All the coaches at Blake’s are former gymnastics, dancers, or cheerleaders. Each coach is personally trained by owner Tracey Blake-Rossell before they teach and train the students. Below is a list of our main coaches and teachers.
Tracey Blake-Rossell – Owner & Head Coach:
Proudly, the owner of Blake’s Gymnastics for almost 30 years. She works side by side with the staff daily. You will always see Tracey out on the floor Coaching/instructing many of the programs. Blake is the director/instructor of Pre-School Gymnastics (2yr-5yr). Classes are kept small to ensure quality instruction and so everyone has plenty of instruction time to learn gymnastics. She uniquely teaches her gymnastic classes through “Fun Learning” not through “Play Learning”. Tracey is also Coach of the USAIGC & USAG team programs. Blake is very busy making sure your children get the very best!
Tracey started her gymnastics career in California at the age of 10. By the time she turned 15 her family had moved to Miami, Florida and she competed as a Level 9 gymnast. Tracey trained at a very competitive gym, which produced many ELITE GYMNASTS, the highest level. She qualified for the Level 9 Florida State Championships and placed 2nd ALL AROUND. She then advanced to Level 10 at the State, Regional and National levels. At the level 10 National Competition, she earned the score necessary to train as an ELITE GYMNAST nationally and internationally. One highlight of her career was winning the prestigious GMAC (Greater Miami Athletic Conference Championship). Entering college, Tracey was offered fifteen full gymnastic scholarships to various Division #1 Colleges. She chose to compete for Indiana University, a Big Ten University. Tracey still holds many individual records at that College. Tracey currently trains all our beginners’ age 2 years all through to preschool and all Team Levels 1 through 10.
Lance Alani – Coach:
Lance was born and raised in Illinois where he attended Stevenson High School. He was the captain of his varsity gymnastics team and won the Illinois State Championship 3 years in a row. He is leading and training our boys competitive gymnastics team.
We are excited to have Lance at Blake’s. He brings a fresh perspective and high energy.
Courtney Tighe – Coach:
Courtney is a former Blake’s Gymnast and knows the dedication and work it takes to be a successful gymnast. Currently a certified X-Ray Technician at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ and a Certified EMT. Courtney has been coaching since 1995 and is one of our USAG Level 4 & Level 5 coaches. She also coaches our USAIGC Bronze Level.
Colleen Tomlinson – Program (Class) Director