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Zachary Flaherty is a Midwest business owner whose passion is all about the people. In his 20 years of creating and building companies his number one focus has been, and always will be, doing the right thing.
He understands whole-heartedly that you get what you give!
Zachary is married to his high school sweetheart – Jessica Flaherty. He has two daughters (Ali – 17 and Bentley – 13) who share the love for competitive cheer.
As co-founder of Tribe Athletics, his mission remains the same: it’s all about the kids and families; creating a positive environment where children of all ages can grow as athletes and people where families come together to support not only their own children, but also all of the other children. Additionally, Zachary can’t wait to see kids to parents making lifelong friendships along the way, creating an extension to their families and building their TRIBE.
Dan Hocken has been in the Midwest his entire life and in the cheerleading world since 2000. Dan has built his repertoire in the cheerleading industry by building strong relationships with the athletes and coaches he works with and he’s been privileged to work with teams coast to coast as well as internationally.
In his free time, he loves training for triathlons, exercising, and all forms of fitness. Dan and his wife, Britny enjoy working out together and traveling with their friends to new locations near and far.
Dan is excited to bring his cheerleading, coaching, and relationship-building techniques to all of the staff, athletes, and families that will be a part of Tribe Athletics. As a co-founder of Tribe, he believes fully the importance of communication and effective coaching techniques. Dan can’t wait to see the relationships that are built and the impact that Tribe can make on every individual that comes through the doors and beyond. As Dan says often, “Do what you love and love what you do.”
To book a private lesson with Dan CLICK HERE
Kenzie is the Tribe Executive Administrator and helps with all of the day-to-day operations inside of the office and gym.
Kenzie started gymnastics at a young age and continued the sport for 8 years, she then began dance and took classes of all different styles including, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and also danced on her high school dance team. In high school Kenzie began cheering for basketball and football along with all-star cheerleading.
After graduating from Iowa State in 2016 Kenzie taught Cheer and Pom, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and various Competition Classes at a local dance studio for four years.
In her free time she loves to spend time with friends and family, work out, read, and binge watch Netflix.
Kenzie has a true passion for working with kids and cheerleading and loves helping them reach their goals and make a positive impact in their lives! She loves making lifelong relationships with the athletes and their families!
To book a private lesson with Kenzie CLICK HERE
Miranda Conner started her tumbling career as a gymnast at Chows where she spent close to ten years and has been involved in cheerleading since 2009. She has competed at worlds several times, as well as coached in the competitive cheer world for multiple years.
Miranda knows that cheerleading is much more than a sport, and she can’t wait to share her passion in cheerleading to all ages as well as teach them valuable life lessons. Miranda truly believes that “everything happens for a reason” and that being part of Tribe will be much bigger than just cheerleading – it will be a family.
Baylee began gymnastics and cheerleading classes at an early age and joined her first All-Star cheerleading team at Age 6. Over more than a decade later, her genuine love for the sport hasn’t changed.
After moving from across the country in 2016, Baylee made the best decision of her life by joining a TR⇧BE Athletics Worlds Team and a year later had the opportunity to become part of the TR⇧BE Staff. She has competed with a Tribe Level 5/6 team for four seasons and is now sharing her passion as a Coach for Classes, Private Lessons, and Elite Teams.
Being in the gym brings Baylee the biggest smile and she is thrilled to share her knowledge and passion with every Athlete she works with, helping lead them towards success.
Cassie Reed is 27 years young! She grew up in West Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School in May 2009.
In her high school days, Cassie was on two different competitive cheerleading teams. Urbandale All Stars was the first competitive squad she had ever been on and that’s when her love for cheerleading started. Her team ended up making it to nationals her first year. After her first year with UAS, she decided to take an opportunity to cheer for IOWA ALL STARS. Cassie cheered for them for four years and went to nationals her second year there. During her time cheering for UAS/IAS she also cheered on the Tigers in varsity football and varsity girls basketball at Valley.
When she’s not cheering, Cassie loves to draw and paint whenever she can. During her junior year in high-school she got a “Drawing Scholarship” to the Des Moines art center for some of the drawings she did in school. After taking the class one of her still life drawings were put in a showcase at the Des Moines Art Center.
Cassie loves spending time with her two nieces and nephew. She is extremely excited to become a role model to all the cheerleaders on her squad.
Tim was introduced to cheerleading in college at Iowa State University. After a few open gyms he fell in love with the sport and has been passionate about it ever since. Cheering at Iowa State was one of the highlights of his college experience – being able to cheer for the Cyclones from the sidelines, traveling to different away games, and competing at nationals were truly amazing opportunities.
During college, Tim worked for NCA Staff, and then started working as an all-star coach after college. For the past seven years he has been actively involved with coaching tumbling, competitive cheerleading, clinics, and camps for all ages and experience levels. Tim’s passion and personality allow him to reach athletes at their level and motivate them to succeed.
When Tim isn’t coaching, he is pursuing his career in sales. Currently, Tim is working for LG Life Sciences as the Midwest and Western Territories Manager.
To book a private lesson with Tim CLICK HERE
Madison, or Maddie for short, is currently a student in the BSN program at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines. She graduated from Dallas Center-Grimes High School in 2015 and has lived in Grimes her entire life.
Maddie started competitive cheerleading in 3rd grade at Grimes Superstars, where she cheered until her freshman year of high school. She then started cheering for DCG and during her senior year helped bring home the first state title in school history! After graduating, she continued to work with her mom, who currently coaches the team, and her cheerleaders and had the opportunity to choreograph parts of their routines. As of today they are 4-time state champions in the 3A division! She has worked with kids of all ages in cheerleading and tumbling and she’s so excited to teach her passion to the Tribe athletes and show them what a positive impact cheerleading can have! She’s looking forward to being successful at Tribe and cannot wait to watch the athletes grow and to create relationships with each one of them!
Austin was born and raised in southwest Kansas. He was involved with competitive gymnastics for 6 years and then transitioned into coaching and cheer. Austin went on to cheer for two years at college competing on a large co-ed cheer team at NCA Nationals in Daytona.
After college Austin coached gymnastics in Chicago, from toddlers to level 10 gymnasts. Austin brings to Tribe 8 years of coaching experience.
He loves to connect with each athlete on the level that they learn the best and believes in altering coaching methods slightly to better teach each individual athlete the way they need to achieve each skill. Even the smallest achievements shall be celebrated as victories.
Annie is a tribe 5 alumni from the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. She has been competitively cheerleading since sixth grade. She has a huge love for cheerleading and is excited to help others grow in their cheer careers!
When she’s not at the gym you can find her hanging out with her family/friends or her dogs!
Tyra, AKA “Banks,” started gymnastics at 8 years old at Triad. She fell in love with all star cheerleading and switched to tumbling and competitive cheer in 6th grade. She continued her all star and high school career and continues to have a love and passion for tumbling and cheer.
In Tyra’s free time you can find her spending time with her friends and family or doing anything outdoors! She is so happy to be a role model to all of the Athletes at Tribe!
Jenna graduated from DMACC at the end of 2021 with an Associates Degree in Science and is now working for Unity Point Health as a lab support technician.
Jenna did competitive cheer for 10 years, but wasn’t ready to let it go. She’s been coaching at TR⇧BE for over a year now and can’t wait to help Athletes grow in their cheer career!
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Kaylee started as a Tumbling coach at Open Gyms and All-Level tumbling. She is now coaching her own Intermediate classes, and is a first-year coach of the MIN1’s (Mini Level 1). Kaylee has been in the all-star cheer world since she was 12 years old. She was able to go to Worlds in 2014 and has been helping coach tumbling ever since!
Bio Coming Soon!