Kristen Yates - Owner
Hi! I am the owner of The Cheer Connection. Here's what I think you should know about me - I am a 43 year old mother of 4 kids, ages 15, 13, 10 and 9. Whew, that makes me tired just saying it! They keep me busy as you can imagine (I know a lot of you are right there with me). So, many of you don't see my face all that often as I usually am working from home or come to the gym in the mornings. I have owned the gym for 15 years now, I purchased The Cheer Connection in 1998 and Cheer Energy in 2000.
Anyway, as far as my qualifications go, I was a gymnast all of my life and was the Texas State Gymnastics Champion at the age of 12. I cheered through middle school and high school and then went on to cheer at TCU for 3 years. I was on Staff for NCA and then judged for them for many years after graduating from TCU. I have a Math degree with a Business minor.
I am just so extremely proud of what this gym is all about! A cheer gym doesn't survive on what kind of facility you have, what skills the kids have when they walk in the door for the first time, what your uniform looks like and such. It's all about who is teaching your kids and what they learn while they are a part of the gym. Each of my staff members are just so amazing! They all really love children and do such a great job with your kids! They teach so much more than just cheerleading and tumbling. I hope you and your kids get to know them and love them as much as I do!
And, here's the rest of my incredibly Talented and Awesome Staff!
Terry-Lynn Faught - Gymnastics Director
I'm excited to be a part of TCC, and look forward to helping the gymnastics program grow!
I've worked with children since I was a teenager. Growing up in Fort Worth, my passions were in dance, music, and theatre. I graduated from Texas Woman's University with my degree in Theatre and Dance.I've been teaching recreational gymnastics for nearly 10 years, and have coached competitive boys gymnastics for much of that. Along the way I began working with children with learning differences and special needs, and have made it a point to be sure I find a place in my program for everyone! I am a Professional member of USA Gymnastics and hold industry certifications in several areas.
I have 2 daughters who are both active in competitive gymnastics themselves (they brought me into the sport!) and 3 bonus children who are active in band at their schools. My husband is wonderfully supportive of not only his children, but of me and mine (which, more often than not, is a huge undertaking !) Aside from my work in gymnastics, I myself still find joy in attending dance classes myself and still perform when given the opportunity!
Joanna Waddell - Co-Director of Recreational Tumbling
Hello all! My name is Joanna Waddell and I am the Co-Director of Recreational Tumbling. I have been with this company since September of 2012 while going to school full-time to receive my Bachelors of Business Administration at Tarleton State University.
I’ve been cheering practically since I could walk. I started my cheer career off as a mascot when I was 3 years old on a pee-wee cheerleading team and cheered every year at school until I graduated. I have cheered both competitively here at The Cheer Connection and on school teams and was honored with being the Cheer Captain all four years of high school as well as being selected as UCA All-Star 3 of those years.
As far as my gymnastics career, I started gymnastics at a very young age and grew to love the power tumbling aspect of it at age 8. By age 14 I was learning how to teach the sport and found my passion. I have been teaching tumbling since I was 16 and continue to learn something new every day.
As you can see, I’ve spent some time in both sides and I greatly enjoy what time I’ve spent. I have learned a lot over the years and the passion derived from my practice is shown daily during my time training the students here at The Cheer Connection.
Joseph Gibby - Co-Director of Recreational Tumbling
Recognitions and Accolades:
-Texas National Team Champion '98
-Sea World Performer '98-'01
-Rookie of the Year '98
-Most Valuable Gymnast '98
-NBA Miami Heat Halftime performer and Promoter '98
-Extreme Team (NBA and College Half Time Entertainment '00-'04
-Chelsea Piers in association with Anti-Gravity Show '01
-NBA Golden State Warriors, Acro Performance Entertainment Manager '03
-NBA International Performer Shanghai, China '03
-Fox Primetime, Guinness World Records Primetime 2002 (2x Guinness World Record Holder)
-TNT, NBA All-Star 2002 DC, Opening Performance in association with Extreme Team
-ESPN, Sport's Center, Top Ten '03
-TBS Superstation, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Head to Head Acro-Dunk Competition '03 (Team Manager, Organizer and Performer)
-NCATA (Nation Collegiate Acro and Tumbling Association) National Judge
-Gymnastics Association of Texas Girls ITP 2 Certified
-USAG Mens, Womens and Power Tumbling Member
-Maximum Sports Nutrition (Nutrition and Supplement Consultant)
-Acro Hand Balancing
Holly Rascoe - Head Coach of TCC Glitter + Firecrackers + Energy
I'm Holly Rascoe I love teaching kids! I have been involved with competitive cheer for over 25 years! I was a TCU cheerleader, then I was the TCU cheer coach for 12 years. I was a UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Instructor as well as an NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) Instructor. I also worked for a Christian company called SCORE (Sharing Christ Our Redeemer Everywhere) this is when I realized that cheerleading is my ministry! I opened one of the first all-star cheer gyms in the nation I sold it after 10 years because It was so big i could not run the gym and teach and I wanted to teach. I sold it to Kristen Yates and have been I working for her ever since! I have had the pleasure of choreographing nationals routines, and pep-rally routines for many high schools and middle schools in the Fort Worth area. Fort Worth Country Day, Trinity Valley, All-Saints, Aledo, Paschal, SouthWest High School, Southwest Christian, Pantego Christian, Lake Country Christian, Fort Worth Christian, Covenant Christian.
