At Spirit Elite we pride ourselves on promoting physical fitness, social development, self-discipline, and leadership through the provision of competitive athletic experiences and teamwork. We work hard to ensure that each participant achieves their “personal best” within an environment that is fun, safe, nurturing, structured and supervised by highly trained and qualified staff. We embrace the philosophy that “ALL” children are “STARS” and with the right amount of love, support and guidance, each of them will shine bright and will make an impact not only on the mat but also in the community.
Our GOOD FOR KIDS focus, coupled with our family environment creates an atmosphere that builds self-esteem and encourages personal excellence and self-discipline. We take pride in our ability to teach and train athletes from all AGE and SKILL levels. Spirit Elite provides the best staff and disciplined training program. We believe our success is directly related to our organization and discipline of athletes.
CJ Erskine - Cheer Director
CJ is our Cheer Director, as well as our Head Coach, and has been in the cheerleading industry for almost 10 years. CJ started out tumbling at a local facility when he was 6 years old. When he was 16, CJ began his first coaching job at a local all star gym, and continued until going to college in 2008. CJ attended Northwest Missouri State University from 2008 - 2009, where he was a member of the university spirit squad until transferring to the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2009. From 2009 to 2013, CJ was a member of the university spirit squad, and competed at NCA nationals every year. In 2013, CJ graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management, and since then has continued living his childhood dream of coaching.
Jen Cruse - Assistant Coach
Jen is one of our cheerleading and tumbling coaches, and has been in the cheerleading industry since 1997. She has extensive experience both on the competition mat as an athlete, and off the mat as a coach. She started cheering at Pattonville High School, and continued when she attended College at Maryville University. While a member on this squad, Jen quickly realized her passion for coaching and leading. She began coaching at Maryville University in St. Louis, and continued to coach there from 2003-2008.
When not coaching, Jen enjoys helping the growing church youth program that she founded in 2007, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two great kids.