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MOUNTAIN ELITE TEAM

MEET OUR STAFF OF COACHES AND EXPERTS

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MOUNTAIN ELITE

ALL STAR CHEER & TUMBLING

 

We began with a few small group and private tumbling classes in 2020, and officially became Mountain Elite in 2021! We offer low-commitment tumbling classes and one-on-one lessons for every age and skill level as well as All-Star competitive and performance based cheer teams that train year round. Athletes are involved in the High Country community, perform locally, and compete regionally. 

Check us out!

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MANDI HOOD

OWNER AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Hi! I'm Amanda Christine Power Hood, but you can call me Mandi or "Coach." I moved to Boone, NC in the spring of 2019 from New York City, and started Mountain Elite in summer of 2020! 

Experience 

  • Owner and Program Director of Mountain Elite 

  • Head Coach of St. John's University Cheer in NYC (Div I)

  • Cheer and dance judge for UCA and NCA competitions

  • STUNT official for the Public School Athletic League of NYC

  • Camp, clinic, choreography instructor for youth, high school, and college teams

  • St. John's University co-ed cheer team captain 

  • Quest Athletics competitive athlete in Pine Bush, NY 

Certifications:

  • US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach 

  • USA Cheer Safety & Risk Management

  • USA Cheer - Coaching Young Athletes

  • SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

  • CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

  • Red Cross First Aid for Coaches

  • Positive Coaching Alliance - Coaching with Empathy

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KYNDALL BENNETT

COACH

KYNDALL BENNETT

COACHES OUR VIOLET, INDIGO AND

PERIWINKLE ALL STAR CHEER TEAMS

CERTIFICATIONS:

US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach

SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Kyndall is from Gastonia, NC and has been cheering since she was 8 years old including in high school and on an all star team. She also helped coach her former all star team before attending and graduating from App State. Kyndall was the coach of our very first team in Boone and is in her third year with us!

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MADISON CANSLER

COACH

MADISON CANSLER

COACHES OUR VIOLET, AMETHYST AND

INDIGO ALL STAR CHEER TEAMS

CERTIFICATIONS:

US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach

SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Madison is a senior at Appalachian State University and second year Mountain Elite Coach. She's from Shelby, NC has been cheerleading since she was 7 years old! She has experience with choreography and spotting various tumbling skills. 

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EMMA HEANEY

COACH

EMMA HEANEY

COACHES OUR AMETHYST  ALL STAR CHEER TEAM,

TUMBLING CLASSES AND PRIVATE LESSONS

CERTIFICATIONS:

US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach

SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Emma is a 2x national champion from Winston Salem that cheered at Cheer Extreme Allstars. She was also a varsity cheerleader all 4 years of high school, served as captain, worked with a special needs team nd won a bronze medal at Worlds! She is a political science pre-law major at App State. 

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SAIGE SPOON

SAIGE SPOON​

COACHES PRIVATE LESSONS AND SPECIALTY CLINICS

CERTIFICATIONS:

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Saige is a national champion from High Point, North Carolina that cheered at Cheer Extreme Saige has been involved in dance, gymnastics and cheer since she was very young, has a silver medal from Wolds and a gold from Summit!  Saige is a sophomore at App State studying elementary education.  

COACH

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ABBY SWANNER

COACH

ABBY SWANNER

COACHES TUMBLING CLASSES, PRIVATE LESSONS AND SPECIALTY CLINICS

CERTIFICATIONS:

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Abby is a senior at Appalachian State University from Greenville, NC. She started cheering when she was only 4 and continued in middle school, high school and on a competitive team. She coached at her former gym. 

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TIFFANY BAITY

COACH

TIFFANY BAITY

COACHES OUR LILAC ALL STAR CHEER TEAM

CERTIFICATIONS:

US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach

SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

Meet Tiffany! She's from Davie County North Carolina and is currently a nursing major and Varsity cheerleader at Appalachian State University. She has been a cheerleader for 15 years and has extensive experience in all star, school competition, and sideline cheer. 

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TORI LENTZ

COACH

TORI LENTZ

COACHES OUR TUMBLING CLASSES AND SPECIALTY CLINICS

CERTIFICATIONS:

CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

CPR & First Aid 

Tori is a Boone native and first discovered cheerleading when she was only 6 years old! She is currently a student at App State and was a Watauga High School Varsity cheerleader. Tori was a student at Mountain Elite before becoming a coach.

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TUMBLE

CHEER 

READY TO JOIN IN? 

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Mountain Elite is a proud member of the Boone Area  Chamber of Commerce as well as the U.S. All Star Federation for Cheer and Dance

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