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February – Feature Coach




 Mother/Daughter Dynamic Duo

  Kathy Wiltse/Mindy Marshall

MHS Competitive Cheer 13-14 (2)

What team(s) you do you currently coach? McDowell High School, Erie, PA

How many years of experience coaching do you have?  Kathy: 15 yrs / Mindy: 5 yrs

What is your favorite part of cheerleading?

Kathy: This is hard to pick one favorite part of cheerleading!  I love this sport!  I really love school spirit & cheering at games & I also love competing where the team can show their talents while working together for one common goal.
After the countless hours of practicing, working hard, and perfecting the routine, one of my favorite parts is the last 30 seconds of their 2 minutes & 30 second performance when everything they worked so hard for hits perfectly and they get to the dance and you can just feel their pride and excitement.

What is your favorite part of coaching? 

Kathy: My favorite part of coaching is having this awesome opportunity to influence these athletes in positive ways. 
I feel it’s a privilege for me to coach, be a mentor & get the chance to make a difference in their lives as I grow to love each one of them.
Mindy: I love the chance to be a part of these kids’ lives. I get several years to try to make a lifelong impact on them as they respect & learn from me as their coach & mentor.

What was your biggest accomplishment as a coach?

Kathy: Changing our style of competing in order to be able to compete at PIAA Districts & States & then making it to the finals for States 2 years in a row, placing 4th & then 3rd in the State.  We have shown that we are contenders in the newest official Pennsylvania sport!
Mindy: I could say that this would be all the titles we hold because that is a great accomplishment.  But I feel that our biggest accomplishment is when these athletes graduate and constantly come back to visit us saying how much they miss us and this team.  To me that means we not only have created a memorable team but a family, knowing that I have made an impact in their lives as they go into adulthood is quite the accomplishment.

Brag about your teams/your coaching success. 

Kathy: This team showed great courage & strength this year with the passing of a former teammate & friend, Alyssa O’Neill.  They came together to honor Alyssa in so many ways. I was never prouder of them than when they came to the funeral in uniform & made a tunnel for Alyssa & her family as her casket was leaving the church.  It was probably the hardest thing they ever did in their lives, with their poms held high & tears streaming down their young faces.  That is a moment I will never forget!
Mindy:  Going along with ajo I am so proud of how this team stays humble when they win and holds their head high and doesn’t let a loss get to their hearts.  They are the kindest team to others at every competition we attend.  Watching them spread love and kindness as teenagers is amazing. 

What is your coaching motto?

Kathy: Attitude is everything, it can make or break any team.
Coaching has to be about the outcome not the income.
Mindy: It never gets easier, you just get better so never let success get to your head or loosing get to your heart, winners are athletes that never quit. 

Best advice you could give to a new coach? 

Kathy: Have clear cut rules & expectations, stick with them & hold everyone accountable.  Also, communication is the key: keep the athletes & the parents informed about everything! Never ever forget to have some fun!!
Mindy:  Take time to get to know each one of your athletes.  Encourage them. understand them, correct them and be their biggest fan.  Point out their strengths and they will work harder. Hold them accountable and teach them respect.  And never forget to leave time for laughter!






               Melissa Altman

What team(s) you do you currently coach? Chardon High School, Chardon, OH and Xcel Athletics, Chesterland, OH

How many years of experience coaching do you have? 19

What was your biggest accomplishment as a coach?  My greatest accomplishment as a coach would be a toss up between two very special and very different situations. The first accomplishment would be watching my team take the floor for the first time after a terrible tragedy took place at our school. Our school was faced with a tragic shooting that took the lives of three classmates and wounded three others. The team was faced with the question of ending the season or continuing on a growing closer as a “family.” We chose to stay strong and stand together as one. The team and coaches very proudly walked out on that floor at the CCC Hard Rockin’ Nationals for the first time just a few weeks after this tragic event to a standing ovation and never felt so much love from the cheer community or such Pride to be a Hilltopper.
The second would be developing a bond with an athlete when she was a freshman and sharing the love I have for the sport of cheer and my knowledge with her. I had the Glory to watch her lead her team to the first ever National Title for Chardon High School. Through her four years on the team she became and amazing athlete and I was blessed to see her fall in love with the sport. She graduated from high school went on to college where she continued to cheer and worked for a cheer company as well. After graduating from college she came home and began to assist me and the the other coaches who coached her as well. I feel very blessed to have the relationship I have with her today and and the glory of not only coaching with her at the high school, but also at one of our local All Star gyms as well. She recently started her own cheer choreography business and travels the country doing choreography professionally, which was her dream she shared with me when she was a senior in high school. So proud that she is living her ultimate dream.

Brag about your coaching successes!                                                                           Since 2002 my teams have won numerous National Championship Titles, national Grand Champion Titles, several First places and specialty awards at regional and local events such as, Best Choreography, Best Jumps, Tremendous Tumbling, Best cheer choreography and High Point.
I had the pleasure to coach with two very important people in my life, my dad Tim Mathis and my sister Kimberli Cole.  I will always hold the years I coached with them close to my heart, I love you both so much and always know we made a great team.
Over the years I have had several athletes go on to college and cheer for their schools and now coach for other schools in the state of Ohio or at All Star Gyms throughout the state of Ohio as well.  I have even had athletes of mine win National Titles with their college teams and come visit to show of their beautiful rings they have one.  I would like to add that as a college freshmen and athlete of mine not only won College Nationals she was also selected as a member of team USA and represented the United States of America in the sport of Cheerleading this past year.

