Our coaching staff here at Champion Cheer and Tumble Center is very knowledgeable and talented in their field of studies with elite tumbling and competitive cheerleading industry. Our staff is not only highly knowledgeable but also respected to great measures throughout the United States. All head coaches are American Red Cross CPR & First Aid Certified! As well as United States All Star Federation Certified in tumbling and cheerleading, along with AACCA safety certified. Our talented staff is comprised of...

Kalie Mahnke

Kalie is the proud owner and director of Champion Cheer and Tumble Center. Kalie has been with Champion Cheer and Tumble Center since its establishment in 2006. She has been competing all star cheerleading and taking tumbling lessons ever since. She is a graduate from The University of Louisville, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Communication. While Kalie studied at Louisville she cheered on the University of Louisville’s Coed Team for game day and competitively. While in college she also cheered on GymTyme All Stars, and the national level on Team USA Coed. Where she received two cheerleading world championship titles. After graduation she returned home to coach at Champion and danced for the NBA Championship Team as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl in 2015-2016. She and her husband have one daughter.



Kristina Koch

Originally from Sandusky Ohio, Kristina has lived in Dayton, OH for the past 10 years.  While there, she attended the University of Dayton from 2008-2012 where she cheered all four years.  She graduated with a Degree in Communications and a minor in marketing.  She was also a member of the UCA staff from 2010-2012.  Kristina brings with her five years of coaching-experience at Legacy Xtreme Allstars, coaching tumbling levels one through five and also levels one through four allstar cheer teams.



Samantha Elder

Samantha has been a part of Champion Cheer and Tumble Center for 9 years as an athlete and a coach. She joined the gym in 2011, and continued to cheer until 2019. In 2016 she won first place at the Division Two Summit competing on a Senior Level Two team, named Passion. Samantha plans to enlist in the Ohio Air National Guard where she plans to serve for 20 years while concurrently attending either The Ohio State University or the University of Toledo starting fall of 2021. She plans on majoring in pediatric nursing or pediatric physical therapy, with a minor in psychology. 



Tessa Buchanan

Tessa has been a part of Champion Cheer and Tumble Center for 11 years as an athlete and a coach. She joined the gym in 2009, and continued to cheer competitively until 2019. She has won numerous national titles throughout the United States while competing on Champion teams from levels 2 through 5. She has experience as a flyer a base and continues to tumble currently. Tessa is from Bellevue and is the youngest of four siblings. She has four nephews, who she enjoys spending her free time with. 


Cheri Schlett

Cheri has been involved with gymnastics since she was in the fifth grade. She participated on the YMCA gymnastics team as well as the Sandusky High School Gymnastics team. Following graduation she began coaching gymnastics for the YMCA for many years and was the assistant coach for Sandusky High Gymnastics Team for three years. She was glad to be coaching gymnastics at the YMCA for all the years her children were involved in the sport as well. When Champion opened in 2006 she continued her passion for gymnastics and tumbling. She is a proud mother of two kids and one grandchild. 


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 Our head staff is assisted by: Brynn Laughlin 






5505 Tiffin Ave
Castalia, Ohio 44824


Starting Tuesday, July 7th - Thursday, July 30th, 2020. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursdays 10am-4:30pm.

Please note, our facility is not open to the public for parent viewing for July 2020. Please refer to the reopening procedures that was sent to you in email, feel free to ask for this document if needed.