Amber was born and raised in Arkansas, Amber was an elite gymnast, turned cheerleader! She cheered for Navarro College and Stephen F Austin State University. Amber was a 2-time NCA high school All-American and a 4-time NCA collegiate All-American. Amber was an athlete on the Texas Open team, before it was finalized as Cheer Athletics Open. Amber has, inadvertently competed on a CA team almost every year she's been on staff since 1998.
She is a loving "Mom" to 3 dogs and a cat. She also loves doing anything outdoors, whether that's dinner on the patio or sports and activities. While Amber enjoys healthy eating and working out, her true obsession is color coordinating her outfits! Just check out Amber when you see her next in the gym, she'll match from head to toe! Birthday: March 15
Brad grew up in New Albany, IN, with his amazing family who he loves dearly. Brad started cheering at the University of Louisville where he cheered 5 years and was the captain of the squad for 4 years and a 3 time NCA Collegiate National Champion. He graduated from the U of L in 1995 with a BA in Justice Administration. He also completed one year of grad school before he moved to Dallas to become the Director of Curriculum for NCA in 1996. Brad worked for NCA for 9 years teaching camps as a Head Instructor and working on the collegiate camp circuit.
Brad joined the CA family in 1996 and is now an owner, CEO, Director of the All-Star Program, and coaches 4 teams. His cheerleading highlights have been performing at the 1996 Olympics Opening Ceremonies, choreographing bowl games, and choreographing in 10 other countries including Mexico, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, England, and Japan. He has also choreographed hundreds of routines for high schools, colleges, and all-star gyms in the US as well as for the reigning World Champion - Team USA All-Girl in 2011. Brad is currently on the National Advisory Board and the Worlds Advisory Board for the USASF.
Outside of cheerleading, you may see Brad running a 5 mile stretch along the Katy Trail. He includes weight training, tennis, riding bikes, indoor and outdoor volleyball into his weekly regimen. He is an avid reader and also enjoys traveling all over the world. His passions include working with kids and making a positive impact on their lives while involved in a physically and mentally challenging sport. He feels blessed to love his work, the people he works with, his amazing family both in Indiana and in Dallas, and his life. Birthday: May 27
Jody grew up in the small Texas town of Pottsboro before going off to school at Baylor. He began his cheerleading career there, and went on to become captain and Collegiate All-American. (He also performed in the now-infamous "Copa Cabana" routine.) He taught cheer for several summers and was part of the group that created/performed in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After college, he was the original owner and co-founder (with Angela) of Cheer Athletics in 1994. He created the name, the logo, and the colors - sort of. (He originally wanted columbia blue instead of royal, but was thankfully talked out of it.) Jody has won numerous NCA national titles as an athlete, coach, and choreographer. Jody now sits on both the influential USASF Board of Directors, the USASF Rules Committee, and was inducted into the USASF Hall of Fame in 2011. Jody is also coaching 3 CA teams this year!
Jody is the resident nerdy tech guy and occasionally busts out charts, graphs, and statistics to try to put a little "science" into the sport of cheerleading. He also proudly proclaims to have been a "Mac" guy for 20+ years - long before Apple was cool. In 2002, he married Ginger (our wonderful part-time assistant that sometimes helps out at the front desk). His two stepdaughters both cheered for CA for several years. In addition to geeky stuff, he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain) & has competed in several triathlons. Birthday: September 29
Ambrel graduated from Southern Methodist University in May 2011 with a Master of Science in Computer Science.
Ambrel has been a part of the Cheer Athletics family since ‘96 when she began as a young athlete. She has been teaching tumbling classes at Cheer Athletics since 2006 and began coaching teams during the 2010-2011 season. Ambrel has medaled with Cheer Athletics at every World Championship that has been held to date: 4 Gold World Titles with Cheer Athletics (Superkats -04, Jags – 06, Panthers -06, Fiercekatz – 09) 5 Silvers (Panthers – 05, Wildcats - 05, Panthers - 07, Wildcats - 10, Wildcats - 11) and a Bronze (Junglecats – 08). She also was a head instructor at NCA from 2006-2009. Ambrel just completed cheering her fifth consecutive year at SMU and cheered for each school she attended since fifth grade. She was also a part of the Sachse High School Competition Team where she helped them win 3 NCA National Titles.
Ambrel has a brother, Cayman, that will graduate high school at 16 and is extremely musically talented. He does many shows around the Dallas area and will be extremely famous one of these days!! Her sister Britt also cheers and works with her. You will rarely find Ambrel without her Baby G watch and she has 5 of the exact same one. She also has competed on 13 different teams at some point in her career here at Cheer Athletics (Cats, Bobcats, Bengals, Sabres, Tigers, Thundercats, Jags, Panthers, Superkatz, Junglecats, Fiercekatz , Wildcats).
Britt is currently a Senior at Southern Methodist University. She has been a part of the Cheer Athletics family since '96. This is her second year working with teams and she has been teaching in the class program since '06. Britt has also worked with NCA teaching summer camps since '08. Britt cheered two years in the college level at SMU. She has been cheering for her schools since fifth grade and was a part of the competition team at Sachse High School where she won an NCA National Title all four years. She has won several Silver and Bronze medals at The Cheerleading Worlds and was a part of the 2006 Large Senior World Champion (Panthers) team.
