Deb was one of the first parents through our doors, before Advantage was even open for business. As the parent of two competitive gymnasts, she had learned a lot about the sport and what contributed to a successful gymnastics career (and sadly, what didn’t.) As soon as her kids began training at Advantage, she knew she had found what had been missing and became one of our biggest supporters.
After spending more time at the gym, and gaining even more confidence in what Stephanie was creating, Deb decided she wanted to be more than just a parent. One thing led to another, and she is now our General Manager, overseeing the daily operations of the gym.
Prior to managing the gym, Deb had more than a decade of successful business management experience and spent 12 years as a local personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Marrying these two skill sets, along with the vast knowledge gained as a parent in the industry, made managing the gym a natural next step.
When not working at Advantage, you are likely to find Deb watching her kids compete, or training her adult athletes. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with her husband and active kids.
Director of Boys Programming and Gym Facilities
Erik came to Advantage in 2018 with more than 25 years coaching at other gyms. He is the Director of Boys Programming and also our go-to-guy for all things related to our facilities.
Erik began his gymnastics career at 14 and quickly rose through the ranks to become a collegiate athlete at the University of New Mexico. At the same time, he began his coaching career and hasn’t looked back.
Erik has coached many state, regional and national champions, including one athlete who was ranked top 25 in the country and took first place as a Junior elite in vault at the USA Visa championships.
When not in the gym, you will either find Erik with his wife and two kids, or in his workshop. He is an uber-talented wood worker. If you’re looking for a custom wood working project, Erik is your guy.
Director of Ninja and Alternative Programming
Ray was one of our first employees at Advantage and we consider ourselves very lucky to have him. It seems that nearly everyone in the community knows “Coach Ray” and for good reason. Ray has more than 25 years of experience coaching a wide variety of sports in the area, including marital arts, gymnastics and parkour. Kids and parents alike often want to know which class they should take in order to have Coach Ray. Fortunately, he is helping us train the next generation of coaches so we can share his talents with more people.
Ray runs our Ninja and Big Air programs, and coaches pretty much everything else in the gym.
Always one to practice what he teaches; you will often find Ray sneaking in a quick workout between classes and showing his kids some pretty impressive tricks.
When he is not in the gym, Ray likes to spend time with his son, and is an avid mountain biker, paddle boarder and enjoys just about anything else outdoors.
Director of Rec Programming and Events
Tricia came to Advantage in 2018 as our Director of Recreational Programming and Events. She has more than 9 years of coaching experience and brings a high level of energy to our recreational programs.
Tricia coaches everything from Wiggle Worms to Gym Girls, and from Lil Ninjas to Big Air. She also helps us train our younger coaches in the same positive, high energy coaching style that helps us create Champions for Life. Additionally, Tricia runs our birthday party and events programs.
In her spare time, Tricia likes to spend time with her friends and family.
Dana has been with Advantage since the early days. Over the years, she has taken on more responsibility and has risen to the role of Office Manager. Dana handles all of the day-to-day operations of our office staff, as well as serves as the primary point of contact for our customers. If you have questions about your account, or how to enroll your children, she will be happy to help!
In addition to her role as Office Manager at Advantage, Dana is the Cheer Coach for Bothell High School and is very active in the local cheer community. In her limited spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.