Ludmilla Shobe – Head Coach
Ludmilla is a former Soviet National Team coach and coach of three time Olympian, Svetlana Boguinskaia. She has been training American children in the Russian tradition of gymnastics since 1989. For 10 plus years Ludmilla has served as the head coach of Southeastern Gymnastics and our competitive team. Over the length of her coaching career, Ludmilla has received many awards just a few of which are: 2007 NC Coach of the Year; 2010 Region 8 Coach of the Year; 2011 Region 8 Hall of Fame; and 2012 Club of the Year for Region 8.
Galina choreographed beam and floor routines for the USSR National Team from 1982-1990. She has worked with European and American Champions, Elena Shushunova, Oksana Omelianchik, Dominique Dawes and Kristen Maloney.Before coming to SEG in 2004, Galina choreographed routines for the Canadian National Team and coached at the Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Washington, DC. Galina was also selected as USAG Coach of the Year in 2004.Currently Galina serves as one of the team coaches at SEG.
When she was five years old, Sofia’s mother took her to the gym because she was always climbing on trees; from that point on she was hooked on gymnastics. In the Republic of Georgia where she is from, Sofia was a national champion many times over. She was a member of the Soviet Union Team and has garnered many awards. She was Master of Sport and awarded “Best Coach” in Georgia. Sofia has been with SEG for three and a half years and currently serves as Team Coach. She says that seeing the progress of her students and watching them as they gain a skill they didn’t have before gives her the “best feeling”.
Vladimir was born in Minsk, Belarus and started gymnastics at the age of six. In 1982 he graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport with a major in Gymnastics. He was awarded The Master of Sport by Belarus Gymnastics Association; considered to be one of the highest honors for an individual that is outstanding in their field of concentration. In 1997 Vladimir was also awarded The Best Coach of the Year in Belarus.
In 1980 Vladimir began his coaching career and from then until 1992 he coached in a sports club that was home to many Soviet Union gymnasts, National Team members and Olympians such as Vladimir Artemov and Yurey Balabanov. He also worked at Trydovie Rezervi, a sports club that was home to six time Olympic Champion Vitali Shcherbo and three time Olympic Champion, Svetlana Boginskaia. From 1995 – 2000 he coached the National Team in the Republic of Belarus where he had three athletes in the National Team.
Vladimir arrived in the United States in 2000 where he worked as a gymnastics coach for private clubs in New Jersey and Georgia. In 2008 he joined Gymnastics World of Georgia and during his tenure helped produce numerous State and Regional Champions as well as lead Compulsory and Optional Teams to the top position in the state of Georgia. He will be residing in the Weddington area with his wife Svetlana, and two daughters, Palina and Victoria.
Svetlana was an artistic gymnast until the age of 13 at which time she decoded in order to pursue Rhythmic Gymnastics; currently,she has more than 20 years experience in both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics. As a result of extensive ballet training she also has excellent experience in this field; an essential aid when doing choreography on the floor and beam.
For seven years she worked as a fitness instructor during which time she co-authored a fitness program for National Television. She has also worked as a coach/teacher at the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport. In the field of Physical Education and Science, she had several publications in the National Magazines about the process of preparation in National Team for the European and World Championships.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Svetlana began gymnastics at the age of six. In 1994 she graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport with a major in Gymnastics. She was awarded The Master of the Sport by Belarus Gymnastics Association. Svetlana arrived in the United States in 2000 with her husband, Vladimir, and their two daughters. She has worked at private gymnastics clubs in New Jersey and Georgia; the most recent, Gymnastics World of Georgia where she produced not only State and Regional Champions but also led the Compulsory and Optional Teams to the top positions in the state of Georgia. Currently she lives in the Weddington area with her family.
Coach and Recreation Program Coordinator
Kandice “Kandy” is originally from Minnesota. Coach Kandy began teaching gymnastics as an assistant when she was just 10 years old and was a competitive gymnast for seven years. She currently coaches our Recreational program and our Xcel Team. Coach Kandy loves watching each gymnast develop as an athlete and as a person, and sees gymnastics not only as a sport but as a life experience as well.
Coach Kandy has a son who is currently in college and was also a L10 gymnast. On the weekends you will find her on her farm in Concord where she enjoys spending her time training and riding her horses and teaching others to ride as well.
Coach Daviti was six years old when he first became interested in gymnastics; he would always watch athletes training through the window of the gymnastics gym near where he grew up in the Republic of Georgia. Coach Daviti was awarded the Master of Sports in Georgia. He graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport, and holds a degree in History.
Daviti has been coaching gymnastics for 25 years, since he was 18 years old. He loves to teach his athletes new skills and to see the progress they make. Daviti’s hobbies include wrestling and fishing, and he has been coaching for the Southeastern Gymnastics Competitive team for the past 2 years.
Coach Medea is originally from the Republic of Georgia. Having first become interested in gymnastics at the age of 7, she grew up to become a National Champion for the Republic of Georgia many times and was awarded a Master of Sport in the Soviet Union. She graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport, and her favorite events were vault and floor.
Medea has been coaching the Southeastern Gymnastics Competitive team for 2 years, and loves when she sees progress in her athletes and seeing them happy for their work.
Coach Tatyana is from Kiev, Ukraine and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her family. She was a competitive gymnast in her home country of Ukraine and began coaching at Southeastern Gymnastics when her daughter was a competitive gymnast. Coach Tatyana enjoys working with the children and watching them develop as gymnasts.
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Coach Keira came to the Carolinas from New York. She comes from an Airforce family of European/Sicilian heritage and has lived in many places throughout her life. She competed in dance, gymnastics and track through High School and College. Keira received her medical degree from NMSU. After working in the Medical field for several years, she found her way back to gymnastics. She is a graduate of USA Gymnastics University in several disciplines and coaches the Southeastern Gymnastics Competitive teams. She passionately encourages strength and confidence by challenging athletes to be their best.
Coach Georgia was born in New York and was raised in Greece. Her love for sports and athleticism kept her involved in sports all throughout her life. Basketball, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming, and Krav Maga are a few of the sports she was involved in throughout the years. In the past few years she has a new found love for Cross Fit. Coach Georgia has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She served 20 years with the NYPD where she spent the last 12 years of her career as a Highway Patrol Sergeant. While assigned to the elite Highway Patrol Unit she was in charge of Highway Escorts and participated regularly in escorts of P.O.T.U.S. Dignitary Protection. She moved to Charlotte shortly after she retired in 2019. She has attended USA Gymnastics University. Coach Georgia loves teaching children how to enjoy and benefit from physical activity. She also loves to help children develop their self esteem by becoming their personal best.
Southeastern Gymnastics is pleased to welcome Sergei Lukianov to our Team Coaching Staff.
Sergei has 17 years of experience, coaching numerous athletes and teams in his native Russia. Success has followed him at district, regional, and nationwide competitions. He developed three Master and five Candidate Master gymnasts, and currently has a former student on the Russian Junior National Team.
Sergei received his Master’s Degree in Coaching from Saratov State University. Continual learning is a hallmark of Sergei, and he completed his advanced training in Artistic Gymnastics Coaching in 2021.
Sergei and his family have recently relocated to our area, please welcome them to SEG!