Monica Valentine has been the Ironmen Cheer Coordinator for the past four years! She will also be the Head Coach for the Varsity Cheer Squad again this year. This will be her sixth year coaching the cheerleaders for the Ironmen. Her daughter attends St. Kilian Parish School and is in 6th grade. Gabriella has cheered for six years and is excited about starting her seventh year of cheering! The Ironmen Program has always been a family event, but the boys are moving on from the Ironmen Program this year. Her son Jacob is an Ex-Ironmen player and is attending North Catholic High School. He will be playing football for North, so football will fill the Valentine's fall weekends completely! In addition, Monica has coached the Celtic Cheerleaders the past six years and coordinated for the past 4 years at St Kilian. Monica has always been a cheerleader at heart and has always loved to dance and cheer as a child. She cheered throughout grade school and high school in Buffalo, NY. She danced at the University at Buffalo for an energy outlet through college, studying intensively to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Even now as an adult, Monica enjoys dancing for a choreographed dance fitness group in Mars called Jazzercise. The "Ironmen Family" has been like no other sport or activity ever experienced and the program as a whole is incredible! The Valentine family is looking forward to another great season for both football and cheer with the Ironmen and at North Catholic!
This is Pam's 8th year coaching Ironmen Cheerleading. During her tenure, she has coached all squad levels, including the 1st ever Developmental (Pep) Cheer Squad in 2013. This year she will be coaching her younger daughter on the Varsity Ironmen squad. She has two children who attend North Catholic High School, where she is currently the Varsity Cheer Coach, and two younger children who attend St. Kilian Parish School, where she has also coached both of her daughters on the Celtics Varsity, JV, and Pep Cheerleading Squads over the past seven years during basketball season. Pam also has many years of experience cheerleading in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She cheered for four years at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in the South Hills, serving as captain of her JV and Varsity Squads and winning several Diocesan and regional cheerleading competitions. She continued to cheer at South Park High School as well as dance on their Drill Team, leading the team as the captain during her Senior Year. Pam has many fond memories of cheering and dancing during her youth, and hopes to create similar memories not only for her daughters, but for all of the girls on her cheer squads.
This will be Chanin’s second year with the Ironmen organization. Her daughters attend St. Gregory School in Zelienople. Her oldest, Athena, is on the the varsity squad. Chanin helped coach cheer at St. Greg’s when her daughters were in 1st grade and 2nd grades. She graduated from Elk County Christian High School in St. Marys, PA where she was a cheerleader herself. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville and then went on to Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. She is looking forward to an exciting season with the Ironmen again this year!
Suzanne Higginbotham is the head coach for the JV Ironmen Cheer division. Her daughter and son attend St Kilian Parish School and are involved with the Ironmen organization as well. Her daughter Gia has cheered for Ironmen for the past 2 years. Suzanne was a cheerleader in her youth as well as dancer. She works for Duquesne University as a pharmacist and instructor in the School of Pharmacy but continues to bring her cheerleading spirit to work every day! She is looking forward to helping the JV girls cheer on the football team to victory!
Amanda Maley is excited to start her second year with the Ironmen Family this year. She is thrilled to continue to help coach the JV team again this year with her daughter, Lydia. Lydia attends Saint Wendelin School where she will be entering the 5th grade this year. Amanda has been an X-ray Technologist at Butler Memorial Hospital for the past 12 years. Over the past couple years she has taken over being the clinical instructor to the radiology students from Penn State at her job and has loved teaching her students how to become technologists. She cheered for her varsity cheerleading squad in high school. She has fond memories of cheering and making lasting friendships through cheer. She cannot wait to continue to share her love of cheer with her daughter Lydia and the girls on the squad. She has loved being part of the Ironmen Family over the past year and watching the kids become a family and make new friends.
This is Cassie's 3rd year with the Ironman Family. She is extremely excited to once again help coach the JV Cheer Squad this year. Cassie got her coaching start with Celtics cheer program. Her daughter, Emma, who currently attends St Kilian Parish School, discovered her love for cheerleading while being a member of the Celtic Pep Squad several years ago and passed that excitement on to her mom. The entire Swasey Family is very excited for another Ironman Season.
This is Lesley Battalini’s second year as a coach with Ironmen Cheer. Lesley’s daughter Mia and son Michael attend Saint Kilian Parish School. Mia is in third grade and Michael is in first. This will be Mia’s second year on the Ironmen team. Lesley danced and was a cheerleader throughout elementary and high school and has served as captain. Lesley is looking forward to sharing cheerleading with her daughter Mia and is excited for a great season with the Ironmen Team!
Nicole will be the head coach of the Ironmen Developmental Cheer squad. This is her second year as head coach. She has four children that attend St. Kilian Parish School. Her daughter, Elle, loves to cheer and can’t wait for another year with the Ironmen! Nicole also coaches the St.Kilian Developmental Cheer squad. Nicole has had a love for cheering since grade school, and was captain of her JV and Varsity competitive cheer squads at St. Sebastian which won Diocesian championships. Nicole went on to cheer at North Hills High School and Robert Morris University Co-Ed squad. Nicole hopes to bring her experience and love of cheerleading to the DV squad this year! Go Ironmen!
Emily Begley is in her third year as an Ironmen cheer coach. A mom of two daughters, she will join the DV team this year alongside her daughter, Molly. Molly will be a first year cheerleader and attends 1st grade at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. Molly is excited to join the family and add cheerleading as part of her schedule! She loves to dance and participates in Irish Dancing. Emily is thrilled to share her love for cheer as she was also a cheerleader and dancer in grade school and high school at St. Joseph’s in Natrona Heights, PA. Emily works for North Allegheny School District as the primary Autistic Support Teacher and brings the energy and excitement to her workday. She is excited to help the girls have fun and cheer the football team to a WIN!
This is Shelley Colangelo‘s second year as assistant coach for the developmental cheer squad for Ironmen. She was the assistant coach for the Saint Killian Parish School developmental cheer squad during the 2017–2018 and 2018-2019 school year. Her twin girls, Sophia and Olivia, attend Saint Killian‘s Parish School. They will be in second grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Shelley cheered as a young teenager and was involved in sports growing up. She attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA on a softball scholarship where she received her Bachelors in Business Management. She later return for her MBA. Shelley works at PNC Bank as Vice President Line of Business Risk Specialist for Wealth Management. She has been with the Bank since 2008. Shelley enjoys volunteering for many of her children’s activities through SKPS. She is looking forward to assisting with the Ironmen program this year!
Carly Tuscano is a new coach to the Ironmen, but she coached last season for the SKPS Celtics! She has a strong history of cheering and dancing herself in the past! She cheered at Dorseyville Middle School as well as cheering on the Varsity Squad for Fox Chapel High School. Carly studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at age 3 and studied ballet, tap, jazz for 15 years and contemporary, modern, pointe and hip hop for 10 years at Laura Lynn School of Dance! She had advanced to completion level at LLSOD at age 8 performing at various dance competitions and expos throughout the US. She was also a member of the Kent State Dance Team!