For more than 20 years, Samantha has been actively involved in the sport of gymnastics. After working her way through gymnastics classes at a young age, she had the opportunity to join The Carrollton Flexettes as a member of their competitive team. Sam competed up to level 7 before turning in her leotard to pursue coaching.
Sam coached the USAG Level 4 and 5 teams for the Carrollton Flexettes as well as instructed various classes of all age and skill levels for 3 years before moving to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. While pursuing her college education, Sam joined the staff at Classic City Gymnastics owned by Jay Clarke (current associate head gymnastics coach at LSU) and his wife Julie Ballard Clarke (former Georgia gym dog). She was given an opportunity to work with some of the country’s top coaches and gymnasts for 5 years. NCAA gymnastics coaches; such as, Doug McAvin, the vault coach for the Gym Dogs, frequented Classic City Gymnastics and assisted with coaching and mentoring weekly. Classic City Gymnastics; where Sam was given an opportunity to learn from the best. While coaching for Classic City, Sam had the responsibility of instructing classes and working as a competitive team coach for USAG levels 3-6 as well as coaching all-star cheerleading. It was an honor for Sam to be given the opportunity to work each day guiding such talented athletes and helping them polish, perfect, and practice their skills.
Samantha cheered both sideline and competitive at Carrollton and Villa Rica high schools, winning both state and regional titles. Another proud accomplishment in the gymnastics world that Sam holds close to her heart is the participation of my own daughter in the sport of gymnastics. Sam looks forward to watching her daughter, Payton grow excel through this sport if she chooses to stick with it. I owe the person I am today, my work ethic, and my determination to be successful all to my years spent in gymnastics. My experience in this gym with my daughter and these coaches is some that I look forward to sharing with the Carrollton Flexettes.