Our Coaches - the heart of our program

Mickey Everson, Head Coach

Coach Mickey started training as a gymnast when she was just three years old. She was honored to be one of the first two 7th graders allowed to participate in a varsity sport at Aberdeen Central High School (CHS), where she competed through the age of 18 years of age. She proceeded to earn a B.S. Ed. in  Elementary Education and Coaching, specializing in gymnastics and track, at Northern State University. Coaching has been a passion of Coach Everson since she began coaching gymnastics at the YMCA right out of high school. Her love of coaching led her to continue as the YMCA program turned into AGA, and she continued coaching for AGA until 2016. She has also been a South Dakota High School Gymnastics Official from the years 1995-1997, but she realized how much she loved coaching and opted to become the Aberdeen CHS Varsity Assistant Coach from 1996-2016. She even coached the then newly-formed CHS Competitive Dance Team for four years. Coach Everson diversely spends her spare time serving as the Corporate Financial Administrator for DSI, a YMCA fitness instructor, and an assistant sports event coordinator at CHS.




Sherise Rivera, Assistant Coach

Coach Sherise doesn’t remember she did not want to be a gymnast. Because her small, rural town did not have gymnastics, her mom tried to distract her with dance. When a gymnastics club opened in Pierre, SD, although it was a drive, it was close enough that Sherise could complete her dream of being a gymnast. Sherise competed in club gymnastics for five years. Her coaching capabilities were noticed early by her club coach, and she helped instruct younger gymnasts in the club’s summer camps.  Sherise went to on to help coach at a gymnastics gym in Grand Forks, ND and loved it.  Having the opportunity to coach again has been a wonderful gift to Sherise, and she looks forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm for the sport with your gymnast.  She is also developing our AAU Bronze Team, a competitive club team!                                            






                                                                       Brianna Haugen, Assistant Coach    

 Brianna was born and raised here in Aberdeen. She began her gymnastics career as a participant in AGA  and moved on to compete   for Aberdeen Central High School. After attending college and   graduating from law school, she settled in Yankton, South   Dakota. She began her coaching career at River City Gymnastics and   Cheer, a club gymnastics team in Yankton, where she assited the   head coach with the competitive level girls and became USAG   certified coach. Brianna has always had a love for the sport and is   excited to share her passion with all the members of AGA. Brianna   states, "I am excited to be back in Aberdeen and turn to AGA as a   coach."











Jessica Sherman, Assistant Coach


Jessica doesn't remember how young she was when she first started gymnastics but her last year competing USAG was in 2001. From there the club she competed switched to a Rec program and she contined doing gymnastics with them off and on until 2005. The college she attended did not have a gymnastics program so instead she joined the cheerleading team for a year to put her gymanstics skills to use. She then took a break and went back to the gym in 2018 when she was hired for a season as an Assistant Coach for Aberdeen Central High School. She states she's pretty sure she learned more that year than she taught. Gymnastics has taught and is still teaching her many different skills and she is able to apply those to all areas of her life. "I am excited to be a part AGA's coaching team."








Kaylee Naasz, Junior Coach

Kaylee first started gymnastics when she was in the 5th grade. She is a Central High School student and is on the Central Varsity gymnastics team. Last year she was awarded with the Rookie of the Year award. She has a passion for gymnastics and has also found she loves to help teach as well.





                                        Maggie Fites, Junior Coach

Coach Maggie is a high school gymnast who got involved in the sport as a way to give her parents a break from her endless amounts of energy. After the Rio 2016 Olympics, she fell in love with gymnastics. Since then she has place 2 consecutive times in state championships. She states "In gymnastics I have grown as an athlete and person and have had the opportunity to work with amazing group of coaches from all over the world." She has been coaching for the past 3 years and is excited to continue to be involved in AGA as a gymnast and as a junior coach.









Jo Jarrott, Junior Coach

Jo is from Aberdeen. She is a varsity gymnast on the Central High School gymnastics team. She will be a sophmore this year. Fun fact, Jo has been in gymnastics since she was 3 years old!