Originally I am from Canton Ohio. After high school I joined the Marine Corps and spent 11 years active duty. During that time I attended the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation I attended Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Army. I spent the next 10 years as an Army officer and after a total of 21 years I retired as a Captain. After I retired I moved to Rock Hill SC where I owned and operated my first gymnastics company. Over the next 18 years the company would grow to be the largest gymnastics company in South Carolina. We had two locations, one in Rock Hill, SC and a second location in Myrtle Beach, SC. We expanded the company to include a gymnastics equipment and scoring company, an afterschool company, a competitive volleyball company, and a meet hosting company. Over those years we hosted two large invitationals and countless state and regionals championships. I also served as the Assistant state chair for gymnastics in South Carolina. In 2017 I retired from the gymnastics business and moved full time to Myrtle Beach, SC where I stayed for over two years before moving to Cary, NC and operating SGA. I have one son, Ethan, who is a computer engineer and lives in Charlotte, NC. I also have two dogs, Chewy and Chauncey.
Colleen joins the SGA Coaching Staff with a wealth of experience as an NCAA Division I and Club Coach, Choreographer, Elite Gymnast, Division I competitor, and Public Relations professional with a passion for empowering young people and guiding them to succeed at the highest level in a strategic and positive manner.
Colleen served as Associated Head Coach and Choreographer at NC State University and Assistant Coach for 12 years, and was named EAGL Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2-time Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003 and in 2012. She also made her mark in coaching as an Assistant Coach at the University of Arizona from 2004-2010, where she was named South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007. During her tenure as a Collegiate Coach, Colleen guided her teams and individuals to become multiple Conference Champions and NCAA Qualifiers, and her teams won the Director’s Cup for Community Service Award at NC State and at Arizona all but one of her years under her guidance and leadership.
A Canadian National Team Member from 1988-1991, Colleen was a member of the 1991 Pan-American Bronze Medal Team, and represented Canada and was a medalist in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Cuba and USA. She earned a scholarship to attend the University of Florida in 1991 where she was named to the All-American Team on the Uneven Bars in 1994, and was ranked second in the Nation on the balance beam during the majority of her senior year. Colleen competed in the all-around each of her four years of competition, leading team to qualify to the “Super 6” finals for first time in school history in 1994. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Minor in General Education from the University of Florida in 1996 while she acted as a student-coach during her fifth year of eligibility.
Additionally, Colleen has many years of experience as a public relations professional, as she is currently the Director of Special Events at NC State University. Prior to her coaching career, Colleen was a Public Relations and Media Relations Consultant in Vancouver, Canada, Consumer Affairs Coordinator at Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, and Producer Assistant for Sport South Television during the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in1996. She served on the NC State University Club Board of Directors, the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, the NACGC/W (National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women), the NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators), and the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Colleen and former All-American NC State Wrestler, Mike Lombardo, reside in downtown Raleigh and have one child, Gianna who is an avid soccer player.
I am originally from New Bern, NC and moved to Raleigh for school 6 years ago. I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2017 and am working towards getting my MSW at NC State. I competed as a level 9 gymnast and then competed on the NCSU Club Gymnastics team. I have coached gymnastics for 6 years and have been coaching at Superior since 2014. I currently coach levels 2-4 and am excited to work to make Superior Gymnastics Academy’s compulsory program one of the best in the state!
I live in Wilmington, NC and have been in the gymnastics world since 2008, when my daughter started her gymnastics. I was the after school and summer camp director at our gym in Wilmington. When my daughters gymnastics skills grew we knew we had to get to a gym that had amazing coaching and would further her elite and college chances. We have been at SGA Gymnastics since November of 2015. You can find me coaching a recreational class from time to time but I am mainly at the front desk where I will do my best to help you in anyway I can.
Hi! I am the PreSchool Coach. I have been with SGA Gymnastics for 2 years. I really enjoy working with the younger crew. I am also a Substitute Teacher part time and the mom of a 16 year old; I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to coach her soccer team for 8 consecutive years. When she ended her play, Superior opened a door for me. I am blessed to be here. I am a firm believer of positive leadership and having fun while learning new things.
Hi, my name is Samantha, but most people call me Sami! I graduated from East Carolina University in 2019 with a degree in Developmental Services for Children and a minor in Psychology. I have been coaching gymnastics since 2011. Before becoming a coach, I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, competing all the way up to level 9. I have coached preschool and recreational gymnastics as well as competitive gymnastics. My favorite part of being a gymnastics coach is being able to share the love that I have for gymnastics with younger gymnasts.
Hello! My name is Abby and I'm a Communication major at Meredith College. I participated in gymnastics for nine years and I love getting to share this fun sport with girls now. I've been at SGA since 2018 and my favorite part of coaching is developing relationships and watching kids gain confidence in themselves and their skills.
Hello! My name is Aastha Shah. I am originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey. I have been in competitive gymnastics for five years and I am currently an Xcel Diamond here at SGA. I coach competitive team and recreational gymnastics. I am continuing to learn new techniques and drills with my time practicing as an athlete, and apply them when I coach. I love being able to coach and see the gymnasts I work with improve and advance!