STAFF

Samantha McChesney

Owner/Coach

Hello! Welcome to Ignite Cheer Academy! I fell in love with cheerleading the second I started in 2008. I was about to start my freshman year of high school when my friends told me to tryout for the high school cheerleading team. I went to the last day of tryouts, made the team, and it has been history from there. I started coaching the youth teams two years later and have been coaching ever since. I love everything about cheerleading and hope to pass that devotion to the sport to younger athletes. I started Ignite Cheer Academy to help cheerleaders find a home in the sport, have the option to compete at a high level or to participate non-competitively. I cheered in college my freshman year when I sadly had to retire from cheerleading due to seizures; my passion for coaching was kicked into high gear at that moment. I was the head coach at King Philip High School, followed by assistant coach at Walpole High School for four years, and now the head coach at Walpole High School and Framingham State University. I have been given the opportunity over the years to coach pop warner, high school, college, all star teams. I have been fortunate enough to coach athletes who have moved on to successful cheerleading careers including Collegiate National Champion titles. I am USASF All Star Cheerleading certified. I look forward to working with your child and helping to instill confidence, leadership, and teamwork skills. 

Achievements:

2019: Undefeated Season

2019: 1st place: 11  /  2nd place: 2  /  3rd place: 2

2018: 1st place: 17 /  2nd place: 8  /  3rd place: 4

2017: 1st place: 18  /  2nd place: 5  /  3rd place: 4

2016: 1st place: 6  /  2nd place: 4  /  3rd place: 3

2015: 1st place: 7  /  2nd place: 3  /  3rd place: 1

2014: 1st place: 5  /  2nd place: 2  /  3rd place: 2

2013: High School Nationals 2nd Place

2013: National Jump Champion

2013: National Stunt Champion

2013: Bay State All Star

2012: 1st place: 2 /  2nd place: 2 /  3rd place: 0

2012: Regional Champion

2012: Grand Champion

2011: High School National Champion

2011: 1st place:  4 /  2nd place: 2 /  3rd place: 1

2010: 1st place: 3 /  2nd place: 2 /  3rd place: 1

2009: 1st place: 3  /  2nd place: 2 /  3rd place: 0

2008: 1st place: 2  /  2nd place: 1 /  3rd place: 1

Ally Moran

Tumbling Instructor/Coach

Hi, my name is Ally, and I’m beyond excited to join Ignite Cheer. I come with 12 solid years of coaching experience, which includes gymnastics, all star cheerleading, youth cheer, group gymnastics, and parkour to children of all ages and ranging in strengths and abilities from beginner to elite. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ukrainian National Gymnast who taught me so much about the delicate biomechanics, physics and psychology of the sport. I have also been so fortunate to have had a great coach who went above and beyond for me, so I know how much of a difference a good coach can make. The gym has saved me over and over again, teaching me the most important of life’s lessons. My goal is to help create a healthy environment for athletes so they have a place where they can grow as individuals and safely stay active while learning to flip! With a nursing career around the corner, I emphasize safety on everything I teach. I focus on using proper technique and body mechanics to reduce the risk of both acute injuries as well as over-use injuries. Every child is so unique with their own strength, flexibility, fears, and my coaching really tailors to each without interrupting class, but rather fosters an open mind set and acceptance for differences amongst peers. I always explain to the girls that in order to teach every one the same things, I have to teach you all differently. What might have worked for someone else, might not work for you but that’s okay! I have plenty of different ways to try the same thing and I won’t give up until you do! However, the results I typically get are confident and long lasting from the athletes because of the progressions and concepts they learn along the way. In my opinion, tumbling should develop as one would learn to write their letters, with enough proficiency they can progress and we can perfect the neatness, quickness etc...as we go. This method is great for motivation helping to create attainable goals. With their success comes higher self esteem and more confidence in all that they do! 

-12 years coaching experience 

-Years of varying drills and progression work

-Ability to quickly identify errors/mistakes and correct them

-Ability to explain complex concepts to children of all ages, intelligence, personalities in terms and analogies they understand more easily. 

-Willing to work through fears and anxieties with athletes in general and for ‘lost’ skills or fear of going backwards (sometimes referred to a mental block) 

-USAG professional membership since 2013 (requires background check every 2 years. risk management/safety course and safe sport course annually)

-USASF professional membership 

-CPR/First aid certified since 2008

-EMT certificate of completion (Boston University 2013)

-Cheerleading judge for AYF 2014-2019

-USAG/NAWGJ Gymnastics Judge (r4/5)

-Currently working towards RN (MassBay) 

Emily Gouthro

CheerABILITIES Coach

Hello, I’m Emily and I am the coach of the All Star CheerABILITIES team! I have been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 4 years. It excites me to make a difference in the lives of individuals struggling to see their full potential. Providing an immense amount of support and positive encouragement, as well as a sensitive mindset is important to me while coaching this team. My patience and positive attitude will allow me to encourage individuals to see their strengths and accomplish their goals. My background includes taking care of all types of individuals and molding to each unique personality type; I find it important to cater to the needs of all individuals seeking to accomplish their hopes and dreams. I am driven to overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of bettering the lives of others. These individuals teach me new things everyday, including how to be a caring and compassionate person and I am forever grateful for that.

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