All gymnastics & dance coaches and instructors at The Peach Pit are certified in USAG Safety and Risk Management or possess a BFA in Dance. In addition to USAG Safety certification, our all-star cheerleading coaches have completed their USASF Credentialing in stunts, tosses and tumbling. Each coach was hired specifically with a range of skillsets to fully encompass what it takes to be a strong and competitive gymnast, cheerleader and dancer.
Owner, Sarah Rhino
Sarah Wharton Rhino, Owner & Director, is a native Atlantan and past competitive gymnast, collegiate cheerleader, and director. She has a Masters degree from Georgia State University in College & Professional Sports Administration with her undergraduate degree in Recreation & Sports Management from Indiana University. Sarah has coached gymnastics and cheerleading at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Georgia Tech, Pace Academy, The Lovett School and North Springs Charter School for the past 11 years. She was a professional cheerleader for the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011. Sarah has managed and directed a gymnastics & cheerleading program, and coached for over 20 years in both Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia and Bloomington, Indiana.
Sarah trained gymnastics through USAG Level 8 at GYMSET in Marietta, Georgia until she retired at the age of 18 and has since competed as an adult through AAU in the Platinum Division. She cheered co-ed at the collegiate level at Indiana University, competed all-star cheerleading co-ed Level 5 at Pro Cheer All Stars and cheered 4 years at Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs. Sarah is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and has sat on the Southeast Regional Advisory Board for USASF. She is credentialed through USASF Level 5 stunts, tumbling and tosses and was the Assistant Cheerleading Coach at Georgia Tech from 2014-2015 and 2003-2005. Sarah has judged both nationally and internationally for NCA and UCA in varies cities in the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, and internationally in Costa Rica.
As an Owner of The Peach Pit since 2015, she hopes to inspire young athletes to reach their personal best physically, mentally and athletically. She believes in the total athlete mentality with the knowledge that each day in the gym is a journey and each coach leaves an impression on your child's life. As a mentor and coach, Sarah believes that each child returns to the gym because of how she makes them feel and knows that your child will walk away with more than just athletic talent.
Sarah is a certified yoga instructor and member of Yoga Alliance. She has practiced nationally and internationally at various studios in Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Prenatal yoga. She completed her RYT 200 through Highland Yoga in Atlanta. Her teaching style is a powerful all levels Vinyasa class incorporating core work, arm balances, inversions and backbends.
General Manager @ The Prado, Stephanie Holte
A native of North Mississippi, Coach Stephanie Hotle has been in the cheerleading industry for 20 years. Stephanie was the captain of her high school cheerleading squad followed by her experience as a collegiate cheerleader for Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Stephanie has over 17 years of coaching experience beginning at Lancaster's Training Center in Corinth, MS. At Lancaster’s, she helped coach her All-Star teams through a winning season including the National Championship in Orlando, FL in 2005.
Stephanie was the Class Director of Florence Tumble and Cheer prior to moving to Atlanta in 2013. Stephanie coached and directed USASF Levels 1-3 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Stephanie helped to bring new titles and a new vibe to The Pit with USASF All Stars Level’s 1-3 while serving as the Director of All Star Cheerleading for the last two years at our Collier Location!
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys the film work that Atlanta offers where she has been featured in works such as AMC's The Walking Dead as a "walker" as well as body doubling for stars like Angelica Celaya (Constantine), Deanna Russo (Satisfaction), and Jennifer Anniston (Yellow Birds). Stephanie enjoys a quiet life in suburbs of Peachtree Corners with her husband Tony and their dogs, Dolly and Candice.
General Manager & & Director of Cheerleading @ Collier,
Anne Green is a Georgia native and has lived in Atlanta for the last 13 years. She and her husband have two beautiful girls (Audrey and Charlotte) and two sweet Australian Shepherds (Zoey and Maggie). Anne has been coaching cheerleading for the last decade both recreational and competitive. She was a competitive gymnast turned cheerleader herself and has led several teams to consistent top 3 placements over the years, including a National Championship title and she loves to see athletes grow in their potential through cheerleading. Anne holds USASF certifications in building and tumbling skills for Levels 1-5 and consistently works to improve her skill set. When Anne is not in the gym, you can find her teaching third grade at a local charter school!
Director of Dance, Leigh Ducas
Leigh Ducas is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where she began her dance training at age three. She studied at JoAnn Fryrear School of Dance for over a decade, trained with the Louisville Ballet and attended the Youth Performing Arts School during her time in Louisville. Leigh then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Dance and K12 Certification for Dance. She was chosen to work with notable professionals such as Luis Piedra and Alexander Munz during her collegiate career and performed as a member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble and in a multitude of works presented in Spring Dance Concert from 2013-2017. She has had the privilege of studying with the Rockettes Summer Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet School, ADMIX project and the Voronezh Ballet in Russia through the years.
Following graduation, Leigh moved to Atlanta where she completed her teaching certification at Brookwood High School under the mentorship of Ellen Tshudy. Her career as a professional dancer in Atlanta has included being a company member of Refuge Dance Company from 2019-2020, Decatur City Dance from 2019-2020 and performing in the first Fall for Fall Dance Festival. Most recently, Leigh has joined Profectus Dance as an Associate Director and Company Member. Following her love of teaching, she has recently been promoted to the role of Director of Dance at The Peach Pit and is honored to continue sharing her passion for dance with the young dancers of Atlanta!
Director of Competitive Gymnastics @ The Prado,
Latara grew up training Competitive Gymnastics in Snellville, Georgia before competing as a Division I Collegiate gymnast at Rutgers University. She fell in love with gymnastics at the early age of 6 with encouragement from her father to use her energy in the gym!
She won a State title on beam and vault her senior year of high school before becoming an integral part of Rutger's Gymnastics from 2006-2010. Latara was a four time Regional Qualifier and a National Qualifier her freshmen year.
She came to us at The Peach Pit after coaching for 6 years at Atlanta Gymnastics Center and has been a developmental part of our Competitive Gymnastics program! Outside of The Pit, Latara enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Competitive Gymnastics @ Collier, Coach Fernando
Originally from NY and graduating from the university at Albany with a degree in business finance. Fernando has not only been a gymnast from the age of 8yrs old but also been coaching for over 10yrs. Coaching Preschool, Excel, Compulsory, Developmental, Optional and as well as working with collegiate and elite gymnasts. Fernando holds multiple State, Regional and National titles as a coach and athlete! With goals to continuously grow and strive to become a better coach and director, Fernando is extremely excited to be a part of The Peach Pit team!
Director of Trampoline & Tumbling @ Collier, Coach Antonio
Coach Antonio's gymnastics career began in the 1980's as a gymnastics instructor for the YMCA in Detroit under the supervision of Julius Lee. He taught beginner gymnastics and trampoline for more than 6 years in Michigan prior to becoming a member of the U.S. Acro Gymnastics Federation as well as a member of the Motor City Jaguar tumbling team where he competed in power tumbling, platform tumbling, double mini trampoline and men's quad events as well as exhibitions and performances throughout the country.
In 1983, he was picked up by Vita's International Tumbling Acrobats as a fill in performer with Ringling Bros Circus and completed the final 3 months of the tour on the road as a tumbler.
Antonio has since retired from the healthcare industry after almost 30 years of dedicated service and recently relocated to the Atlanta area to resume passing on his knowledge and experience in gymnastics. He lives in Atlanta with his daughter, Ava.