Coaches


Head Coach - Miranda DiBenedetto

 

Coach D. began her Jump Rope career in 2001, making this her sixteenth year in the sport of Jump Rope.  Since then, Coach D. has been a member of three competitive Jump Rope teams and has competed in 15 Regional Championships, 13 National Championships and five International Championships.  She has traveled all over of the country and the world; including 48 of the 50 States, Canada, England, Israel, South Africa, Sweden and Denmark all through opportunities with the sport of Jump Rope.  Coach D. was a Team Captain of Team USA in the 2016 International Rope Skipping Championships held in Malmo, Sweden.  Coach D. is a Grand National Champion and a World Champion receiving first place medals and trophies at the National and International Jump Rope competition level.

 

Coach D. was a member of the USA Jump Rope All-Star team in the 2013-2014 season, and a member of the NBA Houston Rockets Launch Crew Entertainment Team where she performed Jump Rope at Houston Rockets games.  She also traveled and performed with the Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tour as a Jump Rope performer in 2014.

 

Coach D. is a graduate of the University of Houston, Victoria with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology.  Currently, she is employed as an Institutional Parole Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  She plans on continuing her education after graduation next May in pursuit of her PhD, with hopes of becoming a Licensed Psychologist working as an Expert Witness.


Assistant Coach - Jason Wilson

 

Coach Wilson has been a Jump Rope parent for five years - his daughter being a member of the Highflyers.  On the retirement of the team's founding members Coach Wilson accepted the position of Assistant Coach.

 

Coach Wilson, a native of the U.K., has worked in the oil and gas industry for approximately 25 years.  Originally based in Scotland he lived and worked in Italy and Singapore before moving to Texas in 2010.

 

Coach Wilson is a keen sportsman participating in judo and rugby in his younger years.  In 2003 he started long distance running and has completed numerous road and trail races up to marathon distance.  In 2011 he completed his first triathlon.  This is a sport he continues to participate in - his highlight being the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon which includes a 1.2 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Fransisco!  Most recently he has competed in a number of obstacle course races, including the Spartan series.