Our Staff

Our instructors are safety certified, professional and experienced. They bring the newest knowledge in gymnastics and tumbling from all parts of the world. Our coaches and teachers include former World Champions, NCAA collegiate competitors, and Surgent’s Elite team members. Our #1 priority is to recruit instructors who have a strong love of children and the desire to make a difference in children’s lives.

 

Our teachers are Nationally Safety Certified. This means we are certified on how to properly set up all the equipment for each age and ability, how to best prevent injuries and also how to spot complex gymnastics skills. “Spotting” is how we assist your child through skills in the early and middle learning phase of gymnastics. All our teachers keep current with the newest changes in safety, spotting and technique through in-house clinics, the USAG National Congress and online education.

 

Surgent’s Elite has over 40 gymnastics teachers and coaches on staff. Why is this important? Because each child has different psychological needs from a teacher. We want to foster your child’s individual personality. With 40 teachers to choose from, we feel we can provide the right match for each child’s personality.

 

Jim Surgent

  • Owner and Founder
  • Former gymnastics competitior of Trenton State College
  • Coach of Two Olympic Men's Team Members and over 50 NCAA scholarship athletes and/or National Team Members
  • Former USAG NJ Men's State Director

Matt Stevenson

  • Partner and Manager of the Roselle park location
  • Former competitor for Frostburg State College
  • Co-coach of 2-time Olympian Dominic Minucucci
  • Co-coach of Olmpic alternate David Durante
  • U.S.A.G. NJ State Chairman

DJ Surgent

  • Former competitor for University of Massachusetts
  • U.S.A.G National Qualifier
  • Manager of the Westfield locations
  • Surgent's J.O.G.A girls team program director J.O.G.A. NJ State director

Steve Surgent

  • Office Manager of the Garwood location

Jolene

  • Office Manager of the Westfield locations

Reid

  • Office Manager of the Roselle Park location

Denise

  • Office Manager of the Westfield locations

Rich Pulsfort

  • Former Surgent's Elite team member
  • USA National Team Member and National Champion
  • NCAA full scholarship to Michigan State
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • U.S.A.G. Regional Chairman

Matt

  • Surgent's J.O.G.A girls pre-team director
  • Girls team coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool and tumbling Xplosion

Alisha

  • Former Westfield High School Varsity gymnast
  • Recreational gymnastics summer camp
  • Girls pre-team coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, and birthday parties

Andres

  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, birthday parties and Tumbling Xplosion

Barbaro

  • Former Cuban National Team Member
  • Girls team coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterswchool and Tumbling Xplosion

Barbara

  • Former girls team high school coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school and afterschool

Chalo

  • Former Colombian National Team competitor and coach
  • Girls pre-team and J.O.G.A coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, Tumbling Xplosion and birthday parties

Christopher

  • Former Surgent's Elite boys team alumni and national qualifier
  • Temple University Division 1 competitor
  • U.S.A.G. boys team coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterswchol, Tumbling Xplosion and Parkour

Claudia

  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, Tumbling Xplosion and birthday parties
  • Girls pre-team coach

Drew

  • Snowboarder, gymnast and Parkour free running
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, Tumbling Xplosion and birthday parties
  • Boys pre-team coach

Julie

  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool and birthday parties
  • Girls pre-team coach

Kathryn

  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterswchool and birthday parties

Luis

  • Former Colombian National team competitor and coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, Tumbling Xplosion and birthday parties

Mau

  • Certified Zumba instructor
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, birthday parties and Tumbling Xplosion

Maria

  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, birthday parties and Tumbling Xplosion

Mario

  • Former Colombian National team member and coach
  • Girls pre-team and J.O.G.A coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, birthday parties and Tumbling Xplosion

Megan

  • Former Surgent's Elite girls team State Champion
  • Jersey Jewelz cheerleading coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, birthday parties and Tumbling Xplosion

Tricia

  • Former Acro Gymnastics competitor
  • Teacher at Surgent's Elite for over 25 years
  • Girls pre-team and J.O.G.A coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool and birthday parties

Virginia

  • Former Colombian National Champion
  • Girls pre-team and J.O.G.A coach
  • Recreation instructor for pre-school, afterschool, Tumbling Xplosion and birthday parties