Gymnastics Academy of Charleston

                                               "Excellence Everyday"
                  Home of Great Atlantic Cheer - Competitive Allstar Cheer              



  • Professional USAG Members and Safety Certified
  • All the staff have over 40 years of combined gymnastics coaching experience
  • Fun Highly Motivated Staff
  • Come visit and meet our staff at our new facility:

    444 Deanna Ln

    Wando SC , 29492   

    Or Call for a
     SKILL EVALUATION:                      

    (843) 856-2200 


    Valerie Matyskiel Cummings

    Head Coach / Owner

    Valerie grew up in Massachusetts where she trained at Gymnastics Training Center and was coached by Dutch Olympian, Richard Maijs and Bulgarian Olympian Tania Fillipova. Valerie was a 3 year level 10 competitor.  She was a member of the 2004 Massachusetts National Team and qualified for Vault finals. Valerie was recognized for her Scholastic honors in the Boston Globe and Herald.  Valerie attended the College of Charleston and graduated in '07 with a bachelors degree in political science and health. In the past four years Valerie has grown her competitive team from scratch to over 100 team members.  In those years she has had over 50 State Champions and multiple Regional Qualifiers and Champions.  



    Karen Altman - Cheer Director and Head Coach


    Our head coach, Karen Altman has coached recreation, recreation competition and all star competition cheerleading squads for a total past 16 years. 
    Karen is AACCA and USASF (cheer and dance) safety certified, a certified panel and NFHS safety judge for the South Carolina High School League, is a member of the NFISA and is a certified judge having judged for several national and regional organizations (The JamBrands, US Cheer, Maximum Competitions, Spirit Sport, Cheersport, American Championships & The US Finals). Her judging experience also includes local competitions and try outs for all stars and school squads. Karen judges all forms of all star cheerleading, Tiny’s thru Seniors and all levels. She has been actively judging allstars, recreation and school teams for the past 16+ years. She currently judges for The Jambrands as a Head Judge, Safety Judge and/or JamBrand Score Representative. In addition, Karen is the SC State Representative for the USASF, serves on the USASF Regional Advisory Board, the Agent for SC for The Cheerleading Agency. 


    Lexy Kroll, Yvonne Manigault, Stephanie Franza, and Tim McDaniel Assistant Coaches

    Lexy Kroll has been coaching for 6 years, and competed for 4 years. She cheered on all-star cheerleading teams in South Carolina, levels 2-5, and for Wando High School. Lexy is currently working towards her Bachelor’s in both Biology and Secondary Education. She is a USASF credentialed competitive cheerleading coach and choreographs whole routines. 

    Linda Haswell

    Gymnastics Team & Xcel Team Coach

    Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Linda has lived in the Charleston area for the last 4 years. Linda has been involved with athletics for most of her life having participated at various levels in the sports of cheerleading, softball, volleyball, and aerobics. She has also been working with children for over 20 years and currently has 2 daughters on the gymnastics team and a son participating in hockey.  Linda is a USAG certified coach who has been coaching various levels of gymnastics from pre-school to level 7. Prior to relocating to the lowcountry, she held the position of Director of Pre-School Gymnastics in North Carolina. Linda has a passion for athletics, gymnastics, and teaching fundamentals to children of all ages.

    Becky Eidson

    Business Manager / Owner

    Becky was born and raised West of the Ashley in Charleston, SC. She graduated with a Business and Industrial Safety Degree from Newberry College and has been a successful business manager for over 20 years. She was a competitive baton twirler with various state and national awards. She is passionate about fitness for children and helping them find a means to further their education through the sport of gymnastics. She has one son and a daughter who is a competitive gymnast under Coach Valerie. 

    Randy Parrish

    Gymnastics Coach - Girls and Boys team and Rec

    Randy was a former competitive college gymnast at Illinois State University. He has been coaching since 1976 and owned Quincy Gymnastics for 25 years and coached gymnasts and Cheerleaders to the National level. He is a certified Physical Education teacher. In addition, he is the director of FLIP FEST summer gymnastics camp in Tennessee owned by Olympians John Macready and John Roethlisberger. He coaches all levels including recreational gymnastics here at GAC.


    Laura Aycock

    Gymnastics Team Coach

    Laura was raised in a small town in North Carolina.  She trained at Raleigh School of Gymnastics up to level 10. She was the Level 9 Eastern Uneven Bars champion and placed in the Floor finals. She began coaching in High School then went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied Vocal Performance. Then Meredith College where she studied Musical Theatre. She returned to coaching and has coached several State Champions and Regional qualifiers. Laura is also the mother of 2 girls.  


     Katrina Moreno

    Administrative Assistant

    Katrina is from Valley Center KS.  She has a degree in Communication and Broadcasting from Montgomery College in Maryland.  She has 9 years of Administartion experience and has coached High School Cheerleading.  She was a Cheerleader in High School and was on an All Star Cheerleading squad in Colorado.  She has two children being coached by Valerie on the GAC Competitive team.  She loves to work with people and children.










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