Fly High Cheer and Tumble has compiled a staff rich in experience, diversity and versatility so that its athletes will receive the best instruction possible. Fly High’s staff is also available for one-on-one instruction; please contact the gym (coaches@flyhighcheerandtumble.com or 585-317-1442) for more details.

Andrea Caswell

Position: Owner, Head Coach

As a military spouse who has lived in many places in the United States and internationally, coach Andrea has volunteered, coached and directed various cheerleading programs for over 20 years.

Many families local to Dover, Delaware may already know Andrea from her volunteer work within local organizations/programs.

In February 2019, Andrea and her husband, David, opened Fly High Cheer and Tumble, LLC. The business is a family blend of unmatched coaching experience steeped in the values of integrity, service and excellence, which the owners embrace after living and learning alongside Air Force families for over 20 years.

While fielding various levels of competitive all-star cheer teams in Fly High’s inaugural competition season, Andrea also has a passionate goal to help area schools throughout Delaware and the tri-state area grow to have stronger, more competitive programs by:

  • stressing the importance of safety in the sport of cheerleading;
  • learning proper techniques;
  • learning proper progression (no advancement without completing allskills within each respective skill level); and
  • teaching the fundamentals of cheer, stunting and tumbling.

Andrea’s coaching experience and credentials

  • Coached throughout the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years.
  • Coached recreation, middle and high school, college, competitive and all-star teams.
  • Most recently, coached Team Italy for the 2018 International Worlds.

Certifications/Credentials:

  • USASF (US All Star Federation), Levels 1-5 (stunting and tumbling)
  • International Cheer Union, Levels 1-6 (advanced and premier)
  • NFSHSA (The National Federation of State High School Association)
  • AACCA (The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators)
    • Safety
    • Cardio
    • Concussion
  • AED, CPR and First Aid

Professional Memberships

  • USASF, Regional Advisory Board, Northeast (2019-2020)
  • Board of Directors, Delaware Cheer Coaches Association (2019-2020)

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Stuart Gardner

Position: Program Director, Stunt Coach, College Prep Coach

Stuart has been involved in cheerleading since the summer of 2003. After high school he spent seven years in the Army National Guard and graduated from Morehead State with a BS in Space Systems Engineering. He recently moved from Kentucky to northern Delaware with his wife and two children.

Cheerleading Experience

  • Sparkman High cheer team – 4 years
  • Coached All-Stars at TumbleBeez – 3 years
  • Coached at Pro cheer gym – 2 years
  • Snead State Community College – 1 year
  • Morehead State co-ed cheer team – 5 years
  • Ran private cheer clinics – 2 years
  • Privately coached on stunt technique and safety – 11 years

Cheerleading Accomplishments

  • 4-time UCA High School National Champion
  • 3-time UCA College National Champion
  • 2 UCA All-Star National Championship

 

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Michele Godwin

Position: Office Manager, Social Media Marketing

Michele has been part of the allstar cheer community for over 11 years: she has two daughters who are allstar cheerleaders – one on a level 5 Worlds team and the other on a Worlds cheer abilities team. Both of her daughters have been cheering on allstar teams for 11 years.

Michele has 32 years of senior administrative and related experience including, but not limited to:

  • Partner, CheerResume
  • Writing/Editing/Proofreading
  • WordPress website buildout/content management
  • Customer service
  • Professional networking
  • Logistics (uniform ordering/travel arrangements)
  • Fundraising
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Ordained Minister

Certifications/Credentials:  Greenlight background checked by USASF for the 2018-2020 cheer seasons

Volunteer:

  • Member – Maryland Twisters’ Parent Advisory Board

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Samantha Hunt

Position: Head Coach, Tumble Instructor

When coach Sam is not at the gym, she is a stay-at-home mom enjoying her two young daughters and husband. Before splitting her time between the gym and home, Sam was an educator for special needs students for nine (9) years.

Coach Sam has been coaching in the all star world for 12 years. As the recipient of numerous state, local and National championships, Coach Sam has also assisted many of her athletes with winning DCCA college scholarships throughout the years.

“Cheerleading is my passion. I love spending every moment with my athletes and watching them grow every day.  I can not wait for our athletes to fly high!”  Neither can we, coach Sam; welcome to the Fly High family!

Cheerleading experience:

  • Pop Warner
  • Allstar cheer since the age of 5
  • Varsity cheerleader at Bel Air High School (the competition squad won numerous state, regional and national championships)
  • Wesley College
  • Pro Bowl (Hawaii, 2002)

Coaching experience (12 years as a Head Coach):

  • Capital Cheer Elite Allstar Academy – Head Coach and tumbling instructor (Senior 3 and Senior 4)
  • Delaware Edge – Head Coach and tumbling instructor (Junior 3, Senior 3, Senior 4)
  • Delaware Diamond All Stars – Former Owner and coach (levels 1-5)
  • Stick It! Gymnastics – tumbling coach (levels 1-5)
  • Galaxy All Stars – Former Owner and coach (levels 1-5)
  • Caesar Rodney High School (2011)

Choreographer experience:

  • Wesley College (2012)
  • Numerous high schools

Certifications/Credentials/Memberships:

USASF Credentialed (levels 1-5)
USASF Greenlight Background checked through 2020
Member, Delaware Cheerleading Coaches Association (DCCA)
AED/CPR/First Aid certified
Concussion Certified

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Lala Sabir
from “I Am Talent”

Position: Head Tumble Instructor (levels 3, 4 and 5)

Lala has been an allstar cheerleader and tumble/stunt coach for almost 11 years.

