STAFF

What sets Cali Coast Elite apart is our passionate, caring staff who truly love helping their athletes grow and learn. Learn a little more about our USASF certified coaches, class instructors, and talented junior coaches!

COACH SHOUT OUTS

"Our daughter Sydney came home feeling happy, hopeful and excited because he encouraged her to try out for the beginning team and told her she has potential. And just like that, she believes she can. I truly wish all coaches, teachers and adults who work with children were so encouraging."

-CCE Parent

"Sometimes the encouragement of a coach is the fuel that allows a child to develop grit and overcome being a beginner." 

-CCE PARENT

"Cali Coast Elite has given me freedom. I’m free to try new things and free to get out of my house." 

 

-CCE Athlete

"Our daughter Sydney came home feeling happy, hopeful and excited because he encouraged her to try out for the beginning team and told her she has potential. And just like that, she believes she can. I truly wish all coaches, teachers and adults who work with children were so encouraging."

-CCE Parent

"Veronica was so amazing!!"

The way she taught the girls was phenomenal

 

My daughter Nevaeh was visiting in San Diego a couple of weeks ago and she did a couple of private Lessons with Veronica. Veronica was helping Nevaeh so she could learn some new tricks for tryouts for the Varsity Drill Team at the High School Nevaeh will be attending. 

The only downfall was I could not pack her up in my suitcase and take her back to North Dakota!

Can you please let Veronica know that Nevaeh Made the Varsity Team and she is so ecstatic!!!!! 

-CCE Visitor

Betty Arsenault
Gym Owner

Betty started Cali Coast Elite in 2013. She is committed to providing a family friendly atmosphere at CCE, where athletes can form lifelong friendships, while challenging themselves both physically and mentally. Betty began cheerleading in middle school and continued throughout college at the University of Massachusetts. She moved to California in 2007. She has coached and choreographed multiple teams and routines at her all-star gyms, winning a UCA national championship title, two USA championship titles, and a second place finish at the Summit.

Aaron Arsenault
Head Coach / Beach Babes

Aaron is our head tumbling coach and a coach for the Senior Level 3 team. He was a gymnast from a young age, attending the Junior Olympics during high school and going on to compete for the University of Massachusetts. During his time at UMass, he also began competing with the cheerleading team and he has been cheering ever since. His gymnastics background and career as a mechanical engineer make him the perfect tumble coach to analyze and instill good technique in athletes so they avoid injuries while advancing their tumbling skills. He is a USASF certified coach for Levels 3-6.

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Gizelle Lopez
Head Stunting Coach

Gizelle has been an all-star cheerleader for 9 years with Coach Betty, who pushed her to excel and get to the high skill level she is at today. She was a member of the very first Cali Coast Elite team in 2013. She is currently a junior in high school and will graduate early to start college next year and study pre-med. She enjoys watching the progress of the athletes she coaches and getting to teach younger athletes new skills.

Marc Academia
Tricking Coach

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Jenna Bergmark

Jenna grew up in South Dakota as well as San Diego and has been a member of competitive cheer teams since age 7. She was a member of CheerForce and California All-Stars growing up, taking part in their level 5 All-Star teams. She began coaching in 2011 and led her teams to National Championship titles at USA and UCA Nationals. She is currently certified in CPR and First Aid and credentialed by USASF. Jenna graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Health Science, emphasis in Public Health and a minor in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology. She is currently coaching whenever she has time off from her doctorate program in Physical Therapy!

Veronica Cooley
Head Coach Coastal Crew / Hang Ten

Originally from Illinois, Veronica began participating in gymnastics and cheerelading at a young age and continued throughout high school and college. During college, she developed a passion for coaching, which led to coaching gymnastics for 8 years. Upon completing her B.S. in Exercise Science Kinesiology, she moved to San Diego. Here, her coaching desires grew new roots as an entrepreneur, when her health and fitness coaching business "Cooley-Fit" was born. With a desire to get back into cheerleading, she joined Cali Coast Elite as a member of the i6 team, Riptide. Today she brings her coaching talents to the gym, as the head coach of the International Open Level 4 team.

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Sophia Valencia
Head Coach Coastal Cuties

My name is Sophia and I have been doing competitive cheer for 8 years, gymnastics for eleven years, and dance for four years. I have been on teams ranging for level 2 through level 6, and have fallen in love with cheer.

I love tumbling and stunting, and have always loved coaching younger athletes. I am a senior in high school and I have been a sideline cheerleader for three years. I love CCE because of the positive atmosphere it provides and the family I have built with everyone in the gym. I am on my 2nd season being head coach and excited to continue my coaching journey with Coastal Cuties this year! 

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JC Guttierrez
Head Coach Tidal Wave

JC has been coaching and choreographing all-star cheer for 7 years, including one year as the coach of the Open 4 team at CCE. He has coached for world-known gyms, placed Bronze in the IOC5 division at The Cheerleading Worlds, first at Summit championship in the Small Coed 3 division, and won numerous other national titles. His passion for cheerleading and creative routines has grown more and more through out the years. From big gyms to small gyms, he believes there are always new things to learn and grow from. His favorite thing about CCE is the amount of love and positive energy that all of the coaches put into the gym and the athletes. He is excited to see the adult program grow and to be able to return to coaching kids again this season!

