Our Cheer Coaches

 

Katie Kapua

Owner

katiek@southbaycheer360.com

 

Katie has coached women’s gymnastics for 16 years and was a competitive gymnast. She has organized and created developmental gymnastics programs and has written gymnastics curriculum with an emphasis on progressions. She heard about the many injuries caused by cheerleaders skipping fundamental steps, and just throwing skills they were not prepared for. She started volunteering with teams and coaches to help them keep the athletes safe. While working with various cheer teams, she heard of the need for a quality cheer program in the South Bay area and decided to start South Bay Cheer 360. Katie is USAG certified, USASF certified, CPR, and AACCA certified. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude and Honors in her major while receiving her BA in Liberal Studies. One of her greatest joys as the owner of South Bay Cheer 360 is enjoying and celebrating the daily successes of her students in the 360 program.

Kenny Hayes

All Star Coach and Manager

coachkenny@southbaycheer360.com

Kenny started cheering for El Camino College and continued in the program for 2 years. At the end of his second year in 2014 , his team walked away with a State Championship at CheerPros. Kenny has been coaching for 2 ½ years now. He started at West Torrance High as the JV coach for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 season. In 2015 they won first place at JAMZ Nationals in Las Vegas! Kenny is currently now the head coach for North Torrance High School. He has been coaching tumbling and flyer classes at South Bay Cheer 360 for over a year, and is excited to start as an All Star coach with the Junior 1 team and Senior Level 2 team. He loves coaching cheer because he get to help kids reach their full potential not only in cheer, but in life! Being a coach to Kenny is not just about making students run and yell counts, it’s about teaching them huge life lessons like being a part of a team, responsibility, never giving up, time management, and all things that they can take with them when they leave our cheer gym. Yes, he can teach you how to do a back tuck, but he would rather teach you how to be a leader! Kenny’s goal is to build strong teams at North Torrance High, and South Bay Cheer 360, and he will do that by building strong cheer families that bond and work together.

Tim Rivera

Class Manager and Front Desk

 

Tim started cheering in high school, where he was recruited as a sophomore, and was the varsity captain for his last 2 years. During high school, his team won six 1st place titles, won State Champions at Spirit Club, and also won 1st place title at USA. He continued cheering in college where his team won CHEERpros State Champions at Spirit Club, and won 1st place title at USA. Tim has also competed with CheerForce’s International Level 4 All Star team. He was awarded the Top Ten All American Award at USA Spirit Camp in Anaheim, CA. Tim has coached tumbling, flyer, and cheer classes at South Bay Cheer 360 since 2014. He also assisted with the Senior Level 2 and 3 teams the 2014-2015 season, and coached a Level 1 Prep Team. He is CPR and USASF certified. This season he is the Lead coach for the Level 2 Junior team, and assistant for the Level 3 Senior team. He is also the JV coach for West Torrance High School. He is excited for this upcoming season, and all the new talent in the gym. He truly loves helping his students feel successful, and takes a lot of pride in assisting his students to achieve their goals.

Davis Rahal

All Star Consultant and Coach

Davis grew up in Florida where he started gymnastics at four years old, and soon after found competitive cheerleading in 6th grade. He then went on to cheer on Top Gun All Stars Large Coed team all of high school where he won over 15 National Championships with his team and Two World Championships back to back in 2007 and 2008 – his senior and “super senior” year! It was these last two years where he also started to travel with the Top Gun staff each summer and he began to choreograph and teach teams all over the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and was mentored by Top Gun Staff. He continued his cheer career into college by receiving a full cheerleading scholarship to the University of Central Florida where he helped his squad take home the bronze and silver medals at UCA college Nationals his sophomore and junior year!  Davis graduated in 2011 from University of Central Florida with Honors with a Bachelors Degree in International & Global Studies, with a minor in hospitality, and another in Spanish Culture and Civilization.

After graduating he proceeded to put his plans of Law School on the back burner to pursue his passion for performing and moved to Los Angeles where here received the prestigious EDGE Performing Arts Center – Scholarship. Davis has danced on Dancing With The Stars- troupe dancer, Americas Got Talent Season 10-13, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Super Bowl with Prince & Cirque De Soliel, LaLaLand, Golden Globes, Arcade Fire music video with Emma Stone “Anna”, Todrick Hall, Magic Mike, and currently on Tour with Erika Jayne from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills show on Bravo- just to name a few!

