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 champtionship. 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 Cenral 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 14 years of experience in team organization and management and has been an ACE certified personal trainer.
Dedra serves as the travel coordinator and assistant coaches 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.
Wendy Varela has been involved in the sport of gymnastics most of her life. A graduate of Jenks (OK) High School, she was an All State gymnast for three years and competed in and around Oklahoma for ten years. Wendy began coaching during her sophomore year in high school! Wendy studied Musical Theater at The University of Tulsa and Theater at California Institute of the Arts. She returned to coaching gymnastsics for the Vandenburg (CA) Air Force Base Jets coaching gymnasts from parent-tot to lower-level optional as well as starting the boys program there. In 2013 she took a new challenge becoming the co-director of All Sport Fitness Center in Buellton, California. Wendy and her family returned to Oklahoma in August of 2014. In looking for an exceptional gym for her and her daughters, Wendy was excited to find EGA as a fit for both!
Wendy coaches Rec classes at EGA.
Cierra Bennett was born and raised in Oklahoma City and has been involved in gymnastics all of her life. Cierra is a graduate from Putnam City North class of 2014. She is currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma studying Kinesiology Exercise/Fitness Management. Cierra participated and competed in gymnastics with Dynamo Gymnastics for 12 years, where Deana Martinez was her coach for seven years. Cierra has previously coached at Dynamo Gymnastics working with both recreational and competitive team gymnasts before moving over to us here at Edmond Gymnastics Academy. Cierra is coaching our Level 4 team and the Excel Gold team.
Will Stokley is from Alabama and has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for many years. Will Stokley graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Exercise Science. He has been a gymnastics judge for 3 years. Will coached National Collegiate Gymnastics Association gymnastics for 7 years and has coached club gymnastics for 10 years. Will coaches many of our team gymnasts that come to practice everyday and is the newest member to our Edmond Gymnastics coaching staff.
Competed 14 years through Class 1