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Spirit Zone Too Staff
Anne Aguiar-Asta

Anne is the 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 Spectrolites 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 across 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". 

​Tammy Thompson

​Tammy is the head coach and choreographer for all of the Spirit Too teams. She is a mom of 2, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and brings 27 years of cheerleading experience as an athlete, coach, choreographer, judge, and NCA instructor. She discovered competitive cheer at 8 years old and immediately fell in love. She has cheered at all levels ranging from youth league all the way through collegiate, including all-star. She has won numerous awards throughout the years including NCA All-American and Top Gun Jumper, as well as many team MVP awards. Tammy was also named Fairfield High School's first ever All-FCIAC cheerleader her freshman year and earned that title 2 more years until she moved to West Virginia. Tammy was also a member of the undefeated 2007-2008 Spirit All Stars Onyx coed open level 6 team. Tammy has gone on to win countless awards for her choreography including Cutting Edge, Wow Factor, Innovative Choreography, Best Dance and Best Choreography. She began coaching in 9th grade and with over 20 years of coaching experience has been able to build up quite a successful resume including numerous undefeated seasons in the all-star tiny, mini and youth divisions. In addition to winning numerous white jackets and US finals titles, in 2013 Tammy's junior level 1 team won the Overall US Finals title, making them number one in the country. Tammy has also taken numerous teams to both the D1 and D2 Summits for the past 6 years. In 2016 her J3 team won the wild card round and went on to place 7th in the country. In 2018 her S4 team also won the wildcard round and went on to place 3rd in the country. Tammy's psychology degree, extensive cheer experience, and intense love and passion for both the sport and kids, combine to create a special and unique training atmosphere. Her main goal is to make each and every athlete feel loved, inspired and a part of something special, all while pushing them to achieve their goals and become the best they can be on and off the mat. 

Cori Iannazzo

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!

​Sam O'Hanlon 

Samantha started competing as a gymnast at age 7 and made the switch to cheerleading at age 10. She won numerous awards through out middle school for her jumps and tumbling. She was the first Freshman to make Varsity cheer at Shelton High School in CT. During her Junior Year she joined Spirit All Stars in Hamden and her love for competitive cheer took off from there. She attended Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Health. While attending Southern, Samantha continued to cheer at Spirit All Stars and began coaching at Liberty All Stars in Greenwich CT. In 2006, while still attending college, Samantha branched out with a friend and started Excape All Stars. A few years later, Gold Coast All Stars emerged and Samantha and her teams enjoyed much success in the cheer world. She is a wonderful mother to two beautiful girls. Samantha returned to competitive cheerleading with her daughter Mackenzie Rae to coach Tiny Treasures 2018-2019 season. 

Daqwan Smith

Daqwan has been involved with cheerleading for nearly 10 years. He started out as a sophomore in high school cheering for White Plains high school. 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 Cassidy

​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.  

Justin Hood

Justin Hood , a former cheerleader himself at the University of Delaware, comes to us with many years of coaching experience. He is a former staff member at Cheer Mania in Stony Point NY. He currently coaches North Rockland High School in Thiells, NY. Justin is also a certified personal trainer and a licensed real estate agent.  

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John Braca 

John has been coaching for the past 17 years. He began alongside his mother at Our Lady of Assumption, moving his way to High School cheer as the head coach for Preston HS. He currently coaches The Ursuline School, 2020 UCA Game Day National Champions and UCA World Champions for two consecutive years. His specialty is clean routines with a focus on execution. He is excited to join the Spirit Zone staff and can’t wait to see what the new season has in store. 

Karissa Vargas 
Karissa began her cheerleading career at The Ursuline School from 2002- 2008, where she was captain for 2 years. In college she became a member of Pepperdine University’s (Malibu, CA) cheerleading team and was named captain her Junior and Senior year. She then took a year break to pursue her MBA from Fairfield University. Immediately following the completion of her studies, she began coaching at The Ursuline School. Over the past 7 years as a Head Coach she has led the team to County Championships, Regional Championships, and top Nationals finals rankings, most notably a 2019 World Championship and 2020 National Game Day Championship. In addition to coaching at Spirit Too this year she is also the newest Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Greenwich High School. She loves teaching basing techniques and her favorite part of the routine is pyramid. She is very excited to join the Spirit Too family  

J J Harris 

JJ has been involved with cheerleading for 15 years. He began cheerleading in high school at Port Chester High School and cheered all four years at the collegiate level at SUNY College at Oneonta where he earned his bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies. Following earning his bachelor's JJ completed his masters of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where JJ is a licensed clinical therapist. JJ began his coaching career at Port Chester High School and more recently was a part of the Greenwich High School Cheerleading Program. JJ has been involved with assisting numerous teams on the high school and all star level with tumbling. JJ is excited to join the Spirit family to showcase his coaching skills and abilities in hopes of seeing athletes progress.