Lexington, KY Staff

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Kyler Sykes

General Manager

Kyler is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he cheered for 5 years and was captain for 2 years.  After receiving his degree in Communications with a minor in Tourism/Hospitality, he began coaching competitive cheerleading all over Tennessee and Kentucky.  Kyler has extensive experience coaching all levels of cheer and has had great success as both a coach and athlete. Because of his dynamic personality, Kyler is also one of the most sought after emcees for many cheerleading competition companies. 

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Melissa Lonkard

Allstar Cheerleading 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 was born and raised here in Lexington. Kentucky. Over the years she particiated in horseback riding, track and field, and gymnastics. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Kenucky where she received her degree in Finance and Marketing. She began her coaching career in 2000 and took the place of Gymnastics Supervisor at Premier Athletics in 2012. She currently coaches levels 7-10 and Excel team gymnasts. Lauren loves her job because she has the opportunity to work with familes and have a major role in the development of young athletes. Before working with Premier, Lauren was the head Level 9/10 coach at Cincinnati Gymnastics from 2009-2012, and received the Kentucky State Top Director from 2008-2009.

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Kate Williams

Little Explorers Supervisor/Gymnastics Team Coach/Class Instructor/Social Media Manager

Kate was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Ravenna, Ky. Growing up she participated in volleyball, softball, cheerleading and dance. She competed as an all-star cheerleader for 7 years and an all-star dancer for 6 years, both with East Kentucky Cheer and Dance. She competed on a team and individually as well, winning many awards. In 2006 she was choosen as a cast member for the Capital One Bowl Halftime Show. Kate began coaching and choreographing at the age of 15, and began instructing classes at the age of 17. She attended Eastern Kentucky University, studying Elementary Education and Dance. She has been with Premier Athletics since 2013 where she has taught students of all ages. She has experience in coaching tumbling, gymnastics, and preschool gymnastics classes; as well as competitive gymnastics, cheerleading and dance. Miss Kate currently teaches all ages in the Little Explorers Program and tumbling classes for dancers.

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Laura Kinsley

Studio Supervisor/Dance Coach

Laura Kinsley began her dance training when she was four years old at Misty Averill's School of Dance in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Her training continued at G. Scotten Talent Center in Indianapolis, Indiana where Laura studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop & pointe.  She began choreographing & teaching dance classes in high school. When Laura was 17 years old she was one of 15 dancers in the state of Indiana to be named the Indiana All State Dance Team.  Laura attended college at the University of Kentucky where she was a 4 year dance team member and choreographer. She has worked with and choreographed for dance teams and studios across the midwest. She is committed to working with the students of Premier Athletics to help them reach their goals & to grow as individuals.

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Madeleine Simpson

All Star Team Coach

Madeleine was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Growing up she participated in various sports, played piano, and competed in all-star cheerleading. Her cheerleading record includes Bowling Green Cheerforce, Ace Allstars Seqouyahs, and Premier Athletics Pumas. Madeleine was a competetor at Worlds three years in a row, and placed in fourth one of those years. She attends the University of Kentucky, studying Psychology and Communications, where she cheered for one year on the UNiversity of Kentucky Blue Squad. She became a Premier Athletics staff member in 2013 where she has instructed tumbling classes and coached our all-star cheerleading teams. In the 2013-2014 cheerleading season all three of the all-star teams she coached competed at the Summit. Madeleine enjoys watching her athletes improve and enabling them to do what they love.

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Madison Snowden

Gymnastics Team Coach/Choreographer/Front Desk

Madison was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Growing up she trained and competed as a gymnast at many levels. She began coaching at the age of 20. Madison attended and was a gymnast at the University of Kentucky and Arizona State University, where she studied Communications and Sociology. Madison joined the Premier Athletics family in 2013. In the past she has instructed all levels of recreational gymnastics, but currently coaches our competitive gymnastics teams up to level 10. She is also one of our amazing choreographers for our competitive gymnastics teams. Madison always loves helping her athletes reach their goals.

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Shawna Greenwell

Gymnastics Team Coach/Class Instructor

Shawna was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Bardstown, Kentucky. Growing up she did gymnastics and cheerleading. She did gymnastics for 12 years, competing all the way up to level 8, and she did competitive cheerleading for 3 years. Shawna began coaching gymnastics at the age of 17 in 2007. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with a Major in Family Sciences and a minor in Sociology. She has been with Premier Athletics since 2010, where she has coached all ages. Shawna has experience in coaching recreational gymnastics, tumbling classes, camp instructor and also competitive gymnastics. She really enjoys working with kids and being able to teach the sport she has always loved to kids who love it just as much. 

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Amber Begley

Gymnastics Team Coach/Class Instructor

Amber was born in London, Ohio and raised in Kentucky. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast for 12 and a half years, rode horses, and was apart of the 4H program. She began coaching at the age of 15. Later on she attended the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Amber has taught at Premier Athletics for over a year, instructing gymnastics and tumbling classes, and coaching our competitive gymanstics teams. Amber loves watching her kids grow as athletes and become confident and successful in their classes.

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Jason Keogh

Allstar Coach/Team Tumbling Instructor/Class Instructor

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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Alex Hull

Class Instructor/Stunt Instructor/School Squad Instructor

Alex Hull was born in Singapore and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up he was involved in various sports, including football, basketball, and cheerleading. He cheered at his high school for two years as well as the all-star team Stringrays, located in Marietta, Georgia. He went on to cheer at the University of Kentucky for all four years. While at the University of Kentucky he studied journalism. Alex began his coaching career in 2009. Since joining the Premier Athletics Staff he has instructed gymnastics and tumbling, stunt classes, school cheerleading squads, and Little Explorers classes. Alex likes seeing his students progress and achieve their goals, because he remembers how great it feels to accomplish new skills.

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Betsy Lowry Montgomery

Cheerleading Coach/Choreography

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? All-star cheerleading

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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DeeAnn Miller

Gymnastics Team Coach

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Patsy Fagan

Gymnastics Team Coach

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

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Andrea Williams