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Universal Athletics
Phone: (270) 759-4787
Physical Address: 309 Solar Drive Murray, KY 42071
Mailing Address: PO Box 967 Murray, KY 42071



Universal Athletics is the largest training facility in Western KY and TN and offers many great benefits.

  • Our facility provides a safe environment for learning beginner through advanced tumbling and gymnastics skills. 
  • We are constantly upgrading and adding new equipment to our facility to provide our athletes tools for success.  Our equipment allows are staff to develop progressive stations and training technique drills to achieve individual success.  The variety of equipment helps are staff be creative and develop lesson plans that are engaging, skill based, and fun. 
  • Our facility creates easy scheduling for families.  We can offer multiple classes at the same time as well as a homework area, snacks, parent work out area.
  • Our facility offers classes for those students interested in recreational learning as well as being a competitive gymnast or cheerleader.

Universal Athletics is a fully insured and professional gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading training facility.

Meet our Staff:

Aaron Scott
Owner, Universal Athletics and Premiere Cheer Camps
The "Always Pushing for More" Coach

Aaron is the head coach of the all-star cheer program and head instructor for all tumbling classes beginner through advanced.  Aaron graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in Business Administration.  He has over 19 years of experience in the field of gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling.  He has taught tumbling and gymnastics since 1996 in Frankfort, Lexington, London,and Murray  KY.  He cheered at his University for 4 years and professionally for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team.  Aaron has coached and choreographed for many teams throughout the United States.  These teams have claimed numerous championship titles.  The UKC All-Stars, under his coaching, won Program Champions in 2005 at JamFest Nationals, have received numerous bids to US Finals, and have claimed the title of National Champions on many occasions.  Aaron has judged tryouts and competitions in various parts of the country.  Aaron loves coaching the sport of cheerleading and gymnastics and safety is his number one goal.  Aaron's dream was to own and operate a gymnastics and cheerleading training facility and UKC is his full time commitment.  Aaron's dedication to the sport and commitment to the gym attributes to all the students successes!  He has certifications through the United States All Star Federation in all levels 1-5., CPR, and First Aid training.  Aaron has over 10,000 contacts for Collegiate Coaches.  He has employed and trained collegiate and all star athletes for Summer employment to travel the US to instruct cheer camps and clinics.  He has been invited to other countries to share his experience.  Aaron is a spirit industry professional and works closely with event producers to create positive cheer experiences.  Aaron has developed athletes tumbling skills from very beginner to advanced.  He focuses on teaching proper technique and safety.  Whether you need skills for school tryouts, are wanting to cheer at college, aiming for a national championship, wanting the dream of getting paid to travel the country and teach cheerleading, or simply want to flip for need to meet Coach Aaron!

Fun Facts
Most people don't know this about me but.....I am diabetic
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be: Philly Cheese Steak.
Pepsi or Coke: Diet Coke!
Favorite Part of All-Star routines: Partner Stunts

Joelle Scott
Owner, Universal Athletics and Premiere Cheer Camps
The "Mother-Hen" Coach

Joelle is the head coach for the all star cheer program and oversees the KinderGym and Mini Gym Program.  Joelle graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Needs Education and Spanish.  She cheered for her University and competed with them at UCA College Nationals.  Her University is one of Pennsylvania's top college cheer programs.  She loves coaching kids and seeing them get new skills, make new friends, and conquer new challenges.  She is a positive role-model to all the kids.  Her love for children has made her a caring, positive coach who  teaches the important message of always giving your best ! Joelle has been coaching youth, middle, and high school athletes for over 18 years.  She has traveled the United States for the last 12 Summers instructing middle school and high school cheerleaders and has worked with over 1,000 school cheerleaders and coaches.  She is a well known choreographer and has choreographed over 250 routines for school cheerleaders and all star competitors.  Coach Joelle spends her days talking with other coaches around the country to offer them advice and instruction on developing spirit leaders and all star performers.  She has close relationships with spirit industry professionals like event producers, magazine editors, and collegiate coaches.  She has judged regional, state, and national competitions and tryouts throughout PA, KY, OH, TN and WV.  Joelle choreographs all of the Curriculum for a National Cheer Camp Organization.  She also trains collegiate athletes and top all star athletes for Instructor Certifications.  She was a professional cheerleader for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Joelle is also safety certified in all areas and levels 1-5 through USASF and AACCA.

Fun Facts
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be: Little Caesars' Crazy Bread
Favorite Quote: "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
Favorite Gymnastics Event: Balance Beam
Pepsi or Coke: Coke...all day every day!
Reason why you love the sport: The hours of dedication and hard work don't compare to the adrenaline rush behind stage and the seconds before the music begins!!! Performance time is my favorite!!!

Mary Ann Morrison
Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Coach, Tumbling Coach
The "Do It All" Coach

Mary Ann has experience in both cheerleading and gymnastics and this gives her an advantage on teaching proper technique in skill development.  Mary Ann was an all star cheerleader for 6 years with Universal Kentucky Cheer All-Stars and was involved in gymnastics for 8 years at Universal and Cain's Academy.  She has coached at Universal for the past 10 years.  She has coached competitive gymnastics for 7 years including USAG Levels 2-7.  She was a 2009 Flip Fest Summer Gymnastics Coach and worked alongside Olympians such as John Macready, John Rothlisberger, Courtney Kupets, and Blaine Wilson.  She has continued her professional development by attending lecture session on athlete motivation and team building by Steve Butcher, a national clinician and Olympic judge.  She has also completed USAG U100 Instructor's Course.  Mary Ann has also completed Premiere's Staffing Certification and was a Summer cheer camp instructor for Premiere Cheer Camps and has coached school and all star teams in learning new material and choreographing their competition routines. She has been a judge for cheer competitions as well as cheerleading school tryouts.  Mary Ann was the 2007 recipient of the Universal Kentucky Cheer $1,000 Scholarship for her commitment to her athletic talents, community service, and leadership.  Mary Ann is a USAG Professional Member for 6 years and  USAG Safety Certified for the last 7 years. She is Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified by the American Red Cross.  Her dedication to cheerleading and gymnastics, and knowledge of both sports, makes her an outstanding coach!  Mary Ann believes in kid's talents and always gets 110% out of her athletes.

