Knoxville, TN (West) Staff

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Sally Green

General Manager

Sally has been with Premier Athletics for 16 years.  She started out as the Preschool Director and was promoted to Manager in 2000.  Since then she has been instrumental in developing the Little Explorers program for the company as well as being a company leader for training and marketing.  Sally is also the event director for Knoxville’s Largest Kids’ Party, one of the largest family events in Knoxville.  Sally serves on the Executive Team for Premier Athletics and is one of the brand leaders for the Ozone Signature Gymnastics Series.

Sally is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a Master’s Degree in English.  She and her husband Darrell have 2 boys, Jackson age 7 and Hayes age 2.  Her favorite thing about working for Premier Athletics is the family atmosphere and being an integral part of enhancing the lives of children.  Sally’s favorite things are spending time with her family, working out, EATING, being outdoors, and finding new ways to redecorate and remodel her home.

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Susan Traylor

Assistant Manager

Susan came to Tennessee from South Carolina to attend ETSU, where she cheered and received a Marketing degree. She coached at the Premier gym that was in Johnson City for six years before moving to Knoxville and has now been with Premier Athletics for nealry 15 years.   She is a proud mommy of two precious daughters, Hartley and Hayden.  

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Courtney Kline

Sharks All-Star Cheer Supervisor, Instructor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

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Sara Beeler

Little Explorers Supervisor, Instructor, Front Desk Customer Service Representative

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Lisa Savage

Class Instructor/Pre-Team Gymnastics Coach

Lisa began her journey into gymnastics by participating in the sport as a athlete. She was a Tennessee Competitive Age Group Gymnast for 10 years and a Tennessee Collegiate gymnast. She then opened and owned Knoxville Gymnastics Training Center with her husband, Phil Savage, which they owned for 30 years. She has been a Women's Gymnastics Judge for 15 years and served on the Tennessee Gymnastics Board of Directors for six years. Lisa was the first to develop preschool gymnastics in Knoxville and has been a women's gymnastics competitive coach for over 20 years. She has proudly coached numerous athletes to earn gymnastics college scholarships. Miss Lisa is a Univeristy of Tennessee graduate with a degree in Deaf & Elementary Education. She created the first Tri-Meet, including Women's and Men's Gymnastics, Power Tumbling & Trampoline under one roof. This meet that she started is now annually held in Knoxville and is called the Ozone Invitational. She serves her community as a volunteer coordinator for the Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show and the Fantasy of Trees. She enjoys mountain biking, road biking, Harley riding and running in her spare time. 

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Sarah Smith

Instructor, Gymnastics Team Coach

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Kurt Wickstrom

Class Instructor, Gymnastics Team Coach

Kurt was a Competitive Power Tumbler for Premier for seven years and earned two national championships in Tumbling and Trampoline. He was a member of the first Sharks Co-Ed cheer team, where he cheered for one season. Kurt has been an instructor for Premier for a 12 year time span, as well as a diver for the Univeristy of Tennessee for one year. He enjoys anything outdoors and most other sports. He loves to be challenged physically and mentally and is a musicisan and singer/songwriter.

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Vince Berry

Instructor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

Vince is in his second year coaching classes at Premier and a first year Shark coach. He is one of the coaches of Blue Sharks. Vince served as a head camp instructor for UCA for four years and a cheerleader for the Univeristy of Tennessee from 2006 until 2008. He majored in FInance at UT, plays in a competitive softball league and is a server at WIld Wing Cafe'. 

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Jessica Burnette


Jessica is an instructor in our Studio and teaches all disciplines of dance including Hip Hop, Bellet, Pom and Dancenastics. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has performed with multiple dance companies that include Top Hat, Studio One and Silverados. While a part of SIlverados, she was the dance drill team rep for three years, competed in Dallas, Texas and performed in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Jessica loves children, is so excited to be teaching dance and currently attends Pellissippi State in Knoxville.

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Lindsey Sitzlar

Instructor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

Lindsey has a full resume when it comes to cheerleading. Lindsey competed for 8 years as a Shark at Premier Athletics Knoxville - West. She was also a cheerleader for her middle and high school. Her team, Great White, placed in the top 10 at Worlds in 2006 and in the top 5 in 2007. In college, she recieved accolades such as NCA All-girl Collegiate National Champion in 2009, 2011, and 2012, NCA Collegiate Stunt Group National Champion in 2010, Team USA All-girl World Champion in 2009, 2012, and 2013, and Gym Tyme World Champion in 2010 and 2012. She has been an NCA college staff instructor and a skills camp instructor. Lindsey graduated in 2012 from the University of Louisville with a degree in exercise science. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, Zoey and Zeus, and playing adult league kickball!

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Debbie Jones

Front Desk Customer Service Representative

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Caroline Parker


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Niki Blaylock


NiKi has been in dance, gymnastics or karate since she was 2 years old. She was a competitive gymnast for four years, obtained her black belt in karate in 3 years, and was a member of her high school dance team for all four years. She was co-captain of her dance team during her senior year and went to UDA nationals in 2009 and 2012. She coached pee-wee dance in high school. NiKi is attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to obtain her degree in English-literature with a minor in Secondary Education. She plans to become a middle or high school English teacher. NiKi enjoys dancing, tumbling, reading, photography, and spending time with her friends.

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Sarah Hawkins

Front Desk Customer Service Representative

Sarah cheered for 3 years as a Premier Athletics Shark and also cheered for Stingray Allstars. She cheered all four years in high school on the varsity competition team. She is attending the University of Tennessee and majoring in Supply Chain Management. She enjoys painting, drawing and reading in her free time.

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Stacey Svette


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Kaitlynn White

Class Program Supervisor

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Victoria McCauley

Instructor, Gymnastics Team Coach

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Sydney Wells

Dance Instructor