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    Nicole Gould

    Coaching Experience: Nicole is the founder and manager of Apex Athletics based out of Johnston, Iowa. Nicole has a long-standing interest in All-star cheerleading having been a coach for over 19 years. Outside of the All-Star competition spectrum Nicole has also coached the local Des Moines Drake University cheer squad for 2 years. Nicole has worked with the local Johnston High School state competition squad.  Throughout her 19 years of coaching Nicole has had the opportunity to work many camps and clinics statewide working with teaching kids ages 3-18 the fundamentals of cheerleading. Similarly Nicole has also had the chance to judge several regional competitions. 

    Awards and Recognitions: Over the years Nicole has acted as head coach to many teams who were able to capture the tile of Regional and National Championships, to include UCA Nationals Champions in 2005 and 2016.

    Coaching Credentials: Nicole is currently AACCA Certified and USASF Certified through level 5. This certification signifies proficiency in stunting, tumbling and toss safety and technique. Nicole also holds certification in USA Gymnastics PDP Level 1. Nicole is also CPR and AED certified. 

    Favorite Part of Coaching: Nicole’s favorite part of coaching is her ability to help an athlete reach their goals both inside and outside the gym!

    Favorite Quotes: “Champions are made at practice”

    Hobbies outside the gym: Outside the gym Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughter Charlotte and with her family.  

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    Tera Watson

    Work Experience: Tera is an important member to the Apex family as she is our evening and weekend receptionist, Birthday Party and Field trip Coodinator, Head Coach of Team Wild and Coach of recreational classes.  Tera works to answer or find answers to all of the parents’ questions about our program and happenings in the gym. Tera aids in providing tours and information to those interested in the gym as well! Tera does a great job of making all feel welcome and a part of the Apex Family from the second they walk in the door!

    Awards and Recognition: If there were an award for an energetic receptionist, Tera would definitely have won it time and time again. Most recently Tera was recognized at a local competition as an outstanding and supportive “Gym-Mom”!

    Favorite Part of Time at Gym: Tera enjoys having the advantage of getting to know every student that comes in the door!

    Favorite Quote: “Dance like no one is watching.”

    Hobbies outside the gym: When she is not at APEX Tera can be found spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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    Lucy Suvalsky

    Work Experience: Lucy is our Iclass Pro Manager, Billing and Travel Coodinator for all the families in our program.  Lucy has worked with adults and children of all ages, in all types of situations. Lucy’s work experience includes; information management, customer service, coaching, collegiate official, children and family services, education and most importantly a full-time mom! Lucy is a valuable asset to Apex Athletics as she handles much of the behind the scenes work for not only day-to-day operations but for competitions as well. Through her coordination with multiple venues to include transit and lodging, Lucy creates a solid platform for coaching staff to work off of!

    Favorite Part of Working at Apex: Lucy enjoys the ability to be involved in a children’s fitness environment that is so family oriented!  

    Favorite Quote: “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden

    Hobbies outside the Gym: Outside the gym Lucy loves being a mom to her three children Becca, Max, and Zack. Lucy also enjoys spending time and sharing fun times with her husband Steve!

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    Kirsten Ingersoll

    Cheering/Working Experience: Kirsten coaches our Daytime Playtime, Open Gyms and Tumbling classes.  She has been a part of APEX since the beginning in 2009, from coaching competitive teams to being on a team.  She brings lot of experience to our program and helps where she is needed.

    Favorite Part of Working at Apex: Kirsten's favorite part of coaching is watching the athletes work hard and making the goals they have set for themselves. 

    Favorite Quote: "Don't forget me when your famous"

    Hobbies outside the Gym: Outside the gym Kirsten spends time with her family and friends.


    Sophie Reese

    Coaching Experience: Sophie has been part of APEX Athletics coaching for 4 years.  She has coached recreational classes from Pre-k to Level 2 tumbling.  Sophie helps coach our field trips during the summer and many of our birthday parties.   

    Cheering background:  Sophie has been on a competitive team with APEX for 6 seasons.  She has cheered with Hoover High School Varsity Squads for 3 years and spends her part of her summer going to UCA Camps.    

    Favorite Part of Working at Apex: Sophie enjoys seeing the athletes get skills and be there best. 

    Hobbies outside the Gym: Outside the gym you will find Sophie spending time with her family and friends.  


    Michelle MullerFry

    Coaching Experience: Michelle is a great part of APEX.  She wears several hats and gives them all 100%.  Michelle coaches  Pre-k Classes, helps out behind the front desk and helps run our camps and clinics.  She is there to answer questions and spot when needed. 

    Background:   Michelle graduated from UNI with many years of experience in early childhood education and human services.  She also has many years of experience done tumbling, cheer and dance.  

    Hobbies outside the Gym: Outside the gym, Michelle is the mother of 4 children and spends her time making sure they get where they need to go and get all the love they need.  Her oldest is a football player at Grandview,  her second is a Junior Cheerleader at Hoover, and her Twin boys keep her on her toes in 3rd Grade and doing Martial Arts.  If she ever has free time, she relaxes and catches her breathe.


      Hailey Haller 

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    Jenna Hanson

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