Athletes from the Chicago, Illinois Area will comprise the US National Junior Coed Team

Bartlett, Tenn., January 24, 2019 – USA Cheer has announced the coach and regional area representing the US National Junior Coed Team, which will compete in the Junior Coed Division at the 2019 International Cheer Union (ICU) World Cheerleading Championships, which takes place April 24 – 26, 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resorts.

Jared Erlenbaugh, who hails from Chicago, has been named the coach of the US National Junior Coed Team. Erlenbaugh earned two national college cheerleading championship titles as a cheerleader at the storied University of Kentucky program. He has worked as a head instructor for NCA Speed Camps, building its profile in Illinois. For the past nine years, Erlenbaugh has coached and managed a club team, for athletes who look to compete after their high school cheer career’s end. This season, he will focus on building the US National Junior Coed Team from Chicago-area schools, including Belvidere North High School and South Elgin High Schools.

“Jared comes from a long line of success as both an athlete and coach. As a former member of the University of Kentucky cheerleading program, his work ethic and success are unparalleled. Jared understands the necessary drive to make his teams successful, that is evident by the coaching and choreography that he continues to produce at a high level,” said Tony Nash, Director of US National Teams for USA Cheer. “We are excited to have Jared leading the charge with the US National Junior Coed Team and know that he will be able to continue the successful tradition that we aspire each year.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help give these young athletes a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country at the highest level of cheerleading” said Erlenbaugh. “To help usher in the next generation of ambassadors for USA Cheer will fulfill a lifelong mission of my coaching career.”

In addition to Jared coaching the US National Junior Coed Team, he will be joined by Blake Johnson, Director of US Junior National Team Programs. Blake has an extensive choreography background and experience working with both the Junior and Premier USA Cheer National Teams.

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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.