Trinity Christian, Calvary academy, Azle, Kennadale, Paradise, Eastern Hills, and Western Hills.
The highlight of my cheer career has been when we started our special needs team. we are now going into our third year! I have had the privilege of starting this team w the Clayton's Hadley, darian, and Shelley. They are faithful to volunteer their time each week. This team makes you put things into perspective when you see the joy and excitement on their faces when they cheer. I never make it thru a competition without tears streaming down my face. If you ever get the chance to see them perform it will change your life!
In addition to cheer I teach spin classes and core classes at the Benbrook YMCA. I Attend Christ Chapel where I am a Women in the Word Bible Study Leader.
I married the TCU quarterback and we have one daughter who is 17. We live in aledo on a ranchette where we have horses, dogs, chickens, cats and a snake ! To sum it all up in 5 words....teaching cheer is my passion!!!
Terrance Davis - Head Coach of TCC Blast + Fierce
What's up?! My name is T. I began my cheer career at Weatherford College, where I cheered for 2 years and was a member of their first ever competitive team, which went to NCA Nationals and placed 4th! Not too bad for a first showing! After WC, I was a manager at a cheer gym and was with them until they closed. I then found my way to TCC and I am proud to say I have been here since 2009. I have been a Head All-Star coach here since 2010 and every team I have ever coached has won a national championship. I have a passion for cheerleading and my ultimate goal is to leave a legacy and lasting love for the sport. I hold A.A.C.C.A & U. S. A. S. F. certification and I am knowledgable in all levels of cheer, from recreational on up through competitive and college. I take great pride in teaching all aspects of cheer and tumble and look forward to sharing my knowledge with your athletes!
Eric Collard - Head Coach of TCC Explosion
I was born in Boston, MA. Moved to Texas my 3rd grade year. I graduated from Springtown HS. Went to SMU, made 2nd string setter for the Men’s Volleyball Team as a freshman walk-on. Sophomore year, transferred to Weatherford College, was a WC Cheerleader. Junior year, transferred to Tarleton State, was a TSU Cheerleader and starting setter for men’s vball team for 3 years. Major studies in Fitness Management and minor in Business Admin.
2000-2002 Rec Director at Cougar Cheer Co., cheer coach, pre-school and rec tumbling coach.
2002-2004 Gym Director at Texas Tumblers/Texas Stars, Head cheer coach, pre-school and rec tumbling coach, Power Tumbling and Trampoline coach.
2004-2009 General Manager at Maverick All Stars, Head cheer coach, Head Power Tumbling and Trampoline coach, pre-school and rec tumbling coach.
2004-2009 Asst. Head Cheer Coach for Weatherford College
2009-present Head cheer coach and private lesson coach at The Cheer Connection
I have had the privilege in coaching over two dozen Junior Olympic gold medalist in Power T&T, with numerous others medaling. 4 NCA National Champions (1 HS, 2 All Stars, and 1 Collegiate). 1 Senior Level 3 All Level Worlds Champion. Several other National Champions with other cheer companies. I have worked with many different schools across the entire DFW area, along with several Universities across the US.
My coaching philosophy: Coach every athlete to their fullest potential. Every athlete has their own goals and dreams, and I will always do what I can to help each athlete obtain them.
I also coach Club Volleyball and I’ve been fortunate enough to play beach volleyball at the Semi-pro level for the past few years.
All my thanks to the Man above!
Kyle Channell - Tumbling Instuctor
Hello all! My name is Kyle Channell and since the age of 12 I have been involved with gymnastics/tumbling in one way or another. I have to thank my father for introducing me to the sport. I suppose he was tired of me running down the hallway and jumping over the couch fifty times a day so he signed me up for gymnastics. Although I did not stay with the sport that long, I held on to the tumbling skills throughout my life, which proved beneficial when I came to TCC over ten years ago looking for a job. But enough about me.
I specialize in one-on-one instruction for tumbling and most aspects of cheer. Although I would not consider cheerleading my forte; tumbling, jumps and motions all coincide with one another making certain coaching techniques more easily adaptable.
My main goal for every athlete is to make them more knowledgeable about the sport they are in. Being able to perform a specific skill is great but understanding how your body allows said skill to happen will open many more doors. All I can hope for is that my students leave with a stronger grasp on how to accomplish their goals.
Josh Culberston - Cheerleading + Tumbling Instructor
I'm 23, I've been coaching tumbling for 7 years and competitive teams for 3. I cheered Level 5 for three years and competed at Worlds. I am USASF and CPR certified.
I have a passion for teaching and cheer- working with children is definitely a perk because I'm a child at heart. My goals are to help kids achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle and make them laugh along the way. My strong points are flexibility, jumps, stunts and tumbling from mini to elite level.
Darian Clayton - Dance, Tumbling + Cheerleading Instructor