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Greatmats 3rd Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year Award

2018 Cheerleading Coach of the Year Award Nominations start in Oct.

Want to honor a cheerleading coach for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate for him/her for the Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Cheerleading Coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their athletes and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate


To nominate a coach for this award, visit https://www.greatmats.com/2018-greatmats-national-cheer-coach-of-the-year.php or email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Nov. 1, 2018. Nominators will not be identified.

  1. Coaches Name
  2. Name and Address of the School, Gym, Organization, Etc. (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this coach, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the Coach



How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place on at https://www.greatmats.com/2018-greatmats-national-cheer-coach-of-the-year.php from Nov. 15 through Nov. 29, 2018. The two cheerleading coaches with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
    1. Demonstration of Service
    2. Demonstration of Integrity
    3. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for affiliated facility
  2. Coach/school profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on Dec. 14, 2018
  3. National Cheerleading Coach of the Year Certificate

More than 19,200 votes were cast in the first three years of the contest, which is part of the 4th annual Greatmats National Award Series which honors instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive difference in their communities and the lives of their students.

Voting Instructions:


Visit https://greatmats.com/2018-greatmats-national-cheer-coach-of-the-year.php during the voting period to vote for this year's National Cheerleading Coach of the Year. Click the vote button next to the photo of the Cheer Coach you'd like to win. Each person gets one vote. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two Cheerleading Coaches with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats is a national cheerleading mat leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

View all of Greatmats' cheer mats at http://www.greatmats.com/cheerleading-mats.php.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Read About Previous Winners of the Award:
2016 National Cheer Coach of the Year Amy Beth Klopf
2017 National Cheer Coach of the Year Sherri Andrzejewski

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Past Greatmats National Cheerleading Coach of the Year Nominees



Alabama
Kim Burleson - Cold Springs High School - Bremen (2016)
Brittin Blackburn - Alabama Cheerleading Center - Bessemer (2016)

Alaska
Kelly Jo Ivone - Homer High School - Homer (2016)

Arkansas
Mallory Bice - Southside Charter High School - Batesville (2017)

California
Mystere Garret - United Airstrike Allstars/The Hanford High Bullpups - Hanford (2016)
Aubrey Ellis - Norte Vista High School - Riverside (2016)
Adam Champion - The California All-Stars Ontario - Ontario (2016)

Colorado
Christine Dingman - Glenwood Valley Athletics - Glenwood Springs (2016)

Indiana
Kaylee Cottrell - Anderson Invasion Cheer - Anderson (2018)
Ashley Moeller - Cascade High School - West Clayton (2017)

Iowa
Jill Link - Eagle Grove High School - Eagle Grove (2018)

Florida
Jennifer Matlock - Pasco Police Athletic League Trinity Mustangs Flyweight Team - Trinity (2016)
Greg Green - World Class Athletics - Panama City Beach (2016)

Kansas
Amy Young - Blue Valley High School - Stilwell (2018)

Kentucky
Misty Hodges - University of Louisville - Louisville (2018)
Erin Denison Namie - Bluegrass Cheer & Dance - Hopkinsville (2017, 2016)
Shelyce Trabue - Equinox All-Stars - Louisville (2016)
Crystal Reid - Burning Springs Elementary - Manchester (2016)

Louisiana
Amy Stevens - Central High School - Baton Rouge (2018)
Noah West - NCCLA - Oakdale (2018)

Maine
Danielle Estes - Maine Stars Cheer Gym - Eliot (2016)

Maryland
Gerry and Kate Richardson - East Coast Majestic - Severn (2016)

Massachusetts
Matthew Monteiro - East Bridgewater Varsity Cheerleaders - East Bridgewater (2018)
McKinley Fichtner - Ultimate STARZ Athletics - Weymouth (2018)
Shawna Dole - Charlestown Youth Football and Cheerleading - Charlestown (2017)
Nicole Laurila - Bravo Allstars - Wilmington (2016)

Michigan
Kelly Peace - Champions Force Athletes - Bay City (2018)
Leslie Del Toro - Motor City Cheer - Farmington Hills (2018)
Tonya Policht - Grass Lake Varsity Cheer - Grass Lake (2018)
Alanna Weber - Oxford Community Schools - Oxford (2018)
Perrmella Harris - Metro Cheer and Dance - Livonia (2017)
Amy Beth Klopf - Coleman Jr./Sr. High School - Coleman (2017, 2016)
Jessica Davis - Harper Creek High School - Battle Creek (2016)

Minnesota
Kaitlyn Erickson - Denfeld High School - Duluth (2016)

Missouri
Karrie Schulte - Cheer St. Louis - O'Fallon (2016)
Tabbi Mcallister - Icon Cheer - Springfield (2016)

Nevada
Summer Reidenbach - Reno Pop Warner - Reno (2016)

New York
Michelle Turrie - Core Athletix All Stars - Rochester (2018)

Ohio
Justine Bruns - Rutherford B. Hayes High School - Delaware (2018)
Kelly Steele - Whitmer High School - Findlay (2018)
Kayla and Keith Wilson - Kayla's Krusaders, LLC - Caldwell (2017)
Valerie Nash - University of Mount Union - Alliance (2016)

Oklahoma
Shandelle Self - Little Axe Public Schools - Norman (2018)
Ashton Adams Widhelm - Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer - Ardmore (2016)

Oregon
Denise Way-Hackett - NW Cheer Elite - Beaverton (2018)
Jill Maria Grimes - Elkton Charter School - Elkton (2016)

Pennsylvania
Kristi Clifford - Turners All-Star Cheer and Dance - Johnstown (2018)
Thiago Nanuk - FCA Gems - Sarver (2018)
Jennifer Shipman-Jordan - Bradford Area High School - Bradford (2017)
Haley Nicastro - Bradford Area High School - Bradford (2017)
Talauren Isley-Byrd - Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School - Philadelphia (2017)
Sherri Andrzejewski - Wilkes-Barre Bears - Wilkes-Barre (2017)

Tennessee
Shrean Fawcett - Champion Force Athletics - Knoxville (2016)
Keely Huddleston - Fayette County Champion Force Athletics - Somerville (2017)
Amanda Kirby - Grainger High School/Rutledge Middle School - Rutledge (2017)

Texas
Tanya Love - Love Dance and All-Star Cheer Company - Huntsville (2018)
Sami Thornton - Dynamic Cheer All-Stars - Kingwood (2018)
Brenda Friedrich-Cassiday - Cheetah Cheer and Dance Company - Gainesville (2016)

Virginia
Taylor Campbell - Osbourn High School - Manassas (2018)

Washington
Gabby Dansereau - Spokane Pop Warner Cheer - Wenatchee (2018)

Wisconsin
Kym Anderson - Ithaca High Cheer - Ithaca, Wisconsin (2018)


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