Lindsay Balent has been part of the allstar industry for fifteen years as a cheerleader, coach, and business owner. With an extensive history in the sport, Lindsay cheered for one of Maryland ’s first allstar programs. During that time, she was also a choreographer and judge for various competition companies. After capturing numerous titles of her own, Lindsay began coaching in 1999. She spent eight consecutive seasons with a youth advanced team and led them to win multiple National championships. Lindsay increases her knowledge of the sport by attending regional and national cheerleading workshops. She has certifications from the United States Allstar Federation (USASF), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). In addition to her cheerleading background, she also has experience and training in traditional gymnastics. Lindsay's extreme passion for the sport lead her to form Maryland Allstars Competitive Cheerleading in 2008. After only a few years in business, the cheerleading program developed a strong reputation and showed great potential. In 2012, Lindsay partnered with Sandy Fusee to further expand the business and ensure its success. They opened a new facility, Maryland Allstar Athletics, LLC, to offer additional programs. Over the years the business has grown and matured tremendously while holding tight to the philosophies it was built upon. In 2016 Lindsay made the Top 35 Under 35 list by CheerBiz Magazine. This award is issued to 35 individuals under the age of 35 that are recognized as up and coming leaders in the cheer industry. She is also a member of the USASF's Regional Advisory board.
Sandy Fusee has played an integral role in the formation of Maryland Allstars. As a co-owner, Sandy oversees the continuation of the Maryland Allstar’s concept and brand. She administers all operations including the direction of the company, marketing and customer relations, new business development, and budgeting. Her strong business and finance background and love for children enable her to excel. Sandy finds great satisfaction is seeing what Maryland Allstars has done for so many young athletes. Sandy is a devoted mother of two children, one of which is a Maryland Allstar!
Tom Balent is an accomplished gymnast and cheerleader. Raised in Texas, Tom was a member of Club Cheer, NCA’s 1999 National Champions. He is also a three year veteran of the Baltimore Ravens Stunt Team. Tom traveled with the Baltimore Ravens to perform at the 2000-2001 NFL Superbowl. Tom has coached at the University of North Texas, University of Maryland, and Towson University. Tom has been a head judge and safety instructor for Spirit Unlimited, COA, ACDC, All Spirit, and NCA. As highly sought after tumbling consultant, Tom works with programs to develop their tumbling protocols based on a perfection before progression model. He has trained and developed some of the most talented athletes in the cheerleading industry. Tom has over twenty years of coaching experience and has been USASF certified since 2008. Tom is one of the masterminds behind Perfect-A-Flip, a company that creates innovative products and provides services that encourage a better, safer way of training. In 2017 Tom was Maryland Allstars "Coach of the Year" which is determined by athlete votes.
Ali Bliss came to Maryland Allstars with over eight years of cheerleading experience. She began her cheer career at the recreational level but quickly advanced to allstar. Ali was on the Maryland Marlins junior and senior teams for a total of five years. Her senior year Ali was chosen to be a team Captain. While cheering for her allstar team, Ali was also a member of the Atholton High School cheerleading squad, cheering on Varsity for three years. Upon graduating high school, Ali attended Hood College in Frederick, MD and became part of the Blazers cheerleading squad. She cheered for the Blazers for four years and was a captain as a junior and senior. During her collegiate years, Ali was a gymnastics instructor at Perfect Balance gymnastics. She is going on her fourth year coaching at Maryland Allstars and is doing an amazing job with her teams. In 2015 Ali's team won Battle At The Capitol Nationals in the Small Youth Level 2 division. Ali has been certified through the United States Allstar Federation (USASF) and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Ali resides in Columbia, MD and works at Howard Economic Authority as the Marketing Communications Coordinator.
Wayne Williams grew up in Randallstown, MD and has been a natural athlete all of his life. Wayne developed an interest in acrobatics and trained at several out of state clinics in his prime. He has won both State and Regional Acrobatic Championships. Wayne's team placed second at National events in Palm Spings, CA and St. Paul, MN. Wayne can be seen on the USAG website giving demonstrations of his acrobatic skills. Wayne has always had an appreciation for the attention to detail and the focus that tumbling requires. In an effort to share his love of the sport with others, Wayne began teaching tumbling in Rockville, MD. Wayne was a coach and choreographer for acrobatic pre-teams. During that time, Wayne also taught motor skills and tumbling classes at Gymjam in Eldersburg, MD. Wayne's positive coaching style gave him a strong reputation in the area. When the need for an additional tumbling instructor became available at Maryland Allstars, Wayne enthusiastically came on board. Wayne is in the gym almost every day of the week challenging his students. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was awarded Maryland Allstar's "Coach of the Year" which was based on athlete votes. Wayne is a current member of USA Gymnastics and is certified in Safety/Risk Management.
