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Brittany Cavender

has been in the cheerleading industry for 20 years with her most notable experiences being an SMU Mustangs cheerleader, Trinity Christian Academy coach and Cheer Athletics nationally ranked athlete. Brittany has owned and operated Cross Cheer for a decade and enjoys the opportunity to reach little hearts for Christ in the Dallas and Austin area through cheerleading. In addition to Cross Cheer, Brittany enjoys being a wife (husband Kyle), mom to Bo & Kinsley (twins born July 2015) and JP (born June 2018) and attending Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

Cross Cheer is looking for high school, college and graduate cheerleading coaches who love the Lord and children to lead our camps!


Complete an application HERE!

Meet our Head Cheerleading Coaches:

Sarah Richardson

is a current kindergarten teacher at Brentfield Elementary in Richardson. She formerly cheered one year at the University of Texas at Austin and four years at J.J. Pearce High School. Sarah now devotes her time to leading girls in the Young Life Ministry. This is Sarah’s 8th summer with Cross Cheer and 4nd Summer leading our Austin area camps.

"You and your team are such great role models for the girls."  


-Caroline's Mom, Dallas, TX

Jaime Zapata

is a former Plano Senior High School Cheerleader, three time NCA All American, and won National Best Cheerleader in 2003 while competing with Pro Spirit, Inc. She is also a former National Cheerleaders Association camp head instructor, coached Lake Highlands Freshman cheer squad for four years and Independence High School Junior Varsity cheer squad for two years. She currently judges tryouts across the metroplex and teaches math at Independence High School. Jaime resides in Frisco with her husband Andy. They lead worship at Crossroads Bible Church.

Erika Toney 

has been involved in cheerleading for over 20 years including being an SMU cheerleader, winning 2nd place at NCA Collegiate National Competition, coaching High School Varsity cheer for 10 years at MacArthur High School and Trinity Christian Academy. In addition to working for Cross Cheer for many summers, Erika and husband, Michael, find joy in their two daughters, Raylee and Harper. She attends Watermark Community Church in Dallas..

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Ariel Pritchard

is a former University of Texas cheerleader. She cheered for 6 years with Spirit of Texas and 3 years at Coppell High School. She is a four time NCA National Chamption. Cheer Athletics. Ariel will be staring her junior year at UT, and is assistant coaching all-star cheer as well. She attends Austin Stone church in Austin and The Branch when she is in Dallas.


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Nicole Gottlich

is a former Highland Park HS cheerleader and an NCA and NCAA All American. Nicole grew up cheerleading and cheered all through High School, where she served as the captain and chaplin of her squad. She is now a Jnior at the University of Arkansas studying technical education in order to get her teaching license. She loves the Lord and enjoys sharing her experiences with young girls!  

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Danielle Clower

is  a student at Texas Tech University studying Human Development & Family Studies. She has  been cheering for 12 years with experience as an all-star cheerleader as well as 6 years of school cheer. She was the captain of her varsity team. Dani was the assistant coach for a junior varsity team for Southcrest Christian High School in Lubbock, TX, and also a coach for Lone Star Cheer Association. This will be her third summer with Cross Cheer. She loves connecting with the young girls and sharing her passion of cheerleading & the Lord!


Ellie Kauffman 

is a current student at UCLA studying Communications and Sociology in hopes of attending law school after college. She is a former high school cheerleader at Trinity Christian Academy where she won the state championship her junior year. Before cheer, she was a competitive gymnast and competitive dancer. This is Ellie’s third summer with Cross Cheer and she loves spending time with the girls and getting to teach them about God’s love for them!