Coaches

Program Director Amy Canady was a teacher at Helen Keller Elementary School for 15 years and formally owned and ran Evergreen Athletics and Eastside Gymnastics Academy. She was one of the original jumpers on the Hot Dog USA team and is a former National and World Champion. Amy has been coaching since 1987 and was head coach of Hot Dog USA from 1992 to 2013. Amy used her jump rope talent to win the titles of “Miss Kirkland,” “Miss Seafair,” and first runner-up to “Miss Washington,” all of which helped to fund her college education while also providing exposure for the sport of jump rope. Amy has also held many leadership positions in the sport of jump rope. She served for 11 years on the board of USA Jump Rope (USAJR), which is the national governing body for the sport of jump rope, as well as serving on the board of FISAC, which is the international governing body for the sport of jump rope, for 5 years. In the past she has served as President of USAJR, the chair of the National Competition Committee, as a National Tournament Director, and as treasurer for FISAC. Currently, Amy and her husband, Dennis, are organizers of a new organization called World Jump Rope and will play a role in running the Pan American and World Jump Rope Championships in July.

Head Coach Carla LeRoy has been involved with the sport of jump rope, and Hot Dog USA, for 29 years. She started competing at the age of 5 and continued for 18 years. While competing, she earned 18 national trophies, 2 world championships, and 2 world silver medals. Carla is grateful for the travel opportunities this sport has offered her. Her travels took her all around the U.S., as well as to Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her favorites include Sydney, Australia; Seoul, Korea; and Nome, Alaska. Coach Carla is grateful for her time as a competitive athlete but loves coaching just as much. She started mentoring younger jumpers as early as the age of 12 and transitioned to full-time coaching in the fall of 2004. She also spent many years training judges and judging in regional and national competitions. Carla graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in dance in 2004. After graduating, she spent seven years as a teacher at Margaret Mead Elementary School before becoming a stay-at-home mom to daughters Emma (5) and Olivia (2).

Assistant Elite Team Head Coach & Junior Team Head Coach Katie Isenhart started jumping on the Skiperiors jump rope team when she was five years old. Throughout her years as a jumper she has done many performances, countless competitions, and qualified to compete at the national level nine years in a row. Katie has also taught many summer jump rope camps and after-school programs in the Seattle area. Katie stopped competing after the birth of her son, Jarell, but she continued to be part of the jump rope community by serving as a judge at local and national competitions. In 2010 she became the head coach of the Skiperiors team, and she enjoyed the year she spent with those jumpers and learned a lot as a coach. Katie became a Hot Dog USA Coach for the 2011–2012 season, and she has loved every second of it! In addition to her jump rope activities, Katie worked as a Montessori Pre-School Teacher for 8 years. She now works as a Para-Educator at Woodinville High School since January of 2015. Her son Jarell is also an active part of our team.

Coach Christi Hartman is currently a para-educator at Helen Keller Elementary working with special needs children. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Recreation from Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Christi was a competitive gymnast for 12 years in the independent club system and a former All-American at the university level where her career included a National Championship win at SPU. A longtime Jazzerciser, Christi's current athletic activities also include competitive relays, marathons, and triathlons. Christi and her husband ran and completed the Boston Marathon in recent years, and this year Christi completed a 50-mile ultra-marathon! Christi is married and has two daughters, both of whom are alumni of the Hot Dog team.

Coach Brian Hsu started jumping rope in 2000 at an elementary school jump rope club in Federal Way, Washington. He went on to break the school double under record with an earth-shattering 77 double unders and quickly joined the Leaping Leopards, a local competitive team from Lake Grove Elementary. In 2007, the coach of the Leaping Leopards retired, and Brian was invited to join Hot Dog USA, an invitation he gladly accepted. After enjoying competitive success under the training of the Hot Dog team, Brian became an assistant coach for the B Team in 2010. Since then, he has transitioned to Fusion Director and an assistant coach for the Junior and Senior A Teams. As an administrator, Brian is a tournament director, technical director, and a member of the World Jump Rope Federation Technology Team. In 2013 he created the WJRF Registration Service, an online tool that has been used to run jump rope events around the world, including the annual World Jump Rope Championship and Camp. Brian has won multiple national and world championships, jumped for Cirque du Soleil, entertained crowds at NBA games, and performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Outside of jump rope, Brian is a UI/UX Web Developer at Wicket Labs, enjoys playing the piano, and showing people picture of his dog, Clarence.

Coach Robbie Csontos has been jumping rope since 1999. He started jumping on a team in his hometown of Richfield, Ohio called the Heartbeats. In 2009 Robbie moved to Seattle to continue his jumping career with Hot Dog USA. During that time he started working at Eastside Gymnastics Academy. He has taught and coached tumbling for the past six years doing many gymnastics camps and workshops. Throughout his 17-year career, Robbie has won multiple national and world titles. He has jumped for Cirque du Soleil, entertained crowds at NBA games, and performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. When Robbie isn't performing or coaching, he works at Redmond Roofing as a lead repair technician.

Additional Coaching Staff: The following coaches on our staff have competed on a World-Class level. They are also all many-time National, Grand National, World, and Grand World Champions. They travel all over the world promoting jump rope as performers, competitors, and teachers. Many of our coaches have professional performance experience with Cirque du Soleil and/or Cirque Dreams. The Hot Dog team is fortunate to have so many distinguished jumpers on our staff!

  • Coach L.J. LaVecchia (originally from Littleton, CO)
  • Coach Chad Rankin (originally from Houghton, LA)
  • Coach Garrett Johnson (from Kirkland, WA)
  • Coach Katy Berg (from Kirkland, WA)
  • Coach Rhianna Clausen (from Kirkland, WA)