Meet Our Coaches
Head Coach Chris Cote
Chris was a competitive gymnast for 17 years. He began competing as a Junior Olympic Gymnast when he was five years old and continued all the way until he graduated from Springfield College in 2003. After graduating from college, he started coaching at New England Gymnastics Express. At Gym Express, he had the privilege of working with some of the best coaches and clinicians in the country. He's been coaching men's and women's gymnastics (Level 3-10) for over 12 years and is a certified USAG member. He is also co-owner of Empire All Star Cheerleading & Gymnastics.
Rebecca was a Junior Olympic, USA Gymnastics, Level 10 competitive gymnast for many years, where she was a multiple time, regional and national qualifier. Rebecca also competed for Southington High School, where she currently still holds the school's uneven bar record and was Class L All Around State Champion her freshman year. Rebecca helped her team win three state titles and one New England Championship. Senior year she was chosen to be a part of Connecticut's state team at the Senior Showcase and was named Academic All American. Rebecca has experience coaching different levels, from "Mommy and Me" classes to working with competitive level gymnasts.
Tauri is a gymnastics instructor here at the YWCA. She was a gymnast for 10 years and an 'All Star' Cheerleader for five years. She has been instructing gymnastics for four years and is currently a member of the UCONN cheerleading team. She loves teaching kids about gymnastics and it has always been a big part of her life.
Ashley has been a gymnastics instructor here at the YWCA for four years. Prior to the YWCA, Ashley taught tumbling clinics and was an 'All Star' cheerleading coach for over seven years. Her personal cheerleading experience coupled with her coaching training and her passion for teaching children makes her an asset to the YWCA gymnastics and cheerleading team.
Rachel has over six years of experience as an 'All Star' Cheerleader and was a gymnast for over 10 years. She has been teaching gymnastics here at the YWCA for three years and loves to help children meet their goals.