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History

 
When X-Cel Gymnastics opened its doors on Executive Drive in Cranberry Township in September 1993, Frank and Kathy Klein realized their dream of creating a state-of-the-art gymnastics-training center in Western Pennsylvania. Frank and Kathy have more than 25 years of experience in gymnastics, including experience on the national and international levels. Both were gymnasts at the University of Pittsburgh where they received Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the field of Business, Physical Education and Exercise Physiology. Frank served as the Assistant Gymnastics Coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1979-1985. Both Frank and Kathy worked at Carol Leone Dance and Gymnastics from 1985-1993.
 
X-Cel All-Star Cheerleading was started in 2003. We started with one team of 10 cheerleaders and now have around 100 cheerleaders. Our cheerleading staff is certified by the Unite State All-Star Federation (USASF). In the past 7 years we have won the PA State Championships, Cheer Masters Champions, JamFest Excite Champions, Cheer Nations Champions along with winning bids to Nationals. In the 2010 - 2011 Season, all Five of our teams won FULL PAID Bids to the U.S. Finals!!!!  In 2011, our Youth 3 team was awarded the U.S. Champions by the U.S. Finals!!  In 2012 - 2013, all 7 teams qualified for the US Finals with our Level 4 and Level 5 Restricted teams receiving a full paid bid.  We also have our first level 5 team in our gym and currently are ranked #4 in the country by JamBrands competition. 
 
X-Cel offers a highly trained staff to teach children from ages 18 months to 18 years. In addition to Competitive Cheerleading, our programs include: Recreational Gymnastics and Competitive Gymnastics and Pre-School Gymnastics. All staff member are certified in gymnastics safety and also in First Aid, CPR and professional development for gymnastics by USA Gymnastics.
 

Our Facility

We have expanded our facility four times since opening in 1993. The most recent expansion took place during 2010 and added a new 6300 square feet building, making X-Cel's facilities over 21,000 square feet. The facilities features include:
5 floor exercise areas
3 bar areas
3 beam areas
3 vault areas
4 in-ground free foam pits
In-ground trampoline
33 foot and 25 foot tumble tramps
Ski Floor and Spring Floor
Men's equipment
Pre-school equipment
30 foot Air Track
42 feet by 54 feet spring cheerleading floor.

  

Our Staff

X-Cel currently has 5 cheer coaches.


  

Kira Lyndon has been at X-Cel since 2006. Kira currently teaches our tumble tramp and recreational classes and is a coach for all of our all star teams. She has a background in gymnastics and was a cheerleader for six years. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.. Kira has been married for 16 years. She has 3 children, Kayla, Alyssa, and Trent. Kira is the Head Coach and Cheer Program Coordinator. 


 Alissa Bean has been at X-Cel since 2007. She has 9 years of gymnastic experience and 19 years of competitive cheerleading experience. She was the captain of the cheerleading squad in college. Alissa has a degree from Geneva College in Elementary Education and Coaching. Alissa is employed at North Allegheny School District.  Alissa has been married for 3 years. She is a coach for our Glamour, Glitz and X5 teams.


  Kelly Fernandez has been at X-Cel since 2007. Kelly currently teaches our tumble tramp, recreational classes and cheernastics classes.  She has 20 years of gymnastics experience and 8 years of cheerleading experience.  Kelly is employed at Quaker Valley School District.  She is a coach to all of our teams.


Kristen Hoskinson has been at X-Cel since 2012. Kristen comes to X-Cel with 14 years of competitive and recreational cheerleading. She has experience coaching youth cheerleading teams and competitive swim teams. She has a Bachelors degree in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. Kristen has been married for 4 years and has a 3 year old boy, Cole. Kristen currently teaches tumble tramp and cheernastics classes.  Kristen coaches our Shimmer, Dazzle, Bling and Glamour teams.


Kayla Hodge has been at X-Cel since 2012.  Kayla has cheered for X-Cel All Stars since 2007.  She is currently on our Senior Level 3 and Senior Level 5 teams.  Kayla is a Senior at Mars High School.  She coaches our Sparkle and Shimmer teams.