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After School Care/Summer Camp

Lori Long (Program Director)

loriLori Long has been in education for over 20 years. She’s taught High School, 4th grade, and 1st grade. She was with Polk County Schools for many years teaching 1st grade, then was an Academic Intervention Facilitator for Oscar J Pope Elementary. Lori was also selected as Teacher of the Year while at Oscar J Pope. She has done tremendous work in our community being involved with various Non Profits. She was recently the director of Small Wonders Child Development Center and Goal Seekers PreK, Before & Afterschool Care and Summer Camp. While under her leadership, Small Wonders was nominated and selected by The Lakeland Ledger as the Best of the Best Day Care in Polk County. She brings with her a tremendous depth of knowledge not only in childcare but in small business management. Lori has her full DCF Director’s Credentials as well as is nationally certified as a Child Care Director by NICCM.


Cheer/Tumbling Staff

Coach Bryan

Bryan comes to us from the CFA-JAX location, and before that New Zealand’s All-Star Cheerleaders where he was a certified gym manager for the Allstar Mystix gym and level 1-5 coach.

Bryan has 19 years of cheering and coaching experience, which began at The Citadel where he received best all around cheerleader while pursuing a psýchology degree. Bryan then began coaching for UCA and US Cheer camps, where he became a head instructor. He moved into allstar cheerleading, cheering for the IO5 team at ACX before returning to the College of Charleston on scholarship for a degree in business administration.

While in college, he worked at Charleston Cheerleading Center- starting as a coach, then moving up to tumbling director, and then program director. He then relocated to Columbia to be the cheer program director at Palmetto Athletic Center. Following PAC, Bryan worked closely with Coach Terry at ACX and Infinity Allstars in Jacksonville, FL. Bryan earned several hundred state and national titles before moving overseas, where he coached teams to several dozen more international titles, including the Team New Zealand 2015 co-ed Elite and all-girl Elite teams (4th and 1st place, respectively) for ICU worlds.

Bryan is USASF certified through level 5, has sat on National and International judging panels, has been trained and certified with USAG through the artistic and T&T programs and has coached national champions in several disciplines.

Coach Katie Mathews

katieKate has over 9 years coaching experience at all levels from High School, All-Stars, and Collegiate winning numerous state and national championships. She also has many years for choreography experience with High School and All-Star routines. Prior to coaching she was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader for the majority of her young life. Kate is a proud graduate of the Florida State University. Go Noles! In addition to coaching, Kate is a middle school math teacher. She returns to Lakeland after just spending the last year teaching at an international school in South Korea! She loves coaching and enjoys building up her athletes in both skills and character.

Coach Jackie Mathews

jackieJackie has over 6 years coaching experience at the All-Star level winning numerous state and national championships. She herself has an extensive background in both competitive gymnastics as well as competitive cheerleading. She has experience in choreography with High School and All-Star routines. Jackie also spent two years as an instructor for the National Cheerleading Association (NCA). In addition to coaching, Jackie is a hair stylist at Serendipity Salon. Jackie loves coaching and hopes to make a positive difference in each of her athlete’s lives.

Coach Chelsey Hughes

ChelseyMy Name is Chelsey Hughes, I am from Winter Haven, FL. Cheerleading has been a part of my life since I have been in 2nd Grade. Polk County Galaxy Competitive Cheerleading was where I began my journey as a cheerleader. This continued to be my home for 8 years. In my high school years I was a Varsity Cheerleader for all four years. After graduating I attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL where I also was a part of the Cheerleading team. After college I moved on to coaching. I returned to my high school of Winter Haven High to coach for 2 years. I taught side line as well as competitive at WHHS. Cheerleading has been a passion of mine as long as I could remember. Now I hope to guide many other athletes to their own dream.

Coach Marli McKown

Marli McKownCheerleading has been a huge part of Marli’s life since she was 4 years old. For the past 14 years she cheered competitively in various Central Florida gyms alongside competitive dance and gymnastics. Marli was a 4 year Varsity Cheerleader at Auburndale High School and Varsity Captain her senior year. In 2015 Marli competed at UCA and The World Championships this past year.

