Coach Karen DeRuvo/ Optional Team Head Coach
Coach Karen comes to Universal Performing Arts with over 35 years of gymnastics coaching and choreography experience. She became interested in gymnastics during middle school and went on to compete and coach on Long Island, NY. She also competed in college (Arizona State Univ.) but her love of coaching brought her to coach the Tempe High School girl’s gymnastics team. After college she returned to NY and coached there for over 30 years. Her experience includes all levels of gymnastics from beginner through elite and all ages from pre-school through high school age. Her accolades are comprised of numerous State and Regional Champions, National Qualifiers and many Level 9 & 10 National Medalists. Many of her gymnasts went on to compete at the college level, qualifying for the prestigious NCAA National Championships. Karen is happy to call North Port, Florida and UGA her new home!
Coach Debbie Ludwick/ Compulsory Team Head Coach
Coach Debbie is a married Mother 4 and a Grandmother of 4 from Northern Virginia. Debbie got a late start in gymnastics, so she made it to the equivalent of a level 7. Debbie is a certified coach with USA University of Gymnastics. She is a graduate of the USA Gymnastics Women Artistic School of Competition, and was a Gymnastics J.O. Olympic Team Coach. She is a Certified USAG Skill Evaluator, and is Certified adjudicator of the Women’s Professional Development in the USAG School of Judging. Debbie attended the National Olympic Compulsory Workshop for the New Series of Routines. She also has her USAG Fitness, First Aid, Sport Science, Stewards of Children; Brain and Body, Sport Psychology, Kinder Accreditation for Teachers, and Safety & Risk Management. These are among some of her many certifications. Debbie is qualified to be a Compulsory Judge and she is a Certified Meet Director. Debbie has over 30 years of Coaching and Teaching experience. She was the Director and Head Coach of Compulsory, Class Director, Camp Director, Director of Preschool Program, Developmental Director and Program Developer. Debbie has also Coached High School Gymnastics Teams and has worked as a Substitute Teacher, as well as Teaching after school gymnastic programs. Debbie is certified under the “Heads Up” Concussion in Youth Sports and an Optional recreational Coach. Debbie has Coached State, Regional, & Nationally Ranked Gymnasts.Debbie has Coached with Olympians and Olympic Coaches on many occasions, including Olympic Camp, and working with Bela Karoli during the tour of the Magnificent 7 (Olympians). Debbie has attended many USA Gymnastic, State, Regional and National Clinics, Trainings & Congresses. She has an extensive background of experience and training in not just gymnastics, but also in the field of Child Development. Debbie is enjoying being here at Universal and Coaching such Terrific Gymnasts! Universal is excited and honored to have such an experienced coach added to our Universal Gym Familiy!
Coach Kim Brown
Coach Kim has been on staff at Universal Gym since the start! She has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology 1998. Kim had a full academic scholarship to the PhD program in cognitive psychology at the University of Notre Dame 1998-2000. She was a competitive optional gymnast from 1985-2005. Kim has been a USA Gymnastics coach for 20 years, coached numerous state, regional and national champions and collegiate team members. Kim served in the US Army reserves for three years as a paralegal for JAG. We are so fortunate to have Kim on our Gymnastics Coaching Team!