Lexington, KY Staff

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John W. Ireland III

General Manager-Lexington

Name: John W. Ireland
Email: jireland@premierathletics@yahoo.com
Number of years as an athlete: 35
Number of years as a coach: 23
Number of years coaching with Premier: <1 year
Athlete in college?: yes,  University of Kentucky
What do you coach?: all levels, private lessons, squads
Favorite part of coaching?: My favorite students are those that find this sport as a challenge. I have worked with all levels of athletes, and over the years my interests have changed. I love Special needs kids, helping them overcome their individual needs/concerns, and adapting this sport to help them to reach a higher level. I also enjoy overcoming challenges such as Mental blocks, and fear.

Fun fact about you?: I used to teach Gymnastics and Tumbling in Los Angeles, and three of my students were chosen as the original Power Rangers. I was also the last individual who did the "Oh what  a feeling to drive...Toyota" commercials. The person jumping in the background, no spoken  lines. I am a  licensed Behavioral modification Therapist, and worked for the Center for Autism and related Disorders(CARD) in Los Angeles for 4 years as a Sr. Therapist.

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Corey Brown

Allstar Supervisor/Allstar Coach/Team Tumbling Instructor

Corey Brown
Email: cbrown@premierathletics.com
Number of years as an athlete: 6
Number of years as a coach: 10
Number of years coaching with Premier: 3
Athlete in college?: Yes, I cheered for the University of Kentucky
What do you coach?: Cheer Team and All-Stars
Favorite part of coaching?: The gratification experienced when a kid finally “gets it”
Fun fact about you?: I was a pole vaulter in middle and high school before becoming a cheerleader

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Taylor Clark

Little Explorers Director,Tumbling Class Coordinator

Taylor Clark
Email: tclark@premierathletics.com
Number of years as an athlete: 16
Number of years as a coach: 8
Number of years coaching with Premier: <1 year
Athlete in college?: Yes, Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky University
What do you coach?: Tumbling, Little Explorers, Cheer Classes, All-Stars, and Private lessons
Favorite part of coaching?: Sharing my passion for the sport with kids. Helping someone develop and grow as an individual
Fun fact about you?: I am a professional ballroom dancer and my favorite dancer is salsa!

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Melissa Lonkard

Allstar Supervisor/Allstar Coach/Team Tumbling Instructor

Melissa was born and raised in Northern Kentucky.  Growing up, she did gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, and began instructing at age 16.  She attended the University of Kentucky where she majored in Biology and cheered for three years.    She has been involved in cheerleading since 1996, and her roles in the industry have included collegiate and all-star athlete, coach, camp instructor, choreographer, gym director, gym owner, event production staff, and judge.  She is currently a Varsity certified panel judge, a USASF certified safety judge and an Aloha Productions/GSSA panel judge.   In 2005 she moved to Southern California, and for the past 5 years has worked as a gym director and head coach for Pacific Coast Magic.

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Lauren Snowden

Gymnastics Team Director/Gymnastics Coach

Lauren Snowden

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Emma Ireland

Receptionist/Fashionista Extraordinaire/Sasquatch Hunter

Emma Ireland
Number of years as an athlete: I watched the Superbowl commercials a few times
Number of years as a coach: I coach voice lessons, does that count?
Number of years coaching with Premier: < 1 year
Athlete in college?: No
What do you coach?: I work at the front desk!
Favorite part of coaching?: I love getting to know athletes and their families
Fun fact about you?: I speak three languages! I sing, performing at wedding, funerals, anywhere....I love it! I grew up with my family owning a gym, and I never learned any of it, although i started working there when I was 12 years old.

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Amber Begley

Class Instructor

Amber Begley
Number of years as an athlete: 12
Number of years as a coach: 7
Number of years coaching with Premier: < 1 year

Athlete in college?: no
What do you coach?: Gymnastics, Tumbling, Little Explorers, Gymnastics Team
Favorite part of coaching?: I love teaching and sharing my passion for gymnastics with children and watching them grow up to be better individuals
Fun fact about you?: I am a Ginger

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Nick Dawson

Instructor

Nick Dawson
Number of years as an athlete: 7
Number of years as a coach: 2
Number of years coaching with Premier: 2
Athlete in college?: No
What do you coach?: Tumbling and Cheer classes
Favorite part of coaching?: Teaching new skills and attending competitions!
Fun fact about you?: I’m a Pokemon Master

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Patsy Fagan

Team Gymnastics Coach


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Shawna Greenwell

Gymnastics Team Coach/Class Instructor

Shawna Greenwell

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Jessica Johnson

Class Instructor/Aerial Silks Instructor

Name: Jessica Johnson
Number of years as an athlete: 23
Number of years as a coach: 5
Number of years coaching with Premier: < 1 year
Athlete in college?: No
What do you coach?: Little Explorers, Aerial Silks
Favorite part of coaching?: watching passion grow in an athlete
Fun fact about you?: I was a Special Education Teacher for 3 years before I started teaching Aerial Silks full time

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Jason Keogh

Allstar Coach/Team Tumbling Instructor/Class Instructor

Jason Keogh
Number of years as an athlete: 15
Number of years as a coach: 13
Number of years coaching with Premier: 3 years
Athlete in college?: Yes, University of Kentucky
What do you coach?: All Star Cheer
Favorite part of coaching?: When a child or a full team reaches or achieves a new skill, or a goal that they have fought to achieve.
Fun fact about you?: I was featured on a "Belive it or not" type show in Japan for cheerleading!

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Laura Kinsley

Dance Team Coach, Program Lead

Kate Williams
Number of years as an athlete: 23
Number of years as a coach: 9
Number of years coaching with Premier: <1
Athlete in college?: Yes, University of Kentucky
What do you coach?: Dance, Competitive Dance team
Favorite part of coaching?: Helping dancers reach personal goals and to grow as athletes and individuals
Fun fact about you?: I have lived in four states

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Deanne Miller

Instructor


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Madeline Simpson

Class Instructor, All Star Team Coach


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Stephen West

All Star Coach


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Kate Williams

Class Instructor

Kate Williams
Number of years as an athlete: 10
Number of years as a coach: 4
Number of years coaching with Premier: 1
Athlete in college?: All-Star Dance at EKU
What do you coach?: Little Explorers and All Star Dance
Favorite part of coaching?: Seeing kids improve in class and enjoying dance
Fun fact about you?: I performed in the Capital One Bowl Halftime Show