World Acrobatics Society

Executive Board

Scott Crouse, WAS President

Scott Crouse, President

Scott Crouse has been President of the World Acrobatics Society (WAS) since 2018 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Society. In this capacity, he provides leadership, direction, and control of all Society affairs. He is proud to be able to share his business knowledge and experience to help the World Acrobatics Society achieve its mission and goals.
Scott, the owner of Lone Star Gymnastics in Ft. Worth, came to Texas from California, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He served as Head Coach of SCAT Gymnastics from 1972 to 1979 and has been active in coaching ever since, placing many gymnasts on National and International Teams. He has been and is still active in numerous professional groups including USAG Board of Directors; USAG Texas State Board, both women and men; Region III Board Member, and Director of the USAG Talent Opportunity Program (TOPS).
Scott has received over 30 International coaching assignments and has authored Junior Olympic National Compulsory Uneven Bars routines and published over 20 articles on Coaching, Mechanics and Technique of Skills. He was co-architect in designing the USA Gymnastics National Training Center and US Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs; is founder and past president of California State Coaches Association and Texas Women’s Gymnastics Coaches Association, was past Region III Director for USAG National TOPS Program; was a past member of USAG Region III Board for Women, to mention a few of his accomplishments.
Scott is currently a member of the USAG Texas State Board for both Women and Men. He has received over 20 International Coaching Lecture Assignments and designed and built the first in-ground pits, the first spring floor using metal springs, and the first fiberglass uneven bar rails for women in the United States. Outside the gym, Scott enjoys golf, boating, rock climbing, cooking, writing, and collecting art and Olympic memorabilia, but most of all, he enjoys life.
World Acrobatics Society affiliation: Men's & Women's Artistic Gymnastics
John Deary, 1st Vice-President

John Deary, 1st Vice President

John Deary has been 1st Vice President for the World Acrobatics Society (WAS) since 2016 and oversees the activities of the following Committees: International Relations, Membership, Marketing/Public Relations, Long-Range Planning, and the Gallery of Legends. In addition to assuming the duties of the President under any circumstances when the latter is unable to be present or to perform.
John was influenced as a young gymnast by athlete coaches from Springfield College and later by his Coach Abie Grossfeld, at Southern Connecticut State College, from 1976 to 1981.
Combining his passion for gymnastics with his family influences in business and plus years of experience working as a sales representative for American Athletic Inc. (AAI), John founded  DGS  - Deary’s Gymnastic Supply company in 1993. DGS served as a regional gymnastics supply company servicing gymnastics clubs, public schools and universities, YMCA, and other gymnastics programs in need of equipment, and facility services.
In 1995 the company expanded nationally with a catalog to sell mail-order, home-use gymnastics equipment, and commodity gymnastics products, directly to athletes. Gymsupply.com / DGS-9.9’s has since grown to become one of the largest gymnastics supply companies in the USA. In 2006, DGS 9.9’s become the official grip supplier to the USA Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s national teams.
John continues as CEO at GymSupply.com, DGS Deary's Gymnastics Supply, lives in Danielson, Connecticut, and is proud to be able to share his business knowledge and experience to help the World Acrobatics Society achieve its mission and goals.
World Acrobatics Society affiliation: Men's & Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Rich Kenney, 2nd Vice-President

Rich Kenney, 2nd vice President

Rich Kenney has held the position of 2nd Vice President for the World Acrobatics Society since 2019. In this capacity, he is the Chair of the Nominations Committee and oversees the activities of the following Committees: International Relations, Membership, Marketing/Public Relations, Long-Range Planning, and the Gallery of Legends.
Rich attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and while a member of the men’s gymnastics team, was a three-year letterman specializing in rings and was Team Captain. Receiving a Bachelor of Science Design Degree with a double major in Industrial Design and Sculpture, Rich then earned a Masters degree in E-Commerce from National University, San Diego, California.
His professional experience includes many different areas in the marketing arena in addition to teaching studio art, art history, and coaching gymnastics as owner of a gym club. Rich was Production Editor and photographer for Gymnast Magazine 1973, and International Gymnast 1975-1979, working alongside the publication’s founder Glen Sundby.
As Marketing & Communications and Sponsorship Director for the United States Gymnastics Federation (now USA Gymnastics), Rich was intimately involved in rebuilding this organization after the 1980 Olympic boycott. He planned and implemented marketing, TV packaging, and corporate sponsorship programs funding the USGF and its teams during three successive Olympic Quadrennium. 
Rich reignited his lifelong fascination for flight by marketing and participating in air shows and youth education events focused on aviation and space exploration. As a co-founder of AeroED Group, San Diego, he received the 2018 award for "Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Education" from the San Diego section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Rich resides in San Diego with his wife Michele and enjoys sharing his marketing knowledge and experience with the World Acrobatics Society to help further its mission and goals.
World Acrobatics Society affiliation: Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Stacie Hansen, Secretary

Stacie Hansen, Secretary

Stacie Hansen, WAS Secretary and Chairperson for the Gallery of Legends Hall of Fame, began serving in 2018 as Chairperson of the Hall of Fame-Gallery of Legends and in 2019 as Secretary. She is responsible for maintaining all WAS records to date and for managing the organizational team and nominations process for the annual Hall of Fame banquet. 
Stacie is a graduate of Western Michigan University. She was a competitive gymnast, coach, and judge in Michigan. Stacie is a champion of Artistic Gymnastics having coached thousands of gymnasts over her 20-year career in Michigan and also Colorado which included a Directorship at two high-profile gyms.
She currently resides in Pomfret, Connecticut, and is a Director at Deary's Gymnastics Supply.
World Acrobatics Society affiliation: Men's & Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Jay Geist, Treasurer

Jay Geist, Treasurer

Jay Geist has been Treasurer for the World Acrobatics Society (WAS) since 2018 and is responsible for the receipt, dispersal, and all WAS accounting reports.
While a student at Temple University, Philadelphia, Jay was a member of the men’s gymnastics team, competing in the events of All-Around and Trampoline (1965-1969). Receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Temple, Jay then attended Southern Connecticut State University; where he trained for the 1972 Trials, received a Master’s degree in 1971, and, was an assistant coach to Olympic gymnast Muriel Grossfeld at her private gymnastics school.
In 1972, Jay joined the Nissen Corporation/Universal Gym Equipment, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and worked in the areas of equipment installation, product sales, and research & development. In 1986, he was promoted to the position of company Vice President. Later moving to Arizona, Jay joined Integrated Technology Corporation first as Vice President, followed by the appointment to company President.
Currently semi-retired, Jay resides in Scottsdale, Arizona along with his wife Wanda. He holds a private pilot’s license, enjoys playing golf, and is proud to be able to share his business knowledge and experience to help the World Acrobatics Society achieve its mission and financial goals.
World Acrobatics Society affiliation: Men's & Women's Artistic Gymnastics