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 has been coaching at Spirit Zone for 3 years now. She and coach Cori have, together, choreographed and led very successful prep teams in those 3 years to 3 US Finals victories. Amanda started in recreation cheer where she volunteered for 5 years. Amanda evolved into all-stars after taking a few years break while attending college and living in Texas for 3 years. Amanda has coached the mini, youth and junior ages over the years and currently coaches our Bling Youth level 2 team alongside her longtime friend, Cori. She is excited for the start of season 8! The best part about coaching for her is seeing the athletes' confidence grow from the beginning to the end of the season and having fun along the way.
Amanda is married with 1 fur baby- a super high energy, lovable dog named Otis. She attended Hofstra University and currently works in the medical field full-time.
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!
Shelly began cheerleading at the age of 6 and has been involved 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, high school and all star team coach, summer cheer camp director, and competitive cheer choreographer. Since graduating, Shelly worked as a Project Manager and Systems Engineer for 12 years. She is a mom of 4 young kids and an entrepreneur in juvenile products outside of cheer. She also remains involved with the Georgia Tech Cheerleading Program. Shelly started with Spirit Zone Too in 2016 as the mini coach and is very excited for her third season at Spirit Too! She loves the opportunity to work with athletes of all ages and introduce the love of cheer to the youngest athletes.
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.
Jen discovered her love for cheer at the age of 7 when she began with the Greenwich youth cheerleading program and has been involved in the cheer world ever since. She began assisting with the Glenville Mavericks in high school and immediately became passionate about working with young girls. Since then she has been coaching for over 7 years and is excited to be working with the talented athletes at Spirit Zone Too! This season she will be coaching Spirit Zone Toos Junior Prep Level 2.1 team Crystals along side Coach Tammy.
Justin Hood is 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.