On June 1st, 2013 Craig and Amie Butler became proud owners of Tiger Academy of Gymnastics. They are excited to continue TAG’s 33 year tradition and provide a fitness foundation through gymnastics for Mid-Missouri families. The coaching staff at TAG bring with them a vast knowledge and experience in gymnastics and a PASSION for teaching children.


Amie Butler

Owner/Director and Head Coach – E-mail

Amie ButlerDirector since 2003 and owner as of 2013 with over 20 years of coaching, Amie Butler continues to set higher goals for the program, both at the competitive and non-competitive level. Amie competed as a Level 10 before continuing her career as a gymnast at the University of Nebraska where she earned her degree in Psychology in 2000. She furthered her education at Springfield College and graduated with a Master’s in Athletic Counseling in 2002. For 2 years, Amie gained valuable experience running the after school program and coaching the competitive team at All American Gymnastics Academy in Wilbraham, MA. In 2003, Amie started her career as Director and Head Coach of Tiger Academy of Gymnastics. The program has grown each year along with its accomplishments at the competitive level. Tiger Academy’s Team consistently qualifies at the State and Regional level. In 2012, Tiger Academy had its first Level 9 gymnast qualify at the National level. In 2013, both Level 9 gymnasts qualified for Nationals.  Above all else, personal bests and accomplishments big and small are celebrated at every level in the gym!


Assistant Director and Coach – E-mail

Crystaldawn has been a coach at Tiger Academy of Gymnastics since 2003. She began gymnastics at age 7 and continued at a competitive level through high school. Crystaldawn began coaching at age 15 and hasn’t stopped yet! She moved to Columbia in 2000 to attend Columbia College, where she also obtained her Masters in Education. She loves coaching all of the different levels of classes at Tiger and looks forward to many more years of coaching!



Lindsay OnckenLindsay is from Columbia, Missouri. Graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.  Lindsay did gymnastics at Tiger Academy for 7 years competing her last year as a Level 7 gymnast. She has been coaching at Tiger since 2007 and currently jumps into any class! Outside of the gym she enjoys catching up on her favorite TV shows, spending time with family and friends and is a Real Estate Lending Representative at Landmark Bank.  When asked why coach gymnastics, she responds: “Coaching gymnastics is what I look forward to everyday. It’s so rewarding to see how excited a gymnast gets when they accomplish a goal you have helped them to achieve. I may be the “tough-love” kind of coach, but it is so gratifying when the girls realize it was tough for a reason and their hard work and stressful practices have paid off. I also enjoy getting to know the girls as individuals and joking around with them from time to time.”


Boys Team Head Coach / Girls Optional Team Coach

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David began coaching boys’ and girls’ classes and girls’ team gymnastics when he moved to Columbia in 2004.  In 2008 he started the Boys Team program. He enjoys watching the children who he has coached grow up into amazingly talented adults.




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Tina is from the Chicago suburbs and moved to Columbia as a student at the University of Missouri to study Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Sports Management. While in high school, she began coaching in 2010 at a local park district where she learned to apply her experience and knowledge of cheerleading to the sport of gymnastics. Tina participated in cheerleading for 9 years and  competed with her high school team at the ICCA state championships in 2012 and 2013, where they placed 5th and 2nd consecutively in Large Varsity division. Why coach? Tina responds:  “I love the atmosphere and the relationships I build with my athletes, as a coach and as a role model. I believe that with every step forward comes a challenge. I have always tried to motivate and push my athletes past each challenge they face, big or small. When they succeed, it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and has always put a smile on my face every time.”


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 Hi! I’m Kate. I have been at Tiger Academy for a little over a year now and been loving every minute of it! I use to compete in gymnastics until high school when I started coaching. I am from O’Fallon, Missouri which is   outside of St. Louis. I’m currently a Senior at Mizzou in Elementary Education. I am a student teacher at Fairview Elementary, so if you are ever there make sure to find me! 🙂





Girls’ Excel Team Head Coach

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I’m Connie and I have been a gymnastics coach for 5 years and have been with Tiger Academy for the past 2 years.  I have coached USAG Levels 1 through 7.  All of the levels have their challenges, but my favorite level to coach is Level 5 Team. I love watching the girls develop the skills that they will need for the rest of their gymnastics career.  Everyone asks me why I coach and the answer is simple, I love the sport!