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Anthony Best - Email
Co-Owner, Head Coach, Chief Cheerleading Choreographer, USASF Certified Coach 

                                                                                                                                             Anthony is our Head Coach, Chief Cheerleading Choreographer, and the dynamic, creative force behind Cheer Legendz. Anthony directly manages all aspects of the gym's operations, including squad creations and development, choreography designs, and coach development. Anthony has been part of the cheerleading world since 1993. From cheering in high school, being a three year captain at the University of Missouri - Columbia, being a Head Camp Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association for seven years, to coaching over well over 300 National Championship titles in all-star cheerleading since he began coaching in 2001, Anthony has done it all. He is our chief cheerleading choreographer and he is nationally recognized for his extraordinary talent. His choreography ability has enabled many high school teams throughout Missouri and Illinois to rank in the top five in state competitions. Anthony is the choreographer for the University of Missouri - Columbia, and Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Lindenwood University placed first (Co-Ed) and second (all-girl) in the 2011 NCA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach Florida, second in 2007 and third in 2006, 2009, and 2012. The University of Missouri was placed in the top 5 in 2011 and 2012 and has consistently placed in the top ten since he became their choreographer 2001. Anthony was awarded a Innovative Choreographer Award at the NCA Collegiate Nationals in 2009. Anthony is the Head Coach of the Cheer Legendz Pumaz team that earned a invitations to the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Cheerleading World Competitions, and placed in the top 10 teams in the NCA All-Star National Competition. Anthony also designs our unique Cheer Legendz cheerleading uniforms and was recognized by the Varsity Uniform Company for "Talent, drive, focus and skill combined with cutting edge style and one-of-a-kind design" are what make these squads among the top competitors in the nation. Anthony is USASF level five safety certified in stunts, tumbling and baskets. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri in 2001.

Laura Richard - Email
Co-Owner, Business Manager


Laura is Cheer Legendz’ Business Manager.  Her experience includes 17 years in healthcare business management, including developing successful start-up home care and hospice agencies, as co-owner and consultant.  In 1993, Laura co-created an independent home health agency in St. Louis.  She was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing operations. She and her team launched adult home health services, high tech pediatric and adult private duty services, pharmacy and high tech pediatric and adult infusion (IV) services, and in-house pharmacy services.  In the second year of operations the company grew to a staff of over 250 employees, was awarded JCAHO Accreditation with Commendation (an award of excellence), and received Medicare Certification Without Deficiency (an award of excellence).  Laura later worked with The Corridor Group, a private healthcare consulting group for five years.  She provided consulting services to healthcare systems throughout the United States.  She assisted clients in successfully initiating companies and turning around businesses to achieve financial, operational and clinical excellence.  Laura graduated 2nd in her class with a degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri and 2nd in her class with a Masters in Healthcare Administration is from the nationally-ranked top five Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  She was an administrator at the top five nationally-ranked BarnesHospital for several years.  Her experience includes notable innovations such as initiating the first AIDS hospice in the Midwest and one of the first in the US.   She is recognized among the Cambridge Who’s Who of Top Business Leaders in the United States.

Fernando Brown
Chief Hip Hop Coach & Choreographer, Cheer Coach, USASF Certified

Fernando is one of the charter members of the Cheer Legendz coaching staff, and brings many years of experience and enormous talent to our program. As a former cheerleader at Missouri Valley College, he was a member of the team that won second place at the UCA Collegiate National Championships in 2000, while earning his degree is Music & Performing Arts.  Fernando is our Hip Hop Head Coach and Chief Dance Choreographer and, under his leadership, these teams have won multiple regional, national, and grand national titles. In 2006, Fernando was recognized by American Cheerleading Magazine as one of the top young coaches in the nation. He is the Chief Choreographer and Head Coach of the Cheer Legendz Saberz Hip Hop dance team that earned an invitation to the 2009 - 2017 Dance Worlds (the first and only dance team to be invited in the state of Missouri!).  During the 2013 Dance Worlds, the Cheer Legendz Saberz, Senior Hip Hop team, placed 8th in the world and in 2016 they placed 4th in the world!  Fernando earned a 2009 NDA Innovative Choreography Award for the Saberz choreography.  In 2015 & 2016 the Saberz won the NDA National Title. 2017 is the third year Fernando's youth hip hop team, the Tigerz, have been invited to The Summit and received a paid bid in 2017.  His junior hip hop team, the Lynx, received their first bid to The Summit and got a paid bid!  He also coaches the Cheer Legendz Pumaz who have earned invitations every year from 2007 - 2017 to The Cheerleading World Championships. He is USASF level five safety certified in stunts, tumbling and baskets.

