About

Ric Wagner and Lauren Foxworth, his neice, opened Ultimate Gymnastics Academy the summer of 2009 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
They have operated UGA at its current location since January 2011.

Lauren has wanted to own a gym since she was a child and her uncle Ric was always her mentor since she was young.
“Together I knew we would make a good team.” –Lauren Foxworth

Many college gymnastics scholarships have been earned from the coaching expertise from Ric and Lauren.  Along the way this team has had several gymnasts go onto Regionals, Eastern and National Championships over the years.

Ric Wagner

Ric Wagner

Owner & Elite/Competitive Coach

45 Years of Gymnastics Experience | 38 Years of Coaching Experience

Ric Wagner is not only a former gymnast but has many accomplishments as a Professional/Elite Gymnastic Coach. Wagner has coached 23 Elite Women Gymnasts, of which 22 were on the National Team. In Addition, he obtained over 30 plus college scholarships for Women’s Gymnastics. Ric Wagner coached for Dick Mulvihill at National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.
Wagner has not only taken gymnasts to Worlds and Olympic Trials but was a US Coach 3 times. In addition, coached several JR and Senior Elite Training Camps.

Lauren Foxworth

Lauren Foxworth

Owner & Optional Head Coach

25 Years Coaching Experience | 22 Years in South Carolina

Lauren Foxworth has been coaching gymnastics since 15 years of age.
She was a Level 10 gymnast at the age of 11.  Lauren was the Vault State Champion 12 yrs in a row in her home state of New Jersey.
Lauren graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a major in Health promotion and minor in Sports Medicine.

Her passion for gymnastics and coaching gymnasts is what has set her role as Owner of UGA as well as Elite and Competitive Coach.

Michele Vernon

Michele Vernon

Office Manager

Bachelor Degree Business Administration, Management & Accounting
Associates Degree Business Administration

Michele participated in gymnastics from age two through a Freshman in high school.  She currently manages the UGA office and has her CPR and First Aid Certifications.  Being a professional member of the USAG since 2011 Michele has gained her judging certificate through the National Association of Women’s Judging.  She currently is certified to judge gymnastics Xcel thru Level 8 and is working on her Level 9 judging certification.

Jane Marie Page

Jane Marie Page

UGA Coach

Jane Marie Page started gymnastics at 5 years old and began competing at 6. Throughout her years of competing, she achieved state champion of multiple events. She was also a 2-time level 9 Regional Championship qualifier and a 2-time level 10 Regional Championship qualifier. After leaving the sport due to injury, she began coaching at Lumberton Gymnastics Academy in North Carolina. Once she graduated high school, she took a few years off from coaching to focus on college. In 2011, she graduated with honors from Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise Science. After working for 3 years as an athletic trainer, Jane decided to return to coaching. She began coaching at Ultimate Gymnastics Academy in June of 2014. She is serving as the recreational program director, head firecracker coach, and assistant team coach.
Heather Jewell

Heather Jewell

UGA Coach

Heather Jewell has competed in gymnastics for over 5 years and reached Level 6 as a gymnast. She trained under Ric Wagner and Lauren Foxworth, owners of UGA. In high school, she was a member of the St James Track and Field Team for a total of 6 years. Heather was also a member of the St James Pole Vaulting Team achieving 3rd in the state. She has been working at UGA for 4 years and is the head coach of Pre Team Gymnastics. She is also the head coach of XL Bronze, Silver, and Gold Vault Team.

As of this date, Ms. Jewell has coached over 15 State Silver qualifiers and 7 Regional qualifiers. She is currently studying for her BA in Sports Management.

Johnnie McNeal

Johnnie McNeal

UGA Coach

USASF Certified levels 1-5 Stunts, Tumbling, Pyramids

Johnnie has coached cheer leading for 6 years at various levels such as All Star, high school and college. He coached at Jacksonville State University as the Assistant Cheer Coach for 2 years. Has been the Tumbling coordinator for various college programs throughout the northeast as well as the program director for an All Star program.
Johnnie competed on the track team and was on the cheer team while in college at Keystone College in Pennsylvania.  He also played two seasons for a semi-pro football team in Pennsylvania.
Ryan Vallejos

Ryan Vallejos

UGA Coach

Ryan is originally from Rock Hill, SC.  He played football at Coastal Carolina University from 2007-2011.  Ryan has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for 7 years. He started coaching only girls but now has been coaching boys for the last three years as well. As a coach his gymnasts have won numerous state meets at all levels. Coaching is Ryan’s passion and he enjoys training and teaching each of his gymnasts to compete to the next level.

Lisa Shotton

Lisa Shotton

UGA Coach

Gymnastics is something that’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although, I only competed as an athlete for seven years, I’ve been coaching since I was twelve years old! I have coached almost every level of recreational and competitive gymnastics. Prior to working at UGA, all of my coaching experience was in Saskatchewan, Canada. I coached throughout college and into my teaching career.

Coaching gymnastics is only part of what I do. I’m a mom, a wife and a teacher. I have now been teaching for over 15 years. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Palmetto Academy. During the school year, I also coach volleyball and help with cheerleading.

Paris Zebudua

Paris Zebudua

UGA Coach

Born in Mexico and the youngest of 5 kids, Coach Paris left home to work for Club Med in 1995.  This later brought him into a position with the Circus Program where he performed three shows per week.  In 2001 he was offered a position at the Circus Center in San Francisco, CA where he became a professional flying trapeze artist and acrobat performer under the big tent.  He then worked for the Trapeze Arts of Oakland, CA where he managed the Trampoline and Acrobat Program.  Paris started in gymnastics as a coach for pre-team thru Level 6 at Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara, CA.   In 2006 he relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC where he has worked for UGA as a coach ever since.
Cadence Billings

Cadence Billings

UGA Coach

Cadence Billings started gymnastics at the age of 3 years old. She was trained under owners Ric Wagner and Lauren Foxworth of UGA.  Cadence competed gymnastics thru Level 7.  She been coaching recreational and competitive team at UGA since Summer of 2017.
Sara McCormick

Sara McCormick

UGA Choreagrapher

Sara has been teaching Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, and Preschool Dance in the Myrtle Beach area for the past 18 years. She has been a guest teacher for The Southern Council of Dance Masters Conventions and The Academy of Arts and Science. Sara’s choreography has won numerous awards at regional and national competitions. Her students have been extremely successful on the competition circuit, winning several scholarships and national titles.
Sara is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. She began her dance training at the age of 3. In 1999, Sara graduated from The University of Nebraska receiving her Bachelor Degree in Fine and Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance. Prior to moving to Myrtle Beach in the fall of 1999, she competed and performed in numerous productions throughout the Midwest and The Cotton Bowl Halftime Show, along with teaching in dance studios, fine arts camps, and summer dance clinics. In 1998, Sara’s choreography was chosen to represent The University of Nebraska at the American College Dance Festival in Wyoming.
She is enjoying the new challenge of choreographing floor routines, and looks forward to watching the gymnasts grow in their abilities and gracefulness.