Tumble smart is owned and operated by Coach Levi and his wife Christina. Levi grew up tumbling under the coaching of his father, Leonard Nickson. At the early age of 12, Coach Levi began coaching alongside of his father. In 2010, Levi graduated and began coaching full time. He gained experience working in popular cheer gyms throughout Tulsa. After two years of working in gyms, he moved into freelance coaching. During this time, Coach Levi rented floor space, coached at schools, parks, yards and even people’s garages! By November 2015, Coach Levi had built up his name and reputation within the tumbling industry and with a loyal group of students; he was able to open the doors to his own facility, Tumble Smart Athletics.
Christina joined the Tumble Smart family in 2019. As the Operations Manger Christina hopes to integrate systems and procedures to help Tumble Smart run smoothly and efficiently.
Growing up in Chicago Christina was on the dance team and participated in recreational gymnastics and tumbling. She has a passion for tumbling and loves that she now gets to call it work. Christina has a Masters Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy, making her a perfect fit for our continually developing Mini's program.
Brad Turner has been coaching cheerleading and tumbling for over 27 years. Coach Brad was a college cheerleader at Oral Roberts University. He has coached at most of the area high schools in Tulsa in tumbling, stunting and competitive cheerleading. He has coached or assisted in coaching numerous all-star national championship teams of all levels. Coach Brad has also coached on the collegiate level. He assisted in leading Coffeyville Junior College to a UCA national championship. He then took the lead as the head coach of Coffeyville for 2 years and later became the head coach at Oral Roberts University for 3 years. Coach Brad spots and teaches all levels of tumbling. Coach Brad's passion is to help athletes and to see them achieve their goals.
Coach Jaycie brings over 15 years of experience with cheerleading, tumbling, and coaching! Jaycie has experience with teaching and spotting tumbling and coaching school cheerleading. She is currently a coach for a competitive cheer team and a semi pro cheer team! Cheer and tumbling are her greatest passions and she loves sharing that passion with her athletes. Jaycie desires to push them to become the best they can be!
Jaycie teaches classes, private lessons and conducts clinics.
Coach Abbi has been with tumble smart for 2 years now! She did competitive gymnastics growing up and transitioned into competitive and sideline cheer. Abbi cheered varsity all four years of high-school and was named a captain her senior year. She has cheered at the University of Tulsa and currently cheers at Northeastern State University. ￼Abbi is working towards a degree as a pediatric occupational therapist, needless to say that the kiddos at Tumble Smart have her heart! She was coached by the very own Levi Nickson growing up, so she loves getting to pass on what he has taught her not only as a tumbler, but as a person. "Don’t just throw skills to gain them, throw skills with understanding of what they are so you can build upon them and continue learning and improving them each and every time you throw them!"
Coleman Wright, a recent graduate of Charles Page High School has been coaching at Tumble Smart for just over a year. In his four years at Charles Page he gained experience in both tumbling and cheer. Coleman coaches classes and offers private lessons, he is able to spot up to a layout. His favorite tumbling skill is a standing tuck. Come Fall he will be attending Pratt Community College where he will continue his cheer career.