Water Tower Thunder Cats - Stronger than the day before

Our staff members bring years of hands-on experience as competitive coaches AND former gymnasts.

Senior Coaches

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    
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.

Jessica Browne
Jess 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 counselor.

Tytianna Broadwater  
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
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 Leahy 
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.

Amber Michael   
Dance in Paradise Amber Redz

Tyron Allen
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 Sliner
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.     

Junior Coaches

Kiah Johnson
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.

Katerina Sfakianakis