A few fun facts about Britt: She cheers and works with her sister, Ambrel. She also has a brother who is extremely smart, great actor, and amazing singer. He is always doing many shows around the Dallas area. She is obsessed with the show “Friends” and could quote almost every single episode. She is also a huge Dallas Mavericks fan and was lucky enough to be at the game when Dirk scored 50 points.
Joe was a competitive gymnast and soccer player all his life, Joe turned to cheer when he broke his back. He is a graduate of Tulsa Union High School, go Redskins! He attended and cheered at Oklahoma State University, University of South Carolina and most recently the University of Oklahoma... Boomer Sooner!!
Joe has been a member of the Cheer Athletics staff for 8 years and counting... He has coached numerous national champion teams and World Champion teams in his 15+ years coaching. Joe is a loving husband of 10 years to Shannon and proud father to Patrick (16), Trey (5) and Lila (9 mos). When not in the gym or doing work for CA, you can catch Joe on Lake Lavon on his boat bass fishing. He also enjoys running, cycling, serving as an Assistant Coach to Trey's soccer team, and spending time with his family.
Angela is a Co-Founder/Co-Owner of Cheer Athletics. She is the current CFO, Director of Retail, and coaches 2 teams as well. She has coached 9 CA Teams to medal at The Cheerleading Worlds including 4 World Champions and has choreographed many national champion routines for numerous US and International cheer teams.
Angela grew up in various parts of West and East Texas before cheering at Southern Methodist University (1991-1995). She was named a Collegiate All-American Cheerleader. Angela also worked for NCA as a head instructor and on Collegiate Staff for 9 years. She has choreographed for numerous Special Events around the world including the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the Aloha Bowl and Hula Bowl in Hawaii, and was a participant and staff member of the Opening Ceremonies for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.
She travels extensively sharing her knowledge of All-Star cheerleading speaking at numerous coaches conferences across the US. She enjoys working out, traveling, all sports, dressing up, and spending time with her family: Kenny Bruce and bonus-daughter McKenna. Angela is excited to welcome daughter, Madyx, to the world in July 2011. She loves CA and enjoys the challenge of teaching athletes to improve their physical and mental strengths. Birthday: November 22
Debby has been with CA for 13 years, 10 years managing the Team Reps. She is also a proud mother of 2, John Rogers and D'Lora Rogers (FierceKatz) and proud grandmother to Trinity Rogers (IBK). She graduated from Calumet High School and she always wanted to be a cheerleader, but she couldn't do the splits so she settled to be a majorette/baton twirler! She attended University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. She served as the Director of Garland Cheer & Drill Team Association for 3 years. Roller skating used to be one of her favorite hobbies, more recently, she says she enjoys attending swing dancing classes and has always LOVED good movies.
Demond grew up in Perry, Georgia where he was a 1998 Honor Graduate. He then attended Georgia College & State University where he received his Bachelors in Spanish and Bachelors in Business Administration-International Business again graduating with Honors. He was a member of the cheerleading squad at Georgia College & State University
from 2000-2005 where he was a 3 time National Champion. In 2001, Demond was a NCA Collegiate National Champion. He then competed from 2003-2005 on Georgia Allstars where he won numerous National Titles including being a 2 time NCA AllStar National Champion. Demond was also a member of the 2009 WORLD Champion Cheer Athletics Wildcats. Demond loves to travel. He studied abroad in Mexico for one year. He enjoys reading, listening to music, watching scary movies, working out, and watching sports. He also enjoys dancing and learning new languages. His favorite type of food is Pizza and his dream goal is to travel the World. He has two younger sisters and one older brother who all still reside in Georgia.
Dillon grew up in Garland, TX and graduated from Sachse High School in 2008. Dillon and his sister Laci joined CA in 1999. Dillon's cheer success began quickly when he won NCA Best Cheerleader in 2001 and 2002. His accomplishments include numerous NCA National Championships...2001 (NCA All-Star with Cats), 2006, 2007, 2008 (NCA High School Champion with Sachse High School), and 2011 (NCA All-Star & Grand Champion with Wildcats). Dillon earned his first World Championship in 2009 with Wildcats. He enJOYs dancing, reading, swimming, and diving. He aspires to get his degree in Developmental Child Psychology and is so excited to be working with Katz and Sabres this season!! Birthday: July 25
Courtney grew up in Colleyville, TX, graduated from Colleyville-Heritage HS before earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from The University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner!! Courtney coached the Small Coed Team at Twist & Shout in Edmond, OK, for 8 years and polished off her tenure there with coaching them to win the gold at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2011. Courtney joined the CA family in May of 2011 and is coaching Cheetahs this year.
She also serves as the Business Development Manager for Volt Workforce Solutions. Birthday: September 8
Monica was born and raised in Garland, TX. She joined CA in 1997 and earned an NCA National Championship on Tigers in 2002. Tigers were also named NCA Grand Champs that year....the highest score of the entire event! Monica earned another NCA National Championship and World Championship title in 2008 with FierceKatz. Monica is only 3 classes away from completing her degree in Kinisiology with a minor in Health at the University of North Texas. When she is not coaching teams and classes or studying for college tests, Monica enjoys biking, cooking, shopping and skiing.
Family comes first to Monica! She credits her mom of being her inspiration, "She is a strong woman fighting and surviving breast cancer. She is the reason I strive to be the best." Birthday: May 16