Alicia Zito - Owner/Director/Coach: Code Red, PitchBlack & Ladies of Teal
Coach Alicia has been coaching cheerleading for 20 years. She has truly found a passion for the sport. Alicia started her coaching career at 18 years old when she was a freshman in college at the University of Scranton. She commuted home one night a week and weekends to run the program at her alma mater, Pius X High School. Coach Alicia planned to finally "hang up her pom poms" when she got married and began her career as an attorney, but the opportunity arose to help a friend coach her daughter's rec cheer team. She went on to take a position as the Head Coach at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA where she led the program for 8 years to 10 National Championships and 2 District Titles. She was also the tumbling coach and choreographer for Rebels All-Stars for many years, until the opportunity arose for her to take over the program. In 2013, Rebels Elite was born under the direction of Coach Alicia. Alicia loves every one of her athletes and values them as individuals. She has created a warm, family environment and place to call home for so many athletes. Alicia loves to be a coach to all and frequents the practices of each team in the gym.
Favorite Quote: "Small things become great when done with love."
Renee Brennan - Assistant Director / Coach: Code Red & PitchBlack
Coach Renee was born and raised in South Florida. She was first introduced to cheerleading when her daughter began cheering for flag football. As her interest grew, she discovered the wonderful world of All-Star Cheerleading through Rebels All-Stars. Since 2007, she has coached along side Melissa Dalrymple. Together,they have coached everything from Youth 1 to Senior 4, and have amassed countless national championships, as well as an International Championship at Disney World. This year is looking to be her most successful yet, as she is now the coach for one of our elite senior teams! Coach Renee takes pride in using cheerleading to help each child develop into respectable young adults.
Favorite Quote: "A coach is someone who gets you to do what you never thought you could do, so you can be all you ever dreamed to be."
Connie Reed - Gym Manager / Coach: Code Red & PitchBlack
Connie Reed grew up in Monroe County, Pa. She was first introduced to cheerleading when her daughters began cheering for a youth rec program. As her daughters' interest in cheerleading became an obsession, hers did as well. She began coaching recreational cheerleading in 2010. That same year she helped form a competitive recreational program in the poconos. She coached several teams to many National titles, but she is most proud of coaching the first recreational team in the Poconos to be awarded a paid bid and attend US Finals. She has since decided to take the next step and move to All Star cheerleading at Rebels Elite. Coach Connie believes that the sport of cheerleading teaches hard work, dedication and discipline which she is proud to be able to be a part of with each athlete she coaches.
Favorite Quote: "You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them"
Joseph Vanderpool - Administrative Director / Tumbling Instructor / Coach
Joseph Vanderpool grew up in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. He was first introduced to cheerleading by watching his sister cheer for her High School team and his brother cheer for a local All-Star gym. After watching from the sidelines for many years, he began cheering for Rebels All-Stars. After getting certified to teach gymnastics at the young age of 16, he began coaching cheerleading under the direction of Alicia Zito. His proudest accomplishments are being named an International Champion in 2013, as well as leading his Youth Inferno and Junior Smoke teams to be back-to-back high-qualifying U.S. Finalists and international champions. Coach Joe takes pride in teaching his athletes to be respectable, work-ready adults through the lessons he teaches in the gym.
Favorite Quote: "I'm not telling you it is going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."
Pam Vanderpool - Office Manager
Pam Vanderpool grew up in Flanders, New Jersey. After moving to Mount Bethel as a teenager, she started her new life in Pennsylvania. She was first introduced to cheerleading when her daughter cheered for a local Recreational team. After experiencing Recreational and High School cheerleading, Pam transitioned to the world of all-stars through Rebels Elite, where all three of her children have cheered. She has been involved with Rebels for 11 years and has always loved to help the organization out.
Favorite Quote: "If you believe in yourself, then you can achieve any goal."
Jef Vanderpool - Tumbling Instructor / Coach: Ultraviolet & Blush
Anyssa Gutierrez - Coach: Ultraviolet
Anyssa Gutierrez grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. When she was 4 years old, she began cheerleading for PeeWee wrestling. She has seen every facet of cheerleading since, transitioning to high school and recreational cheer, as well as All-Stars. She cheered at Freedom High School under the supervision of current Rebels Elite owner, Alicia Zito. She is a 6-time high school national champion and has coached countless successful Rebels teams, including the International Grand Champion "Inferno" team. Throughout her 18 years of cheerleading, she has taken pride in learning from every opportunity. It is her pleasure to be sharing her passion with the children she coaches now. She is currently a coach for "Envy".
Favorite Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Amanda Musarra - Coach: Ladies of Teal
Jan Gray - Coach: Hearts of Fire
Jan Gray grew up in Warren County, New Jersey before moving to Bangor, Pennsylvania to settle into her current life. Coach Jan has been coaching for seven years with Rebels All Stars/Rebels Elite. She has coached teams at the tiny, mini, youth, junior levels as well as special needs. She now dedicates her time to coaching the amazing athletes of our special needs team, Hearts of Fire. Jan has always enjoyed watching her daughter cheer, and loves to see the joy in the faces of the children she coaches as well.
Favorite Quote: "All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them."
Kate Martocci - Coach: Blush & Ladies of Teal
Aaliyah Mitchell - Coach: Navy Seals
Grace Tynemouth - Coach: Navy Seals
Grace Tynemouth grew up in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She trained in dance and gymnastics since the age of three, which lead to the transition to All-Star cheerleading as a teenager. She began coaching in 2014, working with Tinys and Seniors. She is currently in her third year as a coach here at Rebels Elite. Today, she is the coach of the Tiny Flares. For Grace, the most rewarding aspect of her work as a coach is watching her cheerleaders gain new skills, build friendships, and rock the mat at competition.
Favorite Quote: "One heart. One soul. One team. One goal."
Kaitlyn Reed - Coach: Pink Ladies