Staff

Intensity Athletics staff is dedicated to bringing you the best training in Southern California! Our coaches are all CPR and First Aid certified and our All-Star staff is USASF credentialed. Our coaches are committed to the safety of our athletes, both mentally & physically.

With the use of proper technique and progression your athlete will improve in Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

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Jacob Smith - Founder/ CEO

jacob@intensityathletics.net


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Stephanie Smith - Co-Owner/ Program Director

Stephanie@intensityathletics.net


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Sumer Dandan - Owner/ Gym Director

Frequency - Lady Livewire - Electric - Amp'd Youth - Blackout

Sumer has over 19 years of coaching experience and has worked for United Spirit Association for 5 years. Over the years she has coached and choreographed with teams of all ages and levels including: Pop Warner, youth, middle school, high school and all star programs (levels 1-6). Sumer holds numerous national championship titles as an athlete with Orange Coast College, PACE All-stars, Stealth all-stars. Sumer is also a WORLD CHAMPION competing on the 2013 Level 6 Stealth All-Stars team, also placing 1st place at NCA in 2013 on the level 6 Stealth All-Stars. As a coach Sumer is a fantastic choreographer holding choreography awards as well as received numerous stunt and routine creativity awards. Her Senior 2 team took 3rd place at the Summit in 2014, and in 2015 Sumers Youth 2 team went home with the National Championship title at NCA in Dallas, TX.

Undergraduate degree in Child development from California State University Fullerton Master Degree in Child Life Loma Linda University

Sumer's Coaching Philosophy: She believes in perfection before progression, so she looks for athletes to master skills and drills before moving them to the next level. This helps reduce mental frustration and the likelihood of forming mental blocks. All athletes develop at different rates and Sumer is patient in waiting until they are confident in their skills while giving positive encouragement to help them reach their goals. She LOVES being able to witness her athletes’ reactions when skills finally “click” they become confident in themselves and what they are capable of. She works hard to instill teamwork in her athletes. Sumer makes sure that they understand the importance of helping one another succeed. Sumer strives to be a positive role model both in and out of the gym. Cheerleading has taken her so far both personally and professionally and now she wants to share her experiences with this amazing sport with others.


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Lex Dandan - Co-Owner/ Marketing Director


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Gina Piecukonis - Front Office Manager

gina@intensityathletics.net

Gina has been in the Cheer Coaching World since 1998.  It started with her oldest daughter Jamie wanting be a Cheerleader with Vista Pop Warner Cheer in Vista, Ca.  The Piecukonis Family made a move to the Murrieta area in 1998.  Since 1998 her older children Charles Jr. and Jamie were involved in Murrieta Pop warner Football and Cheer. Jamie went on to Cheer for one of the first All  Star Teams in the Valley called Bandits and also Cheered at Murrieta Valley High School. Gina and her husband became volunteers Coaching and also served on the Murrieta Pop warner Board.  Gina and her husband were on of the co-founders of Murrieta Junior All American Football and Cheer in 2005 where Gina was the Cheer Advisor/Secretary and ran the cheer program along with coaching.  While being with Junior All American her Cheer Programs won numerous 1st and 2nd place honors at local competitions. Her husband was the Vice-President and also a Co-Founder and Coach with Murrieta Junior All American. Their youngest children Aaron, Cody(twins) and Sara all participated with Murrieta Pop Warner and Junior All American Football and Cheer since 1998.  They went on to play Football for Vista Murrieta High School as well as Sara cheered all four years with Vista Murrieta High as well as 6 years with Intensity All Stars now known as Intensity Athletics. Sara is now in her Senior College year with CBU in Riverside where she earned a scholarship for cheer and in her 4th year as a CBU College Cheerleader.  Gina's background is in the Medical Field, Office Management as well as Cheer and Dance. In her younger days she loved dance, cheer, softball and track. She came to work for Intensity in 2009 and considers the staff, athletes, and parents to be her giant extended family. 


