Asheville Gymnastics Staff

Kermit Belton - General Manager

Kermit Belton is our General Manager and Coach. Coach Kermit has 25 years of experience as a gymnast and as a coach. With several State Championships to his credit, Coach Kermit was voted the 2009-2010 SC Mens’ Gymnastics Coach Of The Year. Kermit is a well rounded coach having the abilities to coach both boy and girl gymnasts. He is also a Cheerleading and Tumbling Coach. Kermit has been through the various transitions of Asheville Gymnastics since the year 2000. Kermit is the loving father of Faith Belton.

Chrissy Lawing - Team (XCEL) Coach and Administration

Chrissy was a competitive young gymnast who worked up to level 9 before transitioning to other sports as an older teen. She is in her 7th year of coaching at Asheville Gymnastics and has taught all recreational levels ranging from pre-schoolers up to our most advanced rec classes (Level 3/4). She is currently excited to be working with the competitive XCEL team, as well as behind the scenes as part of the office staff team. When not at the gym, you can find her hammering away in her home studio as a burgeoning metalsmith and jeweler, or up in the air as she's learning her new passion: swinging on the static trapeze!

Kaity Essel - Team Coach, Summer Camp, Admin

Kaity has a creative and adventurous spirit. She started her athletic career in gymnastics then went on to express herself through competitive dance and cheerleading. Throughout high school she taught gymnastics in Pennsylvania then earned a B.S. in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University. After college she went on to receive a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Certification and Group Fitness/Kids Group Fitness Certifications. Her other hobbies include singing and experiencing live music, cosmetology, mixed media art, camping, watching movies, and guiding zipline canopy tours. You can catch her smiling face at the gym behind the front desk, teaching our Girls Team classes, Summer Camp and participating in Adult Gym and Parkour classes.

Allen Smith - Parkour

Allen Smith is a North Carolina native who was born and raised in the Asheville and Black Mountain areas. After growing up playing in the forests and rivers of the beautiful mountains of WNC, a sport like parkour just comes naturally to him. He started training in the discipline of parkour to prepare for his goal of being a contestant on American Ninja Warrior, but the hobby took on a life of its own and has become a true calling. His teaching style focuses on safety, self discipline, self confidence, and self determination. Besides parkour and freerunning, some of Allen's hobbies include making music, hiking, golfing, metal detecting, computer technology, and gaming; he has a professional background in graphic design, web development, construction, and craft woodworking.

Mary Lore - Rec Coach

Coach Mary Lore is a USAG-certified coach with 1.5 years experience coaching all levels of gymnastics including some Team as well as Tumbling. She also has approximately 5 years of experience in nutrition and fitness coaching including Cardio, High-Intensity Interval Training, Running, Weight Lifting, Mixed Martial Arts, Pilates and Yoga! Mary has a personal background in dance, gymnastics, karate, and cross-country running. For fun, she loves hiking in the mountains, horseback riding, rock climbing, reading, painting, learning new skills, and conquering new challenges. Mary says, "What motivates me as a gymnastics coach is my love of gymnastics and passion for all things fitness. I love helping kids build confidence, push themselves to accomplish new gymnastics skills, progress to higher levels, and go on to achieve great things!"

Thomas - Boys Rec Coach

Thomas coaches our Boys Recreational Gymnastics classes and has been coaching recreational gymnastics at Asheville Gymnastics since January 2016. He competed 4 years of High School gymnastics! Thomas enjoys a variety of team and individual sports and being a lifelong learner. His gymnastics refrain is: "The three most important skills in gymnastics are repetition, repetition and repetition!"

Kris (not pictured) - Cheer/Tumbling, Rec Coach

Kris moved to Asheville a year ago from Miami & is happy to be sharing his skills and talent with the Asheville Gymnastics community! Not only has he done gymnastics and cheerleading his whole life, but he has also been a trainer for 15 years. He has won numerous national titles along with a 3rd place World Championship title in competitive cheerleading. He says, "My goal as a coach at Asheville Gymnastics is to provide all athletes a dynamic yet safe curriculum so everyone can reach their full potential as athletes. I look forward to working with as many atheletes as I can this year!"