What is your coaching motto?  I coach because I have a great deal of passion and love for the sport of cheerleading. I believe that it is important to respect your athletes and to lead by example. Always be strong and confident and remember to always keep it classy. I like to live our schools motto “one town, one team one heartbeat.”








What team(s) you do you currently coach? Bellows Free Academy Fairfax Varsity, Fairfax Patriots Youth, Fairfax, Vermont 

How many years of experience coaching do you have?  14

What is your favorite part of coaching? My favorite part of coaching is seeing the growth in each individual cheerleader. I love the goosebumps you get when a routine hits with extra energy and sparkle, you know, when everyone is spot on. 

What was your biggest accomplishment as a coach? Pulling together the varsity team last season. We overcame adversity and really grew together as a team. As a result, we were able to perform our very best at the state competition.

  Brag about your teams/your coaching success.  I have several teams that have placed first in competitions. There are a few of my cheerleaders who are now cheering in college, and I think my biggest success is the relationships I continue to have with former cheerleaders and parents. 

What is your coaching motto? One more time! 

Best advice you could give to a new coach?  Don’t just coach the physical skills, really coach the mental piece. That’s what makes the difference between success and failure. 



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What team(s) you do you currently coach? Rappahannock High School Varsity, Warsaw, VAtiff4

How many years of experience coaching do you have? 3 

What is your favorite part of coaching?  I love watching the team grow and progress from try-outs to the end of the season. The improvements never ceases to amaze me. I’m so proud of the hard work and dedication put forth from the teams over the years.

What is your favorite part of cheerleading?    Cheerleaders exemplify athletics. Stunting is the best it combines talent, skill, perseverance, and athleticism.

What was your biggest accomplishment as a coach? When I started coaching at RHS, the program was in shambles. Now, the program is back competing and placing. The team is a respected part of the RHS athletics.  

Brag about your teams/your coaching success. The first year back competing my team advanced to regionals. I had 6 girls named to the All-District team, and 2 of those girls named to the All-Region team. This year, my team placed 1st runners-up in the district competition, and are advancing to regionals.

What is your coaching motto? “No excuses. Practice and like it, no one said cheerleading would be easy.

Best advice you could give to a new coach?  Remember why you wanted to coach in the first place. Don’t let the bad attitudes and practices get to you. Be cautious with parents. Cheer parents and fans are intense!







At registration, you must turn in a team roster with OUR EVENT listed at the top. Teams are not permitted to take the floor unless these are turned in at EACH EVENT.  The USASF is compiling a list of each team that is not registered. For more information, go to the USASF web site at

April 15, 2018, Erie, PA -CHAMPIONS OF DANCE



All Styles, All Levels, All
Star and Studio Event!

Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center

April 15, 2018

Erie, PA


This event is a Bid Event to The One Finals. Top 3 teams in each qualifying division receive Partial Paid Bids to The One!



PARENTS AND COACHES – The Box Office will only be open between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The event runs till 9:00 PM. Tickets must be purchased while the Box Office is open. No one will be admitted without a ticket.  Thank you and we will see you soon!!!


Per Participant Fee Includes 2 Team Routines

Early Bird Fee – $40 per participant –  Registration AND Full Payment due by March 15, 2018

On Time Registration – $45 per participant –  Registration due AND Full Payment by March 29, 2018

Late Registration – $50 per participant –  Registrations made after March 29, 2018

$15 per each additional routine Over and Above the First 2 Team Routines

Hip Hop Master Class 

$20 for Competition Attendee

$30 for Master Class Only

Jazz Master Class

$20 for Competition Attendee

$30 for Master Class Only

Registration Information:













_MG_8724A Georgia native, Daniel has been dancing professionally since he graduated from the University of Georgia. Some of his formal training came from Gotta Dance Atlanta and the Joel Hall Dance Center where he trained in African, hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap, ballet, and breakdance. He continued his training in capoeira, acrobatics, and contemporary dance when he was asked to be a company member for Chicago’s daring fusion company, Chicago Dance Crash. Daniel opened his career with a national tour with 13th Floor Performing Arts, where he was a featured performer and choreographer. He then moved to Chicago where he has been fortunate to perform for Culture Shock Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, the Seldoms, 5 Star Boogie, Elephant Filmworks, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Johnny Dangerous, and Kid Sister with Kanye West.  From 2012 thru 2015, Daniel was senior company member with Chicago Dance Crash where he developed choreography for the company and trained the other company members. He has also worked with such choreographers as Jon Lehrer, Stephanie Martinez, Nick Pulpillo, and Jessica Deahr. He was a featured dancer in the short film, “Wonderland or Humans who talk and dance.” Daniel has choreographed for Ballet theater of Illinois, Jazz theater of Illinois, Deerfield Dance Orchesis, and many other competitive dance teams. Daniel has shared his passion and expertise via workshops and master classes for National Dance Alliance, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Training Program, and the University of Kentucky dance team. He also was a featured presenter at USASF’s coaches and judges training event and WACPC’s fall conference.


David Pitti Williams

Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro Instructor at Dussich Dance Studio; Merrit Island, FL

Choreographer and Coach for Jacksonville University Sirens Dance Team Jacksonville, FL

Choreography Consultant for University of Central Arkansas Honey Bears Dance Team in Conway, AK

Coach at Zone All Star Youth & Senior Hip Hop Ponte Vedra, FL




Spectator Fees:

$12 per adult (13 years and older)

$8 per child (6 years to 12 years old)

Children 5 and under FREE!


They will be onsite taking action shots and team pictures!



LogoSheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

(Attached to Convention Center)

55 W Bay Rd, Erie, PA 16507

(814) 454-2005

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2 Sassafras Pier Erie  PA  16507

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