Coaches

Rachel Warner

Head Coach
Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 10 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 10 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 9 Years Coaching
• All Star World's Qualifier 2 Years, Bronze Medal Winner 2008
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Cheerleading Worlds Team
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• CPR/First Aid Certified
• 9 Years of Choreography

Education:
Glendale Community College

Kelly Cowley

Staff Consultant
Kelly joins Arizona Element Elite​ as our staff consultant. She will be working directly with all of our teams and coaches. Kelly's background is extensive and impressive. She was an elite competitive gymnast and trained two years on the junior US training team and was a two-time All American COllege athlete. She is an ASU graduate.
As an experienced All Star Gym owner having owned AZ Power and head coach for over 15 years her knowledge of the industry is vast. She has coached National championship titles for level 5 at, America Championships, USA Nationals, UCA Nationals, American Grand Nationals, Cheersport Nationals and Spirit Sport Nationals.
Kelly has trained teams, attending and competed over 10 times at the World Championship in Orlando and has had teams place as high as top 6 at Worlds.
She has judged both Nationally and internationally and is USASF credentialed for levels 1-5.
Most importantly, Kelly is a mother of 5 and a loving wife. She loves making clothes and also makes jewelry.

Preston Hittle

Head Coach
This impressive and seasoned coach comes to us with over 10 years of experience in All Star Cheer, with coaching credentials for All Star Levels 1-5. He was a competitive high school cheer athlete, whose high school coed team at Mountain Pointe High School championed multiple state competitions. Preston’s philosophy of coaching involves cultivating talent with empowerment and positive reinforcement, supported by a strong technical background in cheer tumbling and stunting. His superb coaching abilities helped take his teams to various championship-level recognitions, such as 2nd Place in the 2013 NCA Nationals Junior Level 4 Division, National Champions at the 2013 American Showcase, National Champions of the 2011 & 2012 Jamfest Nationals, 2010 & 2011 US Finals National Champions, and 1st Place at the 2010 US Finals with a 4th Place rank in the Senior Level 4 Division. He has mastery and coaching experiencing in Level 1-4 All Star Cheer tumbling. He is currently in the process of obtaining his AACCA certification for Spirit Safety and renewal of his USASF Certification for All Star Level 5 coaching. Preston is the Operations Supervisor at the University of Phoenix Stadium (managed by Global Spectrum), and he is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Peter Manzer

​All-Star Team Coach
Years Coaching Cheer: 16 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 16 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• Experienced in coaching TNT, Gymnastics and Cheer
• Worked with several high school cheer programs
NFHS & AIA certified
CPR & First Aid certified
• Was the tumbling director for Power extreme & AZ Power
• Coached cheer teams that competed nationally at nca and worlds

Jasmine Dickey

Coach
Jasmine was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of four, she got into gymnastics. She did gymnastics for eight years, working her way up to level five skills. During her last three years of gymnastics, she discovered her love for cheerleading. She started with recreational cheerleading for her school’s football team in elementary school. She continued to cheer for her school all the way through her ninth grade year of high school. While participating in recreational school cheerleading, she also got involved in competitive all-star cheerleading. She did her first year of competitive cheerleading with “Pennsylvania Vipers”. After realizing there were no more teams available for her skill level, she decided it would be more beneficial to start cheering in Maryland for the “Maryland Vipers/VIP Athletics” cheerleading organization. she competed for three seasons of all-star cheerleading with Maryland Vipers, ultimately perfecting her level 4 skills and working towards the mastery of her level 5 skills. During her last season with Maryland Vipers, she experienced a severe compound fracture of her left foot and ankle. A few weeks after experiencing this injury, she and her mother moved across country from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Glendale, Arizona. Because of her injury, she had been hesitant to begin cheerleading again. At the same time, since gymnastics/cheer has played a large role of her life for so long, she wanted to get involved in the environment again somehow. She loves working with children, so becoming a coach, where she could help younger children excel in their skills and find their love for cheerleading, felt like the perfect choice. She is a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School. She has always excelled in her studies, enrolling herself in Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. She was a varsity track and field athlete. She is enrolled in the nursing program at ASU Downtown Campus.

