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WHO WE ARE

Ashley Banan
Program Director



Ashley has  been involved in the gymnastics world for the past 20 years and cannot recall a time when gymnastics has not been a part of her life. She started her gymnastics career here at Alpharetta Gymnastics Academy, formerly known as Alpharetta Achievers, at the age of 5 and quickly become an optional level gymnast at the age of 10 where she won several State and National titles. 

Unfortunately, her career came to an end due to injury at the end of her senior year. Once her competition days were over, she attended Auburn University and then transferred to the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelor's in Biology and a Spanish minor. However, Ashley decided that coaching and gymnastics still remained a huge passion of hers. She decided to give up her lifelong dream of going to medical school and take-on another dream of hers- creating a successful competitive gymnastics program.

Ashley has been coaching gymnastics for over 9 years now and was given the opportunity to become program director for Alpharetta Gymnastics Academy in 2014. Ashley has grown the program from only 26 gymnasts to over 100, currently. Something she is very proud of. Gymnastics has always been a great passion of hers ever since she was young and now she is creating the same experience she was given in her younger years. 

Outside of the gym, Ashley enjoys Crossfitting, attending Passion City Church and enjoying all the city of Atlanta has to offer. 


Tracy Jennings
Compulsory Coach


Like many coaches Tracy began gymnastics as a young girl and always had the dream of becoming just like Mary Lou Retton – her forever hero.

Early in high school Tracy began teaching at her local recreation department and continued coaching through college in  Cherokee County and eventually became Program Director for the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Department after  earning a degree in Health and Sport Science. There, she  was responsible for opening and expanding the gymnastics program at the activities center in Canton. She learned all the ins and outs of program planning and management while also hiring and developing new coaching staff.

After she had my first child, I stepped away from the gym to raise my family. I continued to teach at pre-schools while my children were little. Since that time, Tracy has earned certifications in fitness through The American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. She looks forward to using this knowledge to help develop our gymnasts through strength and conditioning training.

Tracy currently lives in Milton with her husband, four children, dog, 2 cats and 5 hens. Although her family will always be her first love, gymnastics comes a close second and I am overjoyed to be back in the gym with the AGA family. 

Currently, Tracy has been with our program for over a year. She is USAG certified and coaches level 4 bars and strength and conditioning.



Elise McFadden
Optional Coach


Elise began gymnastics in 1997 in the good ole 'mommy and me' classes. After that, she quickly climbed through the developmental levels and was then asked to join a Hot Shots team at the age of 4. When Elise turned 5 she competed in her first gymnastics competition. In 2003  she became the youngest Level 7 in the state of Georgia, competing in her first meet a week before her 7th birthday. Throughout this time she received numerous state titles despite her young age.  

She then went on to compete level 8 and 9 where she placed 3rd on Beam and 5th on Vault at State. In 2010, Elise started training as a 10 competed 1 year as a level 10 finishing 1st on beam and Floor, 4th AA. 
While training to becoming an Elite gymnast, Elise endured several injuries that unfortunately, caused her to retire from gymnastics at 17 years old, losing her scholarships and chances at collegiate gymnastics.

Elise has been involved in coaching for several years and has been with us  at Alpharetta Gymnastics Academy for over 1 year. Elise is USAG certified and extremely knowledgeable in the gymnastics world!



Natalie White

Optional Coach



Natalie began gymnastics at six years old, shortly after she got kicked out of ballet class for doing cartwheels. Over the next 17 years, she worked hard to reach Level 10 and competed in regional meets at each level. While attending Clemson University, in South Carolina, Natalie could not stay away from the sport and competed on the college’s club gymnastics team. She competed Level 10 while on the club team and made it to Nationals, along with her teammates. While majoring in Health Science and competing in gymnastics meets, Natalie also was a coach at Upstate Gymnastics. Natalie graduated from Clemson in 2015 with a Pre-Professional Health Studies degree. Shortly after graduation, she got married and moved to Roswell, Georgia with her husband, Foster White.



