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
Jordan has been flipping since the day he was born and loves to share his passion and drive with the athletes he coaches! He has been coaching competitive gymnastics and cheerleading for 6 years and cheered competitively for 3 Years on a level 5 team! He even attended World Championship in Orlando where he placed among the top 10 teams!
Jordan loves to train and run in rigorous spartan races that take place throughout the year and is always up for a challenge!
Favorite activity outside the gym: playing video games
Lauren started cheering competitively at age 13 after being in the world of gymnastics and lyrical dance. She committed to all-star cheerleading while also cheering at the middle and high school level. Lauren continued her passion for cheerleading at the collegiate level at UNC-Greensboro where she majored in Public Health Education and minored in African American Studies.
Outside of Carolina Flipz, Lauren works full-time as a Store Manager in retail. She is very excited to have the ability to continue her career in retail as well as develop and coach athletes at the Carolina Flipz. In the upcoming season, she will expand her responsibilities with Carolina Flipz as our Social Media Manager and we couldn't be more excited!
Favorite activity outside of the gym: Spending time with my wolf pack of 3 fur babies, cooking new recipes and trying new sushi restaurants in Charlotte!
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!
Paige was born and raised in Delaware and has been cheerleading since she was only 4 years old. She has been coaching for 5 seasons now and has a passion for each team she has. Paige's daughter Faye was born in April of 2018 and spends her leisure time being a mom and attending university with a focus in Nursing. Paige loves working with our younger athletes who are learning cheerleading for the first time, hoping to transform a shared love of the sport.
Favorite activity outside of the gym: Spending time with her daughter
Maddy began cheerleading when she was just four years old. She has participated in recreational, competitive, and schools cheerleading and loves them all! She has competed as an all-star in all levels, 1 through 5, and loved every minute of every level. On of her favorite cheer experiences has been participating on the Nations Ford High School Varsity cheerleading team as well as attending the 2014 Summit Championship with her All-Star team.
Maddy mainly focuses on academics and cheerleading (of course!) She loves working at coaching cheerleading and hopes to continue many more amazing seasons at Carolina Flipz.
Favorite activity outside of the gym: Hanging with her cheer sisters