Meet The NAGA Team
Jonas' wife Stacey Contakos started her competitive gymnastics career at the age of 5. She competed as an optional gymnast in the Junior Olympic program during high school and continued her tenure competing for Ithaca College where she was a four time All-American and a NCGA national champion team member. After her NCAA eligibility was completed, Stacey continued to compete for the University of Illinois club program while she attended veterinary school winning 2nd in the country at the club nationals in 2006. Stacey is a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics and for the last 20 years has coached gymnasts of all levels from recreational to optional level competitive Junior Olympic gymnasts. She currently owns and practices veterinary medicine at The Camden Hospital for Animals.
Jonas Contakos has been coaching gymnastics for over 18 years and is a professional member of USA Gymnastics. He has coached all ages and all skill levels from 6 month old to college aged, elite level competitors. He was the assistant coach for the Ithaca College women’s program for four years and has managed two separate competitive gymnastics programs and coached for a variety of camps and schools throughout the country. Jonas has a B.A. in Physics, a M.S. in bioengineering and in 2013 he received his Ph.D. in motor learning and development with a specific focus on gymnastics education. He has lectured internationally and has published papers on the biomechanics of gymnastics. He is a trained stunt player for stage and screen and is certified with both the United Stuntmen’s Association and the Society of American Fight Directors.