Alec Russell ​​

Girls' Team and Recreational Coach

Casey Sarles

USAG Girls' Team Coach and Office Staff

Mrs. Casey Sarles, has a long history in gymnastics. She competed in gymnastics for 15 years, part of which was with the NCSU club. She won USAIGC Nationals for Bars, Floor, Vault, and All Around. She has coached gymnastics for 9 years. She has coached recreational, AAU, and team in both New York and North Carolina. Also her favorite color is Aubergine.

Courtney grew up doing both Dance and Gymnastics competitively. She began coaching and teaching since high school. Tri County has been her home for almost 25 years! A Graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, she enjoys working with children and loves seeing them grow and learn new skills both inside the gym and out. She is proud to be a Co-Owner with Jeremy and Mariah and can't wait to see what the future holds for TCG.

Courtney Leone
​​Owner and AAU Team Director

Kathleen Is Mariah’s Younger sister. Kathleen grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and started gymnastics at a young age.  She was involved in both recreational and team level classes.  Both of her sisters also did gymnastics exposing her to the bonds gymnastics can create.  She continued to pursue gymnastics all the way through high school along with many other sports including basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball. She recently graduated high school and was a summer camp counselor.  As of lately she moved in with her sister Mariah and is excited to be in North Carolina.

Kathleen Craig 
​AAU Girls' Team and 
Recreational  Coach

Colleen grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Elementary Education.  Colleen was a kindergarten teacher for 10 years. She currently teaches preschool in Oxford, where she lives with her husband and 4 beautiful daughters, two of which are on our Girls' Competitive Team.  In her free time she enjoys reading and quilting.  Most weekends she can be found watching her daughters’ gymnastics and dance competitions.

Colleen Stock
​Office Staff

Amanda Shirely
Office Manager

​​​​​​​Amanda grew up in Wake Forest, graduating Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.  She then graduated from UNC Wilmington with a major in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Athletic Recreation. She was a Personal Athletic Trainer for 15+ years and worked at Rex Wellness Center-Cardiac Rehab for 10 years prior to coming to Tri-County 8 years ago. She is the proud mother of 4 kids, two of which are on our Girls' Competitive team.  She has enjoyed homeschooling her kids for 11 years.  In her free time she enjoys running, yoga, Tae Kwon Doe, weight training, dance, tennis and of course doing gymnastics.

Lindsey Henry 
Camp Director

Lindsay Henry grew up in the Wake Forest area. She has extensive experience with tumbling in the cheerleading circuits, with both Pop-Warner and All-star teams, winning several awards while cheering. Lindsay recently graduated high school and is currently in pursuit of a degree in Radiology. She has worked with our team for about a year, and we love her energy and enthusiasm teaching our Preschool and Recreational classes.

Mr. Gene has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years. He is a smart and dedicated coach that is very methodical in his teaching style.  He was a member of the United States Air Force, and spends his days as a software engineer. Mr. Gene works hard and keeps the kids laughing. "Do you want some cheese with your Whine?" 

Chris was born and raised in Youngsville. He Graduated from Franklinton High school, then joined the United States Army. After Basic Training he found himself as a member of the Army's Military Intelligence Stationed with the 1st Armored Division in El Paso, Texas. He Spent many years training as a team leader and worked his way to be a Sergeant. After a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 he was transferred to Germany and assisted by providing Intelligence support of soldiers who where deployed. After getting out of the Army, He joined our team with his Enthusiasm . He is Now our main Boys Recreational Gymnastics Coach and along with Brandin are the Boys Team Gymnastics Coaches. And never forget we can also find him as our morning Office Manager.​​

Brandin has competed in gymnastics through out his life. His father was a gym owner and he grew up in a gymnastics gym. Has coached at The Tumble Gym, Raleigh School of Gymnastics,Nicks Flippin Kids, and at Flip Fest, He is a very positive,fun, and energetic coach who loves the sport of gymnastics. He has coached mens gymnastics levels 4-8, women's optional gymnastics 4-9, and women's compulsory 2-5 . He was the Head coach of the South East Raleigh high school gymnastics team. He was the tumbling coach for the heritage high school cheerleading team. He is happy and proud to be a part of the Tri-County Family!

Erin started gymnastics in Bronxville, New York at 18 months old in a mommy-and-me class and fell in love with the sport. In middle school she moved to North Carolina and competed until graduating high school. She also did 4 years of high school gymnastics. She went to Appalachian State University to study Archaeology and Religion while coaching a variety of ages and levels of gymnasts. After graduating, she moved back to town and is excited to work with the wonderful kids and coaches at Tri-County Gymnastics! She also enjoys hula hooping, camping, and fishing.

