynastix USA
-Currently pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree at Volunteer State University
-A member of the Energy Team and a Predators Ice Girl for the Nashville Predators professional ice hockey team.