Corena Sprion
Developmental Coach

Corena is from Ashland, Ohio and was a Class II gymnast, cheerleader and softball player growing up. She started coaching in 1989 while attending Liberty University and has coached all USAG levels up to level 10. 

Corena currently lives in Gainesville, Ga with her Husband and has two children who were both former competitive gymnasts. Corena has been coaching at AGA for over 9 years and continues to  direct our Pre-Team developmental program. She is a certificated judge for level 3 and 4, PDP 1 and II, Kat certified, Safety Certified, First Aid and CPR.



Stephanie Allen
GymStars Coach



At the age of 4 Stephanie's parents were tired of her bouncing on the furniture and swinging on the bar at the checkout line in Publix. So her gymnastics career began in Miami, Florida at Octavianos Gymnastics. After moving to Pembroke Pines, Stephanie started competiting for Park Avenue Gymnastics in South Florida. At 14, Stephanie's family moved to Alpharetta, Ga and the hunt for a new gym was on. As a new level 7 and missing the gym she grew up at, she had a hard time finding one that felt like home. She finally felt comfortable her very first day at Alpharetta Gymnastics Academy!! Stephanie competed with both Alpharetta and Milton High School for almost 2 years when she tore ligaments in her ankle in the middle of a floor routine at a competition. After a long road of physical therapy, Stephanie had surgery and her career was over at 16. After graduating from Valdosta State University with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her hubby, John. They have two little ones, Lyla and Hagen. Stephanie has always had a love for gymnastics and is now excited to not only be coaching a great group of girls back at AGA but watch her little girl grow up in the gym!


Katie Shortell
Developmental and Compulsory Coach



Some of Katie's earliest memories have always been of herself doing gymnastics. She has been in love with the sport for as long as she can remember.  Katie's gymnastics career started at 18 months old and shortly after, she began competing at the age of 6 as a level 4 gymnast. When she was 10, she broke her arm from a fall on bars that should have forced her to give up the sport. Instead, with a cast on, she went on to compete at AAU Nationals, bringing  home the title of National Beam Champion that summer. Katie retired as a USAG level 9 at the age of 14, however 3 years later she made a comeback, competing for AGA as an Xcel Diamond. Katie has been coaching recreational and pre-team gymnastics since she was 13, and she is excited to be a team coach for AGA and hopefully compete her final season of eligibility this upcoming year. Katie currently coaches our developmental and level 2 teams.


Maggie Cash
Developmental Coach



Maggie began taking gymnastics classes at just two years old, and continued pursuing the sport until she was 13. Throughout the years, Maggie has been a competitive gymnast training through level 8, and earning multiple individual and team state awards. In level 5 team finals, Maggie was one of the two gymnasts chosen to compete in every event for the team. The next year at level 6, her team took first at State. Maggie's favorite events and best events to compete in were beam and vault. After 3 broken ankles and other injuries over the years of gymnastics training, Maggie decided to end her  gymnastics career at level 8. However, Maggie continues to enjoy her favorite sport by competing with her high school every year. She will be competing her last season of gymnastics this year as a senior at Cambridge High School.



Allison Cash
Developmental Coach


Allie has done gymnastics for as long as she can remember. She began gymnastics at the age of two and fell in love with the sport. She had tried many other sports along with gymnastics but when it came time to pick one sport to devote her time and work into, gymnastics was always the winner. 

Allie loved all of the events growing up, but was especially drawn to beam in which she won first place in two state championships for. Allie frequently placed in the top three spots throughout her state competitions, as well as did her team.

Allie obtained many injuries throughout her gymnastics career that set her back, yet she still pulled through for many years to recover and compete again. At the age of 12 Allie suffered from a back fracture forcing her to completely be out of all gymnastics for over half a year. She then came back from this injury only to compete her last season with less than three months to prepare coming in as state champions with her team.  

Unfortunately, her back injury made it very difficult to regain her skills as well as she had had them before and difficult to furthermore pursue higher skills, ending her competitive gymnastics career at the age of 13. However,she still continued to compete with her high school team as she has done for the past three years. Gymnastics has always been and will always be a huge part of Allie's life.


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175 Roswell Street 
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

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