Meet the Coaches

Owner & Head Coach

Nick Baker

Nick 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.

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Junior Gymnastics Career:

  • NC Junior Gymnast from 1975-1989
  • Nine-time NC State All-Around Champion between 1979-1989
  • Two-time USAG Regional All-Around Champion 1988 and 1989
  • 1989 NC Senior Gymnast of the Year
  • 1989 10.0 Regional Gymnast of the Year
  • 1989 USAG Junior National Champion on Still Rings

Elite and College Career:

  • Full athletic gymnastics scholarship to the University of Illinois
  • Four year Varsity Letter Winner from 1989-1993 at the University of Illinois
  • Most Valuable Gymnast at the University of Illinois 1991-1993
  • Two-time Captain of the Men's Illinois Gymnastics Squad 1992 and 1993

Work and Coaching Experience:

  • Began coaching at the age of eleven at Clemmer School of Gymnastics and Dance, and coached there 1982-1989
  • GymCarolina Gymnastics Camps, Summer 1990
  • Illinois Gymnastics Center- Boys Team Coach and Recreational Coach 1989-1993
  • ​*International Gymnastics Camp- Summer 1991
  • University of Illinois- Boys and Girls Gymnastics Camps 1993, 1994, 1995
  • University of Illinois Men’s Gymnastics Assistant Coach 1993-1995
  • Midwest Academy of Gymnastics, Warrenville, IL- Coached September 1995- December 1995
  • Clemmer School of Gymnastics and Dance- Recreational Coach, Boys and
  • Girls Assistant Team Coach 1996-2002
  • Charlotte Gymnastics Academy- Founder and Former Owner.
  • Recreational Coach, Boys and Girls Team Coach 2002-2010
  • First in Flight Gymnastics- Boys Team Coach, February 2011 to August 2011
  • Creation Arts and Athletics- Gymnastics Director and Coach, August 2010 to Present
  • 2007 NC Men's Optional Coach of the Year
  • USAG Safety Certified

Judging Experience:

  • Nationally rated Men's Gymnastics Judge (USAG/NCAA) 1995-2001

Education:

  • Graduated high school from Charlotte Latin School
  • BS Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1994

One of Nick's greatest honors was being inducted into the NC Men's Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1998.

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Kourtney-Colley
Girls Program Director & Head Girls Coach

Kourtney Colley

Kourtney 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. 

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"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 competitor
  • Competed VA High School Gymnastics from 2006-2010. Two-time State competitor
  • Competed VA High School Cheer in 2008

College Cheer Career:

  • Cheered at Christopher Newport University from 2010-2012
  • Conference Champions in 2011
  • National Champions in 2012

Work and Coaching Experience:

  • Began coaching at the age of twelve at Stafford Royals Gymnastics and was a developmental, compulsory, and optional team coach from 2005-2017
  • Coached Competitive Cheerleading from 2010-2011 at Fame York
  • Staff Accountant at Manheim Auto Auction from 2014-2015
  • Right Of Way Agent at Bowman Consulting from 2015-2017
  • SafeSport Certified
  • USAG Safety Certified

Education:

  • Graduated high school from Stafford High School
  • BS Business Administration Concentration in Accounting, University of Mary Washington 2014

Karen Niazi

Karen has been involved with gymnastics since her preschool days. Competing and training at a club in Michigan, she went on to do club gymnastics in college at Grand Valley State University. She started coaching preschool and recreational gymnastics in high school, which made her fall in love with the sport all over again. After college she returned to her home gym in Ann Arbor to coach Pre-team. Moving to Charlotte in 2015, she commenced working in Cardiac Rehab. She really enjoyed the work she did every day, but was missing gymnastics. In November of 2018, she discovered Metrolina Gymnastics and has been working with the Bronze and Silver teams ever since. “I am so happy to be a part of the Metrolina family and that gymnastics is back in my life again.”

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Caylin-Breakfield

Caylin Breakfield

Caylin was born and has lived in Charlotte her entire life. For five years she participated in gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. While pursuing her studies at CPCC, she continues to exercise her gymnastics skills at Metrolina Gymnastics. In 2018 she joined the coaching staff at Metrolina teaching preschool and recreational classes. “I am excited to share my love for the sport of gymnastics through coaching!”

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Jessica Meyer

Born 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.”

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Tara Martens

Tara was born in Virginia and moved to Charlotte five years ago. In 2015 she began recreational classes with Coach Nick and joined team in 2016, competing Bronze, Silver, and Gold in AAU until August of 2019. Presently she is a junior in high school and is very involved with her church. She interned with Metrolina for two years before becoming a Coach. “I love coaching the younger gymnasts and having fun with them!”

Deanna Pilkington

Deanna was born in Greenville, NC where she started gymnastics at a young age with Rose’s Gymnastics. After competing through USAG Level 6 and training for Level 7, an elbow injury and surgery ended her career. High school sports and education then became her main focus. Staying close to home at ECU, she began coaching gymnastics again at Rose’s while pursuing a degree in nursing. Without knowing it, Deanna was working with Coach Nick Baker’s daughter Amanda there. Deanna moved to Charlotte in August of 2018 for nursing and Nick reached out and asked her to come work at Metrolina. She currently works as an Intensive Care nurse and mainly coaches the Bronze team, helping out coaching the Silver team when needed. “Gymnastics was always my first love. It’s an amazing sport and I’m so excited that I get the opportunity to shape and mold these wonderful girls just as my coaches did for me.”

USAG ProMember, Safety and Safesport Certified

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