Jesse was a competitive gymnast for over 15 years. He competed collegiately at Temple University where he was a two-year co-captain and a consistent pommel horse anchor. After graduation, he went on to coach high performance gymnastics in South Africa for 5 years. He was a coach for the national team at the African Championships, Cottbus World Cup, and Commonwealth Games. Since returning to the US, he has gone back to his alma mater at Temple to coach the men’s gymnastics team.