Our Coaches

The coaches at Raleigh School of Gymnastics are professionally trained and care deeply about each and every one of our students. We make every effort to give the very best to your child so they can achieve beyond their expectations and gain confidence and self-worth that will server them well throughout their lives. Students at Raleigh School of Gymnastics can expect the best because our coaches are hand selected from the best.

Coaching Staff

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RON PATT

Head Coach

Ronald Patt, a resident of Raleigh North Carolina as had a distinguished 28 year coaching career. He started coaching gymnastics in the summer of 1987 and has taught beginner to advanced levels with both boy and girl students. The majority of his career has been developing girl’s competitive teams. From 1987 to 1995 he coached preschool classes, recreational classes, girls’ team, adult classes, and birthday parties, at Palm Beach Gymnastics. 1993 he landed his 1st head coaching job for girls team at Palm Beach Gymnastics, he held this position for 12 years. During his term as Palm Beach Gymnastics head coach he and his staff members produced many state, regional, and national champions. In June of 2005, Mr. Patt became a proud gym owner, he and his 2 partners opened 11,000 sq foot facility in West Palm Beach Florida. In the summer of 2008 Ron sold his share of Gym Like This! For a brief career change. In June of 2009 Ron went back to coaching full time at a Tampa Bay Turners in St. Petersburg Florida. He coached levels 6-10 at TBT and was pivotal part in the gyms success regionally and nationally. He personally produced 4 national champions in his 5 year stint at TBT. In June of 2014 Ron accepted a Head Coaching position at Raleigh School of Gymnastics in Raleigh North Carolina.

MEGAN PENDERGRAFT

MEGAN PENDERGRAFT

Optional Coach

Megan has been involved in gymnastics for over 25 years. In 1997, she moved from West Palm Beach Florida to Raleigh where she began coaching in 1997. She has been developing competitive gymnasts since 2000. A gymnast herself in Florida, she fell in love with the sport at an early age. She loves the attention to detail and is very passionate about coaching! She has coached numerous State, Regional and National champions over the last 15 years. Megan was voted the NC level 6-8 coach of the year in 2014. She is committed to coaching every athlete to the best of their ability and calls all of her gymnasts her “family”. Megan has been a part of the RSG family since 2011 and has enjoyed being a part of the program and all of its recent success! When she is not at the gym, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason and her son, Ryland.

KATIE BENNETT

KATIE BENNETT

Optional Coach

Katie was born in Louisiana but grew up in St. Petersburg Florida and gymnastics has been a part of her life for more than 23 years. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years and started coaching when she was 16. Katie moved to Raleigh in December 2014 and is happy to be a part of the RSG family. When she is not coaching, she enjoys going to the beach, cooking, and calling her family in Florida.

ALLYSON HAGEMANN

ALLYSON HAGEMANN

Coach
LEE DWYER

LEE DWYER

Coach

Lee started gymnastics at 4 years old and started competing when she was 8. Culminating in winning State Champ on beam for Western Australia at the age of 16. Lee moved to the US in 1994 and started coaching and has worked with some extremely successful & influential people. While working at SCEGA in Southern California for 7 years, she worked with Tim Garrison. Also, during her time at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, she worked with former Russian Olympic gymnast, Svetlana Khorkina.

OLIVIA STROWD

OLIVIA STROWD

Xcel Director

Olivia is Director of the Excel program as well as Head Coach for Excel. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pittsboro, NC. (and her dad owns Maple View Farm and Ice Cream Company in Hillsborough – yum!) Olivia graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Sociology. While at UNC Greensboro Olivia was a four year member of the cheerleading team where she served as Captain for two years. Olivia started her gymnastics career at the relatively old age of 10 – but she quickly “excelled” as a gymnast. Raleigh School’s coach Megan Pendergraft was Olivia’s coach for her entire career; with Ron having been Megan’s coach, that makes Olivia a 3rd Generation coach (kinda). Olivia had four years of dance instruction during high school and continues to be a very creative chorographer. Olivia is excited to be a part of the RSG family. Olivia has a long term goal to be a gym owner so she is committed to gymnastics for many years to come!

BALYNDA BROWN

BALYNDA BROWN

Coach

Balynda has been involved in the sport of gymnastics most of her life . She has been a gymnast , gym owner and / or coach for 30 + Years . Balynda was a member of Anne & Armand’s first ever Competitive Team here at RSG in the 1970’s(😱). After earning her degree, in 1991 from North Carolina State University, Balynda became the Director and Head Coach of our Cary School of Gymnastics. In 1995 she opened her own gym, Knightdale Academy of Gymnastics. There she acted as Owner, Director & Head Coach from 1995-2008 . During this time Balynda’s gym produced many State Champion Teams, as well as Individual, State, Regional, National, and Collegiate gymnasts . Since selling her gym in 2008, Balynda has been enjoying owning a dog training business . Here she trains a different kind of athlete , the 4 legged type. As of 2016, Balynda has found a way to do both of the careers she loves, and has come full circle back to RSG. She is thrilled to be back coaching and helping to develop young athletes.

JACKIE BAKER

JACKIE BAKER

Recreational/Preschool Director

Jackie was born in New Jersey where she started gymnastics at the age of 3, and continued competing as a Level 9 gymnast until she was 18. She began volunteer coaching when she was just 14 years old, and has been coaching both competitive and recreational groups since then! In 2009, Jackie came to North Carolina to attend East Carolina University where she continued coaching at Rose's Gymnastics Training Center, and also participated on ECU's co-ed cheerleading team for her freshman year. After graduating from ECU in 2013, Jackie worked as a full-time team and recreational coach at Rose's, before she decided to attend ECU's Kinesiology Graduate Degree Program in 2015. Through her graduate degree program, Jackie taught various Kinesiology courses to undergraduate students, was a motivational health coach, conducted research for her master's thesis, and continued coaching part-time. In 2017, Jackie graduated with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She began working at RSG in the summer of 2017 as the Preschool and Recreational Director, and has been loving it ever since!

NICOLE HAY

NICOLE HAY

Coach
KIMIE SEIFRING

KIMIE SEIFRING

Recreational Coach
CAROLINE FRYE

CAROLINE FRYE

Recreational Coach
LEXI ETHRIDGE

LEXI ETHRIDGE

Recreational Coach
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