SUPERSTAR STAFF

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T.J. Banas

Head Coach

T.J. Banas is from Pittsburgh Pa. and is a Penn State graduate, with a Bachelor's in English Literature. He has over 13 years of experience coaching athletes in cheer, dance and high level gymnastics. He is both AACCA and USASF certified in all levels, including level 7. T.J. has completed and is certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, Concussion and Green light testing. He has demonstrated excellence in athletic program management, effective supervision, and has extensively traveled throughout the United States for clinics and competitions. T.J. has competed at the highest levels of College and All Star competitive cheerleading at both The UCA College Cheerleading Nationals and The US All Star Federation Cheerleading Worlds. He has most recently won The 2022 Bahama Royale in Nassau Bahamas in both the international Coed division as well as a winning partner stunt competition. He has coached over 90+ National Championship Cheerleading teams and has personally trained 85+ Individual athletes, that have gone on to make some of the most prestige Collegiate level teams.

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Kara Hickok

Cheer Coach

Kara is a Penn State graduate with a bachelors in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters degree in Public Health. She has been cheering since she was 6 years old and was on our first ever open team 5 years ago as well as being on our open team the past two seasons. Kara is USA Cheer Safety, Concussion and NFHS certified. She was on the State College High School Varsity team from 2010-2014, the Penn State Club Cheer team in 2016, and went to the Cheerleading Worlds in 2021. Kara has experience coaching Little Lions, Bulldogs, and choreographed for OLV cheer. Most recently, Kara won The 2022 Bahama Royale in Nassau, Bahamas, in the International Coed division.

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Lexi Whysong

Cheer and Tumbling Coach

Lexi is a former level 9 gymnast who has cheered on our open team the past three seasons. Lexi not only can tumble like nobody's business, but she has 10 years of completive gymnastics experience and has six years coaching experience in tumbling and gymnastics. Lexi's ability to both coach and still be able to perform all skills makes her a great asset to our coaching staff. Lexi is looking forward to starting her junior year at Penn State University as well as continuing to help our gym grow. She loves watching athletes become more confident within themselves and their tumbling.

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Robyne Schall

Tumbling Instructor

Robyne Schall started her all-star cheerleading career at Superstar athletics 3 years ago. While on our open team she has received both at-large, and fully paid bids to the "Cheerleading Worlds." She was captain of her high school cheerleading squad in Derry, Pennsylvania. Before cheerleading Robyne was a competitive dancer and gymnast for 16 years where she competed at the national level. She has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for the past 5 years. She is USAG certified in safety, risk management, and the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling.