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MEET THE COACHES

Inspiring Greatness and Training Champions

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JENNIFER RAMIREZ

Varsity Song Coach
Song & Cheer Director

Coach Ramirez has over 35 years of experience in the song and cheer industry and in 2018 was inducted into the Varsity Legends.  She is the director of the nationally ranked LAHS Song & Cheer program and has served as the varsity song coach for 28 years.  Prior to coaching at LAHS, Jennifer worked for UDA as an instructor, heading up UDA camps across the country for 10 years.  She won national titles at both Clovis West High School, serving as captain when they won the NDTC in 1988, and on the dance team at Long Beach State, winning UDA College Nationals. Coach Ramirez is an experienced national and international judge who also served as the UCI Song and Cheer Coach and Advisor for four years.

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KATIE SHETLAND

Varsity Cheer Coach

Katie has over 20 years of cheerleading experience, spanning from Pop Warner to Collegiate cheerleading coaching.  After high school, Katie joined UCA Staff and became a San Diego State Cheerleader, spending 5 years cheering for the Aztecs. While cheering at SDSU, Katie became a World’s Silver Medalist, competed in the Collegiate National Championship, and traveled with the sports teams to various Bowl Games and NCAA Tournaments.
Over the past several years, Katie has coached at various high schools and recently spent the last four years at Marina High School. At Marina, she helped lead the team to 2 back-to-back National Championship titles, and 2 back-to-back CIF-SS Championship titles. She is the current Cheer Director and coach at Rise Up Athletics and serves Orange County as a Varsity Spirit Fashion Representative. Her greatest goal as a coach is to develop skills for cheerleading, life, and share her passion for the sport for many years to come.

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LESLIE ATTWOOD

Junior Varsity Song Coach

Leslie began her dance training at 3 years old at Studio C in Downey, California. She trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. At a young age she started student teaching and assisting at her studio as well as on dance conventions around the country and quickly developed a love for teaching. In high school, Leslie was a 4 year member of the Varsity Song Team at Los Alamitos High School, serving as captain her senior year. During her time at LAHS, she and the team earned multiple national titles in pom and jazz and she successfully competed on both of the undefeated Varsity and JV teams her freshman year. Leslie began working with Karl Mundt of Innovate Dance as a senior in high school. Over their nearly 15 years working together, Leslie assisted and collaborated with Karl on numerous nationally ranked routines for high schools and universities around the country. She was also proud to work with Team USA, Team Finland, and the Clipper Girls over the course of her career and is an experienced judge for national and international song and cheer competitions. Currently, Leslie is also a head teacher and choreographer at Onstage Dance Center where she prides herself in teaching her students not just about dance, but about the value of hard work, discipline, kindness and how they all lead to success. Her heart and soul goes into teaching dance as well as into her husband and two children - Harley and Aksel. She is forever grateful for their unconditional love and support.

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ABBIE LEDTERMAN

Junior Varsity Cheer Coach

Dance, cheer, and tumbling has always been a part of Abbie's  life. Growing up in Orange County, CA she started dancing at the age of 3. Abbie trained at Elevation Studios and Long Beach Ballet. She competed at numerous national competitions and was awarded the Electro Tap Prodigy title from NRG Dance Project where she had the opportunity to travel and assist Amanda Pierce on tour.  When she got to high school, Abbie was a four year program member at LAHS,   two years on JV Song, and two years on Varsity Cheer. Her LAHe cheer team came in 2nd place at 2017 USA Nationals for Pom, D1 CIF Cheer Champions 2019-2020, and in 2019 a D1 2nd place for competitive cheer at the National High School Cheer Championships in Orlando, Florida. Abbie also competed with Rise Up Athletics as an All State Cheerleader. Abbie began teaching gymnastics, tumbling, and dance in 2017 at Rise Up Athletics and Onstage Dance Center in Los Alamitos. After high school graduation she added Pom coach to her resume where she lead the Onstage Pom Team to win the CA State Championships in 2022. Abbie is a dance teacher at West Coast School of the Arts where she teaches tumbling, jazz, tap, and more along with competition teams of all ages. Abbie works for UCA, and travels all over to work with various cheer teams at camp to set them up for success throughout their season. She will be graduating from Cal State Long Beach in May with a Liberal Studies degree and will be student teaching in the fall in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. 

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