Southeastern Gymnastics Coaches & Staff – Charlotte, NC
Ludmilla Shobe – Head Coach
Ludmilla is a former Soviet National Team coach and coach of three time Olympian, Svetlana Boguinskaia. She has been training American children in the Russian tradition of gymnastics since 1989.For 10 plus years Ludmilla has served as the head coach of Southeastern Gymnastics and our competitive team. Over the length of her coaching career, Ludmilla has received many awards just a few of which are: 2007 NC Coach of the Year; 2010 Region 8 Coach of the Year; 2011 Region 8 Hall of Fame; and 2012 Club of the Year for Region 8.
Galina Meliakina – Team Coach
Galina choreographed beam and floor routines for the USSR National Team from 1982-1990. She has worked with European and American Champions, Elena Shushunova, Oksana Omelianchik, Dominique Dawes and Kristen Maloney.Before coming to SEG in 2004, Galina choreographed routines for the Canadian National Team and coached at the Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Washington, DC. Galina was also selected as USAG Coach of the Year in 2004.Currently Galina serves as one of the team coaches at SEG.
Gina Sadqi – Recreational and Prep Op Coach
For 13 years Gina has been coaching recreational gymnastics at SEG and is currently serving as coach for the Prep Op team. She became interested in gymnastics at the early age of five and this interest has transferred to her two children who are also gymnasts. Her favorite events are beam and floor. She competed in Russia and also participated in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Gina is originally from Northern Russia and currently lives in Charlotte, NC.
Sofia Managadze – Team and Recreational Coach
When she was five years old, Sofia’s mother took her to the gym because she was always climbing on trees; from that point on she was hooked on gymnastics. In the Republic of Georgia where she is from, Sofia was a national champion many times over. She was a member of the Soviet Union Team and has garnered many awards. She was Master of Sport and awarded “Best Coach” in Georgia. Sofia has been with SEG for three and a half years and currently serves as Team Coach as well as coach of several Rec classes. She says that seeing the progress of her students and watching them as they gain a skill they didn’t have before gives her the “best feeling”. Currently Sofia lives in Matthews, NC with her husband and two children ages 17 and 9.
Frank Winstead – Recreational Coach
Coach Frank is a former gymnasts and a graduate of ESU in Pennsylvania. He is also a two time NCAA Division II National Champion in the Men’s Floor Exercise. Coach Frank has been with SEG since it first opened and a part of our Rec Program. Currently he coaches the majority of our Tumble classes; Boy’s Gymnastics and also shares his expertise by coaching several Rec classes. And we can’t leave out our Cubs and Tigers who love their Coach Frank.
Rachida Williams – Coach
Originally from Norway, Rachida has 18 years of experience in gymnastics. She was a competitive gymnast in Norway before she began her coaching career. Prior to coming to SEG, Rachida coached for six years at Thomas Gymnastics in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There she created multiple State Champions and Regional qualifiers.
Coach Rachida is USAG Safety and CPR AED Certified. Her mission is to bring out the champion in her students, building self-esteem, unlocking their potential, while providing a safe, loving environment. Rachida will be responsible for the continuing development and success of SEG’s Prep Op Team.
Vladimir Taran – Team Coach
Vladimir was born in Minsk, Belarus and started gymnastics at the age of six. In 1982 he graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport with a major in Gymnastics. He was awarded The Master of Sport by Belarus Gymnastics Association; considered to be one of the highest honors for an individual that is outstanding in their field of concentration. In 1997 Vladimir was also awarded The Best Coach of the Year in Belarus.
In 1980 Vladimir began his coaching career and from then until 1992 he coached in a sports club that was home to many Soviet Union gymnasts, National Team members and Olympians such as Vladimir Artemov and Yurey Balabanov. He also worked at Trydovie Rezervi, a sports club that was home to six time Olympic Champion Vitali Shcherbo and three time Olympic Champion, Svetlana Boginskaia. From 1995 – 2000 he coached the National Team in the Republic of Belarus where he had three athletes in the National Team.
Vladimir arrived in the United States in 2000 where he worked as a gymnastics coach for private clubs in New Jersey and Georgia. In 2008 he joined Gymnastics World of Georgia and during his tenure helped produce numerous State and Regional Champions as well as lead Compulsory and Optional Teams to the top position in the state of Georgia. He will be residing in the Weddington area with his wife Svetlana, and two daughters, Palina and Victoria.
Svetlana Taran – Team Coach
Svetlana was an artistic gymnast until the age of 13 at which time she decoded in order to pursue Rhythmic Gymnastics; currently,she has more than 20 years experience in both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics. As a result of extensive ballet training she also has excellent experience in this field; an essential aid when doing choreography on the floor and beam.
For seven years she worked as a fitness instructor during which time she co-authored a fitness program for National Television. She has also worked as a coach/teacher at the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport. In the field of Physical Education and Science, she had several publications in the National Magazines about the process of preparation in National Team for the European and World Championships.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Svetlana began gymnastics at the age of six. In 1994 she graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport with a major in Gymnastics. She was awarded The Master of the Sport by Belarus Gymnastics Association. Svetlana arrived in the United States in 2000 with her husband, Vladimir, and their two daughters. She has worked at private gymnastics clubs in New Jersey and Georgia; the most recent, Gymnastics World of Georgia where she produced not only State and Regional Champions but also led the Compulsory and Optional Teams to the top positions in the state of Georgia. Currently she lives in the Weddington area with her family.
Palina Taran – Team Coach
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Palina just recently moved from the Atlanta area with her parents, Vladimir and Svetlana, both team coaches here at SEG, and her younger sister, Victoria, a Level 7/8 team member.
Palina did gymnastics for ten years and qualified for Regionals in 2010, Level 8 and was State Champion on floor, beam and all-around. She also qualified for Regionals in 2011 for Level 9, and it was after that when she began coaching gymnastics. Palina says she loves coaching because it includes two of her favorite things: kids and gymnastics. She finds it very rewarding because she gets to see kids improve week to week and watch them succeed.
Currently Palina is a senior at Weddington High School and her goal is to receive a Bachelors in Nursing.
Jacquelyn Holmes – Team Coach
Jacquelyn, a native Charlottean, is no stranger to the Southeastern Gymnastics community as Coach Ludmilla Shobe coached her for thirteen years and Galina Meliakina for four years. Throughout Jacquelyn’s gymnastics career at Southeastern she won many titles in state, regional and national competitions. In 2007, Jackie received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics to Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa State she accomplished many things such as 2008 Freshman of the Year Award, Big 12 Commissioners Honour Roll, 2010 and 2011 Team Co-Captain and she also received her degree in Communications.
Jackie is very excited to be back in the gym. After learning from the best in the sport, she is eager to share her knowledge and love for gymnastics with her students.
Lyudmila Chesnok – Team Coach
Coach Lyuda is originally from Kiev, Ukraine and has been in the US for 16 years. She attended the College of Gymnastics in Kiev where she competed for the University. You have seen her around the gym this past school year session as she substituted for various coaches. Now she is joining us as a Part-Time Coach.
Currently Lyuda resides in Charlotte. She is a single mom with two teenagers. Her daughter, Diana, is a Level 10 gymnast here at SEG. Lyuda loves working with children and watching their progress as they learn; she is known for her attention to detail regarding technique.