Ocean Flipper Team Coaches

South Carolina Coach of the Year 2012
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

Louie Liguori

Louie Liguori is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has been involved in gymnastics for over 30 years. As a gymnast, he received a gymnastics scholarship to West Virginia University. After his gymnastics career, he began coaching in Pennsylvania at private clubs as well as on the college level at Clarion University and University of Pittsburgh. In 1990, he relocated to Pinehurst, NC where he took over as head coach and director at Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics. In 1994, his gymnastics dream came true when he moved to North Myrtle Beach and opened his very own gym, Gymnastics & More, Inc. Since 1994, the Grand Strand has been blessed with a strong gymnastics program with a proven history of success. Overall, Liguori has produced numerous state and regional champions, national qualifiers, 3 on the junior national team and 9 of his gymnasts have received full gymnastics scholarships to college. Liguori is the head optional coach but continues to work with each level on certain occasions. When not in the gym, Louie enjoys being on his boat and playing music.

Melissa Bigsby

Melissa joined our coaching family several years ago. She competed on the Univ. of Vermont gymnastics team. Upon graduation she traveled the world coaching in Australia, and Bermuda before returning to the Carolinas.

Alaina Raybon

Rosie Brady

Rose Brady is a USAG & NCAA National Judge and Coach for over 50 years !!! She also was a Health & Physical Education teacher for 25 years !

Caitlin Mauk

Coach Caitlin has joined our Ocean Flipper family. Caitlyn brings many years of coaching experience with her. She was a competitive collegiate gymnast at Towson University and then an Asst. Coach at Temple University, before moving to the beach to join our family. We are so fortunate to have her knowledge and expertise in the gym daily.

Zach Mazzarella

Aspen Hartman

Dawn Dixon

Dawn joined our Ocean Flipper family from Fredericksburg, VA. She coached there for 10+ years, She has worked with all Levels of gymnast, Preschool and up. She was the Head Excel Silver coach as well as the Preschool Director.

She has been an awesome addition to our already extremely successful team. She is very well liked and respected in the gymnastics community. She has bonded well the gymnasts and has become an excellent role model for our team girls.

South Carolina Coach of the Year 2013

Rebecca Fort

Rebecca Raynor Fort is originally from Southern Pines, NC and was a Level 10 gymnast for Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics. She won several state championship titles, and competed on the regional and national level as a Level 10. Rebecca attended University of North Carolina and graduated with a BA in Exercise and Sports Science in 2002. Upon graduation, she moved to Charleston, SC and pursued a career in sports marketing. After two short years, she returned to gymnastics by relocating to North Myrtle Beach to assist Liguori with his competitive team. Together, Rebecca & Louie have had numerous SC State Champions, Regional Qualifiers, Regional Champions and National Qualifiers. When not in the gym, Becca enjoys being on the water, playing with her dogs and catching up with old friends.

Neylla Calderon

Recreational Coaches

Alexis Garton

Caylee Hoffman

Heather Hoffman

Mikayla Lore

Derek McGovern

Jennelle Melicher-Neeley

Meredith Simmons

Ruby Simmons

Myrtle Beach Allstar Cheerleading Coaches

Cindy Cumbo

Cindy Cumbo is originally from Charlotte, NC. She has cheered both competitively and professionally and has over 25 years of coaching experience. She moved to the beach and retired from owning and operating a competitive all-star cheer program in North Carolina. During that time, her teams brought home over 25 National Titles as well as numerous state and regional titles. Through the years, Cindy has coached athletes ranging from the ages of 3 to 40, and has had the joy of watching many of her athletes go on to become college cheerleaders, cheer coaches and all-star gym owners. In 2008, Cindy was named National Christian Coach of the Year and has had the opportunity to speak at summer camps, National Coaches Conferences as well as mentored high school, all-star and college coaches. Cindy is a member of the USASF and a board member of Christian Cheerleaders of America. Cindy came out of retirement 2 years ago to begin a new premier all-star program at Gymnastics & More. She feels honored to be a part of the Gymnastics & More team and is excited to watch the program grow. She feels by combining her experience in cheer, along with the strong precision tumbling program of Louie Liguori and MBA team coaches, they will have just the edge they need to build a strong all-star National Champion cheer program.

Brian Lowe

Kristin Christian

Lauren Massey

Coaching All-Star cheerleading for 15 years! 11 of those years have been at Myrtle Beach All-stars and 4 were in Texas. Coach Lauren is a Kindergarten teacher at Ocean Drive Elementary and the kids ABSOLUTELY adore her! We love having Coach Lauren apart of our coaching staff.

Isabelle Osorio

Samantha Weymouth

Kristin Wilkerson

Office Staff

Marissa DaPonte

Rachel Decker

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Rachel has traveled around the county with her Army husband, Glen and their five kids for the last 20+ years. She recently moved to SC to settle and plant roots here with her family.

Edith Liguori

Janice Smith

Tutor and Play

Elizabeth Hope

Jacqueline Smith

In Memory of Danny Warbutton

Danny Warbutton named USA Gymnastics Master of Sport Top 100 of all time

We were very fortunate to have Danny in our gym from 2008-2014. His legacy will live on here forever, and there isn’t a day that goes by that this Flipper family doesn’t miss him. We love and miss you Danny.

#Dannystrong      #doitfordanny    #BigD

Danny Warbutton moved to Myrtle Beach in August 2008. Danny has 36 years of coaching under his belt and even more years as a participant in the sport of gymnastics. As a gymnast, Danny was the Belle Vernon Area (PA) High School All Around State Champion & Eastern United States All Around Champion. During college, Danny attended Georgia Southern University on a full gymnastics scholarship. He was a four-time Georgia State Champion, four-time Southern Intercollegiate Gymnastics Champion, three-time All-American and 10th All-Around in the 1972 Olympic Trials. As a coach & business owner, Danny ran a successful business and competitive team from 1976 to 2004 in Washington, Pennsylvania (Meadowlands Gymnastics Training Center & Gym Dandy’s Women’s Gymnastics Team). He was also the Assistant Women’s Gymnastics Coach at West Virginia University from 2002-2003. In 1972 Danny took his first gymnasts to the National Championships and continued to do so in 27 of the next 30 years. He coached 15 State Championship Teams and many individual State, Regional & National Champions. Over his years as a coach, he had a total of 45 National Competitors. He also produced eight elite gymnasts, two of which were on the Elite National Team who competed internationally representing the United States in Russia, East Germany, Hungary, England, South Africa, China & Japan (Patti Rice & Linda Kardos). Danny had a member of the 1979 Pan American Games Team and the World Championship Team. More astounding than any of that, Danny has sent 125 gymnasts to college on a gymnastics scholarship. We are both honored and humbled to have Danny on staff working with our competitive team. Fun Fact: Louie Liguori was on staff at Danny’s gym for 5 years.