Julie Hutchens

Julie Hutchens is the owner of Excite! Gymnastic and Cheer. Julie grew up in La Porte, Texas and she worked at their family owned business a Ben Franklin and her mom taught piano at their house. So, she got the bug to own her own thing early on. Her parents were committed to community involvement and volunteering which they taught her (as her mom would say)” You have to Raise Your Hand!” She cheered in school, was in the band, danced with the Houston Arts Dance Company, was in theater and other assorted sports. Which answers the question “yes” she has always been the same energizer bunny. She attended University of Oklahoma as a dance major, she taught dance and was a preschool coach and then somehow Excite! was born not just as a great preschool gym but also it grew into 2 top competitive programs cheer and gymnastics. She has 3 brothers and 2 kids: Nick and Alison along with Eli her son in law and A NEW grandbaby Hutch. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 35 years and counting! She loves about everything that she is doing at the time. IF asked what her favorite things is; she will say “whatever I am doing at the time”. She always wanted a gym that felt like home to ALL. She loves watching and cheering for the gymnasts and cheerleaders and watching the parents smile, clap and film too! Having Alison working with her is such a blessing and all the staff at the gym are her family too!! She knows that Excite! would not be what it is without the amazing staff! She loves each of them with all her heart along with all the families and kids that have thankfully passed through Excite! doors since February 2001. She has worked at several gyms during their 9 moves in 11 years and has won numerous awards in Rotary and from the city and in the community. She continues to volunteer for many board positions and is a Past President of the Highland Village Rotary. She is thankful for this ride, though it has not always been easy but always worth it when a kid giggles or smiles or calls her Mama J.

 

Directors

 

Alison Howard

Alison Howard is the Cheer Director at Excite! And is from Flower Mound and has been a part of Excite! Since it opened as an athlete. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast through Level 8, she qualified for regionals twice and also won state on Floor and Vault. In 2001, she then decided to make the switch to cheerleading. She cheered at Excite! From 2001-2007 and cheered at FMHS during her high school years. Her senior year, she competed on the World’s team that received 4th place at The Cheerleading Worlds. After graduating high school, she continued on to Stephen F. Austin State University and was a member of their Small Coed Cheerleading Team from 2007-2009. She then decided to transfer to Hawaii Pacific University after receiving a scholarship to be on in their cheerleading program. She cheered on their Small Coed team and won two NCA National Collegiate Titles with them. Her senior year of college, she made Team USA All Girl and received a Gold Medal with them at the ICU World Championships. In 2012, she graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. After Graduating, she felt it was time to come home and she has been working at the gym ever since. During her time back, she has competed at World’s and has received a Silver Medal, she has gotten 2 NCA Nationals titles as a coach and has received 2nd at The Summit as a coach. She currently lives in Corinth with her husband Eli, their son Hutch and their dog Hercules.

 

Wicam Smith

Wicam Smith is the Tumbling Director and an All star cheer coach at Excite! Originally from New York, Wicam was raised in Westchester County, just north of NYC. After graduating high school he went on to attend the University at Buffalo where he earned a bachelors degree in Communication. While at UB he was a cheerleader and competed with UB Cheer for the duration of his education. He went on to study and cheer at Hawaii Pacific University where he earned a degree in Human Resource Management. He was a member of the Large Coed Cheer team with which he won NCA Collegiate Nationals in 2011 and 2012. After college he took his passion for the sport and accepted a position at Excite! Wicam has worked with kids and been an educative administrator since 2007. He coached All star Cheer part-time in both Western New York and Honolulu, Hawaii. He competed at the All star level from 2013 - 2016 and earned a Silver Medal at the USASF Worlds in 2014. He currently lives in Lewisville, Tx and has family in New York, Connecticut and Atlanta, GA. On his free time he really enjoys traveling, cooking, outdoor dining and swimming.

Patty Miller

Patty Miller is Office and Billing Director. Patty has been a part of Excite! Gym and Cheer since 2002, as a parent of a cheerleader, team mom, Co-President and President of Booster Club. Before working at Excite! Patty attended Pittsburg State University and has had various jobs to include EKG Technician, Mortgage Processor, Church Childcare Provider, Godiva Chocolatier, Crossmark, Gurus 2 Go and many volunteer positions with church and children’s schools. Patty has been involved with Highland Village Rotary and Women of Flower Mound. Due to her involvement she was 2019’s Highland Village Rotarian of the Year and in 2008, she was Godiva’s Employee of the Year. Originally from Overland Park, KS, Patty now resides in Flower Mound, TX with husband John, together they have three children. Patty’s favorite quote is “If everyone does a little, no one does a lot.”

