Megan Hartman is our Director of Gymnastics. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and got her start in gymnastics at the Wilson School of Gymnastics and Dance.
Megan grew up as a competitive optional gymnast, training level 9/10, in Pennsylvania and began coaching in high school to help pay for college. Her passion for gymnastics continued and after marrying husband, Ryan, she continued coaching. After several moves, Megan found herself in West Virginia, where there hadn’t been a competitive gymnastics program ever. She then began to develop competitive gymnastics in Lewisburg, WV, producing state champions every year for 6 years.
She is a current professional member of USAG including achievement of USAG safety certification and safe sport. She has a total of 18 years of coaching experience. Megan and her husband, have one daughter, that they enjoy spending time with.
Autumn Golden is our Gymnastics and Membership Director and she also teaches the optional competitive gymnasts. She has been a part of the Y since the age of 7 and was a Level 9 competitive gymnast.
She also competed for a year in Springfield, MA and specialized in vault and beam. Autumn has been coaching for 16 years. She has coached many nationally ranked gymnasts who placed as high as first and qualified for finals for many years. She loves the everlasting, remarkable moments the team builds together. "I see something in them that they have yet to see in themselves". She is a current professional member of USAG including achievement of USAG safety certification and safe sport.
Autmn and her finance enjoy spending time with their friends and family.
Paige LaDuca is one of our team optional coaches (Levels 6, 7,) - Paige was a gymnast for 13 years, training Level 8/9 for Parkettes. She attended IUP where she also coached local gymnastics classes. Upon graduating in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Planning, she moved to the area to accept a full-time job as an agricultural conservationist, but soon realized life isn’t complete without gymnastics!
In addition to coaching, Paige continues to work with Chester County farmers to manage soil and water quality, and in her spare time likes to travel and spend time with husband.
Amy Pierce is currently one of our XCEL Gold coaches and optional coaches.
Amy was a competitive gymnast for 6 years at the YMCA. She is a USAG professional coach and has completed USAG safety certifications and is CPR certified. Amy brings 13 years of coaching gymnastics to our program. She also helps teach some of our recreational gymnastic classes that we offer. “My hope is to have the gymnasts to succeed not only in gymnastics but also life”.
In her spare time, she enjoys raising and showing rabbits.
Donna Watter was hired in 1982 by the Brandywine YMCA to start a gymnastics program. In just one year the Gymcats gymnastics program was born. After 35 years of directing and coaching a program that she loved and having the benefit of so many amazing young girls come through her program, Donna retired in November 2017.
After two short years, Donna has returned to coach the sport that she loves in the program that she loves, and she is thrilled to be back! In 2022, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and Oscar Lasko YMCA named their brand new gymnastics center the "Donna Watters Gymnastics Training Center" in her honor.
In her spare time Donna enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family and especially her 3 beautiful grandchildren.