Lindsay Gallardo
Booster Club President

Lindsey grew up in Massachusetts and participated in gymnastics and cheerleading from a young age. In high school, she was a member of the school cheerleading team, as well as East Celebrity Elite All-stars. She went on to cheer at the University of Massachusetts, where she met Betty and Aaron. She earned her degree in Chemistry before moving to California in 2011. She has been coaching all-star cheerleading for the past 7 years and is also the CCE gym manager. She is CPR and first aid certified and a USASF certified coach. Lindsey also serves as an academic tutor in math and science for many of the athletes at CCE and their siblings. Her goal when coaching, tutoring, or socializing with the kids is to emphasize enjoyment and thoughtfulness in every situation. When a person can learn to find purpose and enjoyment in what they are doing, they will be more successful. Outside the cheer gym, Lindsay works as a biochemist and loves playing trivia, camping, and hanging out with her cats.

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Kaitlin
Assistant Coach Heatwave

Kaitlin grew up outside of Boston, MA where she started cheerleading in 7th grade.  She began coaching cheerleading during her first year of college and enjoyed sharing her passion with kids.  Outside of coaching, she is a first grade teacher.  She enjoys teaching kids new skills in the classroom and on the mat.  Watching athletes' confidence grow as they learn new concepts is her favorite part.   She moved to San Diego in 2019.  She is USASF credentialled for levels 1-3.

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Bree Beauchamp
Assistant Coach Wavelets

I was born and raised here in San Diego, and love everything our city has to offer. I have been with the CCE family for two years, and love everything this gym stands for. Being a mom of two, the morals of a gym need to align with our families, that’s what I found a CCE and why I’m so happy to be a coach here. Growing up I was a competitive cheerleader, fast forward a decade, it is so fun and rewarding to be on the other side of the mat. Knowing that I will make a positive impact on children, just like my coaches did for me, makes my heart so happy! 

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Hanna Peterson
Assistant
 Coach Tidal Wave

​​ I grew up in San Clemente, CA where I started my cheerleading career at CSA (Coast Spirit Athletics) before joining the high school cheer team. I cheered for 14 years before becoming a coach during my time in college. I just recently graduated from SDSU where I earned a degree in Journalism & Pre-Med and am a working EMT in the city of San Diego. Throughout my 7 years of coaching I have learned the importance of injury prevention by teaching athletes proper body mechanics for all their skills. My goal is to teach athletes how to properly use their muscles while enjoying the incredible sport of cheerleading.

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Mindy Poltorak
Assistant Coach Beach Babes

Mindy grew up in San Diego and was a cheerleader at Patrick Henry High School as well as Cali Coast Elite. She graduated from Kent State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Education. She is looking forward to the opportunity to train and inspire athletes to become part of something bigger than themselves and is excited to nurture and become a role model for the 2019-2020 competitive athletes at Cali Coast Elite. She loves CCE because she says "It's a gym where athletes feel safe and are able to take risks and step out of their comfort zones through the support and motivation of their dedicated staff. Cali Coast Elite is so much more than just a competitive cheer gym, CCE is a family. At CCE the staff and coaches care about every individual who enters the gym and treats them with respect. I am so happy to be a part of this gym."

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Mackenzie Warren
Head Coach Wavelets

Mackenzie grew up in San Diego and has been a member of pop warner, competitive, and collegiate cheer teams since the age of 8. She started in pop warner then transitioned to competitive cheer where she cheered at Flip Force Cheer Matrix and eventually moved to California Allstars where she was a member of multiple of their level 5 teams over her 5 seasons there. She now is a cheerleader at San Diego State University where she studies interior architecture and design. She loves to pass along and share her own passion for cheerleading with the athletes and strives to inspire a friendly and fun as well as safe environment for the athletes and families at Cali Coast Elite

Angela Wells
Head Coach
Surf Divas

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Angela began her athletic career as a gymnast. When her family moved to South Florida in 1998, she tried out for her first competitive cheerleading team - and was hooked. She was forunate enough to be part of several national championship all-star teams, including Legend Lady Jags Junior and Senior and Top Gun Large Coed. Angela moved to San Diego in 2004 to attend UCSD, where she earned her degree in biology and played competitive ultimate frisbee. After a ten-year hiatus from the cheerleading world, she joined the Cali Coast Elite family... and enjoys the challenges, hard work, and triumphs that each new season offers.

In her "real" job, Angela serves as the Director of Communications for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. During her free time, she loves to play a variety of sports, yell about the Dallas Cowboys, and spend time at the beach with her dog Emmitt.

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Dion Academia
Tricking Coach

Coach Dion is an enthusiastic trainer who has been involved in various acrobatic movements since the age of 5. In high school, he was involved in an all star cheer program - Champion Outlaws - and won multiple championships throughout his time with the team. The experience would later land him a Full-Ride Scholarship to Hawai’i Pacific University in 2005. A love for Hip Hop developed shortly after his experience at HPU, allowing him to further expand the various movements which he already previously mastered. In 2013, Dion, became interested in tricking- an infused movement based on tumbling, martial arts, bboying, capoeira, and ballet- and still currently trains to this day! In early 2019, he became a team-member of the Cali Coast Coaching staff and has assisted in growing the tricking program to where it is today! His passion for moving and teaching leads him to inspire others to achieve the positive outcomes of breaking personal limitations. Coach Dion looks forward to helping you achieve your movement goals, so don’t hesitate to join a tricking class, or book a private lesson today!

Brooke Powers Wilson

RIP Coach Brooke.  We loved every second of your spirit and energy.  You made the world a better place. You are now our cheer angel.

  

Brooke dedicated her life to making the world a better place. Whether she was cheering for charity, leading girl scouts, or working for her community parks, she brought light and happiness wherever she went.

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Renee Jones
Assistant Coach Heatwave

Hello Im Renee! I have been coaching cheerleading for 13 year And gymnastics for 10 years! Im from Jacksonville NC. My husband is a marine and is station on MCRD! I love working with all ages!