Athletes from the Louisville Metro and Southern Indiana area will comprise the US National Junior All Girl Team.
Sacramento, Calif., December 9, 2019 – USA Cheer has announced the coaches and regional areas representing the US National Junior All Girl Team, which will compete in the Junior All Girl Division at the 2020 International Cheer Union (ICU) World Cheerleading Championships, which take place April 27 – 29, 2020 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resorts.
Jay Kirk will take the reins as the Head Coach for 2020. Kirk brings 23 years of coaching experience, including as coach of the 2017 and 2018 US National Junior All Girl Teams, which each brought home Gold Medals for their performances. Kirk is currently the coach of the seven-time national champions Eastside Middle School and seven-time Kentucky State Champions and nationally ranked Bullitt Central High School. He also cheered at Morehead State University Cheer where he was part of three college national championship wins.
Rounding out the coaching staff will be Assistant Coaches Carrie DeBold and Dez Owens, both prominent coaches in Kentucky schools. Athletes from schools in the Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana area will make up the 2020 US National Junior All Girl Team.
“I am excited to have Jay, Carrie, and Dez back as coaches from the Louisville Region,” says Tony Nash, Director of US National Teams for USA Cheer. “This group of coaches and teams represented the US National Junior Team in our first two years of competition with the ICU taking home the gold each time. Having worked with Jay and his coaching staff multiple times in the past, I am fully confident in their ability to train and prepare this team for success. The level of skill they produce year after year is incredible and we look forward to working with them again as the US National Junior All Girl Team for 2020.”
“I am truly honored and excited that I have been selected once again to be a part of the coaching staff for USA Cheer,” says Kirk. “I am proud and look forward to showcasing the talent in our region. It is humbling that USA Cheer has the confidence in my coaching abilities to build a team to represent the country. I have an incredible amount of devotion and passion for cheer and developing successful young athletes in such a fast-growing sport.”
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The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for-profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of STUNT. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.