Fun Facts
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be: Potatoes
Reasons why you love the sport: It takes an unbelievable amount of talent to be an all star cheerleader or gymnast.
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
Favorite Part of Routine: Jumps and Partner Stunts
Favorite Gymnastics Event: Bars
Favorite Quote: "Both of us wanna be the winner, but there can only be one!"


Sydney Murphy
All-Star Cheerleading Coach
The "You've Got A Friend In Me" Coach

Sydney, a 12 year veteran of the Universal Kentucky Cheer program, has been coached under the direction of Aaron and Joelle Scott for the duration of her cheerleading career. Sydney was the youngest member of Universal's first level 5 team. Sydney, through her years at UKC, has claimed many team National titles and has competed every level 1-5.  She was the recipient of the Best Performer Award at the Cincinnati Live competition.  She was a 2 time America's Best  Athlete of the Month.  She has coached with Universal for the past 4 years.  She is a "do-it-all" athlete and was a well rounded teammate, providing strong jump technique, mastery of stunt progression, and overall presence and performance that is highly sought after.  Coach Sydney is currently a KinderGymnastics Coach at Universal Athletics and her patience and gentle manner make it easy for students to relate to her. She also the head cheerleading coach for our Level 1 tiny Orbitz team!

Fun Facts
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be: Any kind of chocolate!
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
Favorite Part of the Gym: TumblTrak!
Favorite Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Kodi Henderson
Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Coach, Tumbling Coach
The "10.0 Technique" Coach

Coach Kodi joined Universal's dynamic staff armed with 11 years of USAG competitive gymnastics experience. She is a 4 year consecutive Kentucky State champion (2006-2009)! She took home gold in all events and in the all-around in level 5, 6, 7 and 8. Throughout her young gymnastics career she earned scholarships and was considered a professional athlete.  Coach Kodi is an asset to Universal and provides technical and motivational coaching.  She is able to model skills for the girls as well as relate to athletic struggles and triumphs.  She knows what it takes to be successful athlete in competitive gymnastics and is passing on her experience, knowledge, and love for the sport to all our Universal athletes. 
Kodi began coaching competitive and recreational gymnastics in 2012 here at Universal and continues each season to build the program by student numbers and medal counts!  Kodi is a USAG Professional Member and is USAG Safety Certified. 

Alison Webster
All-Star Cheerleading and Tumbling, Recreational Tumbling, and Xcel Gymnastics Coach
The "Pep in your step!" Coach

Coach Alison attended and graduated from Murray State University, majoring in Elementary Education.  Alison has been tumbling since she was two years old and began all-star cheerleading in second grade.  She was an all star with Anna's All-Stars in Christopher, IL.  She was involved in cheerleading for 11 years as a member of all-star, junior high, and high school teams.  She was also a member of a competitive tumbling team with Flipfastics in West City, IL.  She has experience coaching power tumbling and all star cheerleading.  She has completed certification for Premiere's Summer Staff Instructor position. 
She has worked with all-star, middle and high school teams across the country teaching them cheerleading skills and proper technique as well as innovative pyramids and partner stunts.  She has organized Spirit Clinics for youth-aged athletes and was a role model for community service in her hometown.  She is CPR and AED Safety Certified through the American Red Cross.  Coach Alison has been working at Universal for 6 years and loves teaching proper technique, seeing kids acquire new skills, and traveling to competitions to coach the all stars to a championship! 

Fun Facts
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be: My grandma's chicken salad.....YUM!
Pepsi or Coke: Coke, but I would pick Mountain Dew if I could!
Favorite Part of the Gym: Fun at open gym and all of the kids!

Favorite Movie: Frozen 

Danielle Hopkins
Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Danielle is a USAG Professional Member and Safety Certified. Danielle grew up in the Universal family, competing with the team program when she was 8-13 with Cain's Academy of Gymnastics years ago.  Here she won the Level 3 State All Around Gold.  Advanced to Level 5 with a 2nd place finish and later won gold in Level 6 and 7.  She earned a spot on the Kentucky All Star Gymnastics team and took 1st place against OH 2 years in a row.  We have a true champion! Danielle is currently coaching recreational classes in addition to Xcel Silver, Gold, and Level 4 and 5.  Her approach to coaching is fun, patient, and positive.  She has enjoyed seeing a ton of progress and developing new routines for Xcel.


Madison Jernigan
KinderGym and MiniGym Coach

Madison began gymnastics at the age of three at Logan County Gymnastics in Russellville, KY. She began cheerleading at age ten and cheered competitively for her school throughout junior high and high school. She began working as a gymnastics coach in her hometown in 2015 until she moved to Murray to attend college at Murray State University, majoring in psychology and minoring in special education. She is currently one of the KinderGym and MiniGym coaches here at UA and loves having fun with the young athletes and seeing them progress and learn new skills for the very first time. Her passion for kids allows her to build strong relationships with the athletes and motivate them to learn new skills.

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