The California Flyers Program is centered around coaching. We believe that successful coaching begins with three important concepts-communication, trust and respect. But to truly succeed as a coach, you must inspire participation while facilitating growth.
You must recognize and identify your student’s abilities and struggles in order to nurture the former and overcome the later. A true coach places the team above all else while actively fighting for their athletes to improve. Real coaches recognize the true potential of their students.
Moreover, those coaches maximize that potential by teaching to push past an athlete’s preconceived limit. Old limits are passed. New goals are set, and the cycle continues. The true evaluation of a program… is found in its coaching.
Coach Shelly (Gramatky) Walker
Owner of Gymcheer USA, and California Flyers All-Star Teams. Shelly is a Pepperdine University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine. She is the former head coach and choreographer for William S. Hart High School (10 years) and Village Christian High School (11 years). She is also formerly the Director of Cheerleading and Tumbling at Fun and Fit Gymnastics Centers (7 years). She currently choreographs for Jr. High, High School, and College teams. Shelly is certified in Safety with the AACCA (American Association for Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors), USA Gymnastics, NCA (National Cheerleader's Association), and First Aid/CPR, and currently certified through the United States All Star Federation for partner stunts, tumbling, and basket tosses (Levels 1-5). Shelly is a USASF member, and GSSA (Golden State Spirit Association) member, and has been a guest speaker at the annual Coaches' Conferences for California, Hawaii, and Oregon. She was also named the Coach of the Year for 2005 and 2010 for the State of California. In addition, Coach Shelly was named “Coach of the Year” once again in 2015.
In her spare time :), Shelly works with Rey Lozano and US Spiritleaders, a cheerleading host of camps, clinics and competitions, based in Long Beach to help create program material for upcoming camps. She judges for cheerleading competitions around the country and also mixes performance music for cheer teams.
Fun Facts: In 2004-05 competed on the Nationally ranked Orange Crush Open team (and placed 3rd at the NCA Texas Nationals next to Gymtime and Cheer Athletics), who is also featured in Gwyn Stefani's 'Holla Back Girl' Music Video.
Coach Maria Rodriguez
Coach Maria is a local from the SCV valley. She graduated and cheered for Canyon High School. Maria also graduated and cheered at Long Beach State, where her team placed 4th in the Nation at the prestigious NCA College Nationals in Dallas, Texas. She then cheered for the Los Angeles Rams Co-ed team for 6 years. She danced one year for a Semi-Pro Basketball League, and her team was called the All American Girls. Maria was a cheer camp instructor for one of the best choreographers in the nation, Rey Lozano, with US Spiritleaders for 13 years.
Maria has been a cheer advisor and cheer coach at local high schools for over 20 years. She has been certified by the AACCA, CPR and first aid certified, and taken numerous classes on cheerleading safety and risk management. Maria and Shelly met while working for US Spiritleaders, and they competed on the California Flyers College Open Team for years together.
Maria currently works with all ages of our competing Ca Flyers cheer teams, teaches our Fly-classes and workshops. Her professionalism, years of experience, and true love of the sport is not only reflected through her teaching but her family as well (her son and her daughter are currently competing on our teams)!!!
Coach Josh Ahrens
As an athlete growing up, Coach Josh dedicated his full time and energy to his Nationally Ranked Competition High School Cheer Team. He was named Captain and led his team by being an amazing example, achieving the All-American title over all of Southern California. He also trained on a highly competitive Coed All Star team as well, leading him to be a part of numerous National Championship Wins. He knew he loved this sport, and after he graduated, continued cheer in his life by coaching all over Southern California as well as other states across the U.S.
Coach Josh has experience coaching athletes of all ages and all levels in cheerleading, and directed entire tumbling programs. He coaches at William S. Hart High School, and is excited to be a part of our program as well.
Fun Facts about Coach Josh: He once played in a band that toured all over the state, he drove across the entire United States all by himself, and he has studied film, which has led him to write and create short films. We are thrilled to have such a talented and creative coach here at our facility.
Coach Jake Mager
Coach Jake is a former NCAA collegiate gymnast from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a current Hip-Hop dancer, break-dancer, and tumbler. He has been teaching advanced dance and tumbling for the past 5 years.
