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SCEGA Gymnastics

27532 Commerce Center Dr. Temecula 92590 (951)699-4499

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Girl's Competitive Staff

Kathy Strate — Co-Owner/Founder of SCEGA

Kathy graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. Degree in Finance. With over 25 years of experience as a coach and competitor, Kathy competed in the USAG program in various regions of the United States. She was the director of the gymnastics program at Camp Pendleton, California from 1982—1984 and coached club gymnasts until 1989 when SCEGA was established. Kathy coaches primarily Level 9—Elite and has had many gymnasts competing at the REGIONAL, NATIONAL, and INTERNATIONAL level. Kathy specializes in Beam and her most exciting accomplishment was having Rachel Tidd qualify for the World Championship Beam Finals. Kathy was the 2004 Level 10 Coach of the Year and in 2003 was the Level 10 Co-Coach of the Year for Southern California. She is married to Rod and they have four children; Alexis, Ronny, Bradley, and Karli.

Kathy Bader — Co-Owner of SCEGA

Kathy has been involved with gymnastics for over 24 years as a competitor and a coach. She attended Cal State Fullerton and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance. She has coached competitively in the Southern California area for the past 18 years. Kathy coaches primarily Level 7—10. She specializes in Beam and was the 2002 Southern California Level 8 Coach of the Year. Kathy is married to Dave and they have two children; Allison and Emily.

Rhonda Schwandt—Head Choreographer

Rhonda has an impressive gymnastics background including being a member of the USA National Team from 1977-1980, USA All Around Champion twice, World Championship Team member twice and a UCLA Team member with a full athletic scholarship.  She has been coaching since 1976 and joined SCEGA in 2014.  Rhonda is our head choreographer and dance instructor as well as coaching all optional levels.

Craig Maurello

Craig was a Junior National gymnast and a member of 4 Regional NCAA Division 1 Team Champions while attending Southern Connecticut State University. After graduating from college he was the assistant coach at Southern Connecticut State University for the men’s team under Abie Grossfeld. He was the Head Coach at Culbertsons Gymnastique in Florida from 1982—1989 where he coached the U.S. Junior Boys AA National Champions. He owned and operated Rancho California Gymnastics. He joined our SCEGA staff in May 2002 where he coaches bars and vault for the girls’ team, levels 6-9. Craig also coaches the Level 7 and above Boys Team members on both pommel horse and rings.

Marci Hauser

SCEGA is very excited to have one of its original co-founders, back coaching in the gym again. After a 6 year hiatus, Marci is happy to be coaching part time again. Marci graduated with a B.A. in Physical Education from San Diego State University. With over 21 years of experience as a coach and competitor (including collegiate level), Marci has had many gymnasts competing at the REGIONAL and NATIONAL levels. Marci coaches primarily Level 8 through Level 10, and her emphasis is tumbling, floor, and beam.

Ryan Covo

Ryan is an instrumental coach in the SCEGA girls program.  He works with levels 5-10 and most recently began coaching our Elite level girls.  He has a great ability to motivate and push his gymnasts to be the best they can be.  Ryan also oversees our Compulsory Program and has done an amazing job organizing the competitive season, the coaches travel and the super fun intra-squad meet.

Debbie Geuy

Debbie has been a coach at SCEGA for 7 years. She has been coaching all levels of academy as well as Level 4 and the junior teams, and for the past 4 years, our Level 5 team. Prior to moving to Temecula she coached the Level 5 team at Michael Anthony’s Gymnastics in Concord, CA. where she also ran their preschool program. Her first coaching position was for the Santa Clarita Aerials where she coached all levels for 15 years.

Heather Savasta

Heather came to us from North Carolina where she was a scholarship gymnast at UNC Chapel Hill and received a BS in Molecular Biology.  She has been doing gymnastics since she was 4 yrs old and coaching for 15 years and has been  with  SCEGA for almost seven years. She is experienced in coaching everything from preschool to competitive team gymnastics. Here at SCEGA she coaches several pre-competitive academy classes as well coaching Levels 2-4 for our girls competitive team.  When she isn't coaching she is mommy to two awesome kids.
Even with her love of Biology and Chemistry,  coaching gymnastics has always been where her heart is and she feels very lucky to come to work every day and do what she loves.

Kira Levell

Kira has been working at Scega since 2007. She met her husband here (Coach Jon) and their daughter Jayden can't get enough of Scega! She's had the opportunity to work with all ages and currently focuses on conditioning for the team girls. Kira was a competitive level 9 gymnast herself and continues to live an active healthy lifestyle as a CrossFitter.

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