Staff

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Lori Hadley

Lori has always had a love for gymnastics and cheerleading. Growing up participating in both, Lori developed a passion for each sport and always tried to encourage her friends and fellow cheerleaders to get involved as well. Lori attended The University of Alabama from 1990-1994 and was the program director at Alabama Gymnastics Academy from 1990-1995, working very closely with David and Sarah Patterson, learning as much as possible by helping coach with the college team. She then opened, operated, and successfully ran her own gym and all-star cheerleading program in Eufaula, AL for 12 years.  
Lori decided to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from South Alabama so she sold her business and moved to Daphne in 2008. She coached several all-star teams at Cheer Force One during the three years she was in PT School and then moved with Gem of Champions when Cheer Force One closed in 2010. Lori has combined her numerous years of experience in gymnastics and cheerleading and her vast knowledge of physical therapy to make herself the best possible coach.
Lori LOVES, I mean LOVES, Alabama football, and her favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Easter.   She also loves Italian food, so it is no surprise her favorite restaurant is a local….Cousin Vinny's.  In addition, Lori enjoys working out, reading and learning, paddle boarding, fishing with her husband Steven.  Lori and Steven are very busy as Steven owns Daphne Fit Body Bootcamp.  They have three dogs, Samson (German Shepherd) , Douglas (rescue dog) and Livi (our other rescue dog), and they love to go on long walks with them.  When Lori and Steven are not working, or traveling to California for Steven's work, they enjoy just being at home with their dogs, watching great movies, and serving at Church of the Highlands.


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Bre Kucera

Coach Bre has been a remarkable team member of Next Level Tumbling for several years now. She is very passionate about the sport and has been coaching for more than 14 years. Just a few of her many accomplishments entail being a cheerleader for one of her favorite college football team, LSU. As well as being the Head Coach for the University of South Alabama’s cheerleading team. Bre is a true ‘Go Getter’. When she’s not coaching she’s in the gym working out, scuba diving with her brother Cory, or horseback riding. Some might not know this about Bre, but one of her biggest pet peeves is loud eating, so no smacking around her unless you want to see CRAZY EYES! Bre also enjoys dinners with her family at her favorite restaurant, R&R’s. Her favorite vacation has been to Key West, and the holiday she gets most excited for is Christmas. Your child will love being in class with Coach Bre… She loves working with kids and her passion for the sport is contagious.


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Shawn Johnson

Coach Shawn has been with Next Level Tumbling since 2012. He has been coaching this sport for over 25 years and has coached athletes for the World Championships in power tumbling. You could say he is a BIG DEAL. Shawn is married to Jamie Johnson and they have 2 cats. He loves to mountain bike, fish, and pull for all SEC football teams. Shawn is also the art teacher at Fairhope Middle School. A few more tidbits about him are: he enjoys vacations to Disney World, dining at Felix’s restaurant, and Christmas is his favorite holiday. Shawn’s biggest pet peeve is annoying sounds while he is driving. If you are in one of his classes, you are sure to enjoy his awesome personality along with his tender heart and genuine joy of working with children.


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Alexis Engleman

Coach Alexis is no stranger at Next Level; she was a student when the doors opened and became a junior coach not long after that. She exemplifies every CORE VALUE at Next Level!   She cheered at Robertsdale and then later at Fairhope (where she graduated) and is now at The University of South Alabama majoring in philosophy and political science for pre-law.   She is an AWESOME head coach!  Alexis LOVES her church, babysitting, working out, and HORSES!   This Mexican free-spirited lady knows just about as much about tumbling as Mrs. Lori herself.  Alexis's roommates say she is the backbone of their "household" always setting up roommate time and activities for them to bond over.  Trust us....your daughter (or SON) is going to LOVE being in Miss Alexis's class!


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Lauren Bayley Stokes

Lauren Bayley started with Next Level as a student and became a Junior Coach shortly after. Her favorite skill to spot is a backwalkover. Lauren Bayley attends the University of South Alabama majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. After graduating she hopes to work for the FBI. When Lauren Bayley isn't coaching she is probably baking, traveling the world or hanging with her Golden Doodle named Fried Chicken. Her favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-Fil-A and her favorite holiday is Christmas . An interesting fact about Lauren Bayley is that she can lick her elbow.


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Angel Black

Coach Angel has been a wonderful team member at Next Level Tumbling for several years. She has competed with the University of South Alabama in cheerleading and is very meticulous about the sport. When Angel isn’t working she enjoys being very active swimming, paddle boarding and being outdoors. There aren’t many things Angel doesn’t like, but one of here biggest pet peeves is when people say the word “can’t”. Angel loves spending time with her husband and two kids. Christmas is one of her favorite holidays, and Half Shells is on the top of her favorite restaurant list. She is a driven and ambitious young woman who enjoys working with kids of all ages.


