Gold Medal Gymnastics boasts a staff of highly competent and friendly professionals. All of our staff, paid or volunteer have a complete backround check. We have a combined experience of over 130 years. Check us out:
Brenda L Lust
Owner and Head Coach 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 Elemntary School Gymnastics team 1977-79, she received Most Valuable Player Honors as well as Sportmanship Awards. She was a four year Varsity team member of Allentown High School Competive gymnastics team. While competeting there she received the Most Dedicated Gymnast Award. She competed in the NJ State Sectionals in 1981. Brenda has taught gymnastics in New Jersery, North Carolina, Alabama and Delaware. She has worked with pre school thru competitive level 10 gymnasts. She is CPR and First-Aid trained. Brenda is safety certified thru Gym-Cert as well as level 1,2,3 and 4. She is PDP-1, KAT & Movement Education and Lesson planning certified through USA Gymnastics. She is the current State Chair for the USAIGC. Brenda has 3 children, Shannon, Riley and Connor. Brenda is a licensed Radiological Technologist and Orthopaedic Technologist.
Fred has been teaching gymnastics for over 20 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. He is a professor at Delaware State University. Fred is an avid bicyclist in his spare time.
Ed teaches the parent and tot and pre-school aged children, and assists with the competitve team when his schedule allows. Ed is a former competive gymnast in Long Island, NY. He served in the US Airforce 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.
Traci- Lyn Stanley
Class & Copper team Coach
Traci was a competitive gymnast for 8 years. She has been teaching gymnastics for over 30 years. Traci has taught at the YMCA, Gymnastics Country, Gymnastics Unlimited, Kent County Maryland Parks and Recreation. Traci joined the coaching staff at Gold Medal Gymnastics in 2007. She is PDP and KAT certified. Traci is first-aid and CPR certified, she has also passed the Safety Certification program through USA Gymnastics.
Traci received her BA from Washington College, studying Psychology & 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 sine 1998
Traci has 2 children Jecilyn born in 2004 and Treavor born in 2006.
Recreational and Team Coach
Jennifer started gymnastics at the age of 2 1/2 at a Parks & Recreation program in Vermont. After moving to Pennsylvania she continued gymnastics at Berks Gymnastics, at the age of 10 her family moved to Delaware where Jen continued her competitve 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, unfortantely 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.
Renee currently teaches dance to our competitive level gymnast. Renee started dancing at 2 1/2 at Victoria's Dance Stars, in Newark Delaware. She continued dancing until the age of 28. She began teaching dance as a teenager and continued to teach until she had her daughter in 2009. Renee also has a background in cheerleading, she was a cheerleader at Glasgow High School and Wilmington University. She is CPR and First-Aid certified. Renee is currently employed at Newark Montessori Preschool.