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Jay Taylor

Jay started cheering back in 1994 at Monrovia Middle School and then went on to cheer at Sparkman High School. After graduation he cheered at Snead State and The University of Alabama. Jay was also apart of UCA staff before he joined the United States Marine Corps. He has instructed tumbling classes and coached competitive cheer at different gyms across the state before deciding to open his own facility. Now as the owner of AEC, he continues to encourage and teach the future generation of cheerleaders through class instruction and competitive teams. 

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer was a competitive gymnast for 13 years including being on the level 8 and 9 state teams several years before moving to competitive cheerleading. While Jennifer has coached on and off for several years, you will usually find her handling administrative duties in the gym and supporting the coaches and athletes in the background. 

TJ Cunningham

TJ is from Lincoln, Tennessee. He grew up in competitive gymnastics until high school when he switched to all star cheer.  All Star cheer was his passion and it allowed him to attend and cheer for the University of Alabama.  After school he coached all stars and developed tumbling class curriculum to develop effective progression. You can find TJ coaching all levels of tumbling and specialty classes at Alpha Extreme. He is also coaching our youth level 2 team, Sovereign, and our junior level 3 team, Royal Rebellion this season.

Caton Bennett

Caton has more than 20 years of cheerleading experience and 10 years of coaching experience. Caton cheered at Hoover High School where she competed at the state and regional levels as well as competing on levels 3-5 through all-stars. Caton cheered at UAB where she competed at UCA College Nationals four years in a row. She is currently the head coach of our junior level 1 team, Supremes, mini level 1 team, Mini Majesty and the assistant coach to our senior level 3 team, Lady Reign. You can find Coach Caton reaching our tiny tot, level 1 and flyer flexibility classes. 

Emily Colburn

Emily is currently a student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in education. She just finished her senior year of cheering at UAB after 4 successful years of cheering on the sidelines and competing at UCA College Nationals. Prior to college, Emily cheered through high school and on all star teams up to level 5 including a Cheerleading Worlds team. She has 4 years of experience on UCA staff. You can find Emily coaching level 1-3 classes as well as specialty classes. She is currently coaching our mini level 1 team, Mini Majesty and junior level 2 team, Monarchs. 

Claire Key

Claire is from Hoover, Alabama and is currently studying at the University of Montevallo to teach secondary education. She has more than 6 years of cheerleading experience at the all star and high school level. Claire was on levels 3 to 5 while she was competing in all star cheerleading and competed at competitions such as NCA National Championships and Cheerleading Worlds. She cheered at Spain Park High School where she competed at the state, regional and national level. She has 4 years of coaching experience that include teaching classes, coaching teams and assisting with high school cheerleading teams. You may see her teaching classes varying from tiny tots, level 1-2 and a few specialty classes.

Lexi Hunt

Lexi is from Helena, Alabama and is currently attending the University of Alabama Birmingham with a major in nursing. She has over 7 years of all-star and school cheerleading experience. She has competed up to level 3 in all stars as well as competing at the state, regional and national level with Helena High School. You may see Lexi around the gym coaching tiny tots, level 1-2 and some specialty classes. She is currently also coaching both our youth and junior level 2 teams, Sovereign and Monarchs.

Vernon Turner

Kari Hunt

Mrs. Kari has a long history as a cheerleading mom. While both of her children are now in college, she still enjoys being part of this world by helping with the administrative duties at Alpha Extreme. 






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