Sam Knox started her athletic career at the age of 3, when she started taking gymnastics classes. Sam then transitioned to cheerleading with the Sykesville Raiders. After six years at the recreational level, Sam turned to allstar cheerleading to further advance her skills. Sam's allstar teams won Maryland States, Battle at the Capitol, Return to Atlantis, and the US Finals. Sam also cheered on Century High School's Varsity cheer squad. Her positive attitude allowed her to become the team's Captain her senior year. Upon graduation, Sam coached at Century High School and choreographed their routines. Under her guidance, the team won Counties and advanced to States. While coaching, Sam also cheered on the all-girl team at Towson University where she became a 2013 NCA National Champion. Sam is beginning her fourth year with Maryland Allstars and was the 2016 "Coach of The Year." She has enabled her teams to win prestigious competitions such as UCA Nationals and The Champions League. Most recently her team also received a paid bid to the D2 Summit and The One.
Sarah Cooper comes to Maryland Allstars with quite the resume! Sarah started cheering at just 4 years old following in the footsteps of her older sister. Sarah's natural talent and work ethic has made her quite famous in the allstar industry. She began training with Tom Balent at seven years old and has done stunt and tumbling privates with him for the past nine years. Sarah has accomplished a lot including winning a gold medal in the 2010 Cheerleading Worlds in the Junior Level 5 division. She was also a two time NCA National Champion in 2010 and 2011. Sarah also cheers on the Varsity team at Glenelg High School. In 2015 Sarah became a member of Inside Cheerleading Magazine's All-American team. She has spent the last 3 years coaching Special Needs and was featured in The Champions League 2 movie. Sarah is looking forward to her third year coaching at Maryland Allstars. Her devotion to the sport is obvious whenever she is with her team.
Molly Peters joined Maryland Allstars in 2013. She had an amazing experience as a Maryland Allstars athlete winning multiple National titles during her cheerleading career. She is a two-time UCA National Champion. Molly has been recognized numerous times for her contributions to the program including an award for "Best Jumps" in 2016. She began her coaching career as a Junior Staff member at Maryland Allstars. Molly is now entering her second year coaching teams of her own. She is currently a college student majoring in hotel management hospitality for event planning.
Emily Mann began cheering when she was in the second grade. She competed at every allstar level ranging from 1-5. She has two NCA National titles and two Jamfest National titles to her credit. Emily has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds five times and even won a bronze medal. In addition to allstar, Emily was a cheerleader all four years of high school and was a Captain her senior year. She made the cheerleading team at Stevenson University and placed sixth at NCA College Nationals. Emily is grateful to have the opportunity to change an athlete’s life every time she steps into the gym. Emily has been certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Morgan Amend began her cheerleading career with the Sykesville Raiders at 8 years old. Her experience enabled her to make Liberty High School's Varsity team all four years. Morgan became Captain of the team when she was just a Junior. In 2011 Morgan began coaching Liberty as an assistant but became the head coach in 2015. Morgan helped to transform the program allowing them to win the 1A/2A Sate Championship for the first time in history. That same year, Liberty also won the County Championship for the first time since 1998. Morgan is well-known on the high school circuit and has started taking on the allstar world! In 2017 her team had an amazing season earning second place at UCA Nationals. Morgan has been certified through the United States Allstar Federation (USASF) and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Jackie Bassler first began cheering at the age of 8 for a local recreational program. Soon after starting, she noticed her passion for competing and joined all star cheerleading. During Jackie's time cheering for all stars, she competed at Cheersport, UCA, and NCA on different levels up to IOC5. Jackie also cheered at FSK High school and helped her team win multiple county titles from 2006-2009. She was one of the captions both seasons during her senior year. Her proudest moment in cheerleading was being selected among thousands of cheerleaders at a national all star competition to cheer in the 2007 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. She coached at Winters Mill High School during the 2014 & 2015 season helping Winters Mill advance to Semi Finals and Finals. Jackie is a Health and Physical Education teacher in Frederick County Public Schools and puts a special emphasis on health and fitness as she coaches. