Pittsburgh Pride All-Stars

Staff

We are CERTIFIED in teaching Levels 1-6 for tumbling, stunting & tosses by the most prestigious company in the industry, the USASF (United States All Star Federation), as well as these certifications: AACCA Safety,  CPR,  & Stunt Training.  We not only have a spectacular inner staff, we train every year with the nations best from across the country to bring more ideas & training from our outer circle of friends in the industry.  With our wide scope of instructors we offer to our athletes top of the line choreography, the most updated skills, safe tumbling & stunting techniques, & current industry trends.  Our Pride program was established in 1999, that’s a lot of competition experience.  

WE ARE THE LONGEST RUNNING COMPETITIVE CHEER GYM IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA!!!

Our in-house coaching staff includes this experience:

  • Competitive collegiate cheerleaders, dancers and gymnasts

  • Team USA cheer competitors

  • Gymnastics judges

  • Cheer judges

  • Studio dancers

  • Cheer Worlds competitors

  • Dance Worlds competitors

  • Current school Teachers

  • Degrees in Exercise Science

  • Cross-fit Trainers

  • Volunteer fire “woman”

 

Gym Owner & Coach – Chrissie Bianco

As owner and coach, Chrissie has been instructing cheerleading for over 30 years. She is originally from New Kensington, PA, and has 4 children, Justin, Ali, Mitchell, and Ava, all of whom can be found working at the family business in cheer or baseball.  She met her husband, Matt, while cheering at the University of Pittsburgh.  After coaching and choreographing for High School competitive teams, she started the Pittsburgh Pride All Stars in 1999.  With her B.S. degree in Exercise Science, it is her passion to have health and fitness built into the teams training programs.  She can be found coaching all levels in the gym from 1 to 6.  She currently is USASF credentialed, Safe Sport Certified, and CPR/First Aid Certified.  She enjoys her new sport of golf and has 3 turtles. 

Fun Fact: She loves nature and animals, especially lions, and is also a Leo.  And that is why we are the Pride!

 

All Star Director & Coach – Ali Collodi

Ali Bianco has over 20 years experience in the cheer and dance industry. She competed competitively in all stars for 17 years and competed at The USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds for 9 years in total. Ali attended and graduated from Morehead State University, where she won UCA College Nationals in both 2015 and 2016. Ali was also selected to be  a member on The US National All-Girl Team and won two gold medals in 2015 and 2016. Following graduation, Ali has coached numerous Summit and Worlds finalist teams since 2016. She is an expert in stunt technique and loves bringing the collegiate look to the all star world. Ali has also worked for international cheerleading companies, All Things Cheer and PURE Technique Camps, since she was 18. She continues to work for these organizations and has gotten to travel to countries such as Australia, Norway, Finland, Canada, and all over the US to share her knowledge in the industry, instruct camps and clinics, as well as do choreography.

Fun Fact : Coach Ali loves to roller blade 

 

Teams Director & Coach – Jabar Cancer

Coach Jabar has been coaching competitive cheerleading for the last 20 years!   He has coached  for Pop Warner, Competitive School, and All Stars.  Coach Jabar has experience in all levels and ages from Mini-Collegiate divisions.   He is originally from Schenectady, NY representing the 518.   Outside of Coaching and cheerleading coach Jabar loves going to the beach and casino!

Fun Fact:  Coach Jabar is a Special Education T.A.  and he’l also Costa Rican and Jamaican!

 

Cheer Manager & Coach- Sema Konur-Minctyre

Coach Sema is originally from Leesburg, VA and has over 20 years experience in coaching competitive youth sports.  She was an athlete turned coach who not only has experience in coaching, but is a former All Star Director and Gym Owner too!  She currently is USASF credentialed, Safe Sport Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified, and a former Varsity All Star Judge.  She has many national titles under her belt as a former all star athlete.  During her free time Coach Sema loves to cook, organize, take long hot bubble baths, and spend her free time outside in nature! 

Fun Fact: Coach Sema  has 5 siblings and her favorite color is orange!

 

ALLSTAR CHEER COACH – Jena Baldwin

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Jena has been involved in the world of All-Star Cheerleading since she was 11 years old.   She’s coached all levels and ages. Over the last 12 years Coach Jena coached for two different programs, Pennsylvania Storm and Pittsburgh Pride.   She’s so blessed to be able to work with so many great kids and happy to have found a home at Pride.

Her hobbies include home improvement and reading.

Fun Fact:  Jena has 2 title belts in MMA and used to be a cage fighter! She also has a pet snake

 

ALLSTAR CHEER COACH – Taylor Derby

 Born and raised in Pittsburgh,  Coach Taylor has been coaching allstars for the past 6 years.  Taylor was a competitive all star athlete growing up.  She has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds 3 times , placing top 10 each time!  Coach Taylor is a graduate from Slippery Rock University where she also competed on their competitive cheer team.  She also worked for UCA coaching camps and clinics for high school athletes!  Taylor teaches ninth grade emotional and behavioral support.   Her favorite hobbies are working out, singing karaoke, drinking coffee, and binge watching T.V

Fun Fact: Coach Taylor  plays ultimate frisbee.

 

ALLSTAR CHEER COACH – Kaitlyn Haley

I am originally from Kingston, NY. I have a total of 4 years coaching. I cheered for about 16 years. I competed at Worlds twice and coached at Summit once! I received Coach’s Award and Leadership Awards as an athlete throughout my all star and collegiate years. In my free time, that is not cheer related, I like to hike with my puppy!

