Karrie & Adam Flanagan
Karrie has over 21 years combined coaching experience in recreational and competitive gymnastics, recreational and competitive cheerleading and tumbling • 7 years competitive gymnast - competed for Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy (Norman, OK) • 2 years Ada High School Cougann Dance/Drill Team • 3 years ECU Coed Cheerleader and was Captain of squad • Choreographer for gymnastics and cheerleading performances • United States Gymnastics Federation Safety Certified • USAG Professional Member • AACCA Cheerleading Safety Certified • CPR & First Aid Certified • Homeschool Teacher of our son Keaton for 8 years.
Adam and Karrie Flanagan have been married for 18 years. Together they have Owned and Operated gyms for over 17 years. In 2003 they opened their first gym was All Star Tumbling & Cheer in Atoka, OK and were there 3 years before moving to Ada and opening up Champion Athletics in January 2007. Adam has served within the church and mission field for over 14 year and has 17 years of coaching experience in gymnastics and tumbling. He has also brought exciting new classes into the gym like parkour and ninja warrior.
A few neat things about Champion... Article done in CheerBiz News "The Big Move" Aug-Sept 2005 issue • Article done on Karrie in CheerBiz News "Party Time" Dec-Jan 2005 issue • Lesson Plan published in Patti Komara's "Preschool Theme Lesson Plans from Across the U.S.A" • Pepsi Grant Recipient 2010 where we were featured on local news as well as Good Morning America (Check out our "Journey into Pepsi Land" album to see all the numerous features and excitement from our grant). • Article done in Technique Magazine by USA Gymnastics in January 2011 • We host an annual "I am 3rd" Gymnastics Meet to raise money for charity and to encourage others to put God 1st, others 2nd and ourselves 3rd.
Tumbling/Cheer/Private Lesson Coach
Hi! My name is Shyann Hester. I have cheered my entire life but started to really have passion for the sport when I was in 7th grade. I cheered for Mustang North Middle school and Mustang High School, where I competed at the OSSAA cheerleading competition each year and competed at NCA Nationals all 4 years. I made the Oklahoma All-Region Cheerleading team and made the All-American cheerleading team 6 times. This landed me a place in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC with the Spirit of America. After graduating high school, I cheered at East Central University my freshman year of college and then transferred to The University of Oklahoma where I was on the OU CoEd cheerleading team. I cheered at football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics. At OU, I judged several middle and high school cheerleading tryouts. I specialize in game-day performance, stunting (all-girl and coed), tumbling, jumps and technique. I look forward to being a Champion Coach!
Tumble/Cheer/Private Lesson Coach
Hi! My name is Joelle Giffin and I have been cheering and tumbling since I was 3! I started competitive cheerleading at 3 and have seen many competition floors including competing and winning at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I have also made 3 appearances at NCA in Dallas Tx, and competed on a team who won US Finals. I started my school cheer career in Indiana in 5th grade and finished my high-school cheer career here in Oklahoma! I then went on to cheer at ECU where I am currently a Co-captain and have won 2 scholarship awards through East Central for cheerleading! I have been teaching tumbling, cheer camps and clinics for ECU, CEA and Champion for over 5 years now! I absolutely love cheering and getting to coach here at Champion Athletics! I love to teach all things cheer and tumbling, but I also have a great background in Acro Tumbling!!
Tumbling/Cheer/Private Lesson Coach
Meet our newest Champion Coach, Raynee Taliaferro!! She is from Ardmore, Oklahoma where she cheered competitively at Oklahoma Outlaws for 16 years. She was also a member of the Varsity Cheer Team in High School, and were State qualifiers. She has coached tumbling and cheer classes for over 4 years. She is currently taking classes at ECU and a member of the ECU Cheer Team.
Preschool Gymnastics Coach
Hello! My name is Destiny Golden and I’m so happy to be a part of the Champion family! I took gymnastics on and off from pre-school to elementary in this very building I coach in now. I was also a dancer at Central Oklahoma Dance Center for 4 years through Junior High and part of High School. I have been coaching at Champions on and off for the past 5 years and I absolutely love it. I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids, coaches, and bosses to be surrounded with every week! My faith is the most important part of my life, and my goal is to demonstrate the love of God to every kid I coach and every person I come in contact with!
Private Lesson Coach
My name is Karmeishie Bray, but I go by Karm! I cheered for 13 years before graduating, with two years of gymnastics experience and being a two time All-American cheerleader thrown in the mix. I currently work as a UCA staff member and also cheer at ECU where I am studying for my Bachelors of Science in Nursing!.
Private Lesson Coach
Hello! My name is Julia Quinton, but you can call me Coach Jae. I am excited to be able to coach and help mentor young kids at Champion Athletics. I am 21 years old from Owasso, OK. I recently attended OU, but will be transferring to ECU in the fall. I was a competitive and school cheerleader for 15 years. I was honored as a NCA All-American Cheerleader in 2012, and was awarded best leadership skills. I have won many competitions both on competitive and school cheer teams. I also was a power tumbler. I have coached all levels and ages from tiny tots classes to middle school cheer squads all the way through power tumblers at Spirit Xplosion. My main focus with tumbling and gymnastics is all about proper technique and execution. Making sure athletes are learning in a safe environment while not over exerting their body. Tumbling has always been a passion of mine as a kid, I’m honored to be on the other side providing the same experience as a coach. Thank you and can’t wait to work with everyone!