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Casey Tomberlin

Coach Casey is a delight to have on our team! She was a cheerleader at the University of South Alabama. Her greatest accomplishment in this sport is getting her full. When Casey isn’t working she enjoys being very active fishing, working out and tumbling. Casey loves spending time with her dogs. Easter is one of her favorite holidays, and Bluegill is on the top of her favorite restaurant list. She is a driven and ambitious young woman who enjoys working with kids of all ages.


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Macy Burkett

We are so excited to have coach Macy on our team!  Macy was a Troy University cheerleader for 2 years and was apart of the NCA staff. Macy's favorite tumbling trick is a back handspring. Her favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving and her favorite breakfast is Chick-Fil-A's chicken biscuit. When she is not at work Macy enjoys watching Steel Magnolias and hanging out with her husband, Matthew. Macy is a true delight to have here at Next Level.


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Gillian Gifford

Coach Gillian was born in Detroit, Michigan.   She was 9 years old when she moved to Daphne.   Gillian has tumbled and cheered most of her life.  She was both a Daphne Middle School and Daphne High School cheerleader as well as an all-star cheerleader, and she misses them both terribly.  Her favorite trick to do in tumbling was all running tumbling, (specifically RO BHS tuck.)  In cheerleading, her favorite areas were dance and stunting!  Gillian, like most of the coaches at Next Level. love spotting and coaching both front and back walkovers.  She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and is a lifelong Detroit Lions football fan!!  Music is her jam but she also loves watching series on Netflix, watching "The Office", traveling, and photography.  You can find Coach Gillian out at Mexican and Italian restaurants or doing anything outdoors like boating and hunting.


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Ellie Rockwell

Ellie has been a longtime student at Next Level and we could not be more excited to welcome her on our staff as a head coach! As far as tumbling goes she has been with this sport for 13 years. During this time she has been apart of the Fairhope Middle School and Fairhope High School Cheerleading Team where she served as Captain her Senior year. Ellie's favorite skill to do is a Roundoff Backhandspring Tuck and her favorite skill to spot is a Backwalkover. When Ellie is not at Next Level she is attending Coastal Alabama Community College, going to the beach, or spending time her dog Josie. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving but she enjoys any hibachi restaurant.


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Nicole Engelmeyer

Nicole is a recent Daphne High School graduate . During her time at DHS she was on the Daphne High Varsity Cheerleading team, a member of National Honors Society, Student Government Association, Project Outreach, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Co-Captain of Daphne Baseball Diamond Girls!  In the Fall Nicole and her twin sister will be attending Auburn University in the Fall despite being an Alabama fan all her life. She aspires to have a career in marketing or real estate. Nicole has been a part of the Next Level family for a long time as a former student and coach for nearly five years. Her favorite thing coaching is helping students achieve a skill they've worked so hard to get. Her favorite skill to spot is a standing backbend although her favorite level to coach is level 2. When she is not coaching she enjoys going to country music concerts, going out on the boat, or attending church of the highlands with her family. Your daughter will LOVE being in Coach Nicole's class this Summer!


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Kylie Engelmeyer

Kylie is a 2022 grad of Daphne High School. During her time there she participated in numerous activities such as Daphne Varsity Cheer Captain, National Honor Society, Project Outreach, Student Government Association, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Daphne Baseball Diamond Girls Co-captain, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Coach Kylie has a lot of experience in the cheer world as she has competed at high school cheer nationals and all-star worlds. We welcomed her onto our staff in December of 2018 alongside her twin sister who she is older than by one minute! In the Fall Coach Kylie will be attending Auburn University where she aspires to be a ER Nurse. Her favorite thing about coaching at Next Level is making an impact on kids lives everyday.  Your child will LOVE being in Coach Kylie's class!


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Anna Kate O'Connor

Anna Kate, also known as "AK,"  has been a part of the Next Level family for a long time. She has a deep love for the sport and her biggest accomplishment in tumbling has been getting her Roundoff Backhandspring Full Twisting Layout on dead mat. AK attends Spanish Fort High School where she is a part of many extra curriculars such as Spanish Fort Varsity Cheerleading, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Leadership Team, Project Outreach, Key Club Leadership Team, Diamond Doll, Morning News announcer,  FCCLA and HOSA. When she is not coaching she enjoys going out on the boat, hangout with friends and of course tumbling. Anna Kate loves coaching because she gets to teach others about the sport she love the most.  Something you should know about her is that she was born on the 4th of July so you could say she is a bit of a firework! AK has one younger sister and two pet poodles Moses and Charlie. We love having Anna Kate on our team and so will you!


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Sophia Herring

We welcomed Sophia on our Staff in Fall 2020. She attends Spanish Fort High School where she is a SFHS varsity cheerleader and participates several school clubs such as peer helpers and project outreach. Once she graduates she hopes to become an architect. Outside of school she enjoys going to the beach with family and friends! Something interesting about Sophia is that she used to be a competitive dancer and traveled the country modeling and assisting different dance companies. Sophia's favorite part about coaching is getting to know all of the children and help them achieve their goals! Her favorite level to coach is level one and her favorite skill to spot is a standing backbend. We are thrilled to have her on our team!


