MEET OUR STAFF
Coach Sarena, one of the owners of CheerForce SD West graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She utilizes her studies when working with athletes at CheerForce West everyday. She also was a SDSU cheerleader for 4 years and was the captain of the team her senior year. She was a staff member of the National Cheerleading Association and a head instructor for All Things Cheer Company. She also was a cheerleader at The Academy Our Lady of Peace for four years. She has coached many national championship winning teams and has successfully brought 6 CheerForce teams to The Cheerleading Summit in the past three years. Her philosophy is perfection before progression and she loves coaching athletes to reach their potential.
Jackie Mezzacappa :
Coach Jackie, one of the owners of CheerForce Sd West graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. She was a SDSU cheerleader and a member of the National Cheerleading Association. She has coached many national championship winning teams and has successfully brought 6 CheerForce teams to The Cheerleading Summit in the past three years.
Coach Megan grew up in Carlsbad cheering for Pop Warner, Carlsbad High School, and California Allstars. During college, Megan continued pursuing her passion for cheer through coaching for Carlsbad High School. In 2004, Megan graduated the University of San Diego and began work in the Commercial Insurance and Financial Services Industries while continuing to coach at Marian Catholic and La Jolla Country Day School. In 2009, Megan began Cheer SD in Kearny Mesa. Megan's vision for her gym over the past five seasons has been one that focuses on the journey, not just the prize; the development of strong, confident leaders who work well as a team is paramount. Megan’s programs have encouraged open communication, individual attention, positive attitudes, dedication to accomplishing common goals, good sportsmanship, and mutual respect between athletes and coaches. CSD’s vision paid off with 7 National Titles and multiple Silver and Bronze Titles over the past few years! Megan is excited to bring her “Small Gym, Big Heart” mentality to CheerForce San Diego West, while also taking the next step in becoming a highly competitive force in the All Star Industry! When Coach Megan is not at the gym, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons (Risdon, age 3 and William, age 8), and dog (Remy, age 2).
Coach Liana was born in San Diego and started gymnastics at the age of 3. She started competitive gymnastics when she was 7 and reached Level 9 at the age of 14. From gymnastics, Liana then became involved with cheerleading, where she cheered at Granite Hills High school on the Varsity squad for 3 years. She did all star competitive cheer for the West Coast Mavericks with both coaches Sarena and Jackie, and also for SoCal Outlaws, before the 2 teams merged with CheerForce. After high school, Liana was a part of the SDSU All-Girl cheer team for 4 years and was a part of the team when they won UCA College Nationals in 2009. She was voted by her teammates MVP 3 years in a row. On top of college cheer, Liana was on Nfinity in 2013 and Lady Aztecs in 2014 where they were US trials champions their first year, and placed 2nd at Worlds. Liana has been coaching gymnastics and cheer since 2008.
Coach Minami was originally born in Japan but has called Southern California home since she was in 2nd grade. She began competing in All Star Cheer at the age of 9. She has cheered up through level 5 winning multiple regional, state, and national titles with her teams. Minami has also achieved the goal of being able to cheer with SDSU’s nationally ranked cheer team. Minami is currently studying at San Diego State University where she is majoring in Social Science with an emphasis in teaching. Minami found her passion for coaching very young when she began junior coaching at her cheer gym in Orange County. Since then, she has coached numerous tumbling classes, flyers classes, and teams. She loves helping her kids learn new skills and watching their excitement as they learn that anything is achievable through practice and hard work.