Oconee Gymnastics Center's team is by invitation only and requires a one year commitment. Selection to these levels means a serious commitment to gymnastics, for the athletes as well as their family. First and foremost, we feel gymnastics should be fun! Team gymnastics is more demanding than the average recreational class, but the overall experience should be positive while being competative.


Non-OGC gymnasts are welcome to speak with the owner or team director anytime for team placements.

GymChicks        3-5 years

Tiny Twisters    4-6 years
Hot Shots           5 -7 years
Flip Stars            7 years and up



Gym Stars

AAU   Levels 1 throuh 3

USAG   3 through 5

USAG Xcel   Silver, Gold & Platinum

Optional Levels 6 through 10

OGC prides itself with a phenomenal team staff that includes a former Olympic Coach, team dance instructors, team choreographers, team strength and conditioning coach, team director and 6 former/current collegiate gymnasts!

Alicia Pachuta Team Director

Allison Blount Team NAWGJ (gymnastics judge)

Ashley Armour Former UK Gymnast, Team Coach, Madison County High School Gymnastics Coach

Pre-College Ashley won the 2004 and 2001 Level 10 Georgia State All-Around championship, placing first on the vault and floor... 2004 Region 8 vault and floor champion... Two-time Junior Olympic qualifier, placing third on the floor in both appearances... 

Ashley Sellers Head Compulsory Coach 

Bekah Bennets (Former Gym Dog) Team/classes

Bridget Boyd Optional Coach, Level 1 & Level 2; Former NCAA Gymnastics Coach with 12 years club experience.  She coached several level 10 regional championship qualifiers.  Bridget also mentored gymnasts to the level 9 Eastern National Championships 

Christa Tanella (Former Gym Dog)- Level 1, Level 2 & Gym Stars Coach and Choreography

Dorothy Kozlowski Level 1, Level 2 & Gym Stars; Coach Dorothy has a gymnastics background that spans 26 years. She competed through L8 at Rome Gymnastics and was a UGA competition cheerleader. She has coached gymnastics and cheerleading for the last 16 years, everything from infant through adult age-groups at various skill levels. Most recently she was one of the Level 5-6 coaches at ACGA.

Elena Todorova Level 4 & Level 5; A former Olympic Coach with too many accolades to list. MANY young gymnasts Elena worked with eventually went on to receive full collegiate scholarships throughout the US. She has worked with NUMEROUS Renown World Class Elite Gymnasts trained for Collegiate Gymnastics, Nationals, Worlds & the Olympics. She coached 5 Olympians, including Courtney Kupets, in her career as well as coaching Elite Gymnast Kytra Hunter to the National Team & the 2009 World Championships. Kytra is currently a gymnast for the Florida Gators.

Gerg (Greg) Penning Cheer Director

Grace Taylor Johnson (Former Gym Dog)- Choreography

Jeff Gothard Head Coach/Optionals; Jeff Gothard brings many accolades to the OGC team including Seven U.S. National Team Members (Elite and Level 10) Level 10 National Floor Champion, Level 10 National All Around Champion, USAIGC Open Division National All Around Champion, Over 70 All Around State and Regional Champions (Region 5 and Region 8), Fifteen Years USAG Clinician, US Olympic Training Center Clinician, Nominated Rookie Coach of the Year by the United States Elite Coaches Association, Former NCAA Gymnastics Coach (University of Pittsburgh), Recipient USAG Leadership Award, Former NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer (IDEA)

Katina “Kat” Rotsides Buffa Owner/Coach

Kassandra L Nathe (Former Nebraska Cornhusker gymnast) Classes, Team

Laura Moffatt (Former Gym Dog)- Choreography

Megan Beckett Dance

Sharon Lichey AUU & USA L3 and Level 4 Coach. Sharon has taught gymnastics for 36 years, 19 of those were with Cincinnati Gymnastics, one of the top gyms in the country, with Olympian and Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Lee Tracy. Not only has Sharon coached many champions, both Sharon’s daughters, Karin and Krisiti, were on the National Team as well as former Gym Dogs. Karin Lichey was the only Gym Dog in history to score a perfect 40.

Zoe Smith Team Physical Therapist