Azarian Gymnastics - Gymnastics Teams

Azarian Staff

Let us introduce you to the gifted, caring, and highly-qualified staff at Azarian.

Eduard Azarian  –  President, Program Director & Boys Team Head Coach

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:

  • 1975 All Around Junior National Champion of the USSR
  • 1976 Member of the USSR Senior National Team
  • 1976-1979 Winner of several international competitions
  • 1978 Silver medalist of the World Championship in France
  • 1979 P Bars Gold medalist at World Cup Championship in Japan1979 All-Around Champion Spartakaide
  • 9-Time Champion of the USSR
  • 1980 All Around 2nd place at World Cup Championship in Ontario, Canada
  • 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 13 years coaching experience in the USSR with the boys and girls National Team
  • Coaching in the USA since 1992.  Trained many State Champions, Regional Champions, Junior National Champions, and USA Junior National Team Members
  • 35 years of coaching experience.  16 years of personal training and competing experience
  • 2004 Coach of the Year  Award
  • 2009 Coach of the Year Award
  • 2010 Coach of the Year Award
  • 2014 National Coach of the Year Award

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Marina Azarian  –  General Manager

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 Azarian-Myers  –  Office Manager & Special Events Coordinator

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.

Edmund O'Connor  –  Boys Team Coordinator & Boys Team Coach

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”.

  • 14 years of competitive gymnastics experience
  • Competed in New Jersey and represented Region 7 as a team member for Class 3 and 2
  • National Qualifier for Class 3, 2, and 1
  • Regional Training camps combined of Regions 5, 6, and 7
  • Coaches: Compulsory Coach Gerardo Sura, and Optional Coach Yei Yida (Former Chinese National Team Coach)
  • Coaching Experience – USAG Boys competitive program levels 4-10
  • Numerous student achievements on the NJ state level, Region 7, and National Level
  • Level 9 and Level 10 Regional Team Members
  • National Event Semi-Finalists and Finalists
  • Coaching Experience – 6 Years involvement with the Future Stars Program
  • Numerous student achievements at the Regional Level – Regional Team Members for the past four years
  • Attended Future Stars National Testing for the past four years
  • Future Stars Developmental National Team Members
  • Attended 2 National Developmental Team Camps at USOTC

Perry Davies  –  Girls Team Head Coach

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.

  • Credentials/accomplishments:
  • USAG Current Pro Membership
  • USAG U100 Certified
  • USAG W400 Certified from Olympic Training Center National Staff
  • USAG W410 Developmental Camp Olympic Training Center
  • USAG W412 Junior Olympic Level 9/10 Camp at the Olympic Training Site with the National Staff
  • Bar and Vault Clinician at SUU College camp 2015 and 2016
  • Bar and Vault Clinician at University of Utah college camp 2016
  • Attended 2 National Developmental camps at the Olympic Training Site with the National Staff
  • Multiple Tops / Hopes / Jr. Elite training camps with the National Staff
  • OSHA Safety Certified
  • CPR/First Aid Certified, also graduated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) School in both Florida and Colorado requirements
  • Hopes Nationals / US Secret Challenge Qualifier 2014
  • 15 first place State Team Titles in the past 5 years
  • 85 State bar champions
  • 19 Regional bar champions
  • 3 Western National Bar Champions, one 2nd place, and two 3rd place
  • 60 State vault champions
  • 15 Regional Vault Champions
  • 3 Western National Vault Champions and one 2nd place
  • 77 State AA Champions
  • 17 Regional AA Champions
  • 5 Western National top 4 AA Finishes (three 2nd, 3rd, 4th AA)

Favorite quote is, "You have to show them how much you care, before they care how much you know".

Vanessa Gonzalez  –  Excel Program Director & Girls Team Coach and Coordinator

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!”

Erika Parrish  –  Recreational Director, Compulsory & Optional Girls Team Coach

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 Sprott  –  Preschool Program Director and Instructor

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 Cantrell  –  Birthday Party & Kidzone Director, Preschool Instructor

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!

Ashley Walker  –  Excel/PreTeam & Girls Team Instructor

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 Shikuma  –  Excel, Girls Pre Team & Team Coach

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 Jacob  –  Optional Girls Team Coach

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.

Rachel Bunetta  –  Preschool & Recreational Coach

Kelly Cash  –  Preschool Coach

Chloe Chen  –  Recreational Coach

Taylor Chen  –  Recreational Coach

Mira Eissa  –  Preschool Coach

Sarah Elbalalesy  –  Preschool Coach

Franny Gillions  –  Preschool Coach

Abby Glick  –  Preschool Coach

Daniel Goglanian  –  Recreational Coach

Kristin Igawa  –  Recreational Coach

Ivana Ivy  –  Recreational Coach

Rebecca Krajeski  –  Recreational Coach

Brittany Long  –  Recreational Coach

Oscar Luna  –  Recreational Coach, Team Coach & Facilities Manager

Maddison McCallen  –  Recreational Coach

Cassidy Moore  –  Recreational Coach

Trevor Myers  –  Office Assistant

Katheryn Nie  –  Preschool Coach

Tyler Schoon  –  Recreational Coach

Sasha Tarnovsky  –  Preschool Coach

Maren Titel  –  Preschool Coach

Cody Thompson  –  Recreational Coach

Brooke Snow  –  Recreational Coach

Mikey Valdez  –  Preschool Coach

Stefanie Williams-Goldberg  –  Preschool Coach