Meet the friendly faces who own and operate Texas East Kids.
- Extensive Kinesiology studies
- 20+ years coaching gymnastics
- 7 years of training with Olympic coach Bela Karolyi
- Coached State & Regional Champions, National Qualifiers, Pre-Elite National Team member, Elite National Team member, and Elite gymnasts to USA Championships 2008 – 2010
- 2008 Texas Coach of the Year
- B.A. in English & Elementary Education from Cornell College
- Over 25 years at Texas East Kids
- Coached State & Regional Champions and National Qualifiers, Pre-Elite and Elite National Team Member, and Elite gymnasts to USA Championships 1993 – present.
Marlynne Parsley Finch
Owner / Coach
- Over 25 years of coaching experience
- Over 15 years of dance training
- National Champion Twirler
- UIL Outstanding Twirler Award
- Cooper certified personal trainer
- Established, owned and operated The Gymnastic Zone in Red Oak, Texas
- Choreographer for award-winning Dance Teams, Cheer Squads, Twirling Lines, and High School and Collegiate Feature Twirlers
- Choreographer for Texas East Competitive Gymnastics Team
Here’s our administrative staff that helps coordinate everything!
Kelly was born in Redlands, California, but was raised everywhere. Kelly is the Office Manager of Texas East Gymnastics and the glue that holds everything together! Kelly has been an important member of the TEG team for over 20 years. Kelly has done everything from coaching pre-school and Academy classes to assembling furniture and handling plumbing emergencies!
Preschool and KPA Director
- I was born and raised in Tyler, TX, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, TJC, and UT Tyler. I began attending Texas East Gymnastics at the age of 7 and was a competitive gymnast on our team for 7 years. When my competitive career came to an end, I began a coaching career here that lasted for 14 years. Before I moved to pursue my teaching career, I not only coached the team and recreational classes of all ages and levels but also helped oversee our former Jacksonville facility and Tyler preschool program. After an 8 year, elementary teaching career, I am thrilled to return to my “home” and first love—Texas East Gymnastics! I love working with children, and watching them grow in their self-confidence and skill, and am excited to be able to do so with you at here Texas East Gymnastics!
Media and Marketing
Here are our team coaches who train our most competitive athletes!
Boys Team Coach, Gymnastic Coach, and Cheer/Tumble Coach
Tom was born in Everett, Massachusetts and graduated from Melrose Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Oral Roberts University. Tom began coaching at Tulsa World of Gymnastics in Oklahoma and has been with TEG for 17 years. He enjoys watching movies and playing with his kids. No one knows that his college friends thought Debbie and Tom getting married was a practical joke…they did not believe they were actually getting married. It has been a great match!
Girl’s Team Coach
Alyssa was born and raised in Paris, Texas. After she graduated from North Lamar High School she attended Paris Junior College. She was a competitive gymnast for 11 years and enjoyed the sport so much, she began coaching once she retired from competing. Alyssa and her husband, Corey have been happily married for 7 years and currently have 3 fur babies. Outside of gymnastics she enjoys, automotive performance, helping with her husband’s business, and spending time with her family. Alyssa is looking forward to inspiring and teaching many generations of gymnasts at TEG.
Gymnastics, Preschool, KPA, Xcel Coach and Secretary
Girl’s Team Coach
Here are our staff and coaches that really make the gym go ’round!
Preschool and Gymnastic Coach, Secretary
Marisol was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2012 and then went off to study pediatric nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University. Marisol danced and played soccer for many years. Her favorite styles of dance are lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. Her favorite soccer team is FC Barcelona! She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, petting puppies, and “punny” jokes! She is very excited to work with your tiny tumblers and gymnasts at TEK!
Sage Bares LaMott
Preschool and Gymnastic Coach
Brittany was born in Fort Benning, Georgia. She then moved to Kentucky where she started gymnastics at the age of 2. When she turned 3 she started her path to competitive cheer. She moved to Tyler when she turned 6 and continued tumbling and competitive cheer and continued through to the collegiate level. She now attends TJC and is majoring in Kinesiology in hopes to become an athletic trainer.
Gymnastics and Ninja Coach
Josiah is an east Texas native, a graduate of Marshall High School and is currently pursuing a degree in speech communication at the University of Texas at Tyler. Music is a big part of his life as a hobby and a minor in college. He enjoys being in choir, playing piano and guitar, singing, and learning new and fascinating information and ideas. His gymnastics experience includes taking for a total of 8 years, 4 of which were spent competing in power tumbling, trampoline, and double mini.
Preschool and Gymnastics Coach
Preschool, Gymnastics, and Tumbling Coach
Kinder Prep Academy Staff
Here’s our staff that teaches and guides the students of our preschool.
I was born and raised in Tyler, TX, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, TJC, and UT Tyler. I began attending Texas East Gymnastics at the age of 7 and was a competitive gymnast on our team for 7 years. When my competitive career came to an end, I began a coaching career here that lasted for 14 years. Before I moved to pursue my teaching career, I not only coached the team and recreational classes of all ages and levels but also helped oversee our former Jacksonville facility and Tyler preschool program. After an 8 year, elementary teaching career, I am thrilled to return to my “home” and first love—Texas East Gymnastics! I love working with children, and watching them grow in their self-confidence and skill, and am excited to be able to do so with you at here Texas East Gymnastics!