To inspire athletes to advance in cheerleading and life with positive attitudes, confidence, and leadership through elite technical training, an uplifting environment, and encouraging teamwork.
At Carolina Flipz our gym philosophy is simple; work hard, play hard, have fun and stay positive. This sport is not easy and encouragement is the key to achieving technical level skills successfully. More than just technique, our athletes learn sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork, responsibility, leadership and opportunities to give back to their community.
All members of the Carolina Flipz coaching staff are USASF and/or USAG certified! Our staff prides themselves on their knowledge and understanding of positive, encouraging coaching while maintaining high technical standards.
Angi was a competitive gymnast for 8 years, competitive and collegiate cheerleader for 10 years and a gymnastics coach with 18 years of experience in gymnastics, cheer, dance, and elite tumbling.
She received her BA in Photojournalism and Advertising from Ball State University. She is happily married to Chad Schwartzkopf and has a daughter, Fiona, a 150 lbs. dog, Drake, and two sweet cats.
Favorite Activity outside the gym: Snowboarding or Arts & Crafts
Carissa has been in the competitive cheerleading industry in Charlotte for nearly eighteen years and cheered for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats for two seasons. Building the Carolina Flipz All-Star Cheerleading program is a dream come true for Carissa. She loves working with athletes of all ages and skill levels, her favorite aspect of being a coach is helping athletes gain new skills they were originally afraid of.
Carissa received her BA in Operations and International Business from UNC Charlotte. She is happily married to Alex Sawyers, together they have one amazing daughter named Briley and two perfect puppies: Tucker and Luke.
Favorite Activity outside the gym: Rock Climbing
RiAnica started competing in Gymnastics and Dance at age 7. In 2005, she left the gymnastic world as a level 8 gymnast and moved over to competitive cheer where she was a member of both all-star and school teams. She continued her passion for cheerleading to the collegiate level at UNC-Greensboro where she cheered all 4-years while majoring in both Marketing and Dance Education.
Outside of Carolina Flipz, RiAnica works full-time at Lowe's Home Improvement Corporate office as a Creative Producer. She's responsible for Lowe's national marketing through TV, Digital and Signage. She's super excited to have the flexibility to continue her career and coach cheerleading with the Carolina Flipz family.
Favorite activity outside of the gym: Trying new restaurants and unique dishes!