Trisha Bessert

Owner/Competitive Team Director

Trisha, with the help of her partner, Brandon Howard, and the wonderful town of Sitka started the gymnastics program in September of 2014.  Trisha is the Head Coach for Sitka Gymnastics Program including both Recreational and Xcel Competitive Programs. Out of the gym she loves exploring nature with her dogs and traveling internationally.

Brandon Howard

Owner/Team Coach

Brandon works with our Team Level and Pre-team gymnasts.  Outside of coaching, he works full-time at the local hospital fixing medical equipment and he also leads many of our construction projects and organizes project volunteers.   

Candace Rutledge

Assistant Manager/ Recreational Coach

Candace, originally from the state of Georgia, is well travelled and has experience working with youth from all over including South Korea and China. During her travels she came to Sitka for a visit, became introduced to the Sitka Gymnastics Program and fell in love with the town, and everything attached to it, enough to decide to stay for a season. Going on 3 years later she is one that Sitka Gymnastics is always able to depend on when it comes to help with events or needing a fill-in coach. 

Celeste Selby Tydingco
Recreational Coach/ Special-Needs Coach


Our tiniest gymnasts call her Coach T. One of our up and coming competitive gymnasts, Zoe, calls her mom <3.


Celeste and Zoe have been with the Sitka Gymnastics program since it's inception in 2014. Celeste has a background in pediatric OT and has been coaching our Parent-Tot and Pre-K gymnasts for over 3 years.

Santanna Sumauang

Coach/ Former Level 8 Team-Gymnast

Santanna went from recreational gymnast, to competitive gymnast to being one of our most reliable coaches - all while still in school. She joined gymnastics back in 2014, was competitive and reached Level 8 in the Junior Olympics Program in 2018. Having competed in locations such as Las Vegas, San Diego, Denver, Honolulu, and even Liberia, Costa Rica. She is now coach of a handful of our recreational classes, but don't be surprised when you see her filling in helping out with our team-track classes or working with the current competitive team!

Alison Kelly Hosford

Recreational Coach

Alison has become a fixture within the Sitka Gymnastics/ Sitka Cirque space. Coaching for both programs as well as being a student herself and mother of participants has definitely aided in her quick grasp of teaching gymnastics skills for some of our younger participants!

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