Meet Our Staff

 

In Loving Memory​

 

Coach Lust

Brenda L Lust

"Coach Lust"

Founder of Gold Medal Gymnastics

 

Brenda opened Gold Medal Gymnastics in October 2004. She began her love of gymnastics in 1976. Brenda was a member of Sharon Elementary School Gymnastics team 1977-79, she received Most Valuable Player Honors as well as Sportsmanship Awards. She was a four year Varsity team member of Allentown High School Competitive gymnastics team. While competing there she received the Most Dedicated Gymnast Award. She competed in the NJ State Sectionals in 1981. Brenda taught gymnastics in New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama and Delaware. She worked with pre-school thru competitive level 10 gymnasts. She was PDP-1, KAT & Movement Education and Lesson planning certified through USA Gymnastics. She was the State Chair for the USAIGC. Brenda was a licensed Radiological Technologist and Orthopaedic Technologist.

 

Gold Medal Gymnastics boasts a staff of highly competent and friendly professionals. All of our staff, paid or volunteer, have a complete background check. Check us out:​

 

Coach K

Ed Kunzweiler

"Coach K"

Owner of Gold Medal Gymnastics

 

Ed teaches Parent/Tot and pre-school-aged children, and assists with all other classes when his schedule allows. Ed is a former competitive gymnast in Long Island, NY. He served in the US Air Force for ten years. While overseas, Ed coached high school girls gymnastic team. He is employed by DAFB working with the Flight Simulators. Ed is CPR, First-Aid, and AED certified.

 

Lee S. King
"Coach King"

Manager, Recreational, and Pre-team Coach

 

Lee has been teaching gymnastics for over sixteen years and previously coached at Gymnastics Unlimited, Clark’s Gymnastics, and Stick It!. She has been at Gold Medal Gymnastics since 2015. As a child, she was in ballet for eight years and did gymnastics while in high school. She has studied martial arts since junior high and owned her own karate school. She is CPR and First-Aid trained.

 

Cheryl Rhoades

"Coach Rhoades"

Parent/Tot Coach and Receptionist

 

Cheryl has been the receptionist with Gold Medal Gymnastics for over six years. For the last two years she has also been our Parent/Tot coach. She is CPR and First-Aid certified.

Coach Ernst

Fred Ernst

"Coach Ernst"

Pre-team and Advanced Coach

 

Fred has been teaching gymnastics for over forty years. Coach Ernst was lead instructor with Kent County Parks and Recreation teaching gymnastics at Allen Frear Elementary School. Fred was on the coaching staff at Smyrna High School girl’s gymnastic team. Fred has been coaching the competitive team at Gold Medal since 2007. He is a retired school teacher from the Caesar Rodney School district, and was a professor at Delaware State University. Fred is an avid bicyclist in his spare time.

 

Coach Stanley

Traci- Lyn Stanley

"Coach Stanley"

Recreational, Pre-team, and Advanced Coach

 

Traci was a competitive gymnast for eight years. She has been teaching gymnastics for over forty years. Traci has taught at the YMCA, Gymnastics Country, Gymnastics Unlimited, and Kent County Maryland Parks and Recreation. Traci joined the coaching staff at Gold Medal Gymnastics in 2007, however she took a break due to her children’s interests and activities but has recently rejoined our staff.

She is PDP and KAT certified. Traci is CPR and First-Aid certified, and she has also passed the Safety Certification program through USA Gymnastics. 

Traci received her BA from Washington College, studying Psychology and Sociology. She received her Masters of Education from the School of Counseling at Wilmington University. She has been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health since 1998.

Traci has two children Jecilyn born in 2004 and Treavor born in 2006.

 

Coach Wismer

Jennifer Wismer

"Coach Wismer"

Advanced Coach

 

Jennifer started gymnastics at the age of two and a half at a Parks & Recreation program in Vermont. After moving to Pennsylvania she continued gymnastics at Berks Gymnastics, at the age of ten her family moved to Delaware where Jen continued her competitive gymnastics at Gymnastics Country in Dover. Upon entering Smyrna High School she joined the girls gymnastics team where she was coached by Mike Kunzweiler and Fred Ernst. Her junior year she was co-captain and MVP, unfortunately the team was discontinued and it was not until ten years later that Jen found her way to Gold Medal Gymnastics. Jen began coaching at Gold Medal in 2007.

 

Jecilyn Stanley

"Coach Stanley Jr"

Recreational Coach

 

Jecilyn began gymnastics at eighteen months and stayed with it for ten years with two years as a competitive gymnast. She opted to go into competitive figure skating, which she has done for nine years and has been to Theatre on Ice Nationals five times.

She took dance for six years and has taught dance and skating and has worked with Special Olympics in skating and dance.

She will be attending college in the fall.

 

Rylee Hurd

"Coach Hurd"

Recreational and Pre-team Coach

 

Rylee has been in gymnastics at Gold Medal Gymnastics for thirteen years, eight of those as a competitive gymnast, and she studied dance for two years. She has been a coach for us since 2019. She is CPR and First-Aid trained.

Brie Lafferty

"Coach Lafferty"

Recreational and Tumbling Coach

 

Brie has been a gymnast at Gold Medal Gymnastics for a total of seven years and has been a competitive gymnast for six. She also did competitive cheer for one year.

Caroline Bennett

"Coach Bennett"

Recreational Coach

 

Caroline has been a gymnast at Gold Medal Gymnastics for six years and for four of those years has been a competitive gymnast. She is CPR and First-Aid trained.