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Mr. Ashot Gasparyan, Artistic Gymnastics Coach

Mr. Gasparyan has experienced a very successful career, befitting only those who have reached the top of the his field, including competing in both the World and European Championships as a member of Armenia’s National Gymnastics team.  He is former champion of his home country and the competitions he has participated in include:

2001 World Championships Artistic Gymnastics, Ghent, Belgium
2001  Armenian Cup Championship of Gymnastics, Yerevan, Armenia
1993 International Tournament Organization Committee on Sports Gymnastics
World Stars 1993, Russia
1993  European Championship of Gymnastics, Sofia, Bulgaria
1993  World Gymnastics Championships. Birmingham, Great Britain
1993 International tournament, Moscow, Russia
1991 Georgian Olympic Games, Tbilisy, Georgia
1989 MEDICO-CUP Internantionale, Bregenz, Austria

Since beginning his career at the age of ten, Mr. Gasparyan has competed and coached internationally and has won numerous national and international competitions.  From 1989 to 2001, Mr. Gasparyan competed with the National Gymnastics Team for Armenia, and from 1991 to 1993, he competed with the National Gymnastics Team for USSR.  From 1998 to 2004 Mr. Gasparyan’ coached at the prestigious Republic of Armenia Youth Gymnastic Olympic Sports School.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Gasparyan was employed as Gymnastics Coach at New England Sports Academy, Westwood, Massachusetts.  During his time at New England Sports Academy his team was considered one of the best in the region, winning numerous competitions, including the USA Gymnastics State Championship for Massachusetts, 2006.

He has coached some of the leading athletes in the world:  His former students include Vahagn Stepanian (1998-2001), currently the number one gymnast in Armenia, Pavel Sargisian, Gevorg Gevorgian and Romen Gazarian.  Vahagn Stepanian won a bronze medal and became a champion on three apparatuses, also won silver medal for parallel bars and at the competitions held in Los Angeles California 1995, won one gold and one silver.  Mr. Pavel Sargisian is also former student of Mr. Ashot Gasparyan.  He is also a world class gymnast and a World Champion Team Leader.  In 1994 he won the bronze medal in the all around combined tournament and became champion on three apparatuses.  At the Olympic competitions in Los Angeles, California, he won 2 silver medals.  In 1999 and 2000 he became National Champion of Armenia.  This is a major accomplishment for any coach around the world.


Varduhi Nahapetyan, Director, Rhythmic Gymnastics Program

Varduhi Nahapetyan is the Director, Head Coach and Choreographer of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Program at New England Sports Academy in Massachusetts.  She is the former reigning champion of her home country, Armenia, and has won many prestigious awards in her field.  Competitions she has competed in include the Russian Friendship Games at Sochi, Russia 1984, the USSR People’s Spartakiada in Moscow, USSR (a major event in Eastern Europe, originally intended as an alternative to the Olympics), and the World Championships in Paris, France, 1994.

From 1997 to 2003, she was Coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics for the National Junior Team of Armenia at Republican School of Gymnastics & Aerobics of Olympic Reserves, Yerevan, Armenia.  During this time, she choreographed one of the opening performances of the Olympic Day Run at the Olympics in 1998.  She also judged numerous Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions, and won several awards for Outstanding Judging.  Under her training her students in the US have won over twenty-five awards at national and regional gymnastics competitions, more recently including the 15th Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championship held at Hilliard, Ohio, 2007.


Karen Babayan, Soccer Coach

Mr. Karen Babayan is currently Soccer Coach at New England Sports Academy in Westwood, Massachusetts.  He is an acclaimed soccer player from Armenia of international calibre.  Mr. Babayan has competed in several UEFA Cups representing Armenia.  The following is a sample of competitions Mr. Babayan has participated in:

2003 UEFA Cup, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2001 UEFA Cup, Ilichovetc, Ukraine
2001 SNG Cup, Moscow, Russia
1997 SNG Cup, Moscow, Russia
1997  League of Champions, Budapest, Hungary

Because Armenia is classified as a European football nation, it belongs to the Union of European Football Associations (“UEFA”).  UEFA is one of the biggest of the six continental confederations of Federation Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”).  It is by far the strongest in terms of wealth and influence, and virtually all of the world’s top players play in European leagues.  Many of the world’s strongest nationals sides are also in UEFA.

Mr. Babayan’s membership of nationally and internationally recognized clubs is further evidence of his history of competing and coaching internationally, winning numerous national competitions in Armenia and ranking very high among competitors in international world soccer competitions. 

