Staff

All Houston Elite Cheer coaches are very knowledgeable, enthusiac and love working with kids of all ages.  Each coach sets their own private lesson schedule, so if you are interested in private lessons, call/TEXT the coach directly or call the HEC (713) 464-1445 to see which coach best suits your needs since some coaches specialize in certain areas of cheerleading, gymnastics and tumbling.  If you want to train with the best, Houston Elite Cheer is THE place to be. 

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Dana Biggers, Owner & CEO/Private Lesson Specialist

houstonelitecheer@yahoo.com

Dana Biggers is the owner and CEO of Houston Elite Cheer. Dana has been involved in gymnastics and cheerleading her entire life. In her early childhood, she was a competitive gymnast under the direction of Gary Daw at Universal Gymnastics and competed as a level 8 optional gymnast. She then switched over to cheerleading in 6th grade and fell in love with the sport. She cheered at Trinity Episcopal, Central MS and Ball High School in her hometown, Galveston. She was a NCA All-American and UCA All-Star cheerleader throughout these years.  For college, she attended Sam Houston State where she cheered, competed and then transferred to the University of Houston and was awarded NCA All-American at the collegiate level. Dana cheered on the very first NATIONAL CHAMPION winning team at U of H in 2001 under the direction of Sean Garland. As captain her senior year, she led her team to victory and earned her first NCA National Champion collegiate title. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. Dana has been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading for over 21 years. Dana produces incredible "game day" cheerleaders and loves to help prepare athletes for their school cheer tryouts but books up extremely fast. For the last 8 years, an average of 97% of the "Dana Girls" that trained with her on a weekly basis made the squad at their school/college. She is extremely talented in all aspects of cheerleading and tumbling. So if you are interested in junior high, high school or college cheerleading, she is THE one you need to see.  

Fun fact: Dana is fluent in Spanish and has also attended law school. She is scared of clowns. Dana is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and has a son named Parker and a daughter named RyLee.

Contact: (832) 725-3838


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Mitchel Schlichting, Senior Tumbling Coach

mitchelschlichting@gmail.com

Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting  has been part of HEC since the doors opened! He also been in the cheerleading arena for six years and has been coaching for 8 years.  He started his cheer career on a Level 4 competitive team at The Pride of Texas and cheered there for three years.  After graduating from Bellaire High School, he coached tumbling classes, competitive and recreational cheer teams and taught private lessons to athletes 5-18 years of age.  Mitch also competed on Texas Lonestar Cheer Company's Level 6 team.  In 2013, he competed with Champion Cheer as a Level 6 athlete in Dallas.  Mitch competed at Worlds in 2013, and his team was awarded 4th place. He also competed at NCA in 2013 and 2015 as a Level 6 athlete. Mitch returned to Texas Cheer and competed again with Lvl 5 Redi. Mitch also cheered at the University of Houston co-ed squad for two years. GO COOGS!!!  He is a great coach and loves teaching kids of all ages how to tumble/stunt.

#StayDown #DSD1

Fun fact: Mitchel is also a Realtor in the Houston area and has a son named Braxton.

Contact: (832) 524-1133


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Lakeyn Johnson, Senior Tumbling/ Cheer Coach

lakeynjohnson@yahoo.com

Lakeyn Johnson has been cheering for 15 years. Doing both competitive cheer and school cheer, Lakeyn first started her cheering career at Westside Cheer Academy at 8 years old where she won two jump competitions. She then went on to cheer at Cheer Nation (now Prodigy) on a level 5 team and competed at NCA for three years. Lakeyn also cheered at Morton Ranch High School on the varsity cheer team where she served as cheer captain for two years, winning the UCA summer camp jump competition for three years in a row, as well as being recognized as an All American cheerleader for UCA for three consecutive years. Lakeyn enjoyed cheering and perfecting many different elite skills throughout her cheer career. After High School Lakeyn first attended Louisiana State University and then transferred to the University of Houston where she received a degree in Nutrition. She loves kids and is now dedicated to teaching kids her same passion for cheerleading. She enjoys watching kids learn, grow and wants them to enjoy the sport just as much as she does. Lakeyn loves doing choreography and working with school teams. 

Fun Fact: Lakeyn loves LSU football Geaux Tigers! 

Contact: 281-899-9726


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Griffin Simpson, Tumbling/ Cheer Coach/ Summer Camp Director

griffinbsimpson@yahoo.com

Griffin is currently a Senior at Texas A&M University. Gig em! She has always had a passion for gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading. She cheered at Houston Christian High school where she won the MVP award! She then transferred to Stratford and was on the Varsity team there! She has been coaching at HEC for over 5 years and loves it. While at school in College Station, she coaches gymnastics at another gym. She specializes in the little ones and LOVES coaching our teeny weenie class. 

