All gymnastics & dance coaches and instructors at The Peach Pit are certified in USAG Safe Sport and Risk Management or possess a BFA in Dance. In addition to USAG Safe Sport certification, Our all-star cheerleading coaches have completed their USASF Credentialing in stunts, tosses, and tumbling. Each coach was hired with a range of skillsets to fully encompass what it takes to develop strong athletes.
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, and 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. Shg has also 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.
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.
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.
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 son Calvin.
Read more about Stephanie in her interview with Voyagel ATL here:
& 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. After 10 years of teaching elementary school, Anne decided to transition into her role as General Manger at our Collier location. She loves being able to combine her two loves, education and cheer!
Asst.General Manager @ Collier
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!
Lex is a native of Marietta, Georgia where she and her family currently live. She and her husband have one son, Deston, and two daughters, Aniyah and Olivia. Lex played collegiate basketball and has been a sports fan since childhood. She has been a Marketing professional and social media manager for 6 years for different industries. She loves being able to combine her passion for sports and marketing at The Peach Pit!
In her free time, Lex enjoys playing with her french bulldog, Benji, and working on her photography portfolio!
Director of Xcel @ Collier,
SarahGrace is a Georgia native and has lived in Atlanta for the last 3 years. She trained through Level 7 as a competitive gymnast for 13 years in Tifton. She began her coaching career at Tift Gymnastics Academy. While coaching at TGA, she graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with her Bachelors in Psychology. She joined The Peach Pit team in 2021 as a competitive coach and is now the Director of the Xcel Program. Outside of her love for coaching gymnastics, Coach SarahGrace loves her 3 dogs (Leo, Luna & Lucy)!
Asst.Director @ Collier, Ruby Liversidge
Starting her gymnastics journey at two years old, Ruby has acquired a passion for playing an active and dynamic role in the gym. Growing up in Atlanta, Ruby began coaching for the Decatur Family YMCA at the age of 15. Quickly gaining leadership opportunities within her company, she was given the position of Gymnastics Coordinator by the age of 18 along with Lead Summer Camp staff duties. Ruby joined The Peach Pit family in 2022 and is looking forward to expanding her personal knowledge while also
bringing creativity, enthusiasm and support. Outside of being dedicated to the growth and development of our athletes, Ruby enjoys running ultra marathons, playing musical instruments and traveling!
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 Brothers Circus on the road as a tumbler.
After almost 30 years of dedicated service in the healthcare industry, Antonia has retired and recently relocated to the Atlanta area with his daughter Ava to resume passing on his knowledge and experience in gymnastics, trampoline, and tumbling.
Director of Competitive Gymnastics @
Latara fell in love with gymnastics at the early age of 6 with encouragement from her father to use her energy in the gym! She grew up training competitive Gymnastics in Snellville, Georgia before competing as a Division I Collegiate gymnast at Rutgers University.
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. Her sophomore year she set the school record with her balance beam finish!
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!
Floor Manager @
Morgan is from West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been coaching for over 10 years and ran a recreational gymnastics program for five years. Her favorite events to coach are bars and floor, and her favorite classes to coach are Mommy and Me and Preschool. A recent coaching accomplishment would be that all of Morgan's Mommy and Me classes can do a chin up pullover (spotted) without fear! (This is a huge deal for this age group! They’re going around a bar!) Being a floor manager has taught her to always be on her toes. She loves being able to communicate with the clients, oversee the floor flow with all of the classes we offer, watch coaches be so passionate in what they do, and see the kids smiling faces when they leave class to go home. When Morgan is not in the gym, she enjoys exploring Atlanta and lounging around with her husband and 2 dogs.