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HGA Coaches

    amy Amy Krotser-Owner/President of HGA
    As a mother of 5, Amy found her passion for coaching gymnastics after 4 of her 5 children were in gymnastics. Amy made her dream come true in November 2011 when she opened the doors of Huntley Gymnastics Academy. Amy has been coaching gymnastics for 10 years and was the Head Beam Coach for the Illinois 2012 Level 5 State Champions.

    Accomplishments and Certifications:
  • College Graduate with a background in dance.
  • Professional Member with USAG
  • Safety Certified with USAG
  • Head Beam Coach of Illinois Level 5 2012 State Champions

  • edmar Edmar Nicolas
    An Army Iraqi war veteran served in the military for 9 years. Edmar competed in high school gymnastics for 4 years and was also involved in cross-country, wrestling, cheerleading and adagio. Edmar is no stranger when it comes to being an athlete. His passion for gymnastics grew beyond high school, which led him to coach as a career.
    A family man with 2 children of his own understands the importance of being a good role model for the children he coaches.
    "The key to becoming successful in gymnastics is discipline, safety, and never losing sight of how fun it is" -Edmar Nicolas

    Coaching background and Certifications:
  • Head HGA Optional Coach since 2013
  • Safety Certified with USAG
  • Professional Membership with USAG
  • Certified Gymnastics USAG coach since 1999
  • Head Men's Level 4/Level 5 gymnastics coach for 1 year
  • Assistant high school men and womens gymnastics coach for 3 years
  • Assistant high school cheerleading/tumble coach for 6 years
  • Volunteer high school and middle school wrestling coach for 2 years
  • All-star head Level 6 cheerleading coach for 2 years

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    Steve Huntenburg
    Steve began in gymnastics at a young age, and fell in love with the sport. After competing in high school gymnastics for 4 years, he continued his career as a coach for a small private club which later segwayed into a 3 year assistant coaching position for a university and high school program.

    In his personal life, Steve is very health and fitness oriented. He enjoys attending adventue races and personally trains a group of friends and family to compete in the races with him. Steve's plans for the near futue is to earn a certification in personal traning focused on enhanced athletic performance.

  • Safety Certified with USAG
  • Professional Member of USAG

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    kristen Kristen Cashman
    A competitive gymnast for 12 years, Kristen's career first began as a dancer. By the age of 6 she was more interested in Acro and when furniture started to break, it was time for something more.

    Luckily Kristen's family owned a gymnastics facility where her aunt was the head coach and gymnastics became her life. A self proclaimed "gym rat" with almost unlimited gym access Kristen's aunt coached her up to Level 10 at the age of 12. Through her career she attended and placed at numerous state, regional and national competitions.

    Kristen began coaching at a young age for her families gym and in 2005, when her own gymnastics career ended she began coaching full time with team. In 2010 Kristen received a Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University with studies in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security. She also holds an A.A. Degree, and is a certified personal trainer through ISSA, and a National Physic Committee fitness competitor. Her passion for physical fitness is not just for others but also commits herself.

  • Safety Certified with USAG
  • Professional Member of USAG
  • Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University
  • AA Degree in Physical Fitness
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Physic Committee fitness competitor

  • chucky Charles "Chucky" Dela Cruz
    A true all around passionate person for the arts, Charles started at the age of eight with piano, alto-saxophone, tae kwon do, and soccer. By the time high school was over, Charles was involved in many activities/clubs. During his time in high school, Charles was a three sport athlete competing in soccer, wrestling, and gymnastics. While continuing these three sports, he also continued playing piano (10yrs), alto-saxophone (10yrs), and travel soccer (10yrs). During the senior year of his soccer career, Charles received the greatest award from his head coach. The award was for being “The Hardest Worker.” As you will see as you get to know Charles, you will see the hard work and determination he places in everything he is apart of. Taking that same work ethic to another chapter in his life of dance.

    Charles has also dance/performed (7yrs) all around the nation and competed internationally. Being apart of the Hip Hop ConnXion Family has changed his world. During his time of dance, Charles has accomplished many achievements. For example, being Illinois D.A.R.E. Official hip hop dance troupe which lead to performing over 60 plus performances to show there are many things to be doing than drugs. Opening for Chris Brown for his performance, and competing in Hip Hop Internationals in Las Vegas against the rest of the world for the reputation and medal for the best hip hop dance troupe. Taking 1st in the Varsity Division, and 2nd in the Adult Division in 2004.

    Coming back to a full circle, Charles is an alumni at Illinois State University of Gammi Phi Circus. It was atmosphere of the circus that brought out the performer out of Charles in displaying his gymnastics ability in another art form. Mini trampoline, big trampoline, chair balancing, etc. The combination of the arts of music with the acrobatics of gymnastics brought enlightenment to Charles in becoming who he is today. Being as diverse as he is, Charles likes to relate gymnastics to living life. Finally thought - “We all have different experiences, which leads us to the way we live our lives. Live your life to the fullest, and have no regrets.”

  • Assistant PGC Level 4 Coach since 2004 to Present and Level 5 Coach since 2003 to 2011
  • Safety Certified with USAG since 2003 to 2015
  • Certified Gymnastics USAG coach since 2003 to 2015
  • Assistant PGC Level 6 to 9 girls gymnastics coach for 9 years
  • Cheerleading/tumble coach for 6 years
  • Associated with Fremd and Palatine High School IHSA taking top 3 places for team since 1997
  • Coached with Terri Theobald, Jodi Forsberg Waddington, and Edmar Nicolas (friend/mentor)

  • danny

    Danny Ogura
    Danny started cheerleading as a sophomore at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, VA and has traveled around the US with a team called Fame All-Stars. After graduating from high school, Danny cheered for Trinity Valley Community College. In 2005 Danny began coaching tumbling levels 1 thru 5 full time and hasn't looked back since!

  • 2003 traveled with Fame All-Stars
  • 2004-2005 National Tumbling Champion
  • CPR Certified

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