The girls competitive team staff is under the coaching direction of : Zsolt "Kenobi" Bense, one of the most respected in the business. Coach Kenobi holds a Masters in Physical Education and is a safety-certified USAG Pro-member. With years of gymnastics experience, including 20 years of competitive gymnastics (which includes being a 2 time national champion in Hungarian college gymnastics) and 22 years of coaching experience-he has produced several of the country's finest state, regional and national champions.
Jordan Salsberg is the Aspire Girls Team Compulsory Director. She comes from the beautiful Gulfport Mississippi area. Jordan graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science. In her time at the University of Arkansas she was a member of the Arkansas Lady Gymbacks, capping off a 20 year competitive gymnastics career that included a national beam championship. Jordan has been coaching at Aspire since 2014 and is a safety-certified USAG Pro-member. Jordan exhibits great leadership and is a wonderful motivator encouraging the girls to perform to their highest potential.
Roy Barskey joined the Aspire coaching staff in August of 2016. Also a former gymnast, this California native competed for both San Jose State University and Washington State University. In his career he has developed National Junior Elite competitors; Division 1 college competitors; State, Regional, and National champions; and members of the Junior Olympic National Team. Roy has a total of 25 years coaching experience including positions as compulsory director, assistant optional coach, team consultant, head coach and girls team director. In addition to coaching gymnastics, Roy holds a Doctor of Ministry degree, and his career also includes time as a pastor and a high school teacher. Roy's extensive experience contributes greatly to Aspire's competitive success.
Valerie Tygart has 29 years of coaching experience including 10 years of recreational and pre-team at Aspire. Valerie joined the competitive team coaching staff in 2017. In addition to being the Aspire Tots director, Valerie has extensive coaching experience across recreational and competitive teams in various gyms in Texas and Arkansas. Valerie has also taught special needs movement classes and special needs gymnastics at Easter Seals of Arkansas for several years as well as done music therapy for their program. A former competitive gymnast herself, Valerie has never left the sport and is a great addition to the competitive coaching staff.
Erin Foster: Aspire is also very proud to have one of our very own on our coaching staff. A native of Northwest Arkansas, Erin competed Levels 4 through 8 from 2004 to 2011 on the Aspire team. She began coaching recreational classes at Aspire in June of 2012, and moved to coaching Level 3 team in 2017. Erin graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Her education and her experience as a member of the Aspire competitive team make her a great asset to Aspire's coaching staff.
Taylor Copp's roots run deep here at Aspire. She competed for 11 years with Aspire, levels 4 through 10. In 2015 she received her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree from Missouri Southern State University. Taylor has been a coach for 9 years and Aspire is glad to have her "back home again".
The team coaching staff are all USAG certified and trained to USAG specification. Aspire is committed to the ongoing education of its competitive team coaches.