Lindsay Balent has been devoted to the allstar industry for twenty years as a cheerleader, coach, and business owner. In 2008 Lindsay realized the demand for quality instruction and formed Maryland Allstars. 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, to offer additional programs. Over the years the business has grown and matured tremendously while holding tight to the philosophies it was built upon. Lindsay's dedication to allstar expands even further then managing her program. Lindsay has been an active member of the USASF's Regional Advisory Board for three terms. She also serves as a USASF Connection Leader to promote the longevity and viability of the sport. Lindsay increases her knowledge of allstar by attending regional and national cheerleading workshops and meetings. She has certifications from the United States Allstar Federation (USASF), USA Gymnastics (USAG), the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), and is also Safe Sport Trained. 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. As a coach Lindsay's teams have won at prominent events such as UCA Nationals, Champions League, and the D2 Summit.
Sandy Fusee has played an integral role in the formation of Maryland Allstars. As a co-owner, Sandy has 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 at what she does. 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 alumnus! Sandy is Safe Sport Trained.
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. The following season Tom began coaching Great White Sharks. Under Tom's guidance the team had one of their most decorated seasons earning a Wildcard bid to the D2 Summit and placing fifth in the final round.
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. 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. He is passionate about working with Special Athletes and has done an incredible job with our Angel Sharks for the past four seasons.
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), Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), and is Safe Sport Trained.
Kasey Barnes started cheering for a local recreational program when she was just six years old. Her dedication to cheerleading continued throughout her youth and she stayed in the program until she finished eight grade. Kasey then transitioned into high school cheer where she participated all four years and spent two years as a Captain. Kasey helped her team make it to the State Cheerleading Championship her Junior & Senior year. During Kasey's Senior year she won the Silver Falcon Award for all of her efforts and accomplishments. Kasey also worked as a trainer for a recreational program for the past four years. In 2018 Kasey made the transition into allstar cheerleading and began coaching a Mini team. Kasey has so much enthusiasm and it has been the key to her team's success. In 2019 Kasey started leading a Junior team in addition to her Mini team. We know she will provide a great experience for all of her athletes!
Cheerleading has been a huge part of Nikki's life for the past thirteen years. Nikki was a member of her high school's Varsity squad for four years. Her high school team was extremely successful and placed in the Top 2 at States for two consecutive years. Nikki is proud to have been a 4-time County Champion. In addition to athletics at her school, Nikki spent two years as a level 4 & 5 allstar cheerleader. In 2017 Nikki competed at The Cheerleading Worlds. She loves cheerleading for all of the friends she has met and the memories she has made. In 2018 Nikki discovered her zest for coaching with a youth team. This season she is coaching a junior team and a senior team and is ready to give her all!