Fun fact: Griffin goes skydiving every year on her birthday!

Contact: (713) 304-5321


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Helena Weathersby, Cheer/Senior Tumbling Coach

hweathersby@icloud.com

Helena has been cheering and tumbling for 19 years beginning when she was 9 years old.  From the very beginning, she developed a great passion for cheerleading.  Throughout her years Helena has acquired and mastered both running and standing tumbling skills up to a double full and standing full,  perfected her jump technique, learned how to be an effective base as well as a flyer, and perfected her motion technique and sharpness in order to make herself the best overall cheerleader possible.  She cheered and competed with two teams. First Storm All Stars (now called Apex) and then Texas Lonestar Cheer Company where she would complete her senior year of all star cheerleading before graduating and attending the University of Houston.  Her passion for cheer lead to her career as a coach.   In doing this, she can pass on all the skills that made her such a great cheerleader to other young and eager athletes while also gaining new knowledge for herself in order to be the most effective coach possible.

Helena graduated with a major in Kinesiology from the University of Houston where she also cheered and was named captain for her 3rd year as a cheerleader.  After a great 3rd year, Helena was overjoyed to receive the MVP award as captain for all of her leadership contributions. Even after 19 years of such an amazing sport, Helena continues to do something she loves!

Fun fact: Her favorite type of music is classic rock.

Contact: (713) 545-2497


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Michael Smith, Tumbling Coach

Mikeacuf@gmail.com

Michael Smith has been apart of the cheer world for 7 years. He has competed 5 years all-star with The Pride of Texas and 2 years collegiate at Tyler Junior College. Attending both all level worlds and UCA national collegiate competition. Michael’s coaching career started with The Pride of Texas and moved to Adrenaline Allstars. Michael is a super fun coach and loves working with kids to help exceed their tumbling goals.

Fun fact: Punch fronts were the very first skill he learned as a beginner athlete.

Contact: (713) 295-9222


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Lilli Davis, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

lmdavis090@gmail.com

Meet Coach Lilli ! Lilli has had a passion for cheerleading since she was 10 years old. She started with competitive cheerleading and then decided to focus on game day cheerleading. Focusing more on this helped her to make the Memorial High School Varsity team for three years in a row. Her second year on the team she worked very hard to acquire the title of Junior Captain and this year she had moved on to Captain. Her hobbies include being at the gym and hanging out with friends. She loves to tumble and stunt and has a passion for teaching others her passion ! A fun fact about Lilli is she moved from Georgia to Texas her freshman year of high school and she is now a senior !

Fun fact: Lilli’s favorite color is blue and she loves shopping

Contact: (678) 848-1108


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Makenzie Schellberg, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

schellbergmakenzie@gmail.com

Makenzie started doing gymnastics at the age of 3 at Westwood Gymnastics. She always watched the bigger girls at the tumbling classes there and wanted to try it so she started tumbling at Westwood Gymnastics at the age of 7. At the age of 11, she started going to Houston Elite Cheer. She fell in love with tumbling and kept pushing herself to do her best and get the skills she wanted. She is a cheerleader on the Varsity team at Memorial High School. Makenzie also spends many days at the gym doing privates and classes to perfect her skills. Makenzie likes to help young athletes accomplish skills that they have been working on and get them to the place they want to be at. Makenzie loves seeing all the young athletes in the gym loving the sport she loves so much. Having 6 siblings, Makenzie has learned to have patience and have a positive attitude to complete everything she does because she knows she needs to be a role model to everyone and especially kids. 

Fun Fact: Makenzie has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 chickens, 4 peacocks, a lizard, and a fish and loves playing golf in her free time. 

Contact: (832) 918-7511


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Addie Hillman, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Addie has been involved with cheerleading/tumbling for about 9 years. She became involved with gymnastics at a very young age, and participated in classes at Biron Gymnastics for 3 years. Addie found her love for cheerleading when she became a competitive cheerleader at Biron Elite Cheer in the 4th grade. She competed at level 4 and participated in various competitions like NCA and Summit. Going into sophomore year, she made Stratford Varsity Cheer and is now going into her 3rd year on the team as she’s headed into senior year. She has obtained tumbling skills up to a full and standing back and has been able to improve her jump technique throughout the years. Addie has trained hard on basing, jumps and technique. She loves working with kids of all ages and hopes to pass on her passion for cheerleading/tumbling.

