Shaw Carter (Gymnastics Director and Girls Head Coach) has coached the Oroville Gymnastics team for 30 years. As the gymnastics director he has coached State, Regional, and National Champions. Many of his gymnasts have gone on to compete at the collegiate level, some on full athletic scholarship. Shaw has worked and mentored under Neil and Patty Resnick over the last 18 years. He has been invited to various camps and clinics throughout the country as both an instructor and clinician.
Steve Ross is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his Bachelor's degree in environmental science while playing varsity football. He also attended the University of Oregon where he played football and wrestled. After finishing school he returned to his home town of Oroville and coached high school football and wrestling for 10 years. Taking a short break from football and wrestling, he coached his daughter's soccer team for four years. After coaching soccer, he transitioned into coaching men's gymnastics for Oroville Gymnastics. Steve is now in his 10th season of gymnastics and is humbled by the opportunity to work with the local youth and to be able to coach his son Reid. In addition to coaching the Optional Boys' Team in Oroville he has had the opportunity to work with numerous Olympians, National Team and college coaches over the past several years. He has enjoyed the challenge of learning to coach a sport he did not participate in as a youth and is thankful to be a part of the gymnastics community. After 24 years of coaching he still has a passion for working with youth and is thankful for the support he receives from his family especially his wife Lisa, his daughter Samantha and his son Reid.
Sara Long moved to Sacramento from southern California to pursue a collegiate gymnastics career at California State University Sacramento. She competed and coached gymnastics all four years through college then graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Child Development and a minor in Education. In addition, she is Montessori Certified. After college Sara taught Kindergarten for 3 years while coaching gymnastics part time until she chose to follow her passion to coach full time. She is happily married with two girls. When she is not coaching she enjoys seeing life through the eyes of her kids. Sara would like her gymnasts to know that “I learned so much about myself and life during my gymnastics career that my goal is to shape young minds, coach them through gymnastics, and teach them life lessons along the way.” Sara joined Oroville gymnastics in 2015 and coaches both compulsory and optional girls.
MaKenna Acosta coaches the compulsory girls team on beam and floor. She started gymnastics at age 7 and went on take classes for 8 years, four as a competitive gymnast. She started coaching gymnastics in 2010, working her way up from recreational gym through pre-team, moving on to team coaching in 2014. When not at the gym Makenna is working towards her Bachelor's degree with a goal of gaining full teaching credentials to continue shaping young minds for the future.
Matt Wagoner coaches levels 4 and 5 for the Boys' Team. He started gymnastics at the age of 4 and began competing the next year. He participated in competitive gymnastics for 10 years culminating his competitive career in regional placement at level 9 with a 3rd on rings and 5th all-around for his division. He began coaching in 2014 and in 2015 joined Oroville Gymnastics. Matt's favorite event is floor. He is also working toward his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at California State University Chico.