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  • DIANE TAYLOR HIRSCH

Founder of Frog Bridge Gymnastics, Asst. Director of Programs, Class Instructor Founded and directed Green Mt. Gymnastics in Waterbury Ctr., VT in 1982 and Evergreen Gymnastics in St. Johnsbury, VT in 1993.  Coached many USAG and High School State Champions.  Prior nationally ranked gymnastics judge.

  • BECKY HIRSCH CLEARY

Co-owner, Class & Team Program Director and Instructor 25 years coaching experience through Level 10 in VT, NH & NM prior to relocating to CT. Coach of many USAG State Champions and Level 9 & 10 Regional and National Qualifiers. Coached St. Johnsbury Academy H.S. Team to 4 year- undefeated State Championship Title (2002-2005). Former students are currently competing at collegiate level, performers in Cirque Du Soleil and Big Apple Circus, professional dancers, gymnastics coaches and judges.

  • BRIAN HIRSCH

Class and Team Instructor, Facility Manager Brian is a tennis pro and a coach of many sports. For much of his past 20 years, coaching tennis has been his main career choice; however, the tides are changing and gymnastics has become his latest interest. Since childhood, Brian has been highly involved and very enthusiastic about sports. He graduated from Lyndon State College with a Tennis Management degree but jokes that his minor was in intramural sports.  He has an impressive tennis coaching resume which includes coaching world-ranked men and woman and top NCAA players as well as being the director of professional development at Wimbledon. Brian has also been very involved with local wrestling, volleyball and softball teams. He has been exposed to many, many years of gymnastics and has spent many hours observing some of the top coaches in the country (namely his best-friend Craig Tetreault). It is nice that he is now able to use all of that information and share it with all of his Frog Bridge students. Whatever his sport may be, Brian’s teaching gift is very apparent and Frog Bridge Gymnastics is very lucky to have him.

  • BROOKE CLEARY

Class and Team Instructor

  • KATE CRESCENZO

Class and Team Instructor

  • MAKENZIE BECKWITH   Makenzie headshot

Class and Team Instructor Makenzie grew up doing gymnastics, starting with preschool classes at age 3 and by the time she was 13 she had successfully competed levels 4-9 and qualified and attended states at each level. Her strengths were floor and beam, although she did medal in other events as well. Due to an injury, she trained but never competed level 10. She did compete with the UConn club team and went to nationals in Salt Lake City in 2012. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and compete throughout the United States and to train with coaches from the U.S., Holland, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Having recently graduated from UConn with a major in horticulture and agribusiness management, she is now the owner/manager of Arrowhead Acres Farm, LLC in Franklin.

  • Previous coaches/ visiting coaches:  VLADIMIR AKHLATKIN (Team Coach, Class and Circus Instructor)

-Vladimir Akhlatkin comes from Russia, having been in the United States since 1996. As a young man in the Soviet Union, Vladimir was on the Junior Elite National Gymnastics team. He also holds a degree from the University of Moscow in Sports and Physical Education. Vladimir has coached gymnastics in Russia, Las Vegas and New Hampshire. He was Becky's business partner at Evergreen Gymnastics in NH and co-coached the 4-time undefeated St. Johnsbury Academy High School Gymnastics Team. After coming to the United States, he also became involved in circus work since his daughter was a Cirque Du Soleil performer in Las Vegas. Vladimir designed his own aerial act with chains and performed for Circus Royale for a few years. He has also coached numerous circus performers from around the world. Most recently, Vladimir coached an aerial act for KA, one of the Cirque shows in Vegas. He also coached the Level 4-10 girls gymnastics team at Vitaly Sherbo's School of Gymnastics in Vegas.