Almaden Valley Gymnastics Club

Our Staff

Margret Kristjandottir, Program Director
Margret has been with AVGC since 1981. She has a degree in Physical Education and Teacher’s Education. Margret was a full time physical education teacher at the high school level as well as being a gymnastics coach and a judge for five years before coming to AVGC. She has coached all levels at Almaden Valley Gymnastics Club. Margret’s husband is Gisli Hermannsson. They have two daughters, Hrund and Kristin Gigja. They both run a professional carpet cleaning in Chelsea


Donna Craig, Optional Coach
Donna joined the AVGC coaching staff in May 1993, after moving from Maryland to Northern California. She came to us after 13 years of coaching at Hills Angels Gymnastics, where she was the assistant Head Coach and Choreographer for the 1993 and 1996 Olympian, Dominique Dawes. Donna holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, one from the University of Maryland in Kinesiology/Sport Science and the second from Howard University in Physical Therapy. Her hobbies include collecting Gymnastics figurines and caring for her two children Ian and Emma and her husband of 14 years, Contact Bruce via the website.


LiviuMazilu, Optional Coach

Liviu has a Master’s Degree from the Physical Culture Institute in Bucharest, Romania. He competed as a member of the National Olympic team in Romania in more than fifty competitions. Liviu was a lecturer at the International course for coaches Olympic Solidarity organized by the International Olympic Committee. He was a member of the Feminine Technical Commission of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. Liviu has been a coach for over 20 years. He was also a coach for the Romanian Olympic Team from 1990-1995. Liviu’s wife is Rodica Apateanu who is also a coach at AVGC and they have one son Sebastian who is 10 years  old.

Rodica Apateanu, Pre-teams and TNT Coach 
Rodica has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. She has an International Judging License in the FIG. Rodica has done numerous lectures, some of which have been organized by the International Olympic Committee. While in Romania, both Liviu and Rodica were granted the “Merited Master of Sports” award and an Honored Coach Award. Rodica was a member of the National Olympic Team of Romania. She has coached for over 20 years and she presently coaches our Pre-teams and TNT. Contact

Judy Sun, Level 5-6 Coach
Judy has been with AVGC since 1992. Judy came to us from China. She was a member of the State team that competed in National Competitions for nine years, including her training period at the National Gymnastics training center for three years. Judy was a state team coach for six years. Judy enjoys coaching all different levels of gymnastics. She is married and has two children, Jeffrey 3 years old and a daughter Crystal born December 13, 1999.

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