In his journey, Coach Jake assisted his former high school gymnastics team in making it to the State Championships this past season, which for them was a huge accomplishment and credit it to hard work and the amazing coaching they received. He loves what he does and is all about teaching proper progression to pave the way to success in order to reach any goal.
Fun Facts about Coach Jake: He tricks and enjoys the sport of Parkour, so if you are interested he can teach this sport as well, just let him know you are game! He also danced in a hip hop crew and will be pumping our parents up for a NEW FRESH PARENT TEAM this season! JOIN US NOW!
Coach Jasmine Brooks
Jasmine is a Canyon High School graduate where she cheered for three years and danced for two. At the same time, she devoted her extra time at California Flyers, where she competed on our Senior teams and our College Open Teams for years. She learned to be a fantastic tumbler, and began coaching our Jr and Sr teams as well. Jasmine also worked with Rey Lozano and US Spiritleaders, developing and teaching camp material to thousands of cheerleaders each summer. She currently is a first grade teacher in the Antelope Valley and works with our Mini team and recreation tumbling program. Jasmine’s teaching style brings structure and hard work, yet allows for our kids to let out their playful and wild sides as well. She truly brings out the best in her students.
Coach Taylor Bennett
Taylor has cheered through middle school, high school and the start of her college career as well. She is a highly competitive cheerleader, and understands that trophies are earned at practice, and picked up at competitions! Taylor teaches in our park and recreation program, as well as our class program, and also works with our team students. Her goals are to continue coaching for as long as she possibly can. She enjoys being a role model for our cheerleaders and tumblers, and shares her own adventures in cheer to help her students excel. Taylor also loves working with horses and has begun a career in Equine. One day, she hopes to own her own horse ranch and board them, train them, and live the ranching life.
Coach Allison Paganotta
Allison has been a coach for the past eleven years beginning with the Spirit Club International Cheerleading Company and finally finding her home with Gymccheer USA Recreation Classes and the California Flyers All Star Program. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas with her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Minor in Kinesiology. While in college, Allison was part of their Large Co-
ed cheerleading squad for four years. While a member of that team, she won two National Team Tittles along with one World’s and one National Partner Stunt Title. In addition, Allison has also won the Silver Medal at the All Star Worlds Championships and two NCA All Star National Championships. Not only is Allison a talented cheerleader, but she is an AMAZING coach. She understands the commitment and devotion needed to become a successful athlete and passes along that drive to her students. Coaching everything from flying to level 5 tumbling, Allison is a true asset to the Gymcheer USA and California Flyers Program.
Coach Jordyn Shank
Jordyn has grown up as a California Flyer. Since the age of seven, Jordyn has been part of the Gymcheer USA/California Flyer Family. As a cheerleader, Jordyn has won multiple National Titles and competed at the Cheerleading World’s Competition on our own California Flyers teams. Jordyn has developed into an amazing athlete and is still competing on our California Flyers International Open 5 Team. Jordyn has been coaching for the past five years and understand the dedication it takes to not only be in the California Flyers’ Program but to help lead it. Jordyn is currently in college studying Journalism and hopes to eventually write for one of the more reputable news sources in the business. Jordyn’s remarkable skill coupled with her connection to her students makes Jordyn an amazing coach for both our recreational classes and our California Flyers Teams as well.
Coach Bettis Richardson
Coach Bettis has traveled across the country landing here at Gymcheer USA and coaching for the California Flyers. Bettis is no stranger to the sport of cheerleading as this self-taught tumbler has had extensive experience coaching, judging, and performing. Coach Bettis has been on championship teams like Top Gun winning titles at NCA Nationals and Worlds. His cheerleading experience is not just limited to the competition floor. This coach demonstrates his skillset while acting in movies like “Bring It On” and the Broadway show “Bring It On” the musical. You may just recognize him form television programs such as American Idol where Betis became a finalist during season two. While his job may be acting, his passion is coaching cheer. This knowledgeable instructor brings another professional set of eyes to our program, specifically to help our students improve. Coach Bettis employs a unique approach to coaching by blending the art of cheer with its athleticism. Pairing these two properties yields a visual fluidity in tumbling unmatched by other programs. Humbly but enthusiastically, Coach Betis imparts his vast knowledge and wisdom onto his students as they get exponentially better.