Anne is the co-owner and director of the Spirit Zone’s "Spirit Too" facility. Anne has been coaching cheerleading for the past 16 years at the youth and all-star level. Under her direction, these teams have won several local, state, regional, and national championship titles, as well as advancing the first ever cheerleading team in Norwalk history to the AYC championships in Florida where they proudly placed in the top 3. Again in 2013, Anne advanced a second team to the AYC championship, where this time they were named the National Champions! History repeated itself in 2014 where Anne advanced yet another team back to the AYC championship earning another National Championship title! This was not the only prestigious title for Coach Anne that year. At the conclusion to the 2014 all-star season, Anne's "Spectrolites" earned a 1st place finish at the U.S Finals and moved on to be ranked against other teams from across the United States. The Spectrolites were ranked 1st in the entire country in the Junior Prep Level 1 division and received "National Champion" rings. In the 2015/2016 Anne coached the Senior Level 2 DIAMONDites at Spirit Zone Too, leading them all the way to the prestigious D2 Summit in Tampa FL alongside her co coach Amanda T, and proudly placing 3rd in the county. Her success continued when she and coach Kelcie again coached Spectorlites to another US Finals title a few weeks later after the teams 1 year hiatus , this year in the Senior Prep Level 3 division. After winning the Senior Prep division in Providence in May they were ranked against all other Senior Prep teams accross the US in late May and proudly came in 3rd. Throughout Anne's career, she has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2010 Anne was awarded the "Wall of Honor" by the Norwalk Athletic Association for her commitment, dedication, spirit and devotion to the sports programs. Her passion for the sport of cheerleading and her work with children, made her want to do more in the industry and be in a position to make a bigger impact as Spirit Zone "Too".Anne Asta- Co-Owner and Director for Spirit Too
Amanda started coaching cheerleading in 2002 alongside her mom, Anne with a local youth Cheerleading Organization. Amanda comes from a strong background in dance and was recruited to (alongside familiar face in the gym, Coach Kelsie) choreograph the routines year after year. Together, this trio coached the first ever Norwalk team to compete at the Pop Warner Nationals. After some time off (going to college at Hofstra University and getting married to an Army Solider and living in Texas for three years), Amanda has come back to the cheerleading scene. Although she started coaching in recreation cheer, Amanda evolved into an all-star coach and this will be her second coaching season coaching alongside longtime friend, Coach Cori. Amanda is USASF Certified as well as CPR and Concussion Certified. Amanda enjoys working with the younger girls in our Spirit gym. Amanda's favorite part of coaching is seeing the joy on the girl's fave after getting new skill and the excitement they share with - and for - each other after the team succeeds as a whole. It is great to watch each girl gain confidence in themselves, build skills to communicate and work together, and have some fun!
Cori graduated from Norwalk High School in 2006 and from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree, and has plans to pursue further education in the near future. Throughout Cori’s cheerleading career she has had numerous successes. While on the SCSU cheerleading team, Cori and her teammates competed at and won the 2009 UCA College Nationals. As a coach, she helped lead the Norwalk AYF to becoming National Champions in 2014. She also helped lead the Spirit All Stars youth level 1 team, the Malachites, to becoming US Finals Champions in 2014 and 2015. Cori has been coaching at Spirit Zone Too for three seasons. She is currently coaching youth level 1, the Malachites alongside coach Amanda. Also, this season she is taking on Spirit’s mini prep level 1 team, the Morganites alongside coach “A”. As well as coaching our special needs team, the amazing Alexandrites! She’s very excited to continue on with the success of all three incredible teams in this season!
Amanda McKiernan (formally Tuzzolino) has been involved in the cheerleading community since she was 14 years old. Former cheerleader and captain at Mamaroneck High School; she was then introduced into the All Star world at the age of 16. Amanda cheered for Liberty All Stars in Greenwich, CT until 2008 when she left for college. In 2012, Amanda returned from college and found a home with Spirit All Stars in Greenwich, CT. Since then, Amanda has gained coaching experience with all age groups. She has led her level 1 and level 2 teams to numerous 1st place titles, Grand Championships, National Championships, and The D2 Summit in 2016. Amanda is currently working as a Behavior Therapist in Wilton, CT at Connec-to-Talk, a clinic for children with autism.
Shelly began cheerleading at the age of 6 and has been involved in the cheer world ever since. She was an NCA All-American Cheerleader at both the high school and collegiate levels. She won championships for the State of Georgia with her high school team and NCA Nationals with her all star team. During college, she attended Georgia Tech on a cheerleading scholarship to study Industrial Engineering. She competed with the Georgia Tech cheer and dance teams at NCA Collegiate Nationals, which both made multiple top ten appearances. In addition, she has been a tumbling instructor, coached various level all star teams, directed summer camps, and choreographed competition routines. Since graduating, Shelly has worked as a Project Manager and Systems Engineer, but has remained involved with the Georgia Tech Cheerleading Program and numerous all star gyms in Georgia. Shelly is very excited to be coaching the Morganites and join the Spirit Zone Too family.
Daqwan has been involved with cheerleading for nearly 10 years. He started out as a sophomore in high school cheering for White Plains highschool. In that time he has went on to win several local, state, and regional championships and also compete and place on a national level. Since then he has been involved with assisting numerous teams throughout Westchester County on a high school and all star level. As this being his first year working with all the teams at Spirit Zone Too he is very excited to be able to utilize all of his coaching skills & abilities to help bring as much progress as possible.
Barrett began cheerleading in December of 2001 for Platt High School in Meriden, Connecticut. He was elected Platt High School's first ever male captain by his team and continued to cheer for Platt until he graduated in 2003. After graduation he returned to the team as an assistant coach for 2 years. Following a brief hiatus to pursue other endeavors, a former teammate convinced Barrett to help coach at a small, newly formed all-star gym. Since then, Barrett has coached and continues to coach teams and athletes of all levels. His coaching career has included countless 1st place finishes, 4 wins at US Finals and a trip to The Summit. As an athlete himself, Barrett has also won US Finals twice and competed at Worlds twice. In addition to his many years as a head coach and as a tumbling and stunting instructor, Barrett served as All-Star Program Director of East Celebrity Elite’s East Windsor location for 2 years before moving on to a freelance career of coaching and consulting for various all-star, rec and school cheer programs. Barrett is USASF (United States All Star Federation) certified up to level 6, and is CPR, CDC Concussion and First Aid certified. Even when he's not in the gym, Barrett stays very active as a member of the broader cheerleading community. He has been a USASF certified Safety Judge since 2011, and a USASF instructor since 2014. He was also elected to the USASF Regional Advisory Board for the 2012, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
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