Meet the CoachesOwner & Head CoachNick BakerNick is a Charlotte, NC native, who began his gymnastics training at the age of four. He has had many great opportunities in gymnastics through the abilities that God has given him.Learn more about NickJunior Gymnastics Career:NC Junior Gymnast from 1975-1989Nine-time NC State All-Around Champion between 1979-1989Two-time USAG Regional All-Around Champion 1988 and 19891989 NC Senior Gymnast of the Year1989 10.0 Regional Gymnast of the Year1989 USAG Junior National Champion on Still RingsElite and College Career:Full athletic gymnastics scholarship to the University of IllinoisFour year Varsity Letter Winner from 1989-1993 at the University of IllinoisMost Valuable Gymnast at the University of Illinois 1991-1993Two-time Captain of the Men's Illinois Gymnastics Squad 1992 and 1993Work and Coaching Experience:Began coaching at the age of eleven at Clemmer School of Gymnastics and Dance, and coached there 1982-1989GymCarolina Gymnastics Camps, Summer 1990Illinois Gymnastics Center- Boys Team Coach and Recreational Coach 1989-1993*International Gymnastics Camp- Summer 1991University of Illinois- Boys and Girls Gymnastics Camps 1993, 1994, 1995University of Illinois Men’s Gymnastics Assistant Coach 1993-1995Midwest Academy of Gymnastics, Warrenville, IL- Coached September 1995- December 1995Clemmer School of Gymnastics and Dance- Recreational Coach, Boys andGirls Assistant Team Coach 1996-2002Charlotte Gymnastics Academy- Founder and Former Owner.Recreational Coach, Boys and Girls Team Coach 2002-2010First in Flight Gymnastics- Boys Team Coach, February 2011 to August 2011Creation Arts and Athletics- Gymnastics Director and Coach, August 2010 to Present2007 NC Men's Optional Coach of the YearUSAG Safety CertifiedJudging Experience:Nationally rated Men's Gymnastics Judge (USAG/NCAA) 1995-2001Education:Graduated high school from Charlotte Latin SchoolBS Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1994One of Nick's greatest honors was being inducted into the NC Men's Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1998. Girls Program Director & Head Girls CoachKourtney ColleyKourtney was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia and moved to Charlotte in July of 2017 to join Metrolina Gymnastics. When she was 4 years old, she started gymnastics and has been in that world ever since along with a little taste of cheer. Learn more about Kourtney"I love coaching because I am able to assist each child grow into not only strong, determined athletes but well-rounded individuals. Seeing the smiles on their faces at the end of a class or a great competition is the greatest reward as a coach!"Junior Gymnastics/Cheer Career:Competed VA USA Gymnastics from 1998-2004. 6 Time State competitorCompeted VA High School Gymnastics from 2006-2010. Two-time State competitorCompeted VA High School Cheer in 2008College Cheer Career:Cheered at Christopher Newport University from 2010-2012Conference Champions in 2011National Champions in 2012Work and Coaching Experience:Began coaching at the age of twelve at Stafford Royals Gymnastics and was a developmental, compulsory, and optional team coach from 2005-2017Coached Competitive Cheerleading from 2010-2011 at Fame YorkStaff Accountant at Manheim Auto Auction from 2014-2015Right Of Way Agent at Bowman Consulting from 2015-2017SafeSport CertifiedUSAG Safety CertifiedEducation:Graduated high school from Stafford High SchoolBS Business Administration Concentration in Accounting, University of Mary Washington 2014Xcel Bronze and Silver Head Coach, Asst Coach for Xcel Gold and UpJessica MeyerBorn in Chicago, Jessica moved to Fort Mill, SC when she turned ten. At age eleven she began taking recreational classes with Coach Nick, started competing at age 13, and is currently competing USAG Level 8. After competing on the Silver team in AAU, she interned with Metrolina for two years before becoming a Coach. She coaches the Bronze team, pre-team, and recreational classes. “Being very competitive by nature, I love gymnastics because the new skills in each level challenge me — physically and mentally. Coaching allows me to help other children acquire skills while always encouraging them to do their best and have fun.” USAG Pro Member, Safety and SafeSport certifiedBrittany ManzellaI was born in Gasport, NY, which is a small town outside of Buffalo, NY. I started gymnastics at two years old, where I quickly joined the competitive team at the age of five. At ten years old, I moved to South Carolina and trained with Sergei Tereshenko. I was on the level 8 and level 9 regional teams, level 9 easterns team, and qualified for level 10 nationals. Multiple college scholarships were offered to me but unfortunately, I had a serious injury to my back that ended my career. I started coaching at the age of 16 – mainly recreational gymnastics and Xcel Bronze-Platinum for about 5 years. Then I started coaching level 2-6 for about 3 years. Within those 3 years, I started a TOPs program. For the last two years, I primarily coached levels 4-7. I took a break from coaching when I moved to Charlotte with my long-time boyfriend, golden retriever, and kitty to start my career in the Healthcare Administration world. It didn't take long for me to miss coaching gymnastics and now I am here at Metrolina Gymnastics. I am excited to meet everyone and help Kourtney coach all these wonderful gymnasts!Rachel MeyerBorn in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, I moved to Fort Mill, SC when I was a teenager. After graduating from high school, I attended Liberty University online where I received a BS in Early Childhood Education. While obtaining my degree, I began working part-time at Calvary Child Development Center. After graduating, I started working full-time for the Center and became a lead teacher in the older threes at age 22. I absolutely adore teaching preschoolers, encouraging their natural curiosity and love of learning. In 2020 I joined Metrolina Gymnastics to coach Preschool classes in the evening. Bronze Head Coach, USAG Member, Safety and SafeSport CertifiedGrace FallonBorn and raised in Fort Mill, SC, I graduated from Fort Mill High School in May of 2023. This fall I will be attending Winthrop University to obtain a degree in Mass Communications. At the age of five, I began taking gymnastics classes and joined a competitive team at eight years old. After competing Xcel Bronze and Silver, I took a break from gymnastics. At twelve years old, I rediscovered my love for gymnastics at Metrolina and joined their competitive team. I competed two years of Xcel Gold and Platinum, respectively. Unfortunately due to an injury, I needed to stop competing but chose to coach instead. I found that I loved teaching children how to do gymnastics correctly and watch them progress. Now I am coaching Preschool and recreational classes and also helping with the Bronze and Silver teams.