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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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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Patsy Fagan

Team Gymnastics Coach

Patsy spends her time with the children at Premier, the horses on her farm, and her children.

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Shawna Greenwell

Gymnastics Team Coach/Class Instructor

Shawna Greenwell

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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

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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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

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Betsy Lowry

Cheerleading Coach, Choreography, and class Instructor

Betsy Lowry Montgomery

Number of years as an athlete: 25

Number of years as a coach: 7 years

Number of years coaching with Premier: 3 years Athlete in College: Yes, I cheered at UofL for 2 years where I won NCA College Nationals in 2006, before transferring to UK and graduating with a BA in Psychology.

What do you coach? I coached Henry Clay High School for 7 years, Senior 3 and Senior 5 at Kentucky Elite (2007-2009), and I currently coach Junior 2, Senior 4, and Senior 5 at Kentucky Elite.

Favorite part of coaching: Being able to work with kids who share a passion for the sport is indescribable. I love seeing my kids attain new skills, while doing what they love. The feeling of accomplishment stems from seeing my teams on stage, living their dreams and having the time of their lives.

Fun Fact about You: In 2005, I was the stunt double for Hayden Panettiere in Bring It On: All or Nothing. I moved to Hollywood for 2 months where I was a cheerleader on the Pacific Vista Pirates team. It was an amazing and fun experience! I have worked for varsity constructing camps and judging for the past 9 years as well.

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Julie McGhee

Team Coach, Class Instructor,