UPA Awards

UPA announced their 2010 Coaches of the Year and Hall of Fame inductees:


Top 5 UPA National DANCE Coaches Of The Year Recipients:

  • Theresa Kubalak – Power of Dance, Wisconsin
  • Amy Pederson – Fargo North HS, ND
  • Jim Trost – Energizers, Wisconsin
  • Erin Fine – Johnson County Community College, Kansas
  • Liz LeFevre – Clear Lake HS, Iowa

Top 5 UPA National CHEER Coaches Of The Year Recipients:

  • Nikki Baker – Club Kicks, Nebraska
  • Dave DeBolt – Planet Spirit, Minnesota
  • Kristine Penca – Glitz, Iowa
  • Todd Knihnitski – U of Saskatchewan & Prairie Fire Cheerleading, Canada
  • Scott Natrass – Rocky Mountain Elite, Colorado

Over 300 coaches were nominated for these honors from athletes, Athletic Directors, Principals and Coaches within the spirit industry.

Also announced, were the new inductees for UPA’s Hall Of Fame. Criteria established for Hall of Fame honors include: contributing to the spirit industry by outstanding coaching / personal development of athletes; developing spirit associations; adjudicating events; choreographing for teams; positive promotion of these two sports. UPA is proud to recognize such outstanding achievement.

The 2010 UPA Hall of Fame Inductees are:

  • Susana Reyes – ULA Dragones, Mexico
  • Sue Godes – Planet Spirit, Minnesota

UPA, one of the nation’s leading spirit industry event organizers, announced these outstanding individuals in conjunction with the UPA AmeriCup Cheer & Dance Championship. Over 400 competitive routines and 3,000 athletes from across the United States competed for National Titles and Grand Champion Honors (The Best-Of-The Best) at the Minneapolis Convention Center this past weekend.