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Our Staff


Stacie Doemland - Head Coach/Owner

Stacie dreamed of having my own gym since she was a kid and opened Sunflower Gymnastics in 2004.

She has a Bachelors in Physical Education and Health from Emporia State University. Stacie taught Elementary Physical Education in Augusta and Edwardsville, and Health at Emporia Middle School before opening Sunflower in 2004. 
Stacie was the Kansas State Chair for USA Gymnastics – Trampoline and Tumbling from 2007-2011.

Stacie competed in Trampoline and Tumbling  from 1995-2012 traveling to many competitions across the United States. Stacie was most recently awarded Double Mini National Champion in 2012 among many other National top 3 placements. 

When she is not at the gym Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband David and two sons, Bennett and River; camping; hiking; sewing; cooking; working out and reading.

"I love teaching gymnastics because I enjoy seeing the progress that the students achieve with their hard work."

–Stacie Doemland


David Doemland - Coach/Owner

David started coaching gymnastics in 2004 when Sunflower Gymnastics opened.

David graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 1990 and was a photojournalist from 1990 to 2007 having worked in Lawrence, Liberal, Galveston, Texas and Emporia. 
Before coaching David had years of experience with children. David was a "Big" with Big Brother/Big Sisters in Galveston, an Odyssey of the Mind coach in Emporia, and an uncle many many times.

Since 2011, David has served as the Kansas State Chair for USA Gymnastics – Trampoline and Tumbling and was also elected into the position of Co-Chair for USAG Region 4 – Trampoline and Tumbling in 2020, helping to organize and coordinate activities in the 13 state region.
In my spare time I love to spend time with family, playing with our dog Scout, disc golf, home improvements and camping.

"I love coaching because of the people, not only the young lives that we directly affect but also the parents and getting to watch how proud they are of their son or daughter as they grow in the sport and in self confidence." –David Doemland

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Karalyn Karjala - Coach

Karalyn Karjala is from Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School in 2020.

Karalyn is majoring in Health and Human Performance at Emporia State University. Karalyn is also attending the Pre-Professional program of Pre-Physical Therapy, in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. 

Karalyn competes on the Sunflower Gymnastics team where she has since she was 11 yrs old. She has competed for many years at the National level in trampoline, tumbling and double mini trampoline. 

When Karalyn has free time she likes to play with her dog, Ollie, practice her archery and hang out with friends.

"I have a passion to help students enjoy gymnastics as much as I do." –Karalyn Karjala


Macy Smith - Coach

Macy Smith is from Olpe and  graduated from Olpe in 2021. She is now attending Emporia State University majoring in computer science and plays basketball for ESU.

Macy started doing gymnastics at Sunflower when she was 4-years-old. She started on the competitive team at 6 years of age. Macy finished her career in competitive gymnastics as a Level 10.

For fun Macy likes playing sports or hanging out with my friends. She has a dog and two cats. 

Macy Smith and I am from Olpe, Kansas. I graduated from Olpe in 2021 and now attend Emporia State University where I major in computer science and play basketball. I started doing gymnastics when I was young and started competing not long after. I have always loved gymnastics and loved the lifelong friendships I’ve made through it even more.

"I have always loved gymnastics and loved the lifelong friendships I've made through it even more. My favorite thing about coaching is making relationships with kids." –Macy Smith


Kayla Magana - Coach

Kayla Magana is from Emporia where she is attending Emporia High and will graduate in 2024. She plans to attend Washburn Tech Academy of Cosmetology to become a licensed hairstylist. 

Kayla started gymnastics at Sunflower when she was 2 years old. She then started competing when she was 5 years of age and continued until she was 13. In her free time Kayla enjoys working out at Emporia Fitness where she also often works. She also enjoys being with her family and friends and is always ready for fun.

Kayla has a German Short Hair Pointer named Oakley and a cat, Raja, that she rescued.


“All my life gymnastics has made me confident and happy. Coaching makes me beyond happy knowing I can help other kids find that confidence in themselves.”

– Kayla Magana


Darby Hauff - Coach

Darby Hauff is from Emporia and will graduate from Emporia High School in 2023.  

Darby plans on majoring in exercise science with the hopes of assisting athletes in the future.  

Darby started gymnastics at Sunflower when she was in first grade. She continued her gymnastics career on the Sunflower Gymnastics team for five years.  

In her time outside of Sunflower she is often bowling, working at Granada Coffee Company, or hanging out with family.


“I have grown up enjoying gymnastics myself and hope to be able to spark an interest in other children.”-Darby Hauff

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