2019 PEAK Clinicians
At the junior level, Caesar coached graduating senior Thomas Lee to the 2016 P&G Championships – Lee will be joining the Stanford University team in the fall. Additionally, Caesar has coached multiple Junior Olympic National Championships qualifiers and medalists, National Future Stars Qualifiers, and multiple State and Regional Champions in Levels 5 – 10 and JD.
Before coaching at Stanford, Caesar served as Administrative Assistant for the University of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics team during the 2014-15 competitive season after completing an illustrious collegiate and international gymnastics career. Caesar’s collegiate athletic accomplishments include 3-time NCAA team championships, 5-time NCAA All-American, and 2-time Big Ten Parallel Bars champion. Internationally, Caesar represented Bangladesh at the 2012 Olympic Games, 2011 and 2013 World Championships, and the 2014 Asian Games.
Vanessa Atler is a retired American elite gymnast. She was the 1996 junior national champion on floor and in the all-around, a five-time senior national champion, the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist on the floor exercise and vault and a five-time World Cup champion. A member of the U.S. national gymnastics team from the age of 12, Atler was one of the United States’ most successful gymnasts as a junior in the late 1990′s. She also competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials placing 6th overall.
CCG’s New Boys Program Director – my name is Renato Deza, born and raised in Lima, Peru. I started doing gymnastics when I was 6, and fell in love with the sport right away. Lots of years of hard training gave me the opportunity to represent my country in several international competitions(in between 2007 and 2014), in junior and senior categories, and allowed me to bring back to my country the first South American championship medals in a very long time at a very young age.
I knew my passion for this sport was not going to end with my athlete career, so I decided to start coaching at age 18. Even though I went to school and got a bachelor’s degree on Audio Visual Production, I knew gymnastics was going to be my main gig for good.
Later on I decided to move to the US pursuing my dream of being an elite coach. Pushing kids in a way that affects not only their competitive performance but also helping them grow as humans, the same way my coaches and the sport helped me growing up.
I could have not found a better opportunity to pursue my dream and accomplish my goals, than taking this opportunity that CCG has offered me. I am sure will try my best to lead this program, with the support of all the families and coworkers, to make this team their best version possible.
Vernon Leopold Vargas II
Owner / Head Coach
It is a privilege to witness the sense of accomplishment children have when learning skills, the joy kids have when entering the gym, as well as the pride parents have in their children’s success. Personally, there is no greater joy than watching children develop physically and mentally while having fun and staying active. My passion for the sport began when I was 6 years old. . After 11 years of competitive gymnastics, however, I made the natural transition to coaching. I have been a gymnastics instructor for over 27 years. Many athletes have won medals and national titles while under my instruction.
I have a passion for teaching children of all ages and abilities, spending numerous years in daycares and schools teaching gymnastics/dance. I am certified as a preschool coach. I currently work at Circle of Friends Preschool as a gymnastics movement and cheer coach. Not only am I a USA Gymnastics Certified Member in five disciplines; Artistic Boys & Artistic Girls Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, Tumbling & Trampoline, and All-Star Cheerleading, I have Level 1 certification in gymnastics and trampoline. I developed the All-Star Cheer and Tumbling &Trampoline programs at other gymnastic facilities. I also have Level B certification in emergency first aid and CPR. In addition to my work in the gym, I hold an Associates of Arts degree in dance movement from UC Irvine. I am the current Northern California State Chair.
Mig has been coaching J.O. (Junior Olympics) and Elite level Artistic gymnastics for over 40 years. After ten years of competitive gymnastics, which included winning three Maryland State Championships as well as finishing in the top ten at the College Nationals, she went on to compete in both Sports Acrobatics and T&T (trampoline and tumbling). She and her partner won the bronze medal for Women’s Pairs at the 1978 US National Acrobatic Championships and became members of the National Team. The following year, she attended the World Age Group Championships in Honolulu where she placed sixth in Tumbling. For the next 15 years, she pursued a career in show business, performing as a dancer, singer, acrobat, and aerialist in theaters all over the United States, in the Caribbean, and on cruise ships. While performing as a lead dancer in the show “Splash” at the Reno Hilton, she met her husband-to-be and decided to make Reno her home. In the spring of 2005, she started her own business, Legacy T&T. She is proud to have 27 athletes (so far) win National Championship titles in T&T. She has taken several athletes to international competitions, including the World Age Group Championships, the Flower Cup, the Flanders Cup, the David Ward-Hunt Cup, the Loule Cup and the World Championships. She has been a member of the Olympic Development Program Committee, and served as the tumbling representative for the Junior Olympic Committee. She is also the Nevada State Director for T&T and is a rated judge in all three disciplines. She has consistently had athletes on the Jump Start National Team, ODP National Team, and both Junior and Senior US National Teams. While continuing to perform with the “Colin Ross Band,” teach dance, choreograph, and help produce special events, Mig hopes to enthusiastically promote the sport of TNT.
Sho Nakamori is a former member of the US National Team, having represented the US at numerous international events, including the World Championships and the Pan American Games. He was a captain for the NCAA Championship winning team at Stanford University, where he was also a 9-time All-American.
Sho currently stays involved with the sport of gymnastics as an internationally-rated judge with a brevet distinction. He is also a clinician, having presented on various technical topics at numerous international and domestic events such as the National Congress.
I started my career in gymnastics at the age of 7 and competed for 12 years as an artistic gymnast earning a National High Bar Title in 2013. At the age of 19 I transitioned to coaching my first Competitive Trampoline and Tumbling Team where I met Mig O’hara. Under Mig’s instruction I competed as a Senior Elite T&T athlete, in addition to coaching my own T&T team, for another 4 years. During this time both me and my athletes earned several National Titles in Trampoline and Synchronized Trampoline.
Through this gym journey I’ve come to realize the value of passion. Passion creates dreams, molds ideas, makes the impossible possible and pushes each and everyone one of us to accomplish things we never knew we could. Nothing brings me more joy than to inspire and encourage passion in the hearts of everyone I meet and to fuel the flame that pushes us to achieve greatness.
Valentino started his sports career in judo at the age of 13. Even though he was advancing very fast in judo he was fascinated from the acrobatics he could observe through the window of the gym located just next door. One summer, after overcoming most of his older judo team members, he decided to try the sports acrobatics program. Valentino advanced in several years to the master level and defended the title of “Master of Sports of Acrobatics.” He competed through college in competitive sports acrobatics, producing several top level national team members and masters of acrobatics athletes as their competitive partner. Valentino graduated a 4-year mechanical engineering school, receiving a diploma for mechanics, draftsman, fitter and turner. Valentino continued his education and attended the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria where he graduated with a dual Masters degree and diploma in Sports Acrobatic Training and Physical Education teaching.