From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Babayan was a member of the Armenian All Stars Juniors Football Team.  From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Babayan played for the Armenian National Football Team.  Mr. Babayan has also played for several Armenia top division soccer clubs.  From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Babayan held the position of Playing Trainer with the Football Club “Banants” in Yerevan, Armenia.  Banants is a leading football team in Armenia which participates in the European Club Championships every year. The Banants Soccer Club ranks among the top nine clubs in Armenia.  At the time Mr. Babayan was selected to join Banants Soccer Club because he was ranked as one of the top 4 players in the entire country and following extraordinary performances as a member of the Armenian National Football Team.


Ms. Gayane Ghazaryan, Dance Instructor and Gymnastics Choreographer

Ms. Ghazaryan, has experienced a very successful career as a Choreographer, befitting only those who have reached the top of the field.  In 1992, Ms. Ghazaryan received a diploma in Dance from the State College of Yerevan in Armenia.  Prior to receiving her diploma, Ms. Ghazaryan performed in numerous international and national shows and festivals, including the Festival of International Dances and Songs in Estonia, Concert of International Dances in Moscow, National Dance Show in Armenia, and the Armenian Dance Festival in Armenia.  As a professional or elite level dancer, from 1984 to 1989, prior to entering the Dance program at the State College of Yerevan, Ms. Ghazaryan participated in national and international dance performances, often representing Armenia.   The following is a sample of dance shows and festivals that Ms. Ghazaryan participated in:

1987 Festival of International Dances and Songs – Bulgaria
1986 Concert of International Dances – Russia
1985 National Dance Show- Armenia
1984 Armenian Dance Festival- Armenia

From 1997 to 2005, Ms. Ghazaryan worked as a Dance Teacher and Choreographer at the specialized athletic training facility, Republican School H. Shahinyan Ministry of Education and Science in Armenia.  This is the highest ranking sports school in the entire country.  Because Armenia is a country which already excels in gymnastics, dance and acrobatics world-wide, positions at this school are offered only to the very highest achieving artists and athletes.   In order to gain employment at this prestigious teaching facility, Ms. Ghazaryan had to have been awarded a university diploma in dance and had to demonstrate exceptional ability as a dancer and choreographer.

From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Ghazaryan began her own dance troupe, SIS.  SIS, named after a mountain in Armenia, toured and gave performances in many countries including Armenia, Iran, Syria, Georgia, and other European countries.  SIS consisted of 30 female performers.  Ms. Ghazaryan choreographed all the dance routines and taught the performers various forms of dance including traditional Armenian dance, flamenco, jazz, and modern dance.  Ms. Ghazaryan had the expertise to choreograph Russian, Greek and Spanish dance for this dance group.  Ms. Ghazaryan toured with SIS and received recognition for her groups’ performances and her choreography at various festivals and events

From 2005 to the present, Ms. Ghazaryan has been employed as Dance Instructor and Gymnastics Choreographer at New England Sports Academy, Westwood, Massachusetts. 

Ms. Ghazaryan has accumulated over 10 years of experience in arts management, fundraising, and choreography at the elite level.  She is a crucial resource for the NESA facility.


Levon Karakhanyan, Director, Boys Team Gymnastics Program

Mr. Levon Karakhanyan is the Boys Team Head Coach and Program Director at New England Sports Academy in Westwood, Massachusetts.  Mr. Karakhanyan is a former member of the Armenian National Gymnastics Team and has participated in various international competitions:

• 1996 European Championships in Denmark
• 1995 World Championships in Japan
• 1995 European Cup-4th Stage in France
• 1994 World Star Championship in Russia.

In addition, he has won several awards including:

• Soviet National Gymnastics Championship in 1987 and 1989
• Sports Master Title of Gymnastics in 1990
• Armenia National Championship in 1987, 1988, 1993, and 1994.

From 1993 to 1996, he was a judge for Armenian national gymnastics competitions.  In 1997, Mr. Karakhanyan moved to Brazil and continued competing professionally and judging competitions.  He won over three national championships in Brazil between 1997 and 2000.  He was previously a state and regional judge in Brazil and last year he was a judge at the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. 

While in Brazil, he also began coaching gymnastics.  His students in Brazil won two national championships between 1998 and 2000.  Mr. Karakhanyan moved to the United States in 2001 and decided to focus on coaching full time.  He is an active member of the USA Gymnastics Federation and has coached and prepared numerous State and Regional Champions.  He has also trained several young athletes for the U.S. Junior National Team.