Meet the Pittsburgh Superstars staff!

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Aimee Saffle-Nicewarner


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Years with the program 17 years

Owner & Head Coach

Dana Thomas


Tumbling Director

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Years with the program  5 Years

Education and Training Degree in psychology from Washington and Jefferson college, competitive gymnast and diver for 15 years, 29 years of coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics and 19 years coaching cheerleading - high school, collegiate and all stars. AACCA Certified and USAG Safety Certified.

Favorite Cheerleading Memory During open gym we FaceTimed one of the parents when models was going on at a competition and put it on the tv - everyone from open gym stopped to cheer them on as if we were right there at the competition!

Hobbies Outside of Coaching  Listening to music and reading

Available for tumbling lessons 

Kaylee Kenz


Prep Program Director, Cheer Coach, Communications

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Years with the program 12 years

Education and Training Bachelors degree in digital media arts with a minor in communication and a Masters degree in Sports Media. Levels 1-5 USASF certified. 

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Being top 10 at The Cheerleading Worlds with Open Co-ed in 2014, Debuting the Gold Swarovski Uniforms at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2011 with Supermodels and wining STUNT Nationals in Dallas, TX with Oklahoma State

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Exercising, traveling and trying new restaurants with friends

Available for tumbling, stretching, jumping or conditioning lessons 

Becky Troppman


Years with the program 18 Years

Education and Training Degree in education from Slippery Rock University.

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Watching my children compete!

Hobbies Outside of Coaching  Spending time with my family.

Available for tumbling lessons 

Damien Williams


Cheer Coach

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Years with the program 13 years

Education and Training Cheered at Marshall university, graduated from fairmont state, NCA Staff, USASF certified up to level 6. 

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Divas & Dudes hitting zero in 2019 at spirit of hope and getting perfect tech scores.  

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Hanging with my dog Bentley, working out, and generally anything involving outside. 

Available for stunting, tumbling, stretching, jumping or conditioning lessons 

Kayli Perri


Tumbling Coach, Half Year Program Coach

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Years with the program Coaching for 6 years, but has cheered with the program since 9 years old

Education and Training Currently coaching full year teams, tumbling, half year and do rec cheer clinics for Rockstar. The 7th and 8th grade Seneca Valley High School coach and Seneca valley competition and game day team coach.

Favorite Cheerleading Memory  Competing with open coed when open black got their bid to worlds! 

Hobbies Outside of Coaching  I love to read!

Available for tumbling and jumping lessons.

Courtney Stack


Cheer Coach, Half Year Program Coach

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Years with the program Coaching for 7 years, but has been with the program for 11

Education and Training She has coached since 2015 and choreographed for various high school and recreational programs, those teams winning various awards, bids, and first places. Coach Courtney graduated from Fairmont State University in May 2017 and was a member of the Acrobatics & Tumbling team, receiving multiple honors while being apart of the sport and currently is the head Acrobatics and Tumbling coach at Glenville State. 

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Available for tumbling and jumping lessons.

Jan Kenz


Office Manager

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Years with the program 10 Years

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Watching all of the coaches and athletes have fun at competitions.

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Reading, cooking and going to the beach.

Maggie Kelly


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Years with the program 11 Years

Education and Training Bachelors degree from La Roche University, English Education: Language & Literature. Current graduate student at Duquesne University, Masters of Reading and Literacy. USASF tumbling and stunting.

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Traveling and making memories with the staff. Watching the kids grow, overcome, and improve and seeing how proud they are is just the best.

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Reading, going to museums, trying new things...most recently ax throwing!

Limited availability for tumbling lessons in the summer. 

Lexie Ruff


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Years with the program 2 years coaching at the gym but This year would be by 7th season with the gym 

Education and Training Bachelors of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. I cheered 16 years. During my time at Penn a state I served as captain of their large Coed cheer team. In 2021 I was recognized as one of the BIG10 female athletes of the year. This is my 4th year on NCA staff. I have experience coaching and doing choreography for colleges, universities, and high schools. I also coach North Catholic Competitive Cheer. I am USA Cheer certified, AACCA certified, and NFHS certified. 

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Favorite cheer memory was cheering on the Nittany Lions at the cotton bowl in Dallas Texas. 

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Outside of cheer I love to workout, travel, go skiing, spend time with family and friends, and play with my dog, Vinny! 

Available for tumbling, strength, and conditioning, and stretching lessons

Abigail Swinderman

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Years with the program - 1 Year Coaching, Cheered on models from 2015-2019
Education and training- Currently a senior in college at West Liberty University majoring in exercise physiology. Have experienced in both allstar cheer and acrobatics and tumbling. I was trained by the amazing Dana in tumbling!
Favorite cheerleading memory - My first worlds in 2016 competing on models with the most amazing teammates and coaches in large all girl where we opened the competition with a zero deduction routine that would advance us to finals on the baseball field. 
Hobbies outside of cheer - Being apart of an acrobatics and tumbling team, anything outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends. 
Available for lessons will vary with my college schedule but will have more availability in the summer .

Gabriella Rivera


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Years with the program 1 Year

Education and Training Masters degree in finance. Cheered for 16 years. USASF certified levels 1-5. 

Favorite Cheerleading Memory Competing at Worlds in 2009.

Hobbies Outside of Coaching Being a mom, watching football, traveling 

Available for tumbling, stretching, jumping or conditioning lessons 

Emma McWilliams


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Years with the program  

Education and Training Currently a student at Slippery Rock University

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Available for tumbling, stretching, jumping or conditioning lessons

Josh Pugliese

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