Coach Jeremy was born and raised in the gymnastics world. When he stopped competing gymnastics, he began his gymnastics coaching career.  He is energetic, passionate, and acts silly around kids. He has over 12 years of coaching experience.  His tendency to dance around and spontaneously flip makes him fun to be around.  Jeremy and his wife, Mariah are the owners/operators of the gym. They are a great tag team that makes Tri-County Gymnastics the fun, exciting, and the professional place that it is.​

Coach Mariah competed in gymnastics throughout her life.  Mariah was named to the 2008 Connecticut High School National Team, and continued on in college to compete for the University of Rhode Island and then the University of Connecticut club gymnastics teams. She has a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Criminal Justice. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our coaching staff, with experience teaching both recreational classes and competitive girls' team gymnasts. Mariah is also the head coach of  the Wakefield High School Gymnastics Team.​​​​

Brandin Hoeckel
USAG Boys' Team Director & USAG Girls' Team and Recreational Coach

Chris DeVeau
Birthday Party Director, Office Staff and Boys' Team and Recreational Coach

Additional Staff...

Jasmine Driscoll, Grayson Gayle, Sher Fauceglia, Madisyn Kerr, Margaret Knox, Avery McCamy, Mariah Merkle, Haven Shirely, Sydney Stine, Cassidy West, Owen Nemitz and Kennedy Wylie!!!

Mariah Schmitt

Owner/ Manager and USAG Girls' Team Director

Jeremy Schmitt

Owner / Manager and USAG Girls' Team Director

Message from Jeremy:

 - One of the most important beliefs I have is communication. I want our gym to maintain open communication between everyone at the gym. So, come talk to us! 

Our coaches will spend a lot of time with your kids (especially if they are on team). So, as coaches we want you to know your kids are in great hands. Our goal is to be competitive but above all else, happy. I want the atmosphere to be such that we work out hard but we have fun doing it. Our high energy and fun environment will make it so your kids want to come every night.



Gene Leone

AAU Girls' Team Coach​​

Jenny Riley ​​

USAG Girls' Team Coach

Casey grew up as a Navy brat so she moved around a lot as a child.  She has been in North Carolina for the past 10 years – the first 6 years in Holly Springs and the last 4 years in Wake Forest.  She graduated from Longwood College with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, working in that field for 7 years until deciding to go back to school for Massage Therapy.  She is the proud mother of 2 girls, both of whom are on our Girls’ Competitive Team.  She loves homeschooling her girls and loves watching them do gymnastics. 

–Alec started gymnastics at 6 years old. By age 10 he realized his love for tumbling and trampoline and began his training! He competed Trampoline, Power Tumbling, and Double -mini trampoline for 6 years and became both a 2 time state champion and a National champion in power tumbling. He has been coaching since early 2009 in many capacities including: competitive boys & girls gymnastics, trampoline & tumbling team, cheer, preschool, special needs, all recreational etc...   He spent 2 years as the head coach of a Trampoline and Tumbling team and was fortunate enough to be able to work under and learn from National and Olympic team coaches. He is looking forward to being part of the Tri-county gymnastics team!  

Casey Vitrano ​​

Office Staff

Beginning my gymnastics career at the age of 2, I made it all the way to elite and received a full scholarship to West Virginia University. However, due to an injury during my senior year in high school, I was unable to keep my scholarship. I went on to coach compulsory and optional gymnastics for my home gym beginning in 1999. After taking a leave of absence to begin my family, I now have two daughters who are both competitive gymnasts. 
 I believe gymnastics is a lot more than just learning the skills- it is about making accomplishments within yourself, giving it your all, and most of all having fun! My goal is to empower children through fitness and fun.

I was born and raised in Kansas where I competed in gymnastics for 17 years up through Level 10.  I received a full scholarship to compete at NC State after high school, but decided to transition to coaching instead after my freshman year. I love to incorporate fun and challenging games into practice to help keep things interesting, and I love to be silly with the girls! My years of training and competing in gymnastics in an environment that was like my second home have inspired me to help each young gymnast to truly believe in herself so she is able to reach her full potential. When I am not coaching, I love to draw and spend time with my two dogs, Blu and Bonnie. One of my biggest goals is to one day own a gym myself :)

Erin Williams
USAG and AAU ​Girls' Team Coach

Allie Wismer ​​

USAG Girls' Team Coach