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Tuesday: 9am-7:30pm

Wednesday: 9am-6:30pm

Thursday: 9am-7:30pm

Friday: 2pm-6:30pm

 

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153 7th Avenue West North

Kalispell, MT 59901

 

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Staff

David Tighe, Team Director & Co-Head Coach, Developmental Coach

David has been blessed with a very good gymnastics background both as an athlete, and through the opportunity to coach at nearly all levels and ages from preschool and recreational gymnastics to Division I collegiate gymnastics at Boise State University and Utah State University. Throughout his life, he’s had incredible coaching mentors, including his parents, who have owned a successful gym in Boise, Idaho for more than 40 years. David’s favorite aspect of coaching is seeing and helping to create change in children that leads to growth and success. He feels that John Wooden best defines success with these words: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming,” and he hopes to help bring that type of success to young people in the Flathead Valley through his work at FGA. David loves God and the beautiful world He has created and enjoys spending time in it. He loves people, kids, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, windsurfing and spending time with his wife, Keeley, and their three dogs.

Keeley Tighe, Team Director & Co-Head Coach, Developmental Coach

Keeley’s active childhood included competing in gymnastics, diving, track and field, and dance. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico, she moved to Spain and taught English there for three years. Returning to the States, she came to Montana to visit her family in Kalispell and decided to stay. Along with teaching Spanish at Stillwater Christian High School, she started working at Flathead Gymnastics Academy (FGA) as a developmental coach. A short time later, she was given the opportunity to buy the gym and is now entering year 8 of gym ownership!.  Her favorite part of owning FGA is the continuous challenges and opportunities that teaching presents.  She enjoys interacting with students and finding new ways to help them realize their strengths and encourage them to embrace the detailed effort necessary to grow and develop within the sport and life itself.  She also enjoys focusing on creating a strong support system for athletes at FGA comprised of student, parent, and coach relationships working in unison for the benefit and success of each athlete.  She loves seeing each gymnast progress in their own ways and at their own pace. As an owner and head coach, she challenges herself and her staff to continue to educate themselves in the sport of gymnastics so that FGA is able to provide the best instruction and education for all participating athletes. Outside of the gym, Keeley enjoys time with family, traveling, hiking and camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband, David, and their dogs Kohna, Lucy, and Shimba.

Micaela Lowney, Associate Head Coach

After a late start in gymnastics at the age of 12, Micaela went on to achieve many successes as a gymnast, including being named one of the top three prep athletes in Wisconsin and the opportunity to represent the state of Wisconsin at the High School National Gymnastics Championships. After graduation, Micaela studied psychology and coaching while competing as an All-Around gymnast for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She moved to Montana in 2005 and has been working at FGA as a developmental and team coach since 2012.  Along with being able to use her creativity in a variety of ways, she loves seeing students at FGA develop both confidence and skills, and enjoys being a part of helping athletes overcome different fears and struggles. Her favorite part of coaching is figuring out how to teach gymnasts of all abilities to reach their full potential. Micaela has two children, Sienna and Kai, both of whom are familiar faces at FGA, and recently celebrated her marriage to another FGA Staff member - Daniel Lowney.  Outside of the gym she enjoys art, gardening, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and reading.

Daniel Lowney, Team & Developmental Coach, Health & Wellness Coordinator

While attending the University of New Mexico on a football scholarship, Daniel earned a degree in exercise physiology. He has a passion for understanding the human body- which spurred him to continue to educate himself by earning further certifications in Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, and life coaching. In addition to his personal training business (Body Balance Fitness for life), and his photography business- Daniel Lowney Photography, he has taken on coaching both Team and developmental classes at FGA.  This past year has been full of change for Daniel- celebrating his marriage to Coach Micaela, continuing his education in the health field, and transitioning into a broader coaching role at FGA.  Having worked with a variety of athletes, gymnasts continue to amaze him! He has great respect for the commitment and discipline required of them to achieve their ever changing goals, and loves that he is able to contribute to their success.  Daniel is also an avid outdoorsman- He loves fishing, backpacking, hiking, hunting, camping, and exploring the Montana wilderness.

Bekah Hoback, Developmental & Team Coach, Developmental Staff Director

Bekah competed on the team for 3 years with FGA before joining our staff team. She has been working as a team and developmental coach for nearly 6 years. She has continued, since the beginning her coaching journey, to be excited about her growth, education and development as a coach in the sport of gymnastics! Her favorite thing about working at FGA is seeing and helping the gymnasts overcome fears and accomplish things that they never knew were possible. In the little time she isn't in the gym, Bekah enjoys traveling and adventure, free-running, music, and training in martial arts.

Jelani Morgan, Compulsory Team and Extreme Gymnastics Coach

Jelani began Extreme Gymnastics when he was 16 and has been coaching the class at FGA since 2014. In addition to coaching our extreme classes, Jelani coaches many other developmental classes and FGA’s compulsory team girls. He loves being able to help kids realize their capabilities- which are often far beyond what they think! Aside from practicing his own free running and gymnastics, Jelani helped start Down to Earth Parkour, and continues to educate himself further in both gymnastics and extreme, acquiring new certifications in both. Jelani’s hobbies include martial arts and traveling.

Kajia Coziahr, Developmental Coach & Summer Camp Director

Kajia has participated in many activities including gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading. As a coach, she enjoys getting to know each gymnast as an individual and watching them excel in their skills and abilities. Kajia loves the French language and hopes to use it soon in a Study Abroad Program. Her hobbies include art, hanging out with friends, and going to the lake.

Connor Johnson, Developmental & Extreme Coach

Extreme Gymnastics is Connor’s passion. His favorite thing about the sport is the aspect of individual expression-which allows everyone to illustrate their own style. His goal is to become a professional free runner. Connor is attending classes at FVCC, and hopes to earn his degree in architecture. He plays trumpet and piano and enjoys sketching, drawing, and painting.

Ella Cady, Developmental Coach

Ella has been a part of FGA for over 6 years now- as a student, competitive gymnast, and now coach. Her favorite part about working at FGA is getting to meet and interact with so many amazing families, and seeing all the different ways students learn the sport of gymnastics! Outside of the gym she enjoys hanging out with her family, and traveling to new places.

Maria Bartel, Developmental Coach

Maria is new this year to FGA. She is one of 9 children, and her house often feels like a party, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Her favorite part about coaching is interacting with so many unique and amazing people. She is thankful for all of the challenges that both gymnastics and extreme have brought into her life! Outside of the gym she enjoys snowboarding, dance, and really, almost any sport.

Emily Gunlikson, Developmental Coach/Former FGA Team Athlete

Emily “Gunner” Gunlikson has been a part of FGA since she was 8 years old. She celebrated numerous successes as a competitive gymnast, before choosing to make the transition to coaching. Her favorite part of coaching is being able to have an impact on a child's life. Emily is also on the Whitefish High School Track team, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and enjoys hanging out with her family.

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