Welcome to Cheer HQ!
At Cheer HQ, I understand that not all cheerleading programs have access to the same resources – be it financial support, access to a gym with expensive training equipment, or a coach with years of experience at a collegiate level. I know this because I’ve been there.
I also know that those things don’t matter if you have a passion for this sport.
Growing up in a rural area, my tumbling lessons took place on a few worn out panel mats in community centers – and that was when my teammates and I weren’t just throwing skills on mattresses or in the grass until we landed them (or crash-landed them) and teaching ourselves new stunts via YouTube. Seriously, GOD BLESS YOUTUBE.
But I know my story isn’t unique.
I began Cheer HQ to help coaches and cheerleaders find success in this sport without having to jump through hoops or spend a fortune.
For the beginner with big dreams.
For the athlete putting in hours outside of practice to push yourself even further.
For the coach trying to balance it all and get your team to the next level.
For the volunteer coach who stepped up, but is new to cheer.
This is for you.
Meet Coach Devon, your new personal cheerleader
When I started cheer in 5th grade, 10 year old me never could have imagined the impact that cheerleading would have on my life.
From having double knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in high school to conquering my fears and self doubt to join my college team as a junior, cheerleading has taught me the value of hard work and resilience.
My coaching experience began in 7th grade and includes several years of coaching at a local gym for tumbling lessons, competitive cheer, and rec cheer teams for all ages.
In the spring of 2018, I was trusted with rebuilding my old high school team, which has been a great adventure. A few years ago, there wasn’t even a team for football season, and now just a few years later, we are holding steady at 18 girls.
In the last two years, we have gone from a team with zero tumbling, to a majority of the team working back handsprings or higher. When I first took over, the team could do shoulder sits and preps – this past season we marked 16 skills off our stunt progression checklist including a switch up lib.
As a coach, I live for the expression on an athlete’s face and the enthusiasm from their teammates when they’ve accomplished a new skill they have been working tirelessly for.
That moment is my why.
And while technical skills are great, developing confident, resilient young adults who value commitment and teamwork is equally as important.
I hope that the tips and experiences I share can help create some of those moments for you.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your cheerleading journey.