Director & Coach Shonna Fickes
2x National Champion Youth Sparkles 2014-2016 - Junior Radiance 2016/2017- Senior Infinty 2008-2019 - Super Nova 2017/2018- Youth Twilightz 2018/2019
Shonna is an original founding member of Raider Starz. She has coached with Coach Makeda for 8 years. Shonna served as Director of Cheerleading and on the board of Coatesville Kid Raiders for 4 years while also serving as a Head Coach and Board member of Raider Starz. She is AACCA and Red Cross certified . Coach Shonna holds degrees from Thaddeus Stevens State College, Delaware County Community College and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. Coach Shonna is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She hold up to date certifications in CPR & first aid, also safety clearances.
Director & Coach Makeda Bowens-Hoover
Senior Infinity 2008-2019- Super Nova 2017/2018- Star QUEENZ 2019
Makeda Is An Original Founding Member Of Raider Starz. She Has Coached With Shonna For 8 Years. She Served Both As Assistant Director, Head Coach And Board Member Of The Coatesville Kid Raiders Cheerleading Organization. Makeda Cheered At Both Coatesville High School And Lincoln University Where She Obtained Her Bachelor's Degree. She Is Employed By The US Postal System And Serves On The Board Of Raider Starz. Coach Makeda is Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise certified. She is up to date in CPR & first aid and safety clearences.
Coach Kayla Draper
2x National Champion Youth Sparkles 2014-2016, Junior Radiance 2016-2019 - Super Nova 2017/2018
Kayla cheered for 11 years before joining Raider Starz as a coach. Kayla began cheerleading with Coatesville Kid Raiders and continued to cheer through middle school & high school.Kayla served as captain of her varsity squad her senior year while simultaneously shining as a Raider STar during the 2009-2011 seasons. She is honored to have more than 20 first place and 8 Grand Champion awards. Kayla is continuing her nursing studies and plans to graduated spring 2016. Coach Kayla is Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise certified. She has up to date CPR & first aidcertifications & safety clearences.
Coach Angie Zurita -
Peewee Twinkles 2015-2016, Youth Sparkles 2016-2017- Junior Radiance 2019- Little Dipperz 2018/2019
Angie is lifetime resident of Coatesville & a 1994 graduate of CASH. She spends her time as a home health aide working with families throughout surrounding areas & as fulltime mom of 4. Dom, 2013 Coatesville graduate and now serves his country in the Marine Corps, Sissy, Jeni, & Mia. She became apart of Raider Starz 5 years ago when Sissy joined the Senior team at the age of 13. Her two youngest children also have become apart Starz as our program continues to expand. Coach Angie is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.
Coach Kim Bostic- Youth Sparkles 2016/17 - Youth Cosmic 2017/2018- Youth Twilightz 2018/2019
Kimberly joins our coaching staff as a former cheerleader and past member of the Morristown Step Team in New Jersey. She received her Associate's degree from Northampton Community College. Kimberly currently serves as a one-on-one instructional assistant for an elementary student. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family. Coach Kim is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She holds up to date CPR &first aid certifications & all of her safety clearances.
Coach Laneka Reeves- Youth Sparkles 2016/2016 - Junior Radiance 2017-2019
Laneka embraces her opportunity to coach with fond memories of her own cheerleading days along with more than twenty years of experience as an educator. She has taught at the elementary level and currently teaches in a middle school setting. She earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in education from Bloomsburg University and Gratz College respectively. When she is not coaching, Laneka enjoys spending quality time with her family. Coach Laneka is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.
Coach Gina Gallo - Youth Cosmic 2016-2017/2018
has previously coached both gymnastics and cheerleading. As a former gymnast, dancer and cheerleader herself she enjoys these activities as well as coaching the athletes. Gina is an Senior Paralegal within the legal department at a large pharmaceutical company. She has degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Management as well as a Paralegal Certificate. She, her husband Don, and their 4 children are residents and members of the Coatesville community. Coach Gina is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.
Coach Faith Butcher- Youth Cosmic 2016-2017/2018- Youth Twilightz 2018/2019
Faith began cheerleading at the age of 6 with the Coatesville kid raiders. She became a competitive cheerleader with Raider Starz at the age of 10 when the organization was established & was the youngest athlete on the team. Through out her years on the team , she simultaneously cheered for Coatesville kid Raiders, Scott middle school, south brandywine middle school, and Coatesville high school. During her senior year, she was hand picked as an all-American cheerleader and invited to represent the United States in the New Year's Day parade in London England. This is Faith's first year as a coach and as a recent graduate from Coatesville high school she plans to attend Robert Morris university in 2017.Coach Faith is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.
Coach Nicole Griest - Mini Twinkles 2016-2018- Senior Infinity 208/2019
Nicole is a former cheerleader of 11 years and has cheered for multiple organizations. Some of those organizations include the Downingtown Young Whippets, South Brandywine Middle School, Coatesville High School, and Cheer Excel All Stars. Not only did she cheer for Cheer Excel but, coached for the organization as well. Nicole received her cosmetology license from Pulse Beauty Academy and currently works at Avante as a hair stylist. Coach Nicole is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. She has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.
Coach Jared Weathers- Youth Sparkles 2015-2016-
Coach Jared was the first male to compete with Raider Starz from 2012-2013. In 2013, he coached cheer camps around the Hershey, Cleona, and Hummelstown areas. He then went on to compete with CheerTyme Invasion IOC 5(International Open Coed Level 5), located in Mechanicsburg, PA and ended his 2013-2014 season at Worlds. Coach Jared obtained his associates degree in Architectural Technology from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2015. Last season he helped coach Youth Sparkle L2 to their second National Championship. Currently he cheers for the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Jared is certified in Heatwise, Concussionwise, & Heartwise. He has up to date CPR & first aid certifications and all safety clearences.