Travis Williams
Cheer Coach, Tumbling Coach, Assistant Choreographer    

Travis, an original member of Cheer Legendz and a former Pumaz team member, has an extensive background in All-Star Cheerleading. He began competing as an all-star cheerleader in 2004, and he has won multiple national and grand national championship titles both as a team member and in individual competitions. Travis has competed at the Cheerleading Worlds 6 times. He was the captain of the Cheer  Legendz Pumaz Worlds team in 2010.  Travis coached the Bengalz team that placed 2nd at the NCA All-Star National Competition in 2011, 1st at JamFest Cheer Super Nationals in 2013, and 6th in the  nation at The Summit in 2014. He became a member of the NCA Staff in 2012. Travis is a USASF Certified Level 5 Athlete in Tumbling and Stunts.Travis has a Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University, and was a member of the Lindenwood University cheerleading squad. He has competed at NCA Collegiate National Competition every year since 2013 and won the National Title with his Large Coed team in 2017.

Katie Hazel
Cheer Coach, Tumbling Coach          

                                       

Katie, an original member of Cheer Legendz, has an extensive background in All-Star Cheerleading. She began competing as an all-star cheerleader in 2005, and she has won multiple national and grand championship titles. Katie competed at the Cheerleading Worlds with Cheer Legendz in 2012. She has been a National Cheerleaders Association camp instructor since 2011. As a member of the Lindenwood University cheerleading team, she competed at NCA Collegiate National Competition every year 2012-2015. Katie has graduated form Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry.

 

Mandy MacIntosh
 Hip-Hop Coach

Mandy, an original member of Cheer Legendz and a former Pumaz and Saberz team member, has a vast background in All-Star Cheerleading and Hip Hop. She began competing in 2004, and has won multiple national and grand championship titles. Mandy competed at the Cheerleading Worlds 7 times and at the Dance Worlds twice. Mandy is working on a Business Marketing degree at Lindenwood University, and was a member of the LU Cheerleading team and competed at NCA Collegiate National Competition in 2014 & 2015.  In 2015 her team won College Nationals. Since 2015, Mandy has coached all of the Hip Hop teams.

 

April Ehrhardt
Cheer Coach

April, an original Cheer Legendz member and former Jagz and Pumaz athlete, comes from a highly experienced cheer background.  She began competing in 2004 and has won several national titles, grand championships, and competed in The Cheerleading Worlds in 2008.  After pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in 2015 from The University of Missouri-Columbia, she began coaching the Lafayette High School cheer team and coaches cheerleaders with and without disabilities, which has been nationally recognized.  April is also the Head Dance Choreographer for Milwaukee Reign All Star Cheer.  

Ryan Downs
Client Services Manager, Tumbling Coach

Ryan began her cheer career in 2004 and joined Cheer Legendz as an original member in 2006.  Ryan started with the Jagz but continued onto Pumaz from 2007 – 2012. Ryan has been a part of numerous national championships, grand championships, and competed in the Cheerleading Worlds for 5 consecutive years.  In college, Ryan worked in our Office and taught tumbling classes while cheering for Missouri Baptist University to pursue her degree in Exercise Science.  Afterwards, she continued her education to obtain her Master’s in Fitness Management.  Ryan has continued teaching tumbling to ages 18 months – 12 years and works in the office as the Client Services Manager.

Lexi Brancato
Cheer Coach

 

 

Chloe Alexander
Cheer Coach

 

 

 

 

Haylie Shipley
Cheer Coach,Tumbling Coach

Haylie, a current member of Cheer Legendz Pumaz, began with the Bobcatz in 2008 and worked up to level 5 skills within 4 years. In 2014, Haylie was also a member of the member of the Cheer Legendz Lionz, our International Open Co-ed Level 5 Squad.  Haylie has won multiple national and grand championship titles, as well has competed in both The Cheerleading Worlds and The Summit.  While in 6th grade she won a NCA award at cheer camp with an opportunity to travel for cheer.

 

Danny Hartwell
Tumbling Coach

Danny joins us with five years of cheerleading experience, four of which came from cheering at a collegiate level at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  During his cheer career at Mizzou, he competed at College Nationals in Daytona, Florida.  Danny graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Health Science from Mizzou and is now attending Logan University where he is pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic.

 

Shawn Brown
Cheer Coach, Hip Hop Coach,Tumbling Coach

Shawn was born & raised in St. Charles, MO and attended Lindenwood University on a full ride scholarship where he majored in Education Studies.  During his sophomore year of college, Shawn started competitive cheer and competed multiple years at NCA Collegiate Nationals on the Large Coed team.  In 2015, his team won the National title at NCA Collegiate Nationals. Shawn joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 2013 and is still an active member while he coaches cheer & dance. 

 

 

Marissa Maranan
Secretary

 Marissa started cheering in 2004 and came to Cheer Legendz in 2008.  She won many national titles, including Jamfest Super Nationals and WSF, as well as grand championships during her time on Jagz & Cheetahz.  In 2013 she went to The Cheer & Dance Summit.  Marissa continued her cheer career at Lindenwood University where she studied pre-nursing and was a member of the Large Coed team.  She was a part of the Large Coed team and competed in the 2014 & 2015 NCA Collegiate Nationals and won the National title in 2015.  Marissa now attends the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and will graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Nursing.