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.
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.
Director of Competitive Gymnastics @ Collier, Coach Alexis
All the way from the suburbs of Chicago, Alexis has been coaching gymnastics competitively and recreationally for the past 10 years. She competed up to Level 9 in the USA Gymnastics system before beginning her coaching career at her home gym of Phenom Gymnastics. After graduating with her bachelors, she moved to Atlanta in 2013 and has since recently graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine with her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy, and also works as a family therapist in Midtown.
Fun Fact: While in college she was a member of the Gamma Phi Circus!
Director of Competitive Gymnastics @ The Prado, Coach Latara
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 Xcel Gymnastics @ Collier, Coach Kelsey
Coach Kelsey joined The Peach Pit family all the way from the suburbs of Washington D.C. She recently moved to Atlanta with her husband and three cats (Brie, Cheddar, and Mozzarella). She has been coaching Xcel for 7 years where she has had incredible success with her former Virginia team, consistently placing in the nations "top 100" for team and individual scores. She has dedicated her career to Xcel and sees it as a way for young girls to grow in the sport of gymnastics successfully at their own place, while allowing them to pursue other opportunities. Coach Kelsey is a USAG Pro member, safe-sport certified, and an Advanced Teacher in the School of Recreational Gymnastics. She has attended multiple regional and national congresses along with hands-on trainings through Woodward camp, and is eager to put her stamp on the world of Georgia gymnastics! Fun Fact: Kelsey loves gardening has a green thumb!
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.