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 FlyHighCheerandTumble.com or 585-317-1442) for more details.

Andrea Caswell

Position: Owner, 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 all skills 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
  • Safesport trained

Professional Memberships

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

Stuart Gardner

Position: Gym 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

Certifications/Credentials/Memberships:

  • USASF Credentialed (levels 1-6)
  • USASF Greenlight Background checked through 2020
  • Member, Delaware Cheerleading Coaches Association (DCCA)
  • AED/CPR/First Aid certified
  • Concussion Certified
  • Safesport trained

Samantha Hunt

Position: Cheer Program Director, 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
  • SafeSport trained

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”.

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

Nadasca Guity

Position: Coach

I first fell in love with cheerleading as a child in New York. Nine years ago I started my journey as a cheerleading coach, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. When I am not coaching, I am working as a Software Engineer in North Wilmington or spending quality time with my daughters.

Cheerleading experience:

  • Roosevelt High School Varsity
  • Kips Bay Recreational Cheer

Coaching experience:

  • Capital Cheer Elite – Head Coach Junior 1, Assistant Coach Senior 2
  • Appo Jags Youth Cheer – Head Coach Mini 1, Junior 2 and Senior 2
  • Thomas C Giordano Middle School – Student/Jr. Coach Middle School Cheer team

Certifications:

  • USASF Credentialed  levels 1-2 (Stunting, Tumbling)
  • Greenlight Background Check 2020
  • Concussion Certified

Annette Berry

Position: Coach (Recruits), Assistant Coach (Lieutenants)

Coach Annette works for the State of Delaware for the Smyrna School District. She is a graduate level intern with Amtrak Police Department and attends Wilmington University.

Annette is an Army wife and spends her free at home, mothering her 6 children.

During her time in the United States Navy as a Reservist 2007-current, she received first aid training and holds a current CPR qualification.

Coaching experience:

  • Jr. PeeWee Level 1 Medium Pop Warner.

Annette’s team won 1st place at the Cape Henlopen Championship, and placed 13/27 at the Northeast Regional Championship. Annette attended the 2019 YCADA conference in Las Vegas Nevada in May of 2019.

When referring to her athletes, Annette’s favorite mottos are “Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself” and “practice like you perform.”

Certifications/Credentials:

  • USASF Greenlight Background checked
  • Concussion Certified
  • CPR Certified
  • Attended Varsity University

 

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