Staff

Stephanie Jacoby

 Owner/Cheerleading Coach

Steph's love for cheerleading started back when she was around 11 years old. She took gymnastics since the age of 6, but just needed something more. After Steph started competitive cheer she never stopped, she lived and breathed for Allstar cheer. She has traveled to many competitions and has many titles under my belt. After Steph graduated she went to college for medical coding, meanwhile teaching tumbling at a local dance studio. It later turned into her owning her own gym at the age of 21. Steph started with just 20 kids at Xtreme and now Xtreme has grown to approximately 80 cheerleaders/dancers. She is living her dream. Steph's gym has surpassed all her expectations. Her gym is just one of her accomplishments, her other love is being a wife and a mother of two beautiful children Brayden and Brynlee.  Stephanie is USASF certified  in Level 1-4 in both stunting and tumbling. She also holds certifications in heat illness prevention, sports concussion and sudden cardiac arrest. She is also a Varsity University Graduate.

Karin Vasil

Cheerleading Coach

Cheer has been in Karin's life since she can remember. Karin grew up in a cheer household with my mom as the local cheer coach for nearly 25 years. She cheered under her advisement at Northern Cambria High School for 6 years. Those years included being on one of the only three squads to ever place at state finals from our school. Karin moved on to attend Duquesne University and made their cheer squad.During that process she learned a lot about cheer and decided ultimately academics were a bigger priority. She left cheer behind but not for long. She graduated from Saint Francis University as a registered nurse and worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 12 years. Karin is now a mom of 4 kids and  has taught her own three girls tumbling from the  time they were  very young. They quickly surpassed the space of my basement so  she searched out XCA! With coaching she loves to  watch kids grow and perfect a routine they once thought was way to difficult. Karin loves coaching them and seeing them achieve what they thought was impossible. Karin is USASF certified in Level 1-3 in stunting,  She holds certifications in heat illness prevention, sports concession and sudden cardiac arrest. She is also a Varsity University Graduate.

Trisha Groer

Tumbling Instructor/Coach

 At the age of 5 Trisha began taking gymnastic classes with the Moss Family. She has a real passion and  talent for it. As soon as she was old enough she found herself cheering for Forest Hills Middle School and loved it. Trisha continued cheering at Bishop Carroll High School and made All American Cheerleader numerous times and placed at Nationals. Trisha has a bachelors degree in Sociology from UPJ. After having her two children, Autumn and Dawson, she found a love for fitness. She became certified in P90X and Insanity. She currently teaches six classes a week at many local gyms.The way Trish became a part of the XCA family was when she was considering Allstar cheerleading for her daughter. She quickly became inspired by all of the hard working athletes at this gym and believes they are great role models for her own children. Trisha  says her daughter has learned hard work, discipline, fun and teamwork. Trisha looks forward to many years at XCA.

             

 

Jade Thomas

Junior  Coach

Jade is a junior at Cambria Heights High School. Jade is currently on our Senior 2 and Senior 4 teams. She is also a member of her High School cheerleading squad where she is captain. Jade is the President of Student Council, Class President, a member of the Remembering Adam Program and Students Against Disruptive Decisions. She assists in coaching the Tiny Novice Team, Youth Team and the Expo Team.  She has cheered for 9 years. Jade fell in love with Allstar cheer very quickly and hasn't stopped loving it every since. She holds numerous State and National Titles and has competed at the D2 Summit. Jade is honored to be a coach for XCA and cannot wait to work with all of these amazing athletes. She wants to help every cheerleader reach their full potential as an athlete and a person. Jade wants to " pay it forward" and give each cheerleader what she was given. She believes in good sportsmanship and coming together as a team is the key to a successful atmosphere and team.

 

 Nikki Wannett

Cheerleading Coach

Nikki's love for cheerleading began at the very young age of five! Her mother was the head coach at Purchase Line High School where she would tag along to practices, games and competitions. Nikki found her passion and couldn't get enough.Nikki's cheerleading career began in junior high where she was a member of the PLHS squad. This is where she developed her knowledge of the importance of the role of cheerleading. Whether cheering on the sidelines, in the school, or in the community; NIkki learned that you represent yourself to the best of your ability.  Her competitive cheering career includes Evergreen All-Stars in her senior year. After graduating high school, She went on to attend college to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is currently employed at UPMC Altoona Orthopedics, certified in First Aid and CPR. Nikki is married and the mother of two wonderful children, Payton and Gage. Her daughter Payton is 8 years old and the 2017-2018 season will be her fourth season with XCA. Needless to say Nikki was very excited to return to the competitive cheerleading world with her daughter. Nikki helps coach the 2018-2019 Youth and Tiny Novice team. Being involved at XCA has been more fun than she could have ever imagined. She developed a love for the athletes as if they were her own children. Nikki really loves to see each cheerleader progress in their skills and talents.

 
 

 Alexander Muniz

 Cheerleading, Stunting and Tumbling Coach 

 Alexander Muniz has been cheering for 6 years and coaching for 5 years. Getting his start at a gym in his home town of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Alex fell in love with cheerleading after his first practice. Having experience as an all-star and collegiate cheerleader, Alex has extensive experience as a competitive athlete. He has competed at many notable competitions like US Finals and the Cheerleading World Championships. Likewise, Alex has had the opportunity to coach all-star cheerleading at a nonprofit organization from levels 1-4 and has coached independently as a stunting instructor.As a coach Alex focuses on overall routine performance,and technique. He makes sure that his athletes walk on the floor confident in their skills, themselves, and are ready to give a memorable performance out on the floor. When asked what motivates him in the sport of cheerleading he replied, I am constantly striving to get new skills and perfect the ones that I already have. I translate that mentality into my coaching style as well. I want my athletes to become better, and I love to watch them reach their full potential while they are in the gym.

   

              Patrick Gahagan

 Cheerleading, Stunting and Tumbling Coach

Patrick Gahagan has been cheering for 4 years competitively and has been coaching for 6 years. Originally a gymnast and tumbler, Patrick was invited to train at the National Circus School in Montreal, Canada and was extended an invitation to audition for Cirque du Soleil. Patrick got his start coaching gymnastics at Emerald City Gymnastics in Kittanning, PA and became  their head coach spanning levels 6-10. Afterwards Patrick has coached cheerleading spanning levels 1-4. Since cheering competitively, Patrick has competed at the Cheerleading World Championships twice and has helped his previous program make it to The Summit. Patrick's focus on technique, power and cleanliness in cheerleading drives his coaching style. When asked what motivates him when he is in the gym he replied, I like to try to be the best at anything I do. If that means putting extra hours in to master a skill or adding in extra workouts outside of the gym, I will do it. I will always keep pushing to achieve the goals that I set for myself.

 
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