Caitlin Crane

Caitlin Crane is the Gymnastics Director for Excite! Gym & Cheer. Caitlin began gymnastics at two years old, but was in the gym with her sisters well before that! She fell in love with the sport and became an optional level gymnast. Caitlin also cheered competitively through high school and won several national titles, and went on to cheer at UNT, where she was the captain of the Coed team and studied Marketing. Caitlin has coached at Excite! since 2013, and has coached all ages and programs. With experience coaching preschool classes, camps, a cheer team, recreational classes, and gymnastics team, she has a true love and understanding for all we do at Excite!. Caitlin is from The Woodlands, Texas, and moved to the Dallas area in 2012 when transferring to UNT, and found her new home through working at Excite!. Caitlin has a baby boy named Easton, who has become her main hobby. She also has 3 fur babies--Marley, Luna, and Bear, is involved in several recreational leagues, and loves to play games with friends!

Managers

 

Blake Alonzo

Blake Alonzo-Covington is the Pro Shop Manager and Cheer/Tumble class coach at Excite! Gym& Cheer. Blake Started cheer in 2009 at a former local cheer gym called Cougar Cheer where he won NCA his very first year! He then went on to win NCA Nationals 6 more times including 2 times as a coach at Excite! Blake also won a world championship title in 2012, and placed 4th at Worlds in 2016. After high school, Blake went on to be a part of the National Cheerleaders Association, where he was a head instructor for 8 years. Blake who is originally from The Colony, Texas, continued to cheer at the University of North Texas, where he was the captain of the coed cheer team in 2014. Since then, Blake has been at Excite! Since 2013 and has made history with the gym coaching the first team to ever represent Excite! in finals at The Summit, as well as the first full paid bid to The Summit! Blake Currently lives in Watauga, Texas with his husband Dillon, and their 3 dogs Hunter, Ryder, and Parker.

Destiny Studer

Destiny Studer is the Preschool Manager, Social Media Manager, and All Star coach at Excite! Destiny has been with Excite! since 2004, where she cheered for 10 years. She started coaching as a Jr Staffer and became full after graduating High School. Destiny grew up in Bartonville, Texas and Graduated from Guyer High School in 2014, where she also cheered for all 4 years. She has multiple National Championship titles as an athlete and coach. She has taken several teams to The Summit and has a 2nd place title from The Regional Summit. Destiny currently lives in Lewisville, Texas with her dog Stella. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and working out

   

Kyle Black

Kyle Black is the Marketing Manager, All Star Cheer Coach and Class Coach at Excite! Originally from Georgia, Kyle has been involved with the competitive cheerleading industry for over eighteen years. Eleven of those eighteen years have included traveling from coast to coast providing choreography for High School, Collegiate, and All Star programs. Kyle competed on 4 World Championship-ranked All Start cheerleading teams, followed by moving to Hawaii where he was a member of the Hawaii Pacific University Large Coed competitive team. He went on to win two consecutive National Championship titles. Kyle then moved back to Georgia where he began the position of Assistant Spirit Coordinator and competition coach for the University of Georgia, along with coaching at the Stingray All Stars. During that time he helped lead UGA to place in the top three at NCA College Nationals along with winning the D1 Summit with the Stingray Allstars within the same year. Prior to Excite!, Kyle has ran a directed TKO Cheer in North Georgia for 5 years winning over 120 National Championship titles and consistently been a D2 Summit finalist program. Kyle continues to travel and provide choreography for programs across the county along with being able to pursue his passion for coaching at Excite!  

Additional Fab Staff!

   

Janet Cochran

Janet Cochran is a Judge/Coach. Before working at Excite! Janet attended the University of Texas at Arlington for a B.A. in Health/Physical Education, and North Texas State University for a M.Ed in Physical Education. She coached high school gymnastics teams in Irving ISD from 1982-2012 and began judging level 1-5 in 2013 and has been judging level 7/8 since 2016. Janet has been involved in –XXX—. Due to her hard work she has won the 2009 Texas TAHPERD Health Educator of the Year and the 2009 THSGCA Women's Gymnastics Coach of the Year. Originally from Cherry Point, NC, Janet now lives in Arlington, TX. Her family consist of her mother Faye Bannan, brother Pat Bannan, cat Felix and horse Sandy. Janet’s favorite quote is "Before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes.” -Joe South 1969

 

Lori Stephens

Lori Stephens works in the Front Office and as Checker in the gym. Before working at Excite!, Lori attended Washington University in St. Louis and worked at Walt Disney World, Gymboree and from home. She’s been involved in Cub Scout Leadership, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and was a Team Mom at Excite! for many years. Originally from Tulsa, OK, Lori now resides in Lewisville, TX with husband David, together they have three adult children. Lori enjoys reading, going to movies with friends, and traveling with her husband.

