Our staff members bring years of hands-on experience as competitive coaches AND former gymnasts.
André Agard (Club Owner / Head Coach)
André is a former men’s horizontal bar and vault champion for Central High School. Although his gymnastics career was brief, he learned quite a bit about the sport from his head coach and mentor, Fred Brannon. After graduating from Central, André began his coaching career. He has coached for eleven years at the Water Tower Recreation and is responsible for forming Water Tower’s first United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) competitive gymnastics team, The Thunder Cats. Andre is also a current alumnus of Temple University (BS in Kinesiology, 2008), and future alumnus of Eastern University (M. Ed. In Health and Physical Education).
Fred Brannon was a long-time Water Tower coach before Andre took over the program, taking the first USAIGC Water Tower team to Nationals, as well as serving as the head coach Central High School’s gymnastics team. Fred has also coached many elite gymnasts over the last 30 years.
started as a gymnast at Water Tower almost 25 years ago. She also
competed for Masterman's high school gymnastics team. Jess was one of
Mr. Brannon's first nationally competitive gymnasts at Water Tower and
later went on to compete for West Chester University. Jess has over ten
years of coaching experience. She is currently the Level 4 head coach
but coaches pre-school classes through optional level gymnasts. She has
her M.Ed from the University of North Carolina and is also a school
Tytianna was a gymnast with Water Tower for nine
years. She also competed as a USA
Gymnast. In 2014, as a Level 7 Tytianna
placed second on the vault at States.
She is currently in her fourth year as a gymnastics coach. Tytianna is a
sophomore at Moore College of Art and Design majoring in Fashion Design.
Danielle Hanratty was
a competitive gymnast for 12 years before she graduated from high school. She
started coaching at a young age and has continued to coach for the last 7
years. Danielle is currently in her last semester at Community College of
Philadelphia where she studies Business Administration. After this semester,
she plans on transferring to a four year college to get her Bachelor's degree
in Business Administration.
Taylor has been with Water Tower Gymnastics since she was 9 years old and started volunteering as a coach at the age of 13. She started as an advanced gymnast and moved up through the ranks. Taylor placed 2nd on vault at the Prep-Opt State Championships in 2012. She now coaches compulsory and optional gymnasts. Taylor is a sophomore at La Salle University. She loves spending time in the gym and with her family and friends.
Dance in Paradise Amber Redz
Tyron “TJ” was part of Fred Brannon’s Central High School championship
gymnastics team along with Andre. After graduation, TJ went on to become
a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. When he returned home
he became an assistant instructor for both H.A.L.O Martial Arts and
Sector Martial Arts Clubs. TJ is an alumnus of the Art Institute of
Philadelphia (B.S. in Graphic Design)
Tatiana is a former level 7 national champion on Vault, Balance Beam, and Floor exercise. She has been coaching at Water Tower for 10 years and has enjoyed watching the program develop into the strong USAG competitive team it has become. Tatiana is an Alumni of Temple University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education.
Kiah is a sophomore at Science Leadership Academy. She has a been a gymnast at Water Tower for 9 years. She is a Level 8 and two time Level 9 State Vault Champion. She is also a Level 9 State Beam Champion. She is 2nd in Region 7 for Level 9 Vault and Bars. Kiah competed in Level 9 Nationals in 2016. She is currently training Level 10 and looking to be recruited for college gymnastics. Click here to see Kiah Johnson's YouTube Channel.