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Jerry Strickland - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Jerry Strickland

Trampoline Coach

Jerry Strickland is a native Texas, born and raised in Amarillo. At the age of six he was introduced to the trampoline, under the guidance of Gymnastics Association of Texas Hall of Fame coach Nard Cazzell. Jerry began coaching for Nard at fourteen, and by his late teens he was an internationally ranked elite trampolinist. In 1968 Jerry entered the University of Oklahoma, receiving a full scholarship as a member of the gymnastics team.
In 1973 Jerry was instrumental in creating and leading the Community Service Gymnastics Program at Amarillo Junior College, and in 1976, Jerry and a partner opened the Amarillo School of Gymnastics. Following the untimely passing of his partner, Jerry continued to successfully operate ASG until 1986, when he relocated to Austin.
Jerry returned to coaching at a local Austin gymnasium in 1998, and by 2004 he was head coach of the competitive trampoline and tumbling program. Jerry has trained numerous state, regional, and national champions, and he created and maintained a program that was recognized for its excellence by his coaching peers, evidenced by his receiving the Coach of the Year Award in 2011 from the South Texas USA Gymnastics Tumbling and Trampoline State organization. In addition to his coaching activities, Jerry has mentored numerous T&T coaches, and he has also served as a Category 3 Judge.
 
Jerry completed a successful 35 year career in high tech sales, marketing, and management, and in 2005 he returned to academia to pursue his Master's Degree in Professional Counseling. Currently Jerry is a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) working for a local agency providing psychotherapeutic counseling services to children in local elementary schools.
Jerry's counseling background allows him to coach from a goal oriented, person centered, humanistic perspective, and his personal coaching goals are to keep his athletes safe, help them enjoy a successful competitive experience, improve their quality of life, learn healthy lifelong exercise habits, and create a stable, powerful, and positive sense of themselves.
 
Jacob Shew - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Jacob Shew

Coach

Jacob Shew is originally from West Texas where he graduated from Permian High School in Odessa, TX. He cheered at Permian from 1998-2001. In 2000 Jacob won his first NCA title for Permian High School, with the choreography of Angela Rogers (co-founder of Cheer Athletics). He went on to cheer at Navarro College, NCA National Champs in 2003, as well as Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) where he was a member of its NCA National Championship team in 2004 and 2005. During his college cheer days, Jacob also competed with Cheer Athletics as a Cheetah in 2002 (NCA National Champs) and 2005, and as a Jungle Cat in 2012.

Outside the gym, Jacob enjoys wake boarding, fishing, hunting, and going to the lake. He is also a big fan of comedy shows and live music. Most people call him by his last name, “Shew”.

Jacob holds USA Gymnastics certification as coach.
 
 
Rob Dunn - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Rob Dunn

Coach

Robert was born in Texas, but at a very early age his family moved to the beautiful state of Colorado where he was raised. At the age of ten, Robert began tumbling on his trampoline. He began doing Parkour Tumbling before it was ever heard of, doing flips off the roof of his house and the walls in his home – he flipped off just about anything that would support him. At the age of 15, he began performing on the streets during local festivals to get donations, he called it “tucks for bucks”.

Robert has 12 years of experience in both, coaching and choreography, including 5 years as an all star cheer judge for United Cheer. In 2014 and 2016, Robert choreographed for Hyde Park High School.

Robert hopes to compete with the USA gymnastics team in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Robert has a wife and son whom he loves spending his free time with. Robert enjoys disc golf, fishing, cooking, reading positive books, and active outdoor activities.
 
 
Jake Cottone - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Jake Cottone

Coach

Jake Cottone is a native of Dripping springs who began his tumbling career at the age of 14. Within a year he had progressed to the highest level of cheerleading possible and began coaching. Through the next 3 years Jake was awarded the level 5 spirit celebration wow award every year until he graduated. Once Jake graduated high school he received a full ride scholarship to one of the highest recognized collegiate cheer teams in the nation.
While attending Trinnity Valley Community College received the student athlete of the month award as well as placing 2nd in the nation twice. In addition to being surrounded by the best Jake is going to school to become a chiropractor and incorporates his knowledge of Chiropractic Bio Physics in order to individualize each athletes training protocol and hopes to revolutionize the sport of tumbling in the near future. In his free time Jake enjoys rock climbing at the greenbelt as well as working out.
 
