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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

We strive to help your children learn many things through gymnastics:

The qualities of self discipline, motivation, and courage, goal setting ability and time management, self worth and self esteem, confidence, grit, and a love of movement.


Our Founders


Catherine Curtis

Cathi is originally from Hollywood, Florida. She is a former beauty queen (Miss Teen Florida), Miss Majorette of Florida, commercial actress, and costume designer whose designs outfitted the Doug Henning’s World of Magic Show. As a seamstress she designed and sewed leotards for AAU Team FL for 3 years for Nationals.

As a late starter in gymnastics, she waived her amateur status to perform the uneven bars in a Lipton Tea commercial. She also appeared in commercials for Coco-Cola, McDonalds, Kodak, Western Auto, and Burger King. Cathi coached gymnastics, baton twirling, and modeling in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale before moving to California.

Under her direction as a professional Pageant Groomer and Performance Enhancement Specialist, Cathi’s students have won national and international titles. As a Director of the children’s division of the Dorothy Shreve Model and Talent Agency of Newport Beach, California, her students appeared in television shows and movies including Happy Days and Dallas.

She is the proud mother of three grown daughters and 6 wonderful grandchildren.

Dave Zwiefelhofer

Dave is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he majored in Health Promotion and minored in Biology and Health. As a young coach, Dave traveled to both Russia and Romania for gymnastics training programs.


In his 30 plus years of coaching, he has coached champions at the State, Regional, and National Levels.

Many of his gymnasts have received full college scholarships. Notable competitions attended include Level 9 and 10 Nationals and several Nastia Liukin Cup, USA Elite Classics, the Jr. Pan-Am Games, the Visa Cup, and the World Championships.

He has also trained the only two international elite gymnasts from our area, and has had JO National Team Members.

Dave enjoys bicycling. He is also the proud papa of two Shih-Tzus – Isabella & Adeline – and currently spends his days working hard to improve Coast Elite’s facilities and apparatus, and training future champions.


Head Coach - Program Director (Level 6-10)


Teresina has been coaching for 12 years at Coast Elite. Teresina is a Coast Elite Alumni, and holds a title for Level 9 Regional Floor and Vault champion. Teresina graduated from Cypress Lake High School where she studied in Dance.


Teresina is also a 2017 Graduate of FGCU where she majored in Criminal Justice. Many of her gymnasts have qualified to state, regional and national championships Teresina and her Husband, Gage, have a sweet baby boy.

Teresina Wilson

Head Coach (Levels 6-10)

Chris Gewinner

Chris has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years, and he one of our head coaches. Chris was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida. He attended Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts where he majored in Dance. After graduation he attended Florida School of the Arts on a full ride dance scholarship. He has also been on national television, twice, for dance. He has qualified many gymnasts to Regional and National competitions in recent years, including 2 level 9 Eastern’s, and 2 level 10 JO in the past 2 years. Chris currently coaches our upper level teams.


Office Manager

Kim Catania

Kim started working at Coast Elite in 2017, when her daughter was a level 9 gymnast.


Kim is now working here full time as our Office Manager. Kim is married to her husband Joe for 22 years, and has 2 children, who both are attending FGCU.


Our Wonderful Coaches


Karmin Soderstrom

Compulsory & Xcel

Toyi Gainley

Optionals, Compulsory & Xcel

Valerie Tygaard

Compulsory & Xcel

Ashley Sanders



Arielle Bush

Compulsory & Xcel

Lexi Thwaits

AAU Xcel

Jenn Rodriguez

Xcel Bronze, Pre-team, Rec

Holly Cherry

Preteam & Rec

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