Daile Van Patten, Owner and Head Coach
Daile Van Patten is the owner of Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy in the Endwell, NY area. Daile has earned both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from Kent State University, where he helped coach the women's gymnastics team for one year as a graduate assistant. He gained competitive insight and sport psychology from his years of playing soccer and becoming a 4 time ALL-MAC soccer player. He worked for 8 years as a Physical Education teacher in the Johnson City School district during which time he started the J-Cats Acro Team. Eventually, he turned his love of coaching gymnastics into a full time job when he opened STGA in 1979.
Over the last 30 years, Daile has coached numerous gymnasts at STGA to the top levels in both the J.O. and FIG programs including two J.O International Elites who qualified to the U.S. Championships, several National TOPS qualifiers, a TOPS National Team member, and many athletes who have went on to very successful collegiate gymnastics careers at Division I, II, and III schools. He has taken his club team to Sweden and France (on several occasions) for club competitions. He also acted as the TOPS Director for U.S. Gymnastics from 2003-2005 and has been recruited to share his expertise with others as a presenter at various gymnastics clinics at both the regional and national level. Daile works predominately with the Level 10s and Elites, but also helps out with the up-and-coming youngest team athletes in levels 3 and 4 and occasionally teaches tot classes.
Daile enjoys traveling in Europe, golfing, fishing and cruising on the St. Lawrence River in his boat with his wife Linda and 10 year old son Chad.
Al Drozdowski, Program Director and Team Coach
Al Drozdowski has been a full time Women’s Junior Olympic Coach for thirteen years. Growing up in New Jersey he found his true home on the West side of Binghamton. He also has one daughter, Alexis, now 5 years old and a member of our team. As a former 4 time state champion himself and placing a respectable sixth place nationally as a level 10 trampolinist, he knows how to reach the top. Over the years he has attended regional and national training seminars and has studied from the best that gymnastics has to offer. Presently he is the Program Director for Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy, where he teaches the levels 3-9 teams, all-ability and tots classes.