Jasmine is a coach and a returning member of the D2 Summit winning Senior 4 team, Platinum.

Nicole Chesney

Coach
Nicole began her cheer career at the age of 4 when she dressed for halloween as a UCLA Bruins cheerleader. From this point on, it was all about cheer. She started out with YCOA as a cheerleader on the newly formed Arrowhead Scorpions. She cheered with YCOA for 6 years going to nationals multiple times. Eventually, after one year of high school cheer, Nicole moved to competitive cheer however she did not leave behind YCOA. The year following her departure from YCOA as a cheerleader, she returned as an assistant coach for the Arrowhead Scorpions working under the direction of Tiffany Martin. During this time, the Arrowhead Scorpions not only attended nationals but, they won their division. During her competitive cheer days she has cheered for AZ Thunder and AZ Power and California AllStars.

Nicole graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in 2015. She is now enrolled full-time at ASU Downtown, in their nursing program. She is currently a coach for our Tiny team and Senior 2 team. She is also a returning member of Platinum, our D2 Summit winning team.

Carlos Gonzales

Coach
Carlos Gonzales has rocked the high school cheer industry for the last 13 years. His fascinating cheer career began in high school when he participated on the cheer squad from sophomore to senior year. In turn, he returned to the high school community to coach cheer at a west valley high school, and he has successfully led his team to three Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state titles, two USA Spirit national titles, and a good number of Regional/Qualifier 1st place awards. Carlos currently coaches the following cheer programs: Varsity, JV, Freshman, Varsity Pom, and Mascot Program. He has a few graduates who now cheer at the ASU Club Cheer Program, Eastern New Mexico University, Oklahoma State, and community college cheer programs throughout the valley. Carlos has helped with cheer program startups at new high schools. He teaches tumbling and dance, and he has choreographed routines for a few high schools, leading them all to finals at the national level. His specialty is stunting, and he teaches basic techniques with skill progression to more advanced levels. He is certified by the AACCA as an Interscholastic Coach and in Spirit Safety, and he focuses on stunting skill progression, spotting, environmental safety concerns, psychological and physical readiness, and cheer program evaluation. He is also certified in CPR and First Aid. Carlos has made contributions to all-star cheer by preparing athletes for All Star Level 4, Level 5, and Worlds teams through private stunt training and tumbling lessons. Carlos graduated from ASU in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Education in Secondary Mathematics, and he will be teaching high school math in the fall of 2014.​

James

Coach
James is a former memeber of the famed California All-Star Cali COED team.

James is an amazing tumbler who had the luck of being trained by some of the best in the industry not only in California but, here in arizona as well.

Steve Clanton

Director
Steve Clanton, comes to Arizona Element Elite from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Exercise Science. During his tenure at South Alabama, Steve cheered and competed at the UCA College National Championships for 5 years and was named captain his senior year. After graduating, he was named Director and Head Coach of the University South Alabama Cheerleading program for an additional 5 years and coached the team to numerous top finishes at the UCA College National Championships. Steve also comes to us as the former USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Power Tumbling, Alabama state director. He has a wealth of knowledge in the sport, accumulating countless state, regional and national champions and was also a USA national team coach at the 2003 World Trampoline & Power Tumbling Championships in Hannover, Germany. Over the years he has worked with and learned from the best coaches in the industry as a coach and cheer director at the world renowned Woodward Camp in Woodward, PA and Woodward West in California. With his 20+ years of experience in tumbling and cheerleading, he has produced numerous All-star National Championship teams and recently won a national title at The NCA AllStar National Championships in Dallas, TX. Steve hopes that his knowledge and experience helps to bring many National titles along with Summit and World teams to the Arizona Element Elite AllStar program

Hours

Monday3:00PM - 10:00PM
Tuesday3:00PM - 10:00PM
Wednesday3:00PM - 10:00PM
Thursday3:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday3:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 3:00PM
Sunday6:00PM - 9:00PM

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