Let us introduce you to the gifted, caring, and highly-qualified staff at Azarian.
Originally from the Soviet Union, Eduard comes from a tradition of excellence in the sport of gymnastics. Following in the footsteps of his father, the famous Albert Azarian, Eduard is a second generation World Champion & Olympic Gold Medal Winner.
Eduard's credits include:
Marina has over 20 years experience in gymnastics business management. From 1997-2005, Marina was the business office manager at a top Northern Orange County Gymnastics Academy. Prior to that, she served as the office assistant at a Los Angeles County Gymnastics Center. Marina has extensive experience in human resources, marketing material development, web site management, scheduling, as well as member communication and community relations. Marina is a graduate of Armenian State University, where she studied English, Armenian, Russian and German languages. Her credentials include teaching and translating.
Albina has over 14 years of working in the gymnastics office environment as an office manager, special events coordinator and an academy supervisor. Albina has grown up in the world of gymnastics and dance. She did gymnastics for five years and has danced for over nine years in Hip Hop and Jazz. Albina has coached gymnastics for Levels 1-5 including Pre Team and Competitive Team. She has also helped choreograph a routine for a North Orange County dance company that she was training and performing with. Currently, Albina is the office manager & special events coordinator at Azarian Gymnastics and the creator and designer of Bina Beadz sold exclusively at Azarian Gymnastics.
Gymnastics has always been part of my life. Aside from learning the different gymnastic apparatuses this sport has taught me so many important life lessons. Hard work, determination, and discipline to name a few. Coaching gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and help my students achieve success. My goal as a coach is to have my students understand that “Practice makes permanent”.
Perry is a former Gymnast / National qualifier and All Around Regional champion. He has over fifteen years of coaching experience, working with both boys and girls teams, levels 3 – 10 / Hopes Division. Perry has been at Azarian for over 12 years and specializes in coaching Bars / Vault. Coach Perry has been instrumental in developing a total of 107 State, Regional and National Bar Champions, 78 State, Regional and National Vault Champions and 94 State and Regional AA Champions.
Favorite quote is, "You have to show them how much you care, before they care how much you know".
Vanessa has been coaching gymnastics since 2002. Following in her sisters foot steps she joined the sport at the age of 2 and has lived in it ever since. She has coached preschool through girls competitive level 9 but focuses on the compulsory levels and excel. She believes that instilling the right foundation in gymnastics is critical for future progress. She has also spent the last few years assisting in the management of another major Orange County gym. Her coaching philosophy is “You can only get out of this sport what you put into it. That includes coaches! You can’t expect your child to go out there and dominate unless you have embedded in her every single day the tools needed to achieve her goals! Work your girls hard but work yourself harder, give them confidence and pride and demand perfection because if you don’t they wont strive for it! They will surprise you with what they can achieve!”
From a very early age Erika aspired to be a gymnast. Her parents finally enrolled her in lessons at the age of 7 after she insisted on cartwheeling the bases instead of running them at her t-ball games. She started competing 3 months later and excelled quickly. Erika competed up through Level 10 winning various state, regional and national titles as well as establishing herself as a powerhouse gymnast on vault and floor. She has over 10 years of coaching experience in all aspects of the sport: mommy and me, preschool, recreational, high school and girls' competitive team. Within her competitive coaching career she has helped to produce numerous state, regional and national individual and team champions. Though she loves working with all gymnasts her true passion lies with coaching and choreographing girl's optional floor routines. Her unique approach and talent to give each gymnast an individualized routine that combines their unique personality with distinctive dance elements has made her choreography continue to stand out within the competitive circle. She hopes that through the sport of gymnastics and her passionate coaching style she is able to instill in every child self worth, self esteem, self confidence and a sense of accomplishment that will carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Michelle participated in formal gymnastics as a youth from age 5 through 18 and assisted in coaching younger students during that time. Michelle has a degree in elementary education and taught for several years in the K-2 age group. After staying home with her two children when they were young Michelle taught tumbling, physical education and pre-school related classes to children ages 5 months to 9 years at a children’s gym for 3 years prior to joining Azarian. Michelle brings over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching young children. Michelle enjoys helping the children at Azarian reach their goals and succeed in a positive, fun and rewarding atmosphere.
Andrea has been coaching gymnastics since 2004. She was involved in cheerleading throughout her elementary years. She continued cheerleading in middle school, as well as Drill Team. Once entering High School she began tumbling for High School Cheer. While in high school, Andrea also was involved in many sports; soccer, track and softball. After graduating, Andrea began coaching gymnastics. Andrea has coached gymnastics for levels 1-4. Andrea is CPR and safety certified. She currently attends Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College. Andrea is currently on the women’s Track & Field Team, where she holds the college record for the woman’s 4x100 Relay Race Team. Her coaching philosophy is “teach with all your might, love with all your heart and laugh until you just can’t stop.” Andrea’s favorite quote that she loves telling her students when they are down is “You begin to achieve when you begin to believe!” She believes it’s 100% true!
Growing up as an Air Force child, Ashley has trained and competed in several states and countries. She started gymnastics at the age of 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii and was competing in Germany by the age of 6. Later that year, Ashley was asked to live with the German national team but had to move to Texas where she began homeschooling to focus her attention on gymnastics. Ashley stopped doing gymnastics at the age of 16 as a level 10 and has been coaching for the last 9 years. She has coached ages 3 to 18, levels 1 thru 10, on all events. Ashley’s coaching philosophy is based off of 4 priorities: safety of the athlete, development of the athlete as a person, development of the athlete as a gymnast and incorporating fun into the learning process.
Rena started gymnastics at the age of 6 and quickly excelled finding herself competing within a few years. Her best event was beam, followed by floor. In addition to gymnastics, Rena spent 3 years as an adult in San Francisco training sports acro and circus (flying trapeze, Chinese pole, and hand balancing), and performing as a mixed pair locally. During high school, Rena began helping out with recreational classes and fell in love with coaching. Rena has coached gymnastics levels 1-5, including preschool, pre-team and competitive team, for over 10 years. Her favorite event to coach is beam. Rena believes that gymnastics installs many life lessons in children at an early age, that help develop them into passionate, hard working, confident people.
Taylor is a former Orange County Level 10 club gymnast who earned a full athletic scholarship to Boise State University for gymnastics. While in club, she won state and regional titles across multiple levels and was a two-time J. O. National Qualifier. During college she helped her team to two Conference Titles and won many titles on the Uneven Bars. While at Boise State she earned her BA in Communications with a minor in Marketing.
After recovering from an achilles tendon tear in her sophomore year, Taylor used her 5th year of competing to earn her Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration for Physical Education. She spent six years coaching at the optional and elite levels in North Los Angeles where she helped athletes to the Western Championships, JO National Championships, and Hopes Championships.
Taylor is passionate about the sport and the life lessons gymnastics gives young athletes. She considers herself to be a gymnastics nerd, which she thinks started at 10 years old – after falling in love with the sport while watching the 1996 Magnificent Seven win the team gold in Atlanta.