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Universal Athletics
Phone: (270) 759-4787
Email: universalathletics1@yahoo.com
Physical Address: 309 Solar Drive Murray, KY 42071
Mailing Address: PO Box 967 Murray, KY 42071

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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. He coaches our Ninja obstacle training class as well. Aaron graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in Business Administration.  He has over 22 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 the D2 Summit, 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 is also the Head Cheer Coach for Murray State University Co-Ed Cheer Squad.  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 fun...you 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 Recreational programs here including KinderGym, MiniGym, and Tumbling Program.  Joelle is also the coordinator of the UKC Prep Cheer Teams. 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 21 years.  She has traveled the United States 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!"

 

   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
UKG Team Gymnastics 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 plans to pursue a career in child psychology.  She is currently a UKG Team Gymnastics coach 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 for their competitive season success!  

Favorite Movie: The Avengers

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Favorite Part of Gymnastics: Seeing the kids grow confidence and believing in themselves.

Why do you love Universal?: I love Universal because all of the coaches are amazing!  They are skilled at what they do and care so much about the athletes.  I also love getting to know all the gymnasts and watching them grow.  They are all hilarious :)

   Kennedy Baker
UKC Head Prep Cheer Coach, All-Star Tumbling Coach and Ass't All Star Coach

Coach Kennedy was a former all star cheerleading under the direction of Coach Aaron and Coach Joelle for 12 years.  She competed all levels 1-4 at various Regional and National Events.  She has now moved into the coaching realm here at Universal and has been instructing athletes by leading by example and pushing each kid to their best!  Kennedy is attending Murray State University and studying accounting and finance.  When she graduates she plans to attend law school to become a tax attorney!  Coach Kennedy is a fantastic role model to all our athletes!  

Favorite Food: Steak and Baked Potato

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter

Why do you love Universal?: I have been at Universal since I was 6 years old.  It was this gym and the coaching staff that made me not only the cheerleader that I am but the person that I am today.  Universal is more like family than just a cheer gym.

Favorite Part of Cheerleading?: My favorite part of cheer is that overwhelming feeling of just hitting your whole routine at competition, both as an athlete and as a coach.

   Morgan Adams
Head Tiny Cheer Coach and Toddler Time Coach

Morgan's cheerleading background as a former All-star cheerleading athlete since she was 9 years old, paired with her field of study at MSU gives her great expertise in coaching our youngest athletes.  She is attending Murray State University.  She is an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Major.  She loves little ones and her patient, genuine, and fun spirited coaching style is the perfect fit for Orbitz and Toddler Time students.  Morgan is a sweet soul that brightens our days here at Universal and her dedication to making sure these athletes are engaged in the fun of fitness is contagious! 

Why do you love Universal?: I love Universal because it is my second home and has been for many years. There is so much love and support between everyone in the gym, how could I not love this place!

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers:)

Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama

Favorite Part of Cheerleading: Stunts and Dance

    Kelsey Hatley
Recreational Tumbling Coach

Kelsey is a great new addition to our UA team!  She perviously had been coaching in Franklin, Tn near her hometown since she was 15 years old.  She now attends Murray State University College of Business with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  Kelsey enjoyed cheering on the Racers as a Co-Ed Collegiate Cheerleader.  She has numerous years of cheerleading experience and was an NCA All-American for her High School squad.  Kelsey is a talented tumbler herself and brings a great deal of knowledge and training ideas to her students.  

Favorite Movie: Greatest Showman

Favorite Food: Chick-fil-a

Why do you love Universal?: The kids are sweet and hard working staff is kind and willing to help with whatever.  Super great group:)

What is your favorite part of cheer: Stunting!

   Ashtin McKinney
UKC Prep Cheer Coach, Head Recreational Tumbling Coach, and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Ashtin is an awesome asset to our programs here at Universal!  She joined our team last year and has connected with the athletes and enjoys seeing them get new skills!  Ashtin's background is in school cheer.  She has grown to love and dive right into learning and teaching new and innovative drills for technique development in tumbling.  She excels at team coaching because of her strong ability to teach what she knows and has an eye for details.  She has traveled the United States instructing Middle School and High School cheerleaders during the summer months.  Ashtin has a fun loving personality!  She attends MSU and plans to graduate with an area in chemistry.  She plans to obtain a master's degree and doctorate!  

Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

What is your favorite part of cheer or gymnastics: Performing and Dance Sections

Why do you love Universal?: Universal is full of positivity, love, and support.  It is a place where anyone can feel at home.  We are like a big family!

    Eleri Gesler
UKG Team Gymnastics Coach, KinderGym and MiniGym Coach

Eleri Gesler began her gymnastics career right here at Universal.  Her young self was one of our original members.  Eleri has evolved into a great coach that brings experience and knowledge to her instructional tactics.  She has 8 years of competitive gymnastics training and she has been coaching Competitive team girls and recreational students for 3 years.  Eleri now attends Murray State University and is a Political Science Major.  Eleri encourages proper skill progression and strives for athletes to have great technique in their gymnastics skills.  She knows that gymnastics is fun and builds confidence!  

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: Clueless

Favorite Part of Gymnastics: I love how gymnastics lets you fly!!

Why do you love Universal?: Because it is like a big family where everyone is super supportive of each other!

   Aiden McGraw
KinderGym, MiniGym and Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Aiden is a new addition to Universal and has added a sweet and knowledgable touch to our staff!  She began gymnastics when she was 8 years old and did it competitively through her Junior year of high school.  She has perviously coached at the gym she grew up in close to her hometown.  She has won many awards and medals but her biggest and most memorable was winning state in her age group two times!  Aiden is a Senior at MSU studying Theatre with a minor in history.  
She has experience coaching athletes from Toddlers to competitive team gymnasts.  We will be utilizing her talents to teach our young athletes in KinderGym and MiniGym as they begin to explore their love for gymnastics and the fun of fitness!  

Favorite Part of gymnastics: Uneven bars!

Favorite Movie: Avengers Infinity War

Favorite Food: Rocky Road Ice Cream

Why do love Universal?: I love the atmosphere and everyone is so nice!  I also love how organized it is!