LA School of Gymnastics draws on a distinguished and diverse group of nationally and internationally trained coaches from over 14 countries. All coaches are required to complete the USA Gymnastics (the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States ) and OSHA Infant & CPR certification courses. Ten LASG coaches have a Master?s Degree in Physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology, or are former professional athletes. Together, its 21 coaches have over 120 years of combined coaching experience.
Elvira Ita Villa
Class Coordinator Coach & Pre-Team Director
Elvira brings 25 years of combined gymnastics experience to LASG. She holds a degree in Physical Education, safety certification by USAG and is a U.S.A. professional member.
Elvira is a former team Head Coach from Concepcion, Chile and is exceptional at evaluating skills. She has been at LASG since 1992.
Boys Team Head Coach
Originally from Armenia, Stepan joined the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics family back in 2006. As a member of the USSR Junior and Armenian National Team, Stepan has earned high accolades in many competitions. Stepan moved on to get his degree in Physical Education and has been coaching for 27 years. He loves sharing his passion and knowledge of gymnastics to his students at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics.
Pre-school / Pre-level 1 Director & Coach
Irma, who has been with the school since 2008, is originally a gymnast from Armenia. She enjoys working with children, especially preschoolers. Watching her students develop is a passion of hers. She holds safety certification and makes sure that each one of her students gets the individual care and attention that they need to develop.
Yefim Furman “Dr. Backhand Spring”
Recreational Class Coach & Director of Cheer Tumbling
?Internationally acclaimed coach, Yefim has been with LASG since 1998. He is a long time gymnastics veteran and is affectionately referred to as ?The Godfather? by many in the sport. Before LASG, Yefim worked with the UCLA gymnastics department. He is passionate about sharing his experiences and knowledge about gymnastics with his students. Yefim has transformed our competitive cheer teams.
Girls Team Coach
Hamest Ohanyan learned and graduated from the Physical Sports Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. She has worked many years as a head coach at Hrant Shahinyan School of Gymnastics. She also prepared many masters of sports gymnasts who have gone on to win many world championships. Now, she is working as the Girls Team Coach at Los Angeles School and is continuing the preparation of high-level gymnasts. 45 years experience ? 14 years in USA State champion for many first place champions ? Master coach of Sabrina.
Diana has 10 years experience as a professional elite rhythmic gymnast. Her career has taker her around the world and she has represented United States as a rhythmic gymnast including securing a spot on the US National Team. She has been coaching for over 8 years and has worked with four-time national champions who participated in the World Cup Championships, National and Junior Olympics.
Spanish speaking coach.
Origin: United States
Alex started gymnastics when he was just 2 years old. His parents had to get him to climb on things other than their furniture and enrolled him. Before college, Alex made the USA National team and won the national Still Rings title. He was recruited by the University of Michigan where he was voted a team captain by his teammates.
Origin: United States
Kristen have been a gymnast for 15 years, and was a USAG competitive gymnast for 8 years. She have spent the past 4 years coaching on the east coast, and have recently moved west to continue her own acrobatic training. She loves teaching children gymnastics, and implementing the new things I learn into my own classes. I absolutely love the sport of gymnastics and being able to share that passion with others.