Rachel’s nearly ten years of gymnastics coaching experience began in her hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee, where she coached at Appalachian Gymnastics throughout her undergraduate college career. For graduate school, Rachel attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she competed for the UT Gymnastics Club and earned a Master of Science in Physics. Rachel joined the Capital Gymnastics staff in 2017; she teaches recreational classes, the Xcel teams, and Pre-Team. A gymnast herself for over 15 years, she competed through J.O. Level 7, and her love of the sport kept her training into her late 20s. Nowadays, she prefers to harness her acrobatic abilities through the aerial arts, particularly on the silks; her other interests include hiking, skiing, reading, nature, and cats. Rachel’s favorite thing about coaching gymnastics is watching her athletes gain confidence as they improve and achieve new skills.