Deana Lee is the founder, owner and head coach at EGA. Though she grew up an army brat, she settled in Edmond and graduated from Edmond Santa Fe. She trained at Dynamo Gymnastics as a student, competing through Level 10 while earning multiple state titles and a national championship. Deana competed collegiately for the University of Kentucky before returning to Oklahoma to complete her degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Deana coached at Dynamo for 16 years before opening EGA in January of 2013. She has trained multiple State, Regional and National Champion gymnasts as well as athletes who have competed at the Division I level in college.
Deana has a degree in Community Health with minors in Biology and Business and is a certified personal trainer. She continues to compete as a body builder and uses her extensive knowledge and experience in nutrition and training to develop the whole athlete.
Caroline Horn has been involved with gymnastics for 37 years as a parent of a gymnast, parent of a coach, and currently office manager of EGA. Caroline has been a small business owner, an army wife and an H&R Block office manager. When her daughter, Deana, asked her to move to Edmond and help her open Edmond Gymnastics Academy she did so without hesitation.
Caroline is the first to greet parents and gymnasts when they walk in the gym. She knows firsthand the dedication, hard work, and parent sacrifice that it takes to be successful in the sport of gymnastics. Serving in this capacity brings back her own wonderful memories of sacrifice and success in a sport that she and her daughter have shared for more than 35 years. While Caroline will always be a gym mom, now she shares in the successes of hundreds of gymnasts and several special coaches.
Dedra Case has been with Edmond Gymnastics since 2014. Dedra holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Central Oklahoma (Magna Cum Laude) where she was the Outstanding Senior Health Department award winner as well as Girls and Women in Sport Scholarship Award winner. Dedra's extensive experience in coaching and choreography (3 years in New Mexico and in Edmond since 1996) has seen her coach and choreograph for many state, regional, national and collegiate-level athletes. She also has 20+ years of experience in team organization and management and has been an ACE certified personal trainer.
Dedra serves as the team coordinator and assistant coach in levels 6 and above.
Anni Martin is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for her entire life. She graduated from Jenks High School and then attended the University of Oklahoma graduating in 2003 (summa cum laude) with a degree in Letters. Anni also holds a teaching certificate in early childhood education and a real estate license. As the granddaughter of Ken Hensley who coached in Oklahoma for over 40 years she was raised at Jenks Gymnastics and spent 25 years there as both an athlete and coach. She has coached numerous state and regional gymnastics champions as well as state championship teams at every level 4-10. After leaving Jenks, Anni partnered to open SoCo Gymnastics acting as program director before taking time off to focus on her family in 2015. Anni and her husband Jason have 4 children: Eli, Emmarie, Evelyn, and Estelle.
Payton Brown is our Recreational Gymnastics Program Director from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Payton has been tumbling since he was 4 years old and competed as a gymnast in his youth, winning 2 state championships on vault. He also competed as a level 3 & 4 cheerleader in high school and was a varsity diver. Payton has coached for 15 years and has a passionate love for kids. His high energy and positive attitude bring a strong energy to the gym. He has coached everything from preschool gymnastics to collegiate-level tumbling. He also has a strong background in training coaches.
Payton is currently an undergrad at the University of Central Oklahoma. His goal is to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology, become an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), and open a private practice dedicated to helping men recover from trauma.