Athletes from the Chicago Region will comprise the US National Junior Coed Team.

Sacramento, Calif., December 9, 2019 – USA Cheer has announced the coaches and regional area representing the US National Coed Team, which will compete in the Junior Coed 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.

Jared Erlenbaugh, who returned to the Chicago area after graduating from the University of Kentucky where he cheered on their national college cheerleading championship team, has been named coach of the US National Junior Coed Team. He has served as Regional Director for NCA Speed Camps, building its profile in Illinois, and as Allstar Director for the Ice Allstars in Barrington, Ill., developing a reputation as the winningest choreographer in Illinois over the last ten years.

“We are excited to work with the Chicago Region for the second year in a row,” said Tony Nash, Director of US National Teams for USA Cheer. “Jared and his team of coaches were outstanding to work with last year and we’re looking forward to another great year with the US National Junior Coed Team. Jared’s ability to take these athletes to such a high level in a short time is extraordinary.”

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to help guide these amazing young people in the pursuit of representing their country on the US National Junior Coed Team,” says Erlenbaugh. “We’re motivated to bring home another gold for USA!”

Erlenbaugh will be joined on the coaching staff by Assistant Coaches Brianna Grady and Shannon Leetch, both coaches based in the Chicago area. The 2020 US National Junior Coed Team will be drawn from the Chicago metropolitan area.

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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.