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Staff

 At Empire Gymnastics Academy we are dedicated to the preparation and development of each student on an individual basis. Our goal is to build a strong pre-school, recreational and competitive gymnastics program that will provide a positive experience in the sport of gymnastics, as well as instill confidence and self worth within each child that comes through our doors.

Owner, Chris Brashier 

Chris Brashier has been involved in competitive gymnastics for 30 years. As an elite gymnast, Chris had the opportunity to compete against Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian gymnasts before receiving a scholarship to The University of Illinois. An injury cut his career short, and Chris shifted his focus to coaching. He has coached multiple junior and senior national team members and his former athletes have attained state, regional, national, NCAA, and world titles.

"I have known Chris Brashier for over 20 years as one of my athletes and as a coach. Drawing on his experience as an athlete; I believe he understands the long term benefits of participating in gymnastics whether you go on to the Olympics or take a class once a week; gymnastics teaches you how to set goals, work hard and persevere. Chris and his staff at Empire Gymnastics are mindful of the child's development as an athlete and as a person. "
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Kevin Mazeika
Houston Gymnastics Academy
Men's Program Manager
2004 & 2008 Men's Olympic Gymnastics Team Coach


Co-Owner, Beatrice Mihaila

Coach Betty has a Masters degree in physical education, specializing in Women's Gymnastics. She graduated from the National School for Elite Coaches in Bucharest, Romania and is a Romanian Brevet judge. In May of 2005 she received the highest level coach certification available in Romania. Betty is the head Beam and Floor coach for the women's competitive team. 

 Livia Ponoran

  Livia has coached since 1981.  She studied at the National Academy of sport and education in Bucharest, Romania, and also studied Artistic Gymnastics at the National Institute of Gymnastics Coaches. Livia brings a wealth of knowledge with her background as a Brevet Gymnastic Judge. Livia was the National Head Coach for the Junior Team of Romania.  As a coach for the Romanian Team, Livia coached gymnasts on the National Junior Team and also at the Olympic Games.  Livia is fluent in Romanian, and French, and English.  When you see her in the gym, please stop and tell her “Salut”, “Bonjour” or “Hello”!

Jose Vazquez

Coach Jose was an elite Gymnast in Mexico. He trained at the Nationals Training Center in Ensenada, Baja California. Jose has been coaching for 16 years. He has coached all levels in men’s and women’s gymnastics. Coach Jose spent this past season coaching in New York where he coached one of the level 10, Region 6 AA Champions.  Prior to that, Jose was a developmental and team coach at WOGA Gymnastics.  We are excited to have him as part of our Empire family.

Becky Shaw

Coach Shaw has been coaching gymnastics for 18 years, and has been the head coach of the Trinity High School gymnastics team since 2001. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Elementary Education and currently teaches high school health. She has two daughters, Courtney and Whitney.

 Audra Massoth  

Audra has been involved in gymnastics for 22 years. Her competitive career began in Oklahoma at Citadel Gymnastics. Upon her retirement in 1999, she was level 10. She has coached at several acclaimed programs including Houston Gymnastics Academy, WOGA, and Empire Gymnastics Academy among others. Her passion for the sport and attention to detail make her a valued part of the Empire Staff.

Tamara Linn

Tamara has been involved with the sport of gymnastics since 1974. She was a competitive gymnast on both state and regional levels before moving to coaching at age 17 and eventually owning her own gym. Tamara has been coaching locally since 2000. Throughout her 20 plus years of teaching and coaching, Tamara has worked with children of all ages and levels of gymnastics, cheerleading and physical fitness. She is USAG safety certified, a certified skill evaluator and CPR certified. She currently works full time with Special Needs children in the public school system.