Coaches

Renee Ruggeri

Owner and Head Coach.

Renee has been coaching or over 30 years.  She began gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued her career in gymnastics competing USGF, WPIAL, PIAA high level competitons.  She was honored with PIAA and WPIAL State Championships and then attended Clarion University as a Divison I gymnast.  She went on to coach Baldwin Hghschool to a PIAA state championship team and several individual champions in 8 years.  She is the original and sole owner of Ultimate Gymnastics, now in its 11th year. She has coached over 20 USAG state champions and succesful state placing teams.  Renee is married and has 2 gymnastic daughters, as well as a son playing hockey in college.

Hannah Gentile

I have been coaching at Ultimate since 2013. I was part of the original team when Ultimate opened eleven years ago. As I get older, my passion for helping children become the bests gymnasts they can be continues to grow stronger. Since I started coaching in 2013, I have been grateful enough to say I have guided numerous young gymnasts to a state title. In the past years, I have also earned my meet referee certification as well as USA gymnastics official (judges) certification.

Outside of the gym, I am usually focusing on my career. Soon, I will be graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an early childhood and special education degree. I plan to pursue a career as an early childhood educator upon graduation. 

Certifications & clearances:

Safe sport, safety certification, background check, act 34, act 35, act 115, act 151, 100,000 liability insurance, meet referee, judging accreditation levels 1-6.

 

Courtney Batiz,

of Vandergrift, PA

I Started Gymnastics at the age of 2 1/2.  Preteam at the age of 4 and finished my senior year as a level 9. I started my gymnastics career at Kiski Valley Competitive Edge where I was a level 4 & 5 state champion, level 7 western PA champion and then came to Ultimate Gymnastics when Renee opened in 2007. I hold the level 8 state vault title in 2009. Five time level 8 & 9 state and regional qualifier. 2013 national runner up on the Vault and 11th AA in the nation. I also competed for my highschool where I was a Ford City high school Independent gymnast. I received 2 WPIAL gold medals, 3 silver medals including one in  the AA, and several bronze medals. My Love for gymnastics led me to start junior coaching through my high school years, and I have been coaching ever since at Ultimate.

 I am a current graduate of Slippery Rock University where I recieved my bachelors degree in Business Administration with a focus in finance.

 

Andy  Cox

Andy has been coaching for over 30 years, specializing in conditioning, Uneven Bars and Tumbling.  He has trainined numerous championship gymnasts and cheerleaders.  He started with ultimare in 2008 and has been an asset to the team gymnasts ever since.

 

Gina Batiz

 Vandergrift, PA

Started Gymnastics at the age of 3, started competing at the age of 6. Level 4 USAG State Floor and All-around Champion through Ultimate Gymnastics. Made it to States in Levels 4-9, and regionals in Level 8 and 9. Ford City Independent gymnast, receiving 3 WPIAL medals. Currently attending Penn State majoring in Engineering.

Amanda L. Waronsky

  • 1993 graduate of Weir High School in Weirton, WV
  • 1999 graduate of WVU with Master’s in Health/Phys. Ed.
  • 12 years of dance and acrobatic training
  • Currently Health/PE teacher in the Allegheny Valley School District
  • 5th year of coaching at Ultimate
  • Currently coaching level 5,6 and Xcel Gold

Megan Wittman

I am currently a senior at Penn-Trafford High School.   I began gymnastics at the age of 3 when I went to summer camp at Kasamon Gymnastics.   Jutec taught me the basics and gymnastics and ballet.   I quickly moved to the team.   I have been competing since the age of 6.   I have been at Ultimate Gymnastics for 6 years.   This is my second home and I consider my coaches and other gymnasts as family. Now in my twelfth competitive season, I am a level 9.   Through my gymnastics career I have qualified and competed in States every year and last year qualified for Regionals as a level 9.  

I have assisted coaching a Special Needs program for two years.   I’ve also coached pre-team gymnasts.   This will be my second year coaching Level 2.   As a young gymnast, I always looked up to the older girls knowing I wanted to be like them.   Now that I am a coach, it makes me very proud to pass along my knowledge and skills to the younger girls.   I truly enjoy watching them grow and learn new skills.

Through gymnastics I have gained so much.   Not only am I physically strong, I have learned to handle the challenges of a full honors schedule at school and practicing at the gym four to five days a week.   I have learned to compete independently and as a team.

I plan to attend Penn State University for Forensics upon graduation.

Shelly Garris 

Shelly was a competitive gymnast for 8 years and has always had a passion for gymnastics. She has been coaching at Ultimate for 5 years with all of her gymnast being state qualifiers. Her daughter, Lauren, is a level 8 gymnast at Ultimate. 

She enjoys working with all the girls and teaching not only technics and skills of gymnastics but helping to build them into strong determined women.

 

Jerry Cibik

Has coached at Ultimate Gymnastics as team coach since opening in 2007.

Started coaching in 1995 as a volunteer at Vandergrift YMCA when daughter

was competing.  Interest in gymnastics started in middle school, but

competed as a diver for Kiski Area Varsity Swim Team in high school.  

Served in US Navy as a Petty Officer 2nd Class with primary duty in Taipei, Taiwan.

Currently in the Financial Services Industry since 1986.

 

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Ultimate Gymnastics  is currently seeking a qualified gymnasitics professional to join our growing program. To apply, please contact us with your resume and experience qualifications.