Tommy Hager is the coach of the Apex Skip-Its jump rope demonstration team. Tommy is a Wake County Physical Education teacher. Before teaching, he worked attommy-hager the Cary Family YMCA where he started the YMCA Super Skippers jump rope competition team.

The Skip-Its team has appeared statewide in a variety of performances including:

  • Elementary, middle, and high school assemblies – Promoting and raising money for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart program since 2001!
  • Half-time shows—Most recently at the 4A State Men’s Basketball Championship at Reynolds Coliseum where Apex High School became state champions and NC State Women’s Basketball in 2016 and Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball in 2017.
  • Town fairs, festivals, and parades – in Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Asheville and more.
  • State PE conventions— For the past 4 years, the Apex Skip-Its have been featured on the main stage at the Live Well Expo (hosted by the ABC TV affiliate in Asheville). Previous teams have also presented and taught at the Spring Physical Education Leadership Training (SPELT) in 2007, 2009, and 2012.
  • National PE conventions—The Skip-Its performed and taught at the AAHPERD conference in Charlotte in 2013


Jessica Black joined Apex Skip-Its as assistant coach in 2016. She is a FMA (Fit Mom Ambassador) at burn boot-camp! FMA’s help bring new people in, show them around and help make them feel comfortable and welcomed. In addition, Jessica is a loving foster mom to some lucky Boxers. Her son, Zane, is a current Apex Skip-It Legend. Jessica has been an amazing addition to the leadership and coaching here at Apex Skip-Its.




Melissa Robinson has over 15 years of competitive jump rope experience and earned first place all-around representing Team USA at the 2006 World Competition in Toronto. Melissa graduated with highest honors in 2014 from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and currently works as a nurse full time at the UNC Children’s Hospital in the Newborn Critical Care Center.

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