Fun Fact: Coach Kaitlyn can play 4 instruments

 

ALL STAR CHEER COACH – Lauren Waiter

Lauren has been involved in all-star cheer as an athlete and then coach for almost 20 years. She cheered at HotCheer for 9 years and began coaching there in 2013. Lauren has coached athletes youth-senior age in levels 1-6 over the past 7 years at HotCheer and also spent 3 years as the head coach at Serra Catholic High School. Lauren is SafeSport certified, CPR and Concussion trained, and is credentialed in levels 1-6. Lauren currently works as a Gift Officer for Duquesne University and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron. She is also currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Duquesne.

Fun Fact: Lauren enjoys boating, crafting, working out, and spending time with her dog, Boomer.

 

ALL STAR CHEER COACH – Kaitlyn Conti

Kaitlyn is originally from Northern Virginia but lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.  She has been cheering for 10 years, and the past two years I have been on Purple Reign and Royalty!  She is a recent graduate from West Virginia University and  she cannot wait to start coaching at Pride!!

ALL STAR CHEER COACH – Ava Welling

Coach Ava began cheering at Pittsburgh pride when she was 4 years old. With Pride she competed at the cheerleading worlds 6 years and at dance worlds 2 years.  She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a bachelor of science in marketing and a minor in economics. Coach Ava also cheered at IUP for 4 years and was the captain as well as student coach of the program. While living in Indiana Pa, Ava worked at TAI for 4 years.  She has been able to work at Pride for the past 8 years doing private lessons and instructing classes and teams.  Excited to be here full time. 

Fun Facts: She loves to run and go hiking

ALL STAR CHEER COACH – Juliona Bele

Coach Juls has been tumbling for as long as she can remember, but officially started gymnastics at 9 years old and started competing at 11. She competed until she was 13 and then switched over to cheerleading at Bethel Park High School. Juls started lessons at Pride the next year and fell in love with the gym!! She began to coach tumbling at Pride at 15 and developed such a great relationship with the coaches and athletes. Her senior year, she decided to try all star cheerleading and competed at Pride on Senior 6, Purple Reign. After having such a great experience, Juls decided to come back another year as a crossover to compete on Senior 5(Beast Mode) and Senior 6.

HIP-HOP DIRECTOR & COACH – Dominique Schuster

Dominique was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to Pittsburgh when she was just a baby.   She has been coaching for 17 years.  Coach Dominique’s experience includes coaching High School cheer with her mother before they started the dance team at Peters Township High School.   

Her hobbies include arts & crafts, she loves using her Circuit!

Fun Fact: She had a Spanish exchange student for a year when she was a junior in High School.  She got to visit her a few time in Spain too!

 

HIP-HOP COACH – jordan aiello

Coach Jordan has been coaching hip hop for two seasons now at Pride! She is from Peters Township!  Her favorite hobby outside of coaching is dancing! and she dances for her university’s dance team

Fun Fact: Coach Jordan has 4 dogs!

 

Tumbling Instructor – Mistydae Junko

Coach Misty has been coaching tumbling/gymnastics for 28 year!  This is her 7th year coaching tumbling and private lessons at Pittsburgh Pride All-Stars.  Coach Misty has spent many years coaching USAG and High School Gymnastics teams in both Ohio & PA.  She also spent several years coaching 9th/JV Cheer and youth cheerleading.

As a certified PIAA/WPIAL Gymnastics Official, shes’s also enjoyed judging high school and middle school gymnastics competitions for the past 17 years.  Her teaching degree was earned  from the University of Akron and  for the last 21 years she’s  been teaching high school Health & PE at Moon High School.  Coach Misty’s hobbies include spending time with her husband and two children.   When she’s not at the gym you can probably find her cheering on her husband and son at the USC Football games!

Fun Fact: Coach Misty is fortunate to share the love of tumbling with her daughter, Bryn!  She has cheered for Pride for the past 9 seasons!

 

Tumbling Instructor – Sherri Bayer

Coach Sherri Bayer has been in gymnastics as a competitor, now a coach, since the age of 8.  She has enjoyed gymnastics as a professional being involved with choreography and competitions.  Coach Sherri has been coaching gymnastics since the age of 19!  She is a mother of 3 and knows the challenges facing today’s parents  and the joys of seeing the hard work  of our children pay off.  Her hobbies include spending time with her family and giving back to her community! 

Fun Fact: Coach Sherri is a volunteer firefighter at the Peters Township Fire Department.  

 

Tumbling Instructor – Rachael Coda

Coach Rachel is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She was a competitive gymnast while in High School and College.  She been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for the past 25+ years!  Her favorite hobby is any type of exercise. 

Fun Fact: She loves to run do yoga, and strength train.

 

Tumbling Instructor – Jackie Malley

Coach Jackie has been involved in gymnastics since she was a child.  She attended The University of Pittsburgh on a four-year gymnastics scholarship! She graduated Pitt with her Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Health & Physical Education.  Coach Jackie has an extensive gymnastics coaching background which includes coaching at Woodward Gymnastics Camp, The International Gymnastics Camp, and 15 years being the director and head coach for Gemini Gymnastics in Baldwin, PA.  She currently lives in Peters Township with her husband and son.  She been teaching for the past 20 years for Bethel Park School District and currently teaches 11th-grade Health at Bethel Park High School! Her hobbies included mountain biking, weight lifting, snow skiing, water skiing, and reading.

Fun Fact: Coach Jackie has run 7 marathons including Columbus, Philly, Pittsburgh (3x), Alaska, and Boston

 

Tumbling Instructor – Jamie Irvin

Coach Jamie grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago.   She was a competitive gymnast for 18 years and received a full scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Pittsburgh!   While at Pitt, Coach Jamie obtained her  Masters in Elementary Education.  She has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for many years! Coach Jamie lives in Upper St Clair and has three children; twins Avery an Teddi (9) and  Cole (6).

Her hobbies include working out and staying active!

Fun Fact: She loves to run Marathons with her girlfriends!