 

 Kourtney Parker

Kourtney Parker is a Gymnastics Team Coach. She has attended the University of Texas at Arlington and is a certified Kindergarten teacher. Kourtney has always lived in Highland Village and grew up in Excite! She started working at Excite! when she was 16. She has coached Gymnastics, cheer, and tumble. She has worked at a tutoring center focused on early childhood education, and worked in both Arlington ISD and Lewisville ISD as a kindergarten teacher. She has four younger sisters and a little brother. Kourtney’s favorite quote is “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

 

Mark Ragar

Mark Ragar is a Gymnastics and Tumble Coach. Before working at Excite! Mark attended the University of Arkansas Little Rock and has worked with Pine Bluff School of Gymnastics, Lewisville Gymnastics

 

Megan Graff

Megan is working in the front office. Born in Boise, Idaho but raised in Southern Utah just outside of Zion's National Park. She has been married to her husband Curtis for 13 years and they have 4 children, 3 girls & 1 boy. Brooklyn (12), Peyton (9), Quinn (8) & Tyler (5). All 3 girls cheer here at Excite! and baby brother is playing baseball. They have lived in Flower Mound for 4-1/2 years and absolutely love it!

 

Rachel Scheler

Rachel Scheler is a Pre-K Coach. Currently she is a junior at the University of North Texas, but before Excite! she was part of the NCA staff. For two years, Rachel did cheer at UNT and has been part of Pi Beta Phi. Originally from Nemo, TX, Rachel now lives in Denton, TX. Rachel’s favorite quote is Some people say my head is too big for my body and I say, ‘compared to what?’”

 

Rilee Pickett

Rilee Pickett is a Gymnastics team coach, Rec/ Tumble coach, and Outside Accounts Manager for Excite! Gym & Cheer. Rilee did gymnastics through level 8, and then transitioned into track & field and cheerleading when she moved to Texas from Iowa in 2013. She then continued her cheer career in college, cheering at Tyler Junior College and The University of North Texas. She graduated from UNT in 2020 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, and a minor in Recreation, Event, and Sport Management. Rilee has been coaching at Excite! since Spring 2019, and is competing as an athlete again this year on our Open level 4 team, Stealth. Rilee lives in Lewisville with her husband and is a dog mom to a Lab named Astro. She loves working out, coffee, and going to concerts!

Stacie Ternes

Stacie is a preschool gymnastic coach at Excite! Gym & Cheer. She was raised in Wichita, KS and grew up doing recreational gymnastics in a gym that was owned by her mother. She started assisting classes in her early teens and began teaching on her own at 16. After graduating from Kansas State University with a marketing degree in 1998, she worked for Boeing for a few years before her husbands job moved them to Texas in 2002. Having a one year old daughter, she decided to stay at home with her and began teaching gymnastics again part time at the Little Gym in Lewisville. When the Little Gym closed their doors in 2004, Julie was gracious enough to take in their students at Excite! and Stacie joined the team as well. She loves the little ones and has enjoyed coaching them throughout the years! Stacie has two daughters, Brooklyn and Addison, with her husband Craig. She loves to travel, especially to the beach, and spend time with her family and friends!

 

Sydney Williams

Sydney Williams is the Assistant Preschool Manager and coach. She began competing in All-Star cheerleading at Excite! in 2013 and went on to Sam Houston State University where she was a Cheerleader on the All Girl Team. She was on the team from 2015-2019 and in 2018, she became a Collegiate National Champion. In 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. Since then, she has been working at Excite! full time. She lives in Lewisville Tx with her fiancé Blake and her dog Piper.

Tausha Walker

Tausha McNack is in the Front Office and oversees the Girl Scout badge training for troops. Before working at Excite! Tausha attended Rockhurst University, worked in the accounting department at a mutual funds company and at a computer company. Tausha also opened a daycare that successfully ran for 8 years. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Tausha now lives in Denton, TX with her husband Keith where they have raised three children, Breanna, Brandon and Brooke. Tausha has been with Excite for 9 years and her daughter, Brooke, cheered for Excite for 8 years.Tausha’s favorite quote is “There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.”

Tia Travis

Tia Travis is a gymnastics coach for Excite! Gym & Cheer. She was born in Tallulah, Louisiana and moved to Texas shortly after she was born. She began gymnastics at the age of 10. She trained and competed for about 6 years and won multiple state titles. When Tia was a sophomore in high school she began cheerleading at The Colony. She continued for the next 3 years and was the varsity captain her senior year. Tia currently attends the University of North Texas where she is also a cheerleader. She competed at college nationals in Daytona in 2018, 2019, and 2021, winning 1 first place title. Tia will be graduating in December of 2021 with a degree in Kinesiology. She is also a 5th year NCA staffer. In the spring of 2017 Tia competed with Excite! as a cheerleader on Passion and began working as a coach in October of 2019. She currently lives in Denton, Texas and she has a labradoodle named Leo. Tia loves to travel, eat Cajun food, and have fun with her friends and family!