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Maddie Merkle

Coach Maddie was a former Next Level student before joining our team in Fall 2020. She attends Spanish Fort High School where she is a part of many activities such as Peer Helper, yearbook staff, and recently participated the play performance at her school. Her biggest accomplishment is finding a balance between working two jobs, studying for school, spending time with friends, and focusing on extracurriculars. Maddie believes it's important to live life to the fullest! She also enjoys reading in my free time. Maddie is the oldest of four and was homeschooled until 6th grade. Her favorite level is 2 although her favorite skill to spot it handstands. We are so glad Coach Maddie is a part of our team this Summer.


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Langlee Wallace

Langlee attends Daphne High School where she is on the cheerleading team. Her greatest accomplishment thus far would be winning first place in every category when her cheer team went to cheer camp. Once she graduates she hopes to become a Pediatrician. Her favorite thing about being a coach is that she gets to talk and interact with the kids. Her favorite skill to spot is a backwalkover and her favorite level to coach would be level 1. When Langlee is not coaching she loves to spend time with her four younger siblings, play with her  five dogs, or volunteer at prodisy pantry. Langlee is such a joy to have on staff and we could not be more grateful for her!  


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Eva Grace Morgan

Eva Grace has been a long time student at Next Level before she joined our staff as a Junior Coach. She attends Fairhope High school as a Varsity Cheerleader and is a part of Fairhope’s Spanish club, Fashion Design Club, NHS, FCA, FBLA, and Project Outreach. Eva Grace is the youngest of three and when she is not coaching she can be found going to church and hanging out with her friends and family. Something interesting about her is that she was a completive dancer for a decade and has three pets: two dogs and one pet duck named "Duck!" EG's favorite level to coach is level two where she can encourage students to obtain new skills and make new friends. Your child will thoroughly enjoy being coached by Eva Grace.


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Riley Mellett

Coach Riley attends Daphne High School where she is a Daphne High School Varsity Cheerleader; a member of Project Outreach, NHS, Girls Service Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and Spanish Honors Society; as well as holding an officer position in Student Government Association. When she graduates she hopes to become a Criminal Defense Attorney. A fun fact about Riley is that she has been to 6 different countries. As the oldest of two, her biggest accomplishment to date is being apart of a nationally ranked cheer team. Riley's favorite thing about coaching is getting the opportunity to encourage and form bonds with each individual student and watching their progression.  When she is not coaching you can find her hanging with her dog, Teddy. We are thrilled to have her on our team!


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Zoie Pratt

We are so happy to welcome Coach Zoie on staff with us! She attends Daphne High School where is a part of DHS Cheerleading, SGA, and Project Outreach where she has had the opportunity to accomplish so many things such as Top 12 in Dogwood Pageants, UCA All-American, and UCA Pin it forward recipient. Zoie definitely has a love for this sport as she aspires to cheer in college once she graduates. Her favorite thing about coaching is watching a child get super excited when getting a new skill. Her favorite skill to spot is a backbend kickover. A fun fact about Zoie is that she is the youngest of three and has three super cute dogs. When she is not coaching you can find her doing her favorite hobby which is to sing. Your child will love being coached by Zoie.


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Lulu Cowden

Lulu is one of the newest additions and we are very happy to welcome her on our team! Her positive personality is contagious and adds so much to the uplifting atmosphere here at Next Level. She attends Fairhope High School where she is apart of the Track and Field and Varsity Cheer Team. Once she graduates she wants be an Occupational Therapist. A fun fact about Lulu is she is the youngest in her family and is very scared of birds. Her favorite levels to coach are one and two. When she is not coaching she is volunteering with the 3 Circle Children's Ministry and hanging out with her family and friends.


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Sarah Martin

Sarah is one of our newest staff members at Next Level and we could not be more excited to have her on our team! She attends McGill Toolen where she has proudly become a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team. Once she graduates she hopes to become a Speech Therapist. A fun fact about Sarah is that she is under 5 feet tall making her the shortest member of the Next Level Staff. Her favorite skill to spot is a standing backbend. When she is not coaching you can find her hanging out with her dog Charlie, hanging out with her friends, or watching One Tree Hill.


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Ella Traylor

Ella is another one of our newer Coaches and we know your child will love being coached by her. Coach Ella attends Fairhope High School where she is a part of the Fairhope High School Cheer Team, Project Outreach, and Key Club! Once she graduates she hopes to become a Pharmacist. As a young woman of faith, her greatest accomplishment to date is completing her New Years resolution to read the entire Bible in a year! Ella's favorite thing about coaching is getting to share my passion for cheer and tumbling with little girls. When she is not coaching you can find her playing tennis with her younger sister Graceyn, going out on the boat, and of course tumbling! An interesting fact about Ella is that she LOVES pigs. Ever since she was little she has collected everything from stuffed animals to painting to t-shirts with pigs on them. So if you wanna get on Coach Ella's good side... you know what to do.

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