Junsamai "Junsi" Parker
Recreational Program Director / Coach
Coach Angela began her coaching career in 1986. While furthering her education in NYC, she continued to coach while training at the most highly-acclaimed art and dance schools in the city. Shortly after performing as a gymnast in a Chinese Off Broadway, Angela married and started a family. Not wanting to raise her children in New York City, Angela began working for Cartersville Gymnastics in 1999 with the developmental and preschool programs. Angela has been a member of USA Gymnastic for most of her life; first as a gymnast and then as a coach and a judge. Angela is now our Developmental Gymnastics Program Supervisor.
Program Director / Optional Boys Coach / Optional Girls Coach
Coach Andrei's gymnastics career began in Russia at the age of 7. During his 14-year competitive career, Andrei competed and won meets throughout Europe. He was a great success as a winner at the National and International Championships. When he attended University, Andrei began coaching. During his 15-year coaching career in Russia, he worked at the Gymnastics School of Olympic Reserves and was part of a team of coaches that taught National Champions. Since coming to America in 1996, Andrei has been the head coach for the boys and girls program at Cartersville Gymnastics bringing gymnasts to great success at state, regional, and national levels- including competitors in the last 6 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. Coach Andrei is also a seasoned judge for the men's program and has been honored by the Georgia Men's Coaches and Judge Association by being voted Compulsory Men's Coach of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.
Our coaches make the difference!
Our team of experienced coaches is dedicated to providing an award-winning experience to our athletes We take the time to nurture strengths, train up skills, and provide the most effective opportunities ensuring your gymnast gets the successful outcome they deserve. We're proud that so many of our gymnasts have excelled in the sport to go on to collegiate-level gymnastics with earned scholarships. You can see Twisters' talented athletes at schools such as the University of Georgia, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, and University of Kentucky.
At Cartersville Twisters Gymnastics, we believe that success is measured not only by your performance but also by the lessons you learn to help you reach your life's goals. With dedication, excellence is earned and success is always within reach.
Optional Girls Coach
Coach Galyna was born in the Ukraine where she was an elite level gymnast. In 1974, she graduated from the Moscow State College of Physical Culture and Sports. Along with 35 years of coaching experience, Galyna coached Liliya Podkopayeva in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games where Liliya won silver medals on Floor and Balance beam as well as a gold medal as the Olympic All-Around Champion.
Coach Galyna was awarded the title of "Honorary Coach of the Ukraine." The president of the Ukraine presented her with another title, "Honorary Figure of Physical Culture." Coach Galyna has been coaching at Cartersville Gymnastics since 2006.
Coach Louiza started coaching with the Twisters in 1998. During this time she has prepared over 50 Compulsory State Champions. Currently, she is coaching levels 1-6, focusing on Beam and Floor Exercises. With her distinct style and sense for music choice and choreography, her gymnasts stand out with their grace during competitions.
Meet the Coaches:
Alexander "Sasha" Stetsenko
Coach Sasha has had a brilliant gymnastics career. Starting in 1979, he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia with his coach to train at the "Dinamo" Sports Club. As a member of the Russian Junior National Team and the Senior National Team, he won multiple Regional, Junior & International Championships. He was a member of the 1st place team at the European Championships where he placed 1st on Vault.
In 1990, he received the title of "Master of Sports at the international level." From 1994-1999, while coaching in Poland, his team won the championship of Poland along and number of his gymnasts competed on the Senior National Team. He has a Masters Degree in Gymnastics from St. Petersburg Lesgaft State Academy. He has coached for Cartersville Gymnastics since 2003.