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to coach at Maryland Allstars and continue her passion for competitive cheerleading! She is ready to begin her second year coaching at Maryland Allstars. Jackie has been certified through the United States Allstar Federation (USASF) and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Savannah Porter started her cheerleading career at the age of 6 for a recreational program which she continued through Middle school. In 2007 she was chosen to cheer at the NFL Pro-Bowl football game. Savannah then moved on to high school at Westminster Senior High where she performed on the Varsity squad for four years and eight seasons. She was selected as captain for two seasons both her junior and senior year. Her along with her team, Savannah won 7 out of 8 county championships where they advanced to the regional competition to be followed by the state championships. Once she graduated from high school, Savannah moved onto college in Virginia where she joined Cheer Challenge Allstar's Level 5 International Open team. It was on this team that she was finally able to perform a full on the competition mat. She moved back to Maryland in the summer of 2015 where she continued to go to school to receive her Associates degree. Savannah plans to peruse her career as a prosecuting attorney at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 2016. She is very excited to continue to be a part of the sport she loves with Maryland Allstars. She has been certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Destani Jameson began cheerleading when she was six -years old for a local rec team, Edgewood Joppatowne Steelers. She was a Varsity Cheerleader all four years at Edgewood High School, and Varsity Captain for two years. While in high school, Destani won numerous awards for her stand-out personality including Most Valuable Cheerleader, Most spirited, Best All-Around and a Leadership Award. Destani also cheered for Eastern Elite Allstar's Senior 4 and International Open Coed Level 6. Her team won competitions such as the US Finals, Battle at the Capital, and more. She was also a member of Allstar Fusion's International Open Coed Level 6 and became a US Finals Champion and an Overall Champion winning rings! Destani has experience coaching allstar levels 1-4. She has also been an Assistant Coach for Edgewood High School Varsity Cheerleading team. Destani's teams have won U.S Finals, Battle at the Capital, Cheersport, Maryland States, Allstar Challenge, and most recently, the D2 Summit! She has a true passion for cheerleading, dance, and choreography. Destani loves to see her athletes exceed their personal expectations. She has been certified through the United States Allstar Federation (USASF) and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Brittany Crim has coached allstar cheerleading for the past ten years. She has worked with several teams that have gone onto compete at the Cheerleading Worlds. In addition to her allstar success, Brittany spent two years as a college coach for Stevenson University's All Girl team. She has judged for the past seven years and knows what makes a memorable routine. Brittany cheered professionally for the Baltimore Blast and was a member and Captain for the Baltimore Ravens Playmakers. She is excited to make Maryland Allstars her home and is looking forward to building her dream team!
Over the course of her cheerleading career, Maddie Pfeifer has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds six times. Her teams placed within the top five of their division five out of the six years she attended. While performing on GymTyme Platinum, Maddie won back to back NCA Allstar National titles in 2012 and 2013. She's got two of those highly regarded NCA jackets! In 2013 Maddie also became a NCA Champion with the University of Louisville and received a collegiate ring. Maddie has trained under some of the most notable names in the industry which has prepared her to share her love of the sport with others.
Brittany Trappe cheered competitively for ten years. She has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds four times on a Small Senior Level 5, Large Senior Level 5, and International Open Level 5. In 2010 Brittany's team gave the performance of a lifetime, and placed in the top five. Brittany was also a staple on the Varsity team at South River High School and was Captain her last year. As a senior she was given a special award for her leadership and dedication. Brittany's own personal award comes from being able to share her love of cheer with other athletes. Brittany currently resides in Annapolis and is an Assistant Program Manager for the Immune Deficiency Foundation.
Matt Clark started gymnastics in seventh grade. He was very ambitious when it came to tumbling. After participating for a year, Matt decided to try cheerleading and joined a local recreational program. Matt soon realized he was serious about the sport and made his way into the allstar world. He continued to excel in the program he joined and made his first Worlds team his junior year of high school. As a level 5 athlete, Matt attended the Cheerleading Worlds in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2017 his team advanced from the prelim round into semi-finals. Matt is humble about his abilities and appreciative of the opportunities cheer has provided. Matt's coaching style and personal attributes are sure to be a hit at Maryland Allstars!