Currently, Lala is a student at Wilmington University in DE where he is also on the small coed cheer team.

Lala is also co-partner of I Am Talent Entertainment based out of New Jersey.

Credentials/Certifications:

  • USASF Level 5 (Stunt, Tumble, Toss)

Favorite mottos:

“Drills before skills.”
“The quickest way to get better is to break your comfort zone.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.

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Ashley Benway

Position: Coach, Tumble Instructor

When she is not at home with her daughter and husband, Ashley is either working part-time at her husband’s company or coaching the competitive cheerleading team at Northeast High School (who have won numerous state, regional and national championships).

Cheerleading experience:

  • Recreational cheerleading since the age of 4
  • Allstar cheer since the age of 7
  • Varsity cheerleader at Northeast High School (won numerous state, regional and national championships)
  • Wesley College

Coaching experience:

  • Northeast High School – coach, competitive cheer team
  • Delaware Diamonds – Former Owner and coach (levels 1-4)
  • Stick It! Gymnastics – tumbling coach (levels 1-3)
  • Galaxy All Stars – coach (levels 1-4)
  • Mid Atlantic All Stars – coach (level 3)

Certifications:

AED and CPR certified
Concussion Certified
USASF Credentialing pending (Spring 2019)

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Mike Catalfamo

Position: Coach, Tumble Instructor

Mike graduated from the Nursing Assistant program at Polytech High School in 2016.  He is currently attending University of Delaware to attain his Nursing major.

Cheerleading experience:

  • Delaware Edge All Stars
  • Polytech High School
  • University of Delaware

Coaching experience:

  • Stick-It Gymnastics
  • Polytech High School

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Tina Thompson

Position: Coach, Tumble Instructor

Coach Tina, excited to be part of the Fly High family, brings both experience and a lot of energy!

Tina’s motto is: work hard and perform harder.

Coaching cheer is part of Tina’s life. She cheered growing up and, once her daughter was old enough to cheer, she was signed up. After one year of being team mom, Tina was invited to join the staff at Coastal Magic All-stars; it was at that time when her journey as an all-star cheer coach began. Tina continued to coach at gyms where her daughter cheered, and has been coaching for 11 years (tiny, mini, junior and senior levels) and has “loved every minute of it!”

Coaching experience:

  • Capital Cheer Elite All-star Academy – Head Coach and tumbling instructor (Senior 2)
  • Delaware Edge – Coach and tumbling instructor (Junior 2 and Junior 1)
  • Delaware Diamond All Stars – Coach (Senior and mini 1, tiny 1)
  • Coastal Magic (tiny and mini 1)

Certifications:

  • USASF Credentialed (levels 1-2)
  • USASF Greenlight Background checked through 2020
  • Member, Delaware Cheerleading Coaches Association (DCCA)
  • AED/CPR certified
  • Concussion Certified

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Adriana Mason

Position: Coach

Born and raised in Sussex County, DE, coach Adriana has been married to her husband, Randy Mason, for 21 years. The couple has three children: Natasha (23), Kaylee (18), and Cade (14). When not at the gym, coach Adriana is a teacher at Georgetown Elementary School (she is Bilingual). She loves spending time with friends and family and staying busy.

Cheerleading  Experience:

  • Pop Warner
  • Varsity Cheerleader at SCHS (she won All American Cheerleader her Senior year)
  • Broome Community College (one year)

Coaching experience:

  • Shore Thunder Allstars – (Level)
  • Delaware Diamonds Allstar – (Level 2)

Certifications:

  • AED/CPR certified
  • Concussion Certified
  • USASF Credentialing Pending (Spring 2019)

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Melanie Utley

Position: Instructor, Strength and Fitness

Melanie has been a vibrant part of the local fitness community for over 15 years as a former gym owner, Crossfitter, and current group fitness instructor for MOMentum Fitness Delaware.

After obtaining her degree in Public Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, Melanie worked as a corporate event planner for a corporation and later opened her own business, R.S.V.P. Meeting and Event Planning. Motherhood came knocking and Melanie took a respite from the corporate world to focus on the one of the hardest jobs there is…raising well-adjusted human beings.

As a wife and mother of three, Melanie understands the challenges unique to working and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Melanie’s goal is to foster an atmosphere of self-discovery, personal growth, and good ole fashioned fun, both in her personal fitness ventures as well as in her instruction.

Degrees:

  • Public Relations, University of Pittsburgh

Certifications:

  • Melanie is currently pursuing her 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training

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Josie Maurer

Position: Coach – Strength and Flexibility Training

Josie cheered at the high school level and also coached recreation. She is the founder of Cheer Flex Champions, which provides personalized training to help athletes gain increased flexibility, core strength, body control and other skills necessary to excel in their sport.   Josie has been part of the allstar community for 5 years and has one daughter in allstar cheer.

Josie’s 10+ years in fitness includes her ongoing work as a fitness video creator and wellness coach where she provides guidance and support to help her online community of 65,000+ followers achieve their goals. Josie has been featured in The News Journal, Oprah.com, Shape.com, Buzzfeed, Glamour Magazine and Women’s Health Magazine.

Certifications/Credentials:

  • Greenlight background checked by USASF for the 2018-2020 cheer seasons.
  • Flexibility Specialist (certification from International Fitness Professionals)

Contact Josie