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). 


Email:  kmilliren@ymcapkc.org

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 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!

Carleigh Rounds

Carleigh Dempsey- Assistant Head Coach - Level 6-10

Assistant Head Coach Level 7-9

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 13 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 are expecting baby boy #2 in January so our lives are going to get even crazier and busier J Looking forward to a great season. GO GRACE!

Celine Evans

Celine Evans

My name is Celine Evans and I am very happy to be coaching at Grace Gymnastics.

I grew up in New Zealand where I trained as a gymnast for ten years. During my time as a gymnast, I trained in the United States and China as well as competed all over New Zealand, Australia and the USA. I have been coaching for two years, most of which was in New Zealand and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to widen my coaching horizons by coaching at Grace Gymnastics here in Washington. I chose to work at Grace Gymnastics due to the incredible work ethic of all the members and the hugely welcoming and supportive environment. As someone who moved from the other side of the world, Grace has given me a place where I can continue to work with young athletes to fulfill their potential.

Coach Hannah

Hannah Hamlin

I started doing gymnastics here at Grace when I was 4 years old, started team when I was 7 and competed up until I turned 18. Throughout my career, I competed level 4 (now level 3) through level 10 with Kevin and Carleigh as my coaches. I went to 3 different Western National Championships and won beam (my favorite event) at my last one. But the competitions and championships are not the first thing that comes to mind when I think back on my years in this sport, what comes to mind are the friendships, memories, and life lessons learned. I would not be who I am today without this sport.

I started coaching just about a month after I stopped competing and ever since I have loved passing on my knowledge and love for the sport to the kids I coach.

Currently I am attending Pierce Community College and am working towards a Business Associate’s Degree.