Coaches and Staff 2017-07-05T14:35:14+00:00

TIGAR Coaches and Staff

TIGAR’s coaching staff includes top gymnastics coaches and cheer coaches in Colorado. Our coaches have been carefully selected and intensely trained, using well-established curricula and materials so that they can safely teach new skills by encouraging each child to challenge themselves and instill confidence in each athlete in a rewarding environment.

Alexas Aragon – Events Manager

Alexas Aragon

Alexas started gymnastics at the age of three and competed as a USAG gymnast until she was at level 10. She began coaching because of her love of the sport.  Alexas has coached athletes of all ages and abilities including pre-school, beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational classes as well as pre-team. She loves the excitement children show after helping them accomplish new skills and focuses on creating a fun learning environment while teaching them safety, mental toughness, dedication and sportsmanship.  Alexas is studying to attain a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  

 

Stephanie Hooper – Special Events and Social Media Director

TIGARStaff2015-34-Stephanie HooperStephanie was involved in the competitive dance world for over ten years before starting high school.  During high school she was a three-year pom team member, was selected as team captain her senior year and received All-American honors in 2010/2011.  Stephanie studied at Metropolitan State University where she received her degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events this past December.  Stephanie is a Colorado native and is the proud older sister of TIGAR’s first state champion. She enjoys seeing all of the smiling  faces on athletes every day at TIGAR. 

 

Laura Lofton -Human Resources Manager

Laura Lofton

Laura was a gymnast for fifteen years, having competed in the CARA program as well as for USAG.  She was a cheerleader for all four years in college and for a semi-pro football team. Laura was the assistant gymnastics coach for Standley Lake High School for seven years and supervised a recreational and preschool gym for coaches for nine years.  She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. 

 

Dakota Turner – Recreational Cheer & Activities DirectorDakota Turner

Dakota was a cheerleader in high school for three years. He came to TIGAR as both an athlete and coach. Dakota has competed at a national competition for TIGAR and has won the national title.  As a coach he has led the TIGAR cheerleading teams to state and national titles.  In addition to coaching cheerleading, Dakota manages the numerous day camps and holiday camp offerings for TIGAR.

Marcelo Figueiredo

Marcelo Figueiredo

Marcelo has over thirty years of experience in gymnastics.  He began training and  competing at the age of ten.   At the age of sixteen Marcelo began coaching and has led over two hundred gymnasts to their personal bests.  He was the head coach at Club De Regatas Vasco Da Gama in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and was the National Coach for the six-time World Champion team.  At Brown’s Gymnastics in Las Vegas he led three athletes into full-ride scholarships at UCLA.   As the head coach for six years at the All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles, Marcelo coached his level 9 and level 10 teams to state championships and coached McKayla Maroney at the 2012 London Olympics.  He has also coached levels 4 through Elite and choreographed many routines including routine design and execution.

TIGAROct2015-36-EditStacey Alexander

Stacey began participating in gymnastics at the age of ten.  He competed for Cherry Creek High School from 1983 through 1987 and was named All-American for multiple years.  Stacey went on to compete at the University of New Mexico.  He began coaching gymnastics his sophomore year of college at his university’s private gymnastics club and continued training athletes levels 5 through 10 at a gymnastics club in New Mexico. After moving back to Colorado Stacey coached primarily level 10 athletes from 1994 to 1999 at two Denver-area clubs, as well as holding a director position at one of the clubs.

 

Dakota Turner

Dakota Turner

Dakota was a cheerleader in high school for three years. He came to TIGAR as both an athlete and coach. Dakota has competed at a national competition for TIGAR and has won the national title.  As a coach, he has led the TIGAR cheerleading teams to state and national titles.  In addition to coaching cheerleading Dakota manages the numerous day camps and holiday camp offerings for TIGAR.

 

 

 

 

Alexas Aragon

Alexas Aragon

Alexas started gymnastics at the age of three and competed as a USAG gymnast until she was at level 10. She began coaching because of her love of the sport.  Alexas has coached athletes of all ages and abilities including pre-school, beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational classes as well as pre-team. She loves the excitement children show after helping them accomplish new skills, and focuses on creating a fun learning environment while teaching them safety, mental toughness, dedication and sportsmanship.  Alexas is studying to attain a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Amy Burke

Amy Burke

Amy has participated in gymnastics since the age of eight and began assisting coaches at the age of fifteen.  She has over five years of experience as a gymnastics coach, working with children and teens ages one to fifteen years old.  Amy believes in showing her athletes specific skills so they can see exactly what that skill is. She encourages them to know they can accomplish anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eisha Ludtke

Eisha Ludtke

Eisha has worked with children all of her life including working in a nursery, babysitting and providing after-school tutoring.  She was a competitive gymnast for seven years training to level 8.  Eisha traveled throughout the United States for competitions.  She lettered and won the Leslie Miley Award while competing in high school gymnastics her sophomore year.   Eisha is currently an honor student at Ralston Valley High School and has lettered each year in academics.  She would like to attend college with a focus in pre-med.

 

 

 

 

Nikki Y.

Nikki Young

Nikki trained in gymnastics for eight years and competed in gymnastics meets for six years. She is a cheerleader for the varsity cheer team at Ralston Valley High School where she is currently a senior.  Nikki hopes to be a cheerleader in college.

Stephanie Hooper

TIGARStaff2015-34-Stephanie HooperStephanie was involved in the competitive dance world for over ten years before starting high school.  During high school she was a three-year pom team member, was selected as team captain her senior year and received All-American honors in 2010/2011.  Stephanie studied at Metropolitan State University where she received her degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events this past December.  Stephanie is a Colorado native and is the proud older sister of TIGAR’s first state champion. She enjoys seeing all of the smiling  faces on athletes every day at TIGAR.

Jane Augenstein

Jane AugustineJane has several years of experience in administrative support, hospitality, graphic design and printing.  She has a strong background in customer service including keeping accounts up to date, registering children for classes, greeting families and answering question or concerns. What Jane enjoys most is making each family’s TIGAR experience welcoming and positive.