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2019 Cheer Judges Bios

AJ Boyd

Born and raised in Georgia, AJ graduated from Norcross High School, where she cheered on the competition team for all 4 years.  Her cheerleading career continued throughout college at Kennesaw State University where she helped her team earn back-to-back Division II All-girl NCA National Championships in 2004 and 2005.  AJ graduated from Kennesaw State with a B.S. in Communications and went on to receive a Masters in Sports Management in 2014.

AJ has been coaching and doing choreography for the past 17 years and judging since 2007. She managed and helped grow an all-star program from 2 teams to 11 teams in 6 years. In addition to coaching all-stars to numerous national titles, including 3 Cheersport National Championships. AJ was the head coach at Kennesaw State University since 2008-2012. She led the program to TWO Division 1 All-girl NCA College National Championships in 2010 & 2011, obtaining Kennesaw State University’s first ever Division 1 titles. AJ has had the opportunity to judge numerous GHSA events, rec competitions, all-star competitions and she is also a certified USASF safety judge.

Currently, AJ is working as the scoring director and south east sales rep for Victory Athletics Spirit, along with doing choreography, coaches’ clinics and routine clean up clinics for programs all over. Having the opportunity to work with the younger generation and make a difference in the cheerleading industry is definitely what makes her involvement in cheer so rewarding!

Alisa Everett

Alisa Everett currently coaches cheer at The University of Texas at Tyler. She is an East Texas native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UT Tyler with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an educational focus through the UTeach program. During her time at The University of Texas at Tyler she was a member of the Spirit Squad, and later, the first STUNT team for the spirit program. She currently lives in Tyler, Texas with her beautiful daughter, Anna, and their sweet rescue pups, Lilly and Daisy. Everett will graduate in May 2019 with her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Academic Coaching and plans to pursue her doctoral degree soon after.

Everett has coached cheer for nine years, as a competitive cheer coach, a sideline cheer coach, and choreographer. In addition to coaching at The University of Texas at Tyler, she also coaches cheer at Whitehouse ISD. She grew up cheering through youth cheer, competitive cheer, and school cheer. As a developing cheerleader, she focused her cheerleading skills on her love of stunting and choreography and at a young age began choreographing routines for her squad, other area squads, and individual competitive cheer routines for area competitive cheer gyms. Her passion for cheer, creative choreography, and ability to coach patiently but with high expectations has led her teams to win local and national titles competitively.


Kristen Hankins

Kristen Hankins is in her second year as the Director of Spirit & Traditions at Baylor University, she is also the head coach for the Songleaders dance team, Bruiser & Marigold mascot teams. Kristen was the Athletic Director for Heights Preparatory in Dallas, TX from 2014-2017 along with her director duties Kristen coached varsity volleyball, competitive cheer & dance. The athletics program had its three most successful seasons under the direction of Hankins. Kristen was the founding coordinator of the Wayland Baptist University Spirit Teams and coach of the competitive cheer and dance programs. Both squads enjoyed great success at the 2013 NCA/NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., and CCA Collegiate Championship in Salem, North Carolina. Both teams were nationally ranked since their inaugural year in 2010 -2014. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, she was a member of and later an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked SFA Pom Squad 2000-2007. Hankins served as the assistant director of the national champion McLennan Community College Dance Company in 2009-2010. She was nominated for consideration to receive a NISOD Excellence Award while at MCC.

As a member of the American Dance and Drill Team staff for the past 14 years, the Universal Cheerleaders Association, US Tumblers Coach Hankins has taught clinics, camps and judged cheer and dance team try-outs and contests across the nation. She also taught and developed gymnastic and competitive dance programs for two years for the Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas. Coach Hankins received a Master of Coaching & Athletic Administration at Concordia University in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in communication advertising with a minor in kinesiology from SFA in 2005.

Tammy Rose

Head Coach, Tyler Junior College-  Apache Cheerleaders

A graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, Mrs. Rose has more than 20 years of experience as a cheer coach at both the high school and college levels.
She was previously coach and program director at The Brook Hill School, coaching high school, middle school and lower school cheerleaders. She has also served as national events coordinator for Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders and head official with the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association.  

Lance Wagers

Cheered at the University of Colorado for four years. Was an instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association for 22 years and became President of NCA in 1992 when Lawrence Herkimer retired. Lance taught cheer camps all across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, London and Japan. He has judged for the last 45 years on a regional, national, and world level. In 1998, Lance became the President of a Varsity company, the American Cheerleaders Association. He successfully ran that company until he recently retired in January of 2018. Lance served on the Board of Directors for the USASF/IASF from 2004-2012. He was voted one of the top 25 Most Influential People in the All Star Industry by American Cheerleader Magazine in 2007 and 2008. Lance was an inaugural inductee into the Spirit Industry Hall of Fame in 2007 and was awarded the Pioneer Award by the USASF in 2014. Lance was also inducted into the Varsity Legends in 2015.


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