Coach & Intro Instructor
DEB AKINS HERBSTER
Deb Akins Herbster began twirling when she was 10 with Diane Gunnels & the Royalettes.
She is a former College Miss Majorette of America and X-Strut silver medalist from the first International baton competition held in Holland. Deb has been a Twirling Ambassador and chaperone in Peru, and has taught baton all over the US and in Switzerland. She is an NBTA & AAU certified judge.
For 18 years, Deb taught Marketing in both N & S Carolina. After moving to TX, Deb switched to elementary school. She worked 2 years with special needs students and now works in PE. Deb has been married to her husband, Brad, for 21 years. She was a Feature Twirler for the University of South Carolina and has a Master’s in Marketing Ed.
Twirl ATX, LLC, was founded in the summer of 2013 by Co-Directors Ashley Wood & Whitney Coons. While they had known of each other during their competition years, neither had stayed in touch out of school. After a chance meeting brought them back together, they decided that Austin did not have enough of a twirling presence, and created Twirl ATX. The first class was held on October 1, 2013 with just three students. By the end of their fourth season in the Summer of 2017, Twirl ATX had grown to have 20+ competitive twirlers, an Intro and Skills 2 class, and three performance teams.
The Twirl ATX Coaches feel strongly in supporting their students as they grow not only in the sport, but as people and athletes. From offering team building, conditioning programs, development classes, and time management and interview sessions, our goal is to make sure our students earn every opportunity they can to better themselves, on and off the competition floor. For more information on our programs, visit our Programs page or you can Contact Us.
Co-Director & Coach
ASHLEY CRAFT WOOD
Co-Director & Coach
WHITNEY KING COONS
A former student of Bethany Evans Tolley, Whitney started twirling at the age of 6. She also benefited from the instruction of Ann Nita McDonald. She competed in local, Texas State, Southwest Regional and National Competitions, winning over 100 titles throughout her career. Whitney moved on to field twirling and was the 2004-2007 University of Texas Feature Twirler.
Whitney now enjoys spending time with her sweet baby boy, Callum, her husband Brad, working for Atlassian as an IT HR Manager, and teaching twirling lessons in the evenings and on the weekends. Whitney also judges the Texas State UIL Twirling competition every Spring, which she has done for 6 years.
A former student of Major Margaret Mann, Ashley started twirling at age 12 and competed in NBTA competitions into college winning many State & Regional titles and placing in several National events. Ashley is also an NBTA & AAU Certified Judge who has judged local contests, out-of-state contests, AAU Jr. Olympics, High School Majorette auditions, and NBTA Nationals (AYOP).
Ashley is also the Colorguard Director at Hutto High School and La Grange High School. When not teaching or judging, Ashley spends as much time as possible with her two adorable children, Jason and Hailey, and her husband, Jay. Ashley also has an MBA from Texas State University.