Staff

Fred Turoff

Fred Turoff

Program Director

Former head coach of men’s gymnastics at Temple University 1976-2017, now assistant coach at Temple; NGJA and FIG judge; member of US National Team 1969 & 1970; inducted into USAG Hall of Fame in August, 2009.

Walt Kenney

Walt Kenney

Coach of all levels

Walt graduated from Temple U in 1982. In his senior year he was 2nd all-around in the EIGL. Walt has much experience, having coached at both John Pancott Gymnastics Center and Upper Merion Dance and Gymnastics Center prior to joining PBG. He’ll work mainly with levels 4, 6-8.

Tom Elder

Tom Elder

Coach of all levels of boys

Tom is a graduate of Univ of PA, earning his Master’s in bioethics. He has been a men’s program director at Woodward Gymnastics Camp 2012-2018. Prior to coming to Philly, he coached at Gymnastics World in Broadview, OH, Flytz gymnastics in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and New Bern Gymnastics in New Bern, NC. Tom works mainly with level 9 and above, but also with other levels.

Nia Allen

Nia Allen

Coach of girls and preschool

Nia is a recent graduate of Temple University, where she was a competing member of the Temple co-ed club team. In action prior to college, she was a level 10 gymnast who qualified for our level 10 Nationals. Nia works with our preschool program and our beginner girls.

Corbin Hunter

Corbin Hunter

Coach of levels 1 through 3; strength coach

Corbin was a competitive gymnast on the University of Oklahoma club team and helped them win 3 national championship titles in the NAIGC Championships. He graduated from OU in 2020 with two degrees in Health/Exercise science and nutrition and a minor in Health communications. Corbin works with levels 1 through 3. He’ll also do personal fitness training for the public within our facility.

Lauree Kracht Katz

Lauree Kracht Katz

Coach of girls

Lauree is a former elite gymnast at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center.  Currently, she is a Physical Therapist and is happy to be back in the sport.  Lauree helps coach the level 1 and 2 gymnasts.

Jesse Kitzen-Abelson

Jesse Kitzen-Abelson

Jesse is the head coach of Temple University Men’s Gymnastics Team. He was an NCAA competitor in his college days, and qualified for the NCAA Championships. After graduating, he spent 5 year coaching in South Africa before returning the the US to enter the collegiate coaching ranks. He was assistant coach at Temple U for a year before taking over, while former coach Fred Turoff moved to assistant coach. Jesse also teaches at Circadeum, a circus arts school in Philadelphia.

Kaitlin Chin

Kaitlin Chin

Aerial skills coach

Kaitlin is a professional aerialist and has performed extensively in the US. She is eager to share her knowledge of silks and other aerial skills.

Matt Coljohn

Matt Coljohn

Matt is a Junior on the Temple U Men’s Gymnastics Team.

Jared Holmes

Jared Holmes

Jared is a Junior on the Temple U Men’s Gymnastics Team.

David Meyers

David Meyers

Dave is a Senior on the Temple U Men’s Gymnastics Team.

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