Our Gymnastics Coaches
The instructors at Westminster School of Gymnastics (WSOG) have coached athletes who participated in World Competition Level gymnastics. These experienced coaches keep our students training for and learning up-to-date tricks and techniques. WSOG welcomes a diversity of people and maintains a non-smoking and alcohol/drug free environment.
Career Opportunities - Positions Available
- Cheerleading Team Coach
- Cheerleading Tumbling Instructor
- Acro Gymnastics Coach
- Tumbling and Trampoline Coach
Please contact us for further details. Thank you!
Gym Owner & Head Coach
Rauf is a professional acrobat, tumbler, and gymnast, who spent decades inside the world of gymnastics as a student, worker, and advisor to younger generations. During his career as a coach, Rauf prepared highly skilled and elite level gymnasts who are currently members of regional and/or national teams and performers of Cirque Du Soleil. Before immigrating to the United States, Rauf coached the Junior National Team, Azerbaijan (former USSR). His coaching career in Maryland began in 1995. Rauf has played a big role in developing and establishing gymnastics programs such as acrobatics and tumbling, at various gymnastics clubs in Maryland.
Rauf's career as a gymnast began when he was only 6 years old. He successfully graduated from the Sport Academy of Olympic Reserve in Baku City, Azerbaijan (former USSR) as a National Team member. Rauf has been awarded numerous certificates, diplomas, and medals for his gymnastics abilities.
Rauf never stopped educating himself after graduating from University of Physical Education and Individual Sports, Baku city, Azerbaijan (former USSR) in 1993. He has two USA degrees from Towson University B.S., Business Administration, Concentration in Finance in 2003 and University of Phoenix, M.S. of Accountancy in 2011.
Acro Dance Coach
Aleta Held has been teaching dance for 20 years in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and musical theater and instructing dancers from the ages 5 to adults on a recreational and competitive level. She also is a member of both the Maryland Council of Dance and National Dance Education Organization. As a choreographer she has a long history in musical theater, competition dance and with professional dance squads. She also has been performing for 30 years dancing, singing and acting in the tri-stare area and beyond: Baltimore Stallions Dance Squad, Kennywood Park, Maryland Arts Festival and Walt Disney World to name a few. She is a mother of three and her daughter is on the acro/gymnastic team at Westminster School of Gymnastics.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor & Acro Team Coach Assistant.
Kahlyn Eckles has been with Westminster School of Gymnastics since the gym’s foundation 2012. She was in 6th grade, when she joined the Westminster School of Gymnastics Acro team. Kahlyn reached Level 9 and successfully competed in MD State, Regional and National competitions. Currently Kahlyn coaches recreational gymnastics classes and assists head coach with acro team beginners members. She enjoys coaching young kids and shares their excitement each time they accomplish a new skill.
Tumbling & Trampoline Team / Recreational Gymnastics Coach
Giselle Gonzalez was a competitive trampoline member for 10 years. She has competed at state, regional and national level in the sport of trampoline and has won at these different levels as well. She has been part of Westminster School of Gymnastics since the beginning of 2016 working with the recreational classes as well as the trampoline competitive team.
Cheerleading Team Coach
Miranda has competitively cheered since she was in middle school. Prior to that, Miranda had competitively baton twirled for about ten years. Throughout highschool, she was on the Varsity cheer team at Old Mill of Millersville, MD and was captain her senior year. Miranda also coached a competitive cheer team and running cheer clinics. She is currently a student at McDaniel College where she is studying Social Work and Spanish. Also at McDaniel, she has been the captain of the Cheer and Dance team for the past two years. She has a passion for working with young children and cheerleading. Miranda is more than excited to make the cheer team at Westminster School of Gymnastics extraordinary!