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Young's Gym

Staff

At Young’s, we make sure that all of the staff we hire love teaching and working with children! We look for enthusiastic, energetic instructors! In addition to those qualities, it helps if they have a gymnastics and/or cheerleading background but it is possible some staff we hire may not have any background in either of those disciplines. In those cases, we have an extensive training program that we employ within our facility and we use materials from USA Gymnastics’ teaching university. When hired, each of our instructors must pass a thorough background check through USA Gymnastics and/or USASF, the national governing cheerleading body. In addition, new instructors must pass the USA Gymnastics safety certification test and also the instructor course within 30 days of being hired. We also provide CPR training annually for our staff as well.

Needless to say, but at Young’s we constantly strive to provide the best instructors possible for our students and safety in the gym is our number one priority! And just as a side note, but some of our best instructors from the past have been teachers, usually Seminary students from Southeastern here in Wake Forest, who had zero gymnastics knowledge when they began!

Alan Young (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

Alan is a true Wake Forest native and a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. He is one of few who can actually claim to have been born in the town of Wake Forest as the former hospital in the town only performed deliveries for a few years in the late sixties. Having grown up in the town, Alan realized the need for a quality facility that offered gymnastics instruction for children as there had been none when he was a child. After graduating from NC State University where he was a Wolfpack cheerleader and a member of the back to back National Championship squads of 1990 and 1991, Alan began his endeavor of opening a gymnastics and cheerleading school in the town during the fall of 1993. The doors opened for business on February 28, 1994 in the upstairs portion of what is now the Cotton Company in downtown Wake Forest. Since that time Young’s Gym has grown into what it is today: a stand alone 8,000 sq. ft air conditioned facility that houses the premier recreational gymnastics and All-Star cheerleading program in the area.

Shannon Young (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

Shannon is a Durham native and former middle school spanish teacher of six years. She and Alan met in 1991 while teaching summer cheerleading camps together at NC State University. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she was a Catamount cheerleader for three years. After cheering in college, Shannon spent three seasons cheering for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers as a member of their cheerleading squad, the Topcats. Although good friends for a decade, Shannon will tell you that Alan didn’t finally wise up and realize what a good catch she was until they began dating in the summer of 2001! She began working at the gym at the end of that year and took over the day to day operations of the business office and began the undaunting task of revamping the all-star cheerleading program, the Wake Forest All-Stars. Alan finally got smart and married her in May of 2003! When working at the gym, Shannon is the heart and soul of the Wake Forest All-Star cheerleading program and prides herself on running a very successful and well organized program.  She and Alan welcomed the birth of their twin boys, Colby and Brody, on April 30th, 2007 and their third son, Casey, was born on November 4, 2008! Team Young is quite busy now as you might would imagine!

Lisa Pitzer (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

Lisa has been managing the business office of Young’s for more years than any of us can remember and is probably more recognizable to most of our clientele than either Alan or Shannon. You will most likely speak to her on the phone when you call. She has helped relieve Shannon of the every day duties of the business office. If you asked either Shannon or Alan who is the most vital employee in the organization, Lisa’s name would be the first one out of their mouths. Both of Lisa’s girls, Jordan and Jenna, cheered for the Wake Forest All-Stars and her family has been involved in the program for years, long before she began working in the office. Lisa is a vital part of the Wake Forest All-Star program!

Samantha Barham (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

Samantha has been a part of Young’s Gym almost since it’s beginnings in downtown Wake Forest, taking class from the time she was about 5 years old. She cheered many years for Shannon as part of the Wake Forest All Star program and she has been an instructor at the gym for more than 5 years as well as an All Star cheerleading coach. She is now 27 and is the gym manager as well as one of our WFAS cheer head coaches. She has always been part of the family!

 Alex Powell (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

Alex was born in Raleigh, NC and attended high school at Southeast Raleigh High. He cheered 3 seasons for the Wolfpack of N.C. State and was named most valuable player two years out of those three. Alex has been coaching tumbling for 12 years and gymnastics for 7 years. He has worked for several gyms in the area and has been on the staff for Edge Cheer and Dance Cheerleading company for the past 6 years. Alex is the main tumbling coach for the Wake Forest All-Star cheerleading program.

Melissa Kirkendall (First Aid, CPR, AED Certified)

 

Melissa has been the Track Out Camp director at Young’s for the past 6 years. Before coming to Young’s she had been employed with a local day care center. Melissa is a home town Wake Forest girl, graduating from Wake Forest-Rolesville in 2002. She and her husband Trevor are huge Green Bay Packer and Carolina Hurricane fans!