Coaches & Staff


Coach Courtney Detuzzi

Manager and Head Coach of JO, Xcel and Rec. 9 years of coaching experience. The C in ABC's.  Courtney has been coaching for 8 years and works developmental, compulsory levels and optional level gymnast. Courtney is a USA Gymnastics Safety Certified coach and has attended congress 7 years in a row, two of which were Nationals.    She has coached kids who have received local and national first place titles in all around and individual events. She has a strong desire and ability to teach gymnastics. Courtney competed up to Level 9, was a Level 5 All Star Cheerleader, and was on a Celebrity cheer team that won first place at Worlds in 2010. As a gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer she has placed first in many competitions throughout the US. Courtney's love and passion for teaching and gymnastics have made her a very popular coach. Courtney has coached many girls who won state and regional competitions. Courtney is a great choreographer and dancer and choreographs many optional level routines. Courtney graduated from the University Of Connecticut in 2016 majoring in Communication and Business. She is USA Gymnastics Certified & U100.

Coach Melanie Merry

Coach Mel is a USAG professional coach with 6 years experience at ABC. Her training experiences include attending both regional and national congress, USAG U100 and U110, endless hands on spotting experience, and certification in SafeSport. Along with her gymnastics career, she comes from a background in competitive dance including over 10 years of classical ballet training. While she coachs all abilities and levels, She is very passionate about ABC’s toddler programs and instilling confidence, strength, and support from a very young age. She graduated from ELHS in 2013 and attended Uconn for a degree in nutritional sciences, during which she started coaching at ABC’s and fell in love with it. Other fun tidbits- She did pole vaulting in high school.  She is a big child at heart as we all know, and she loves babies.

  • U101: Safety & Risk Management
  • U110: SafeSport Trained
  • USA Gymnastics University: Instructor


Coach Rhi (Rhiannon Wilbur)

Coach Rhiannon is 20 years old. She has been involved in gymnastics since I was 2 years old. She started out in a mommy-and-me class at Thames Valley Gymnastics and from there went on to compete from the time I was 6 until I graduated high school at 18 years old. She retired gymnastics a little after her high school graduation as a level 9. She started volunteer junior coaching mommy-and-me classes when I was just 12 years old, and from there became a junior professional coach when I turned 15. She has been coaching eversince, with experience coaching in compulsory, optional, excel and high school gymnastics. She is a USAG instructor certified, along with having her BLS, CPR, and AED certifications. She is currently a junior attending Eastern Connecticut State University studying criminology, with hopes of one day attending law school to study criminal law. 

  • U110: SafeSport Trained
  • U101: Safety & Risk Management
  • USA Gymnastics University: Instructor

Coach Jacquelyn Mcleod

Jacquelyn has been coaching at ABC-Shoreline Gymnastics for over 14 years. She is a USA Gymnastics certified Junior Olympic Development coach and has completed the USAG U100 course as well as many other trainings offered by USAG. She also has four years of experience as a USA Gymnastics Judge for Levels 4-6. Growing up, Jackie competed in gymnastics for 10 years, reaching Level 9. She participated in both USA Gymnastics and “Y” meets, representing her club in State and Regional competitions in all events. After gymnastics, she switched sports and ultimately competed hurdles, jumps, sprints, and relays throughout college, reaching Nationals in the 100-meter hurdles. Over the years, Jacquelyn has coached track and field and cheerleading in addition to gymnastics. She loves to teach and share her passion for the sport of gymnastics with young athletes, and she looks forward to working with each child to reach his/her full potential. Jackie coaches recreational, Xcel and compulsory levels along with optional gymnasts. Most days you’ll find her flipping around before or after practice!

Coach Britney Detuzzi

Coach Britney has 4 years of coaching experience. The B in ABC's.  She has taught gymnastics for years and grew up in the gym.  She was a level 9 gymnast, High School 1st place Shoreline Champion and placed 9th at Nationals her Senior year on Floor.  She was a 4 time 1st team Gymnast. Britney is known for her unbelievable patience and is the hot shots all time favorite Coach.  She love to teacher all levels and ages. 