Davis has over 18 years experience in the cheerleading industry and it is in his DNA! His training at Top Gun Allstars as well as his experience and knowledge as a professional dancer has given him knowledge and experience that has given him the ability to teach and choreograph in a way that gives the teams he works with that “it” factor!

Shawné Livernoise

Class Coach and All Star Coach

Shawne has been tumbling since she was 6 years old. She started cheering for Pop Warner’s Torrance Panthers. Shawne is currently Varsity captain for Torrance High School’s Varsity cheer team, and also is on her second year as a Junior Coach with South Bay Cheer 360. Shawne is also a member of the Coed Senior 4 team, Cyclone. She loves to coach because she feel cheer is such an insane and great sport, and she would love to pass on the passion she has for cheer to her students. Cheer has inspired Shawne to pursue a career in sports medicine as a sports physician, or orthopedic surgeon.

Sydney Egan

Class Coach & All Star Coach

Sydney started her cheerleading in Palos Verdes Pop Warner.  In order to prepare for high school cheer she joined a Cheer 360 All Star team, and got hooked.  Sydney has been cheering with South Bay Cheer 360 since 2014, and has become a strong part of the 360 family.  With her teams she has won competitions such as: GSSA, Cali Finale, Aloha Las Vegas, CheerSport, USA Nationals, Jamz, and others.  Sydney started coaching for Cheer 360 in 2016, and is the favorite of many of our students.

Matt Mitchell

Class Coach and All Star Coach

Coach Matt came to 360 all the way from the East Coast.  He has been teaching and instructing cheer for 15 years, and has 9 years of competitive cheer experience.  He has experience stunting from levels 1 to 6, and tumbling from levels 1 to 5 in proper form, drills, and technique.  He coached and competed for Maryland Twisters in Maryland and Virginia.  At Maryland Twisters he a worked with teams and classes, and was one of the gym’s main tumbling instructors.  Matt has also competed with Top Gun’s International Level 5 team, Immortals.

Jake Hawley

Class Coach & All Star Coach

Jake is a West High School graduate with 2 years of cheerleading experience. Jake’s Senior year of high school he cheered on West High’s Varsity team winning a Jamz National Championship. Jake has worked for the LA Clippers Cheerleading and Dunk Team, and competed for 2 years with South Bay Cheer 360 on our Level 3 Senior Co Ed teams. Jake’s favorite part of cheer, aside from the tumbling, is perfecting his partner stunting skills. His main goal in cheerleading is to help younger students learn their tumbling and stunting skills. Jake hopes to continue his cheerleading in college when he transfers.

Bobby Miller

Class Coach

Coach Bobby grew up in Las Vegas and developed his love of love tumbling through his experience as an acrobatic performer on the Las Vegas Strip, a UNLV Cheerleader, and as a competitive Acrobatic and Power Tumbler.  His accomplishments as a competitive tumbler include: 3 time Nevada State Tumbling Champion, 3 time California State Tumbling Champion, 3 time Western Regional Tumbling Champion, and 2 time National Tumbling Champion.  Bobby started his coaching career in 1983 by coaching Las Vegas dance performers, and high school cheerleaders.  Since then he has trained dozens of National Tumbling Champions, and has helped many Cheer 360 athletes reach their tumbling goals.  Coach Bobby is also certified in level 1-5 tumbling with the USASF.

 

Melissa Blanco

Special Needs Class Coach

Melissa grew up dancing and cheered for pop warner. She since has coached her daughter in pop warner cheer. Currently, she gets to watch the love and passion of performing in the eyes of her daughter who lives for all star cheer at 360. Melissa graduated from CSUF with a B.S. in Health Science and a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on the childhood and adolescent population. She currently works in Special Education. She has 15 years of experience working with infants, children and adults with special needs. She finds so much joy in helping children reach goals and watching them grow. Melissa hopes to further her education in the near future in the area of Occupational Therapy to continue her work with the special needs population.