Our Staff

Coaches at GymTyme Illinois are USASF-certified in all levels of instruction for pyramids, stunts, basket-tosses and tumbling. Our goal is to help athletes develop the skill and confidence to perform at the highest level of competition and to teach life lessons through sport. With six coaches who have earned top honors at Worlds, NCA and Cheersport, either as an athlete or coach, you won’t find a staff with more credentials under one roof.

Cheerleading Coaching Staff

Justin Miller

3 NCA National Championships
3 Summit Championships
Multiple 2nd and 3rd place finishes at NCA, The Summit and Cheersport Nationals

Justin has 9 years experience coaching level 2 through level 5 teams and is spent 4 years as a certified developmental gymnastics coach and tumbling instructor at the Illinois Gymnastics Institute. In 2015, he lead 3 teams into the top 3 at NCA and/or The Summit. The previous year he earned 4 national titles and 2 runner-up finishes at Cheersport, NCA and The Summit. At The Summit 2013, he coached his team to a runner-up finish in the Large Coed Senior 3 division. Justin also leads camps and clinics for junior high, high school and collegiate cheer squads having worked with the UIC and NIU squads.

Tumbling Coaching Staff

Emily Broadhurst

Emily’s coaching experience spans 11 years across All Star, high school and IRCA recreational cheer. She has earned titles as a coach/owner of Cheer Envy Allstars at CSG, JamLIVE, GLCC, Jamfest, COA, US Finals, WSF, and Xtreme Spirit. In 2015, she lead her Junior 3 team to an At Large Bid to Summit. Emily has 6 years as a cheer athlete. She cheered 4 years at Lincoln-Way East High School taking 1st place at both her regional and sectional competitions and placing in the top 10 at the IHSA state competition in 2005 and 2006. She won the COA and Jamfest National Championships as an All Star cheerleader at Allstar Athletics. Emily majored in dance at Columbia College Chicago and trained at the The Dance Company for 3 years. Her specialties are hyperflex/flying, choreography and dance technique.

Manuel “Manny” Alvarado

Manny has been coaching tumbling for 5 years starting at Ultimate Athletics in 2014. He has 3 years experience as an All Star cheerleader competing in the IOC5 division. Manny is certified to teach all levels of tumbling and stunting technique. He also works with our Special Abilities athletes.


Administrative Staff

Cristi Hegedus

Front Desk

Cristi has over 20 years combined cheer experience as an athlete and coach. She has coached for 10 years winning championship titles at WSF and Jamfest along with a Summit bid. Cristi is also a 2-time NCA Dallas National Champion coach. Cristi was an All Star athlete at Cheer Tyme All Stars, GymTyme All Stars as well as a University of Louisville cheerleader where she earned a Worlds title. cristi@gymtymeil.com

Felicia St. John

Program Manager, Full Season Cheer and Dance

Felicia, “Momma Fe,” has over 20 years coaching and a dozen years gym ownership experience. As owner of Cheer Command from 2003 to 2015, Felicia has hired and trained a talented coaching staff leading the organization to multiple championship titles. She has most recently taken on the role as Varsity coach at Central High School. Her experience includes coaching at Manteno High school 2013-2016 leading that squad to invitational and sectional wins qualifying for the state championship three years in a row. She coached both the Varsity and JV teams at Oak Forest High School for five years winning multiple titles and placing 3rd at ICCA state. Felicia is experienced in all levels of cheer. felicia@gymtymeil.com

Angie Caldwell

Program Manager, PrepTyme

Angie has been involved in cheerleading for more than 25 years and has coaching experience at the highest level of cheer (level 6) having coached the Varsity squad Eastern Illinois University and at Robert Morris University where she has coached for the past 4 years. During her 4 years as an All Star coach/owner at Five Star Cheer Academy, she coached the IOC6 team, ADDiction, leading them to a Full Paid Bid to the AMAZING Championship in Hollywood and an At Large Bid to Worlds in 2014 where her team advanced to day 2 semi finals. Angie specializes in working with athletes of all ages and all levels helping them celebrate every goal along the way. angie@gymtymeil.com