Co-Director & Coach
WHITNEY KING COONS
Clayton has been twirling with the Twirl ATX Coaches for several years. He holds many State, Regional, and National Men's Titles. Clayton assists with the teams as well as doing private and supplement lessons.
Clayton is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where he was the Pre-PA Society Co-President and is working to becoming a Physician's Assistant.
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 auditions, Canadian Nationals, and NBTA Nationals (AYOP).
During the day, Ashley is the Colorguard Director at Hutto High School, and owner of Catch This! and TexasTwirl.com. When not teaching or judging, Ashley spends as much time as possible with her children, Jason and Hailey, and her husband, Jay. Ashley also has an MBA from Texas State University and serves as the Twirl ATX Business Manager.
A former student of Gina Adams Martin of Midland, TX and Alysha Depp of Dowlingtown, PA, Tarabeth Echols Gertsch began twirling when she was 4 years old. She holds four National Titles, is a three time AAU Jr. Olympic Gold Medalist, former Miss Majorette of Texas and College Miss Majorette of Arkansas, and was a Featured Majorette for the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band from 2005-2007, where she got the opportunity to twirl in the SEC Championship and Capital One Bowl.
Tarabeth is currently pursuing her teaching certificate where she can pass on her knowledge an passion for interior design to high school students. She lives with her husband, Michael, and two boys, Locklin and Lennon.
Co-Director & Coach
ASHLEY CRAFT WOOD
Josie has been twirling with the Twirl ATX Coaches since she was 8 years old. She was a Feature Twirler at Round Rock High School, where she graduated in May 2019. She was also a 2018 TSSEC Outstanding Performer. Josie assists with the teams as well as doing supplemental lessons when in town.
Currently Josie is attending the University of Missouri where she is performing as one of the Mizzou Feature Twirlers! Go Tigers!
TARABETH ECHOLS GERTSCH
A former student of Nancy Eisenhauer and long time member of the Corpus Christi Stingerettes, Lisa Lawson began twirling when she was only three years old. During her competition years, she held State & Regional pageant titles, and then went on to be a Feature Twirler for the University of Houston.
Lisa has a fascinating job as a Lead Forensic Autopsy Technician. She also lives with her husband and fur babies.
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 children, Callum & Clara, and her husband Brad. She works for Facebook as an IT HR Manager, and teaches twirling lessons in the evenings and on the weekends. Whitney is also an NBTA Certified judge as well as the Judge for the State UIL Twirling Solo & Ensemble contest each Spring.