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 also one of the brand leaders for the new Shawn Johnson 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 6 and Hayes age 1.  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

Office Supervisor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

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. Susan has been at Premier Knoxville West for six years and is now the Office Supervisor. 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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Kendall Ross

Recreational Class Supervisor, Special Events Coordinator, Instructor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

Kendall is currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and a CrossFit athlete. He has experience in many sports including gymnastics, cheer, tennis, golf, basketball and rugby. Kendall was a competitive gymnast for four years and a competitive cheerleader for the Sharks for two years. He is now coaching classes and Sharks at Premier. Kendall is a Christian recording artist with his very own CD!

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Sara Beeler

Little Explorers Supervisor, Instructor, Front Desk Customer Service Representative

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Mary Walker

The Studio Supervisor, Instructor, Sharks Dance Coach, Front Desk Customer Service Representative

Mary has worked at Premier for over two years as a front desk staff member, preschool class and summer camp instructor, birthday party coordinator, tumbling and gymnastics instructor and is currently The Studio Supervisor. Mary has danced for over 20 years - winning many hghly esteemed dance competitions and titles. Mary went to UT - majoring in English and minroting in Political Science. She loves sports, animals and cooking.

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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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Kimberly Hawkins

Front Desk Supervisor

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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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Heather Grubbs


Hather has cheered for six years at Premier and is an alumni member of Great White. She has done tumbling and gymnastics for 13 years and plans to cheer in college. Heather is a member of the all-girl cheerleading team at the University of Alabama. 

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Tim Passalacqua

Instructor, Sharks Cheerleading Coach

Tim has held a very successful career in the cheer industry. His career begin in 1994 as a cheerleader for the well-known High School Aliso Niguel in Orange County, CA.  In 1996, he attended Palomar College and cheered for two years, then transferred to the University of Kentucky. He was a member of their elite cheer program from 1998-2000. During his years at Kentucky, he built his career as one of the top male partner stunter in the nation. He won partner stunt nationals in 1996, 1997, 1998. And then in 2000, he was named both UCA and NCA Partner Stunt National Champion. He was the first to win UCA and NCA parnter stunt national titles in the same year. During his college years, Tim was a NCA high school and collegiate camp instructor for five years and has coached various levels of power tumbling, high school, college and all-star cheerleading. In 2000, he came back to Southern California to coach and choreograph the talented Palomar College Collegiate Cheer Team. Palomar has earned 2 National Titles with UCA in 2002 and 2005. Tim was head coach for Riverside City College 2010-2011 season.  Tim also coached at World ranked cheerleading programs such as California All-Stars and Pacific Coast Magic and continues to help various programs across the states in all aspects of cheer. Tim has been with Premier Athletics since February of 2011 and was named All-Star Supervisor for the Shark program in October 2011.Tim is still considered as one of the top male competitors in cheerleading to this day.  Tim is CPR first aid certified, ACCA and USASF Certified level 1-6.  You can also see Tim featured in the famous cheer movie, "Bring it on 2". He has done many cameo appearances in various movies, commercials and music videos doing cheer.

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Liz Peterson


Liz was a gymnast for five years, including two years competiting as a competitive team gymnast. She them transitioned to cheerleading where she cheered for Sharks for five years. Liz is a freshman at the University of Tennessee studying Pschology. She loves working with children and also works at a church nursery, where she has been an employee for four years. Liz hopes to one day be a District Attorney.

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Alicia Smith

Gymnastics Team Coach

Alicia was a gymnast for 12 years - beginning with KGTC and following through when KGTC became Premier. She cheered for six years and went on to cheer one year at Liberty Univeristy in Virginia. Alicia coached for two years at Top Notch in Jackson, TN. She holds a four-year degree in Physical Education with a minor in Photojournalism. Alicia currently works at an orthodontist's office and is in school for Physical Therapy, in addition to coaching gymnastics at Premier.   

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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


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Ryan Spanich


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Victoria McCauley

Instructor, Gymnastics Team Coach

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Andrew Reed


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Patrick Jones


Patrick is Premier's breakdance instructor. He founded and is the President of the Oak Ridge High School Breakdancing Club. This blud is a 2 time winner in the annual talent show. He is involved with the UTK Volunteer Breakers and is a founding member of Volatomix Dance Crew. He has experience teaching at Premier Dance Studio in Seymour and at Pellissippi and UTK. He enjoys playing the violin and piano, as well as fencing. 

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Sydney Wells

Dance Instructor