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Morgan Craig - Owner & Gym Director

Morgan has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 30 years. He has coached and choreographed for all levels of cheerleading from youth teams to college and is highly sought after for his choreography and music mixes.  Morgan has worked as a regional cheerleading judge for the United Spirit Association and America's Best Cheer & Dance. 

For 20 years, he was the Creative Director/Coach for CHEER San Francisco, a professional adult cheerleading team that has performed across the United States as well as in Amsterdam, Singapore, Australia and Canada.   Morgan is in his 13th year as the Cheerleading Coach at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA.  - the six-time USA Northern California Champions, 2006 Athletic Championships National Champions and the seven-time runner-up to the United Spirit Association’s High School National Cheerleading Championships.  Morgan  was a head coach at the FOCUS All Star Cheer Gym in Redwood City where his all-star teams won 4 National titles in their first two years.  Morgan is a member of the Golden State Spirit Association (GSSA) as well as being a certified cheer coach through the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) and the United States All Star Federation (USASF – Level 5 certification). He is also First Aid and CPR certified.  Morgan was selected as a featured coach in the 2006  “Who’s Who” issue of American Cheerleader Magazine.  

Darrell Franzela

Team Coach

Darrell found her love for dance at the age of seven when she started ballet. She started cheerleading in the 7th and 8th grade. In High School, she continued her passion for 3 more years, and was Captain her Junior year.  For the past ten years, Darrell has coached the cheerleaders at St. Catherine of Sienna School in Burlingame. Throughout these years, her teams have been very successful, placing in several local competitions. In 2009, Darrell was named “Coach of the Year” at the Mercy HS cheer competition.  She has an immense love and dedication for cheer and dance, and enjoys sharing her passion with others.

Kelly Venezia

Special Needs Coach & Director

Kelly has been involved in cheerleading since she was a little girl. She was a cheerleader through her Jr. High and High School years. Kelly has attended 4 USA Spirit Camps and was selected to try out for the USA summer staff when she was a senior in High School.  For the past 15 years, Kelly has been the cheerleading coach and drama teacher at St. Charles School in San Carlos.

Being active is very important to Kelly. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, teaching classes such as cardio kickboxing and spin. Her passion lies in fitness for children and she runs “Cardio Kids” classes and is the Director of the “Kids Zone” at the YMCA in San Mateo. Kelly also works with Cancer patients in developing a fitness routine in a program called “Living Strong, Living Well”. Kelly is First Aid and CPR certified.  Kelly lives in San Mateo with her husband and two children.

Kim White

Tumbling Instructor & Cheer Coach
Kim was a competitive gymnast for 14 years. After moving to California in 1993 she began coaching at San Mateo Gymnastics and has been there ever since. While at San Mateo Gymnastics she taught recreational gymnastics, development team, Level 5/6 Compulsory Team and earned her Compulsory Judging credentials. She is currently coaching a pre competitive team and training future coaches at San Mateo Gymnastics. She has 3 children ages 5, 10 and 13. When her daughter, Taylor, joined Premier, she enquired about sharing her passion for coaching with the gym. She is a strong advocate for positive coaching, and not only teaching gymnastics or cheer but teaching “Life Lessons” through it. She plans on becoming a certified cheer coach and to continue to educate herself on new skills, new technique or coaching ideas to help give the athletes a full and safe experience while here at Premier.

Lessandro DeSouza

Coach and Tumbling Instructor
Lessandro was born in Brazil but grew up in San Francisco and the Peninsula. He played lacrosse in high school and college. He started cheering because lacrosse friends invited me to cheer and he has loved it ever since.

Lessandro cheered for Focus All Stars in 2004 and coached with for the past 9 years from 2005 to 2013. He cheered on their Level 5 All American team and Level 6 teams for seven years and competed at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2011 and 2013. Lessandro has taught Level 1-5 tumbling as well as co-ed stunting and has coached teams Levels 1through 6. He was a Partner Stunt champion in 2005 and 2006. Lessandro also mixes music for multiple teams across the US as well as teams in London. He had the opportunity to work with many innovative choreographers that have sculpted his choreography and coaching style. He enjoys intensity and is highly competitive in good nature. Lessandro’s goal as a coach is to not only improve the athletes physical performance but mental performance as well. His leadership skills and hard work ethic was established from sports and he strives to inspire athletes to do the same if not more.