Our Coaches

Kevin Milliren

Coach Kevin
  • Competed for Stadium High School (1978-1981)

  • Puget Sound School of Gymnastics – 1980-2003 as Team/Pre-Team Coach, Class and Preschool Instructor and Recreational Program Coordinator

  • Lakewood Family YMCA/Grace Gymnastics Center – 2003 to Present

  • 1991 Washington State Coach of the Year

  • YMCA National Gymnastics Advisory Committee – 2008 to Present

  • Current Interim South Washington Sectional Representative for USAG WA

I love the sport of gymnastics.  Aside from my feeling that no other sport matches its aesthetic and artistic merits with the astonishing and sometimes mind-boggling athleticism quite the same as gymnastics.  I also embrace the many other positive facets that gymnastics helps to develop in our young people.  Having an environment that helps to nurture better high self-esteem, self-confidence, friendships and the importance of teamwork will always be main priorities for me as a coach and program director working with young people.

Outside of gymnastics, I love spending time with my wife of 28 years, Kelly, my son Kurtis and my daughter Kelcey (and her husband James). 

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Email:  kmilliren@ymcapkc.org

Coach Carleigh

Coach Carleigh

I started gymnastics when we moved to Puyallup at 4-1/2 years old. I competed the compulsory levels at the Mel Korum YMCA, and then, moved over to Grace to compete optionals. I have been coaching for 12 years now, ranging from pre-school gymnastics to level 10. Throughout my career, I have coached multiple event and all-around state/regional champions and locked in two state team titles in a row...all while coaching with Kevin! I'd say we are a pretty good duo! When I was younger I always said I was going to be a school teacher. As I got older, I thought I was going to become an accountant, but when I started coaching, nothing else interested me anymore. I knew I wanted to continue coaching. It is so much more than a job to me...It's my PASSION! I absolutely love working with young athletes who are determined to fight even through the hard times this sport always brings. I love that I can be a positive influence and role model for each girl I coach. It's extremely rewarding. When I'm not in the gym, my time is spent with my husband, Kegan, my son, Owen, our dog, Cooper, Jesus and the rest of our family and friends. We enjoy vacationing to Lake Chelan when we are able to get away! Looking forward to a great season. GO GRACE!

Coach Crystal

Coach Crystal

I was a gymnast from the ages of 3 - 17 and my favorite event was definitely floor! I have been coaching for 15 years ranging from classes to now team levels 2-6.  My favorite event to coach is bars... I love that I was able to help our level 2's win State in my first season of coaching them but more than that, I love seeing what the sport of gymnastics gives to these girls.  There is so much more that "learning that next skill", there's the life lessons of failure and rising up after that.  There's the team comradery and learning to support each other.  There's seeing that sense of accomplishment.   

I have my masters in teaching and I am getting ready to teach my second year of 5th grade this year.  I love kids!

Coach Linda

Coach Linda

My days as a gymnast...

I started gymnastics back in the old days! inspired by Olga Korbet! When we vaulted over a horse and the bars were adjusted to fit each person by height. I Competed for my Junior High and High School teams. My Favorite event, (just like All the Hamlins), was beam.

I started Volunteering here in the gym 22 years ago, when my oldest was in Toddler gym. Over time I became more and more involved and about 18 years ago became an employee. I began coaching the Advanced preschool class and fell in love with making a difference in these young lives. This is when I decided my goal...."Change the World one child at a time!!" I have been coaching in this gym for 18 years now and have coached from Preschool up to level 6. I have raised 4 daughters during my time here at Grace and feel like it is my second home. Three of those daughters were very successful gymnasts in this program and fell in Love with this sport just like I did way back when!! I also work full time for the City of Tacoma for the past 26 years in their IT department.

I Love being a part of this Y, this Team, and these amazing young people!!

Coach Lacey

Coach Lacey

I have been a gymnastics team coach at Grace for the past 2 years.  I have been coaching this sport for nearly 15 years, and have been a full-time staff member at 3 other gymnastics clubs.  I am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and a Level 10 Certified Gymnastics Judge. 

While coaching team is my greatest passion, that has never been my sole focus.  I see so many more opportunities within a gymnastics gym than just the Junior Olympic USA Gymnastics program.  The gyms I have worked at in the past, that not only had the greatest success, but also were embedded in their community, provided a number of unique services.  While working at Grace, I see so much potential.

Coach Deborah

Coach Deborah

I started gymnastics when I was 7 years old in the rec program that the YMCA offers.  I did gymnastics at Grace for seven years and then went on to do four years of high school gymnastics.  This gym has always been my second home!

I started coaching  gymnastics in the summer of 2014.  I coached my first year of team last season. I am so blessed to be part of such an amazing coaching staff!

Lauren Dimatteo

Lauren Dimatteo

I will be helping coach the Mini National A’s and B’s, and the Junior Nationals. 

I started competitive gymnastics in fourth grade, at the time I competed for Mercy Gymnastics (located at the Morgan Family YMCA) as a level 4. In seventh grade I switched to Roach Gymnastics and competed there through my junior year of high school, in which I was a level 8. I made the decision to come to the Grace Team because through my years of competing they stood out to me as a team and I was interested in getting a chance to be a part of their coaching staff. As we begin competition season, I’m excited to see the girls show off all of the hard work that they have, and will continue to put in. 

Coach Emily

Coach Emily
  • Ketchikan Gymnastics Club, Ketchikan, Alaska -- Rec -- 2004-2005
  • Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy, Camas, WA -- Rec & Team Levels 4-7 -- 2005-2010
  • Grace Gymnastics, Lakewood, WA -- Team Levels 7-9 -- 2010-2015
  • Grace Gymnastics, Lakewood, WA -- Team & Rec Coach -- 2015-current

I’ve spent the past 13 years with gymnastics front-and-center in my life.  I started team level 4 at Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy when I was in 1stgrade and won the State Championship for that level.  I’ve competed at State Championships every year since, even after joining Grace in 2010.  I competed for Grace Gymnastics for 6 seasons and every year at the Y-Nationals Championships.  I’ve experienced triumphs on the podium, disappointments with injuries, celebrations for teammates, worked with some of the best gymnastics coaches in the country (and continue to do so), learned innumerable life-lessons and made lifelong friendships.  My significant injury in 2015 necessitated my new journey in Coaching to continue sharing my love of the sport.  Grace Gymnastics is a special place to learn and practice gymnastics - there is more caring, teamwork, support and genuine love for the sport than any place I have ever seen.  I love coming to work and seeing the excitement, progress and talent each and every day working with each of your kids.  I’m currently coaching the Level 2 team along with Coach Crystal and Coach Deborah.