 
CJ Beasley - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

CJ Beasley

Coach, Parkour Instructor

CJ Beasley is originally from Northern Virginia, where he first took up tumbling. After honing his skills in his hometown, CJ moved to Corsicana Texas where he cheered for Navarro in 2012. That year he won Collegiate National Grand Champion with Navarro College. He also received first place at the Dallas NCA competition and a Gold Medal at the Cheerleading World Championship in the Large Senior Coed Division with Cheer Athletics Cheetahs. The following year CJ won another Gold Medal at the Cheerleading World Championship and received the title of World Grande Champion with Cheer Athletics Wildcats.
After retiring from All-star Cheerleading, CJ moved to Lubbock Texas where he attended Texas Tech University. While at Tech he took part in a cheer strength-training program for two and a half years, and also competed on Tech's Large Coed. The two years they competed they received a Bronze and Silver medal in the D1A division. CJ has a double major in kinesiology and psychology, which helps him better understand how tumbling works with the mind and body. While in Lubbock, CJ also received his primary personal training certification and was also certified to instruct Bodyworks Octane High Intensity Interval Training sessions. Utilizing his knowledge in kinesiology, psychology, and training, CJ became the first person in the world to land a Standing Arabian one and a half.

CJ is a USA Gymnastics certified instructor, as well as a World Freerunning and Parkour Federation certified parkour instructor.
 
 
Tim Antonelli - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Tim Antonelli

Coach

Tim was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but his family relocated to California when he was a young. As Tim was beginning his middle school years, his family moved to Colorado where Tim began his cheerleading career. He discovered his passion for cheerleading when his older sister became a cheerleader. Tim attended Niwot High School where he cheered as well. He also began cheering competitively for Cheer Central Suns beginning in 2007. In 2008, while still in high school, Tim also cheered for the NBA franchise, Denver Nuggets.

Growing up with two sisters, Tim was the middle child of his family. Tim enjoys being outdoors during his free time and keeping active. He enjoys hiking and playing Frisbee golf with his friends, as well as playing on the trampoline. Tim is a USA Gymnastics certified instructor and judge.
 
 
Megan Wills - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Megan Wills

Coach

Although Megan was born in Seattle in 1993 to Tumble Tech founders Danielle and Rob Wills and lived there until the family's move to Austin in 1996, Megan is a true Austin original. Growing up in the Eanes school district, Megan graduated from Westlake High School in 2012, and is now attending Austin's St. Edwards University from which she will graduate in May 2016 with a Degree in Elementary Education. Megan was an honor student both in high school and at St. Ed's, and loves helping kids of all ages excel in the classroom, and in the tumbling and cheerleading gym.
Starting at age four with gymnastics and dance, Megan has been engaged in athletics including soccer, cheerleading, and gymnastics at an advanced level. Always a perfectionist with her tumbling and performances, Megan transitioned to competitive cheerleading at age ten, eventually going on to cheer on World Champion Cheer Athletics teams Panthers and Fierce Cats. Ultimately, Megan went on to join Westlake High's competitive cheer squad, double-teaming as Westlake Varsity Cheer Captain during her Senior Year.
 
 
Megan Wills - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Katie McClung

Coach

Katie McClung was born and raised in Cuero Texas. At the age of 10 she was introduced to tumbling and cheerleading. She attended Cuero High School where she cheered for 4 years. Upon graduation, Katie attended Texas State University where she cheered for 2 years for collegiate sports teams. Katie competed at the Universal Cheerleading Association College Nationals with her team in 2010 and 2011.
Katie’s coaching career began in early 2007. Katie was a certified judge for USAG in power tumbling. For several years, she traveled the state of Texas working as a summer camp instructor for UCA. This gave her the opportunity to coach hundreds of athletes from different schools every week. Since then she has held several positions working with high school and college cheer teams in the Austin area. She is currently a head judge for south Texas cheer tryouts through UCA. Katie has received several awards for her dedication as a coach including choreography awards from NCA Nationals, “my coach rocks” award from Cheer Power Nationals and others that highlight her love for the sport and her athletes.
Katie is USASF certified in levels 1-5 for stunting and tumbling and holds a certificate with USAG as a coach with her focus in the technique of power tumbling.
 
 
Megan Wills - Cheer Coaches in Cedar Park, TX
 

Emily Lung

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Ashton Aarons

 

Mikayla Schuster

 

Zane Giordano

 

Phil Sorrells