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meet our staff

mike lafleur

Mike was born into gymnastics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where his parents and Grandparents were also competing gymnasts.  While competing in high school, in 1974, Mike became the first person in Wisconsin State history to compete a double back flip on floor!  After high school Mike attended Indiana University on a full gymnastics scholarship.  While at Indiana Mike completed his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physical Education with a coaching concentration.  After college, Mike joined his family at LaFleur’s Largo in 1984.  It was there that he met his wife Melody and soon after they purchased the gym business from Mike’s family and in 2004 they designed and built the gym we call home today.  Mike and Melody have a daughter, Kaley, that competed in gymnastics through college making her the 4th generation of competing gymnasts in the LaFleur family!  Mike was voted Florida and Region 8 “Coach of the Year” in 2007 and later inducted into the USAG “Region 8 Hall of Fame” in 2017. 

Melody was born near Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Florida when she was just 4 years old.  The youngest of 8, Melody first began gymnastics at age 10.  She later trained under Gene Stowe and Val Hammond at "Apollo" in Clearwater where she remained throughout high school as a Class I competitor.  During this time she competed in several National Championships and received a full scholarship to the University of Alabama in 1981.   After college, Melody began coaching in the St. Pete Florida area  and it was there that she met husband Mike and they married in 1987.  In 2004 they designed and built the gym we call home today.  Mike and Melody have one child, a daughter named Kaley, who also competed through level 10 and went on to compete for West Chester U. in Pennsylvania.  Since first starting to coach at LaFleur's Melody has helped produce over 800 State Champions, 92 Regional Champions, 105 National Qualifiers, and over 25 college scholarship recipients!   She continues to coach Beam and Floor for levels 8-10 as well as over-seeing the entire Team program.   Melody is very passionate about her coaching and is very thankful that she has been able to coach so many great kids over the years!  In 2018 Melody was inducted into the USAG “Region 8 Hall of Fame”! 

melody lafleur

Kaley Lafleur

Kaley is our office manager.  She started gymnastics at LaFleur’s Largo when she was just 2 years old and competed for LaFleur’s through her senior year and finished as a level 10 gymnast!  She then continued her gymnastics career at West Chester University in Pennsylvania where she received a gymnastics scholarship.  During her college career she was a four time National qualifier and a two time 2nd Team All-American on balance beam.  Her love for the sport has continued to grow through teaching and coaching.  She has been teaching/coaching since 2015 and absolutely loves watching kids fall in love with the sport that had such a big impact on her life.

cassidy marks

Cassidy is our recreational manager. She has been coaching at LaFleur’s for over 8 years.  Cassidy started gymnastics at LaFleur’s at the age of 2 and competed through  the age of 16.  Cassidy coaches Tots, Pre-Team, level 2 & 3 floor, as well as choreography for our Optional level floor routines. She loves coaching gymnastics because she gets to see the kids grow as gymnasts and people as well!

Kim marks

Kim competed for LaFleur’s through high school and received a full scholarship to Central Michigan University where she graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She has worked at LaFleur’s for over 30 years.  In her free time she likes to spend time with her family boating, fishing, and crafting.

andrew richman

Andrew did competitive gymnastics for 11 years competing up through level 10.  He was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2015,  just a few days after graduating from high school.  He first moved to Florida to be on a world championship cheerleading team called Top Gun in Miami. While in Miami he started coaching gymnastics full-time which in turn led him to LaFleur’s here in Largo!  Andrew coaches mostly vault and bars for levels 3-7. 

nic tomasette

Nic was raised in New Jersey right outside of Philadelphia.  He began gymnastics at a young age and competed up to Class I, which is now called level 10.  He attended Eastern University in Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor degree in Elementary Education.  He started coaching gymnastics when he was 16 years old under the mentorship of his coach, Glinnie Elmore.  In May of 2012 he moved to Largo, Florida to take on his current position at LaFleur’s.  Nic coaches vault and bars for levels 8-10.  He loves coaching and is so happy he gets to have a career that he is so passionate about!

Meghan Daucher

Meghan has been teaching and working at LaFleur’s for 5 years.  She also has a daughter that competes on our USAG Xcel Team.  She teaches Tot W/Parent classes, Tot classes, and Beginners.  She loves the excitement kids get when they learn a new skill!

jaime tucker

Jamie  works in our office. She has four daughters on team and one in classes. Jaime loves seeing all of the smiley faces come through the door every day. To her, LaFleur's has always made her feel like family.

maddie tucker

Maddie coaches classes, level 2, and AAU Xcel.  She  competed gymnastics for six years and has been coaching for us for 4 years. Her favorite part about her job is seeing the excitement on the kids faces when they finally get a skill or technique that they have been working towards for so long.

Steve ellis

Steve grew up in the Chicago area where he participated in competitive gymnastics up until graduation from high school.  His “claim to fame” was being the first gymnast in his region to perform  a double front dismount off parallel bars, an unheard of skill at the time.  Steve went on to join the Air Force right out of high school at age 17.  While in the Air Force Steve earned his B/A in Intercultural Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and became a youth pastor.  He later returned to their seminary for his master’s work in pastoral ministries.  Steve began coaching gymnastics at 16 and has coached most everywhere he has lived since for a total of over 40 years experience.

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