  • U110: SafeSport Trained
  • U101: Safety & Risk Management
  • USA Gymnastics University: Instructor

 Coach Russ Detuzzi

Coach Russ has 17 years of coaching experience. Russ has been coaching at ABC's since 2001. He loves to teach kids of all ages. Some say he has the patience of a saint. He started his teaching career in college as a ski instructor at Stratton Mountain where he taught skiing for 10 years. His psychology major has helped him understand the needs of today's children. Russ is our head boys coach and teaches recreational classes along with working the front desk. Russ is USAG Safety Certified and both CPR and First Aid certified. Russ is USA Gymnastics certified and U100. 

Coach Eve Speed

10 years of coaching experience. Eve has been teaching gymnastics for 9 years and really loves coaching all levels of gymnastics. She has gone to USA Gymnastics congress for 7 times for extensive training.  She attended the USA gymnastics training sessions in Florida for the new USA Gymnastics routines and rules for 20013-2019 in June of 2013. Eve has been coaching xcel and compulsory teams for over 5 years.  She has produced Xcel State Champions.  She is great with the kids and is always on top of the list of most wanted coaches.  Eve was a gymnast and cheerleader herself.  Eve is our head Xcel coach here at ABC'S coaching recreational classes, Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. She is USAG Safety Certified, CPR and First Aid Certified, and U100.


Coach Ashley Detuzzi

Coach Ashley coaches summers and breaks when she can.  6 years of coaching experience. The A in ABC's.  Ashley has taught gymnastics for 4 years and grew up in the gym.  Ashley was a level 9 gymnast, on ECE dance team and level 5 cheerleader. She is known for her dance moves.  She is a great choreographer and teacher.  She has choreographed all levels as well as high school routines.  Ashley is your go-to person when you need answers on the upper level and high school gymnastics rules. She teaches recreational classes, developmental, Xcel, and compulsory levels.  She is great at teaching class kids, team kids, and dance.  She is also life guard certified, CPR and First Aid certified, USA Gymnastics Certified, and U100. 

Coach Christa

Coach Christa has been apart of the ABC coaching staff since 2012. She gymnastics when I was a child at ABC and then came back to compete in high school apart of the high school gymnastics team for East Lyme.  She started coaching at the Montville town hall in the year 2013, while coaching at ABC’s and Groton. She started coaching the xcel team in the summer of 2018. I am USAG professional certified, safety certified and have a full background check as well. I am currently in school to be a dietetic technician but do plan to continue coaching when I have my degree! 

  • U110: SafeSport Trained
  • USA Gymnastics University: Instructor

Clinician Linda

Gymnastics Clinician, Consultant, and Coach

30 years of coaching experience. She is a CT State All Around High School Gymnastics Champion. At the end of her freshman year she began her elite gymnastics training with three-time Olympian Muriel Grossfeld in Milford, CT.   Muriel is presently a leading National Olympic Staff Official.  After competing at the USA National Elite Level of Gymnastics, she received a full gymnastic scholarship at The Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1984. Linda owned and operated Flip City Gymnastics for eighteen years.  She competed at the Gymnastic National Elite Level I, competed at the World Game Trials, trained for the boycotted 1980 Olympics, and represented the United States against other countries such as the Peoples Republic of China, West Germany, England, & Japan.  Linda coached many gymnasts to become State, Regional, and National Champions. 
Linda is USA Gymnastics Certified, Level 4/5/6 through Brevet Judging Official and Certified High School Judging Official, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, CIAC Membership, NAWGJ National Association of Woman’s Gymnastic Judges, USA Gymnastics National Safety Certification and Skill Evaluator, USA Mentor to Annia Hatch, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist.  
2007 Recipient of the Connecticut AAU Gymnastics Lifetime Achievement Award and The Connecticut AAU Governors Award in recognition of outstanding dedication to the Connecticut AAU Association’s Goals and Principals.


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Coach Maggie Henderson

18 years of coaching experience.Maggie has been teaching gymnastics at ABC's since 2006. She was a competitive and recreational gymnast for over 14 years and previously taught gymnastics throughout her college years. Maggie was a Designer and Merchandiser in NYC for several years before taking time off to have children. Now that her son and daughter are school-age, she is back teaching the sport that she loves. Maggie enjoys working with children of all ages. Children and parents love Maggie's teaching techniques. Maggie is a highly trained and accomplished coach. Maggie coaches Xcel and compulsory gymnasts as well as recreational classes. She is both CPR and First Aid certified, USA Gymnastic Certified, and U100.

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