As a coach, Marli’s is goal to encourage other athletes to achieve their maximum potential in a positive surrounding and instill the importance of humility in athletes. Cheerleading has been a passion of Marli’s for as long as she can remember. Marli hopes her love for the sport inspires other athletes here at CFA.


Gymnastics

Coach Michelle Carberry

Michelle Carberry has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for 40 years. She was a competitive gymnast growing up and received a cheerleading scholarship while attending the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She began coaching gymnastics full time in 1992 at Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, TX. She was fortunate to spend multiple summers coaching under the watchful eyes of Bela and Marta Karolyi at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, TX. In July of 1996, she moved to Lakeland, FL and a short time later was asked to rebuild the gymnastics program at the local YMCA. In less than two years, the program grew from 16 athletes to over 300. In August of 1998, she opened her own gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading academy. As a gym owner, she has been involved in every aspect of the sport- coaching, choreography, rehabilitation, psychology, management, team building and problem solving. Being able to experience and understand every aspect of the sport gives her a unique perspective, one that allows her to relate to the gymnasts, the coaches, and the parents.

She has over 25 years experience as a choreographer and has experience coaching Levels 1-10. Michelle has taken several athletes to the AAU Junior Olympic games as both members of Team Florida and individual athletes.

Michelle is a graduate of Florida Southern College and teaches children with Intellectual Disabilities as well as children who are on the Autism Spectrum. Michelle has been a teacher with the Polk County School District for over 10 years and currently teaches students at Purcell Elementary in Mulberry. She has been a volunteer for Lakeland Futbol Club for 14 years and is a proud mother of two teenagers that compete on the Senior Co-ed competitive team here at CFA.


Tumbling

Coach Seth McClure

My name is Seth McClure and I’ve been involved with tumbling for about 27 years. I started in the sport of Trampoline and Power Tumbling when I was 7 years old. Throughout my career as an athlete I competed in hundreds of competitions ranging from the local level to world level competition. I have received numerous State and Regional Championship titles as well as 5 National titles and 2 world titles as a Level 10 and Junior Elite athlete.

I started as a coach at the early age of 14 in my hometown gym in Independence, Kansas. I went on to become the Head coach and Gym Manager of that gym when my mentor retired from the sport. Some years later I opened my own gym. I ran my facility for 4 years and produced numerous National Championship athletes before I moved to Florida in January of 2015.

I was the State Director for USAG in Kansas for 2 years and hosted several of my own competitions. I am also a Pro member of USAG, a certified Power Tumbling and Trampoline Judge and a USAG Certified Coach. I have completed a Safety Certification for USAG and a clear background check through USAG.

Coach Joey Hart

joeyMy name is Joe Hart and I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. My interest in Cheerleading began my freshmen year in college at the University of Dayton in Ohio. It didn’t take long before I grew to love the sport and had an urge to constantly develop and master my skills in tumbling and stunting. By my Senior year I became captain of the Cheer team and started coaching competitively in Ohio. After graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science, I started personal training and coaching a top Cheer squad in Atlanta, GA.

I moved to Lakeland in October of 2012 to be near my grandmother and started coaching again almost immediately as it’s my passion. I have taken many courses throughout the years focusing on safety, rules and regulations and technique. I love working with the athletes and helping them push themselves to their full athletic ability. It’s a very unique and awesome feeling watching them hit a new stunt, land a new skill, or hit a perfect routine at competition.

I am very glad I made the decision to get involved in cheerleading as it has brought me many opportunities, memories, as well as relationships with friends who I now consider my family. I know my role as a coach is not only to develop great athletes but positive role models in the community. I love living in Lakeland and I can’t wait for the opportunity to coach your athlete!

Coach Adam Bracewell

Adam BracewellAdam is a Lakeland native who first got involved in cheerleading while earning his undergrad at Southeastern University. He joined their cheerleading team his sophomore year and continued with the program though graduation (even giving up an early graduation opportunity in order to finish out the season). He fell in love with the sport and has, for the last four years, been coaching high school, recreational and all-star cheerleaders and pushing them to achieve bigger and better things every time they walk on the mat!


 
 

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