Fun fact: Addie has a terrible fear of sharks, but loves to go surfing!

Contact: (713) 297-1412


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KK Hartwig, Tumbling/ Cheer Coach

khartwig900@gmail.com

Hey y’all!! My name is KK Hartwig, I am 19 years old and I am student and member of the All-Girl Cheer team at Baylor University. This will be my 9th year cheering and I am coming up on my 3rd year at HEC.  I went to Stratford High School and was on the Varsity Squad for 3 years. I was captain my senior year and a 3x NCA All-American Cheerleader. I cheered competitively at Prodigy All-Stars for 2 years and competed at NCA and Worlds. My team (Blacklight) won the 2018 Cheerleading Worlds in the Small International Open Coed division and won Grand Champion at NCA in 2019. A fun fact about me is along with cheer I love to travel and have been to many places in Europe and South America. I love working with kids of all ages on motions, jumps, dances, and tumbling!! I am super fun and outgoing and would love to help your child reach their cheer, dance, and jump goals!!!

Fun fact: KK has been to Europe 5 times

Contact: (713) 594-9607


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Jacinto Rodriguez, Choreographer/Tumbling Coach

hoss3@gmx.com

Jacinto Rodriguez III, known to many as Hoss, has worked in the cheer/ dance industry for the past 20 years. Hoss worked as a NCA staff instructor 2002-2004. He won an NCA Collegiate National Championship in 2003 with Navarro Junior College, and has even taken his talents to the "Big Screen" dancing on the movie sets of "Bring It On 4: In It To Win It", and the hit number one movie "Pitch perfect 2" as a featured "Treble Maker". Hoss also played the role of "Jorge" on the USA network tv show "Queen of the South", and is also a series regular on the Oprah Winfrey Network tv drama "Queen Sugar" playing the role of "Ygnacio". Recently Hoss choreographed the new cheerleading tv drama “Trophies” coming soon, and will be playing a co star role on the up coming film “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon. Hoss has created high energy routines for programs all over the U.S., Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland, and has spoken as a  Master Choreographer at the Cheer Masters Conference in Bogotá, Colombia.

Fun fact: Hoss has taught dance workshops internationally!

 Contact: (832) 922-3337


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Ellen Chamblee, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

epchamb13@gmail.com

Ellen Chamblee has been cheering for 8 years. Ellen first started tumbling when she was very little and did gymnastics too.  She competitively cheered at Houston Gymnastics Academy and Biron Elite Cheer. Ellen fell in love with the sport from the start and cheered at The Kinkaid School on the varsity team in high school. Ellen loves kids of all ages and always enjoys her time in the gym. She wants to encourage all athletes to push themselves to become better and love the sport just as much as she does!

Fun Fact: Ellen is fluent in French!

Contact: (281) 606-3203


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Geris McMurray, Senior Tumbling Coach

geris247@yahoo.com

Geris McMurray has been cheering or coaching competitive and school for 27 years. I started at a gym called Northwest Allstars and went on to Texas Lonestar. Started cheering at U of H the year after Dana won, and my own title in 2003( Go Coogs!!). I coached at Texas Cheer, CheerNation and Prodigy Allstars from 2001-2018, and have been the tumbling director at Olympia Gymnastics for 2 1/2 years. I love the process of building confidence, physical health, and doing what I can to make people happy. I've coached thousands of athletes over the years and never get tired of helping athletes achieve their goals and hope to be able to help as many HEC athletes as I can.

Fun Fact: Lives in NW Houston with my wife Jennifer, and our dog Major. I am currently back at U of H, and have had the pleasure of coaching Mitch, Helena, Lakeyn, and Kk.

Contact: (832) 704-2288

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Emma Gunn, Tumbling/ Cheer Coach

emmagrace13@me.com

Meet Coach Emma! Emma is a hard working, dedicated athlete who has loved to flip and tumble her whole life. She reached some of the highest levels in competitive gymnastics, traveling all around the country participating in national competitions. She is now dedicated to cheerleading, tumbling, choreography and dance. Emma is a TAPPS all-state cheerleader and a three-year varsity letterman at Second Baptist School, and she is the 2020-2021 Second Baptist cheer team captain. She loves to share her passion for cheer, tumbling and dance and teaching, mentoring and coaching younger athletes. She knows how to lovingly inspire and encourage her students. In her free time, you can find Emma at the beach or hanging with her friends and family...or at the gym!

Fun fact: Emma is that she can write with her left and right hand!  Oh, and she can throw a baseball harder than most boys. 

Contact: (832) 803-8813

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