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Jon Rames - Cheer Coach/ Tumbling Instructor

Tumbling Program Manager 

Jon started off as a power tumbler and was introduced to all-star cheerleading in 2002. Jon joined the coed team at Champion Outlaws and went on to win many National Championship titles including UCA in Orlando, FL.  Jon later became the power tumbling team coach at Palomar College and in 2003 Jon joined the Palomar college cheer team. At this time he also joined staff for JAMZ and has worked camps & competitions for over 8 years with this company. (FUN FACT) Jon can been seen in the hit movie Bring It On: All Or Nothing. Jon has coached at a number of highly ranked gyms and high schools over the last 10 years gaining valuable coaching experience and leading teams to glorious victory. When Jon joined the staff at Intensity in 2008 he knew he finally found his home. Outside of the gym, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful daughter, Makaia who is following in her daddys footsteps in becoming a strong tumbler and cheerleader. This sport has taught Jon so many lessons and brought numerous opportunities, he truly feels honored to be coaching and sharing his experiences with his athletes.


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Lindsy Alfano - Cheer Coach

Coach Of: Frequency - Lady Livewire - Currents

Lindsy started gymnastics at a very young age, it wasn't until the 9th grade that she joined her first cheer team. Lindsy cheered all four years at Canyon Springs High School in Southern California. After graduation Lindsy joined the competition team at RCC. Following college Lindsay took time off to raise a family, once her children where old enough Lindsay went back to her roots and started coaching. For the past 5 years Lindsy has coached levels 1 through 4 and had the pleasure of coaching many talented athletes and gone to some awesome competitions such as Pac West, NCA, & The Summit, even taking home the Senior 4.2, 2015 West Coast Cup title. When she’s not in the gym, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children, one of which is a cheerleader at Intensity Athletics. Lindsy also loves working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Lindsy loves coaching at Intensity Athletics, and enjoys being able to interact with the kids and watch them grow as athletes.


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Chasity Young - Cheer Coach

Chasity@intensityathletics.net

Coach of: Electric - Amp'd Youth - Blackout

Chasity Young Started dancing at 4yrs old and competed in dance for five years. When she entered middle school she joined the cheer team at Acacia Middle School. Chasity attended Temescal Canyon High School and returned to studio dance for two years. After graduation, Chasity took time off to raise a family. She married her husband, Brian in 2005 and had two wonderful children, Tadem and Aiden. Once her kids where old enough she enrolled her daughter, Tadem in competition cheer at Surge Athletics. Chasity helped work the front desk and assisted with coaching, eventually becoming a head coach leading her Youth 2 team to an NCA victory in Dallas Texas. Currently Chasity wears many hats at Intensity Athletics. She is a head coach, office assistant, and mother. Chasity feels honored to work with such incredible athletes every day, and loves being a mentor to each and every one of them as well as having such great friendships with her coworkers.


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Eddie Palacios - Cheer Coach/ Tumbling Instructor

Coach of: Zero Gravity

Eduardo began his cheerleading career in high school, cheering all four years at Hemet High. After graduating, Eduardo joined the coed team at Riverside City College, GO Tigers! This is where he gained some valuable skills and knowledge in partner stunting and tumbling. While competing with RCC, Eduardo got to compete at NCA College Nationals in Daytona FL. United Spirit Association, in Anaheim, CA. Even taking second place at UCA College Nationals in Orlando, FL. During his collegiate years Eddie was given the opportunity to meet some amazing people and work with great companies such as: Spirit Sports- Duel In The Desert, Aloha Spirit Championships, and Cheerpos. Eduardo started coaching at Surge Athletics in 2013 and lead them to many great victories. Eddie is grateful to be a part of the Intensity Athletics family, and is excited for the opportunity to encourage young athletes to work hard in everything they do, and to guide them to accomplish individual goals in a safe and exciting environment.


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Caity Smith - Tumbling Instructor

Caity began cheerleading at the young age of 4 with Gold Star All Stars in The Silicon Valley. Over about 14 years with the program, Caity was able to compete and win many national titles. Caity was also a part of their dance program, which lead her to compete at the IASF/USASF Dance Worlds from 2011-2015, placing in the top 5 of their category in 2014 and 2015. While also with Gold Star, Caity began her coaching career at the young age of 14, beginning with their Mini level 1 team. Over the years, Caity learned how to work with younger and older children alike, coaching mini, youth, and junior teams at all levels. After graduating from Homestead High School in 2014, Caity moved down south to attend California State University San Marcos as a Kinesiology major. Caity is studying to become an athletic trainer, to help athletes rehabilitate and get back to the sports they love. This all lead her to begin coaching at Intensity in September of this year.


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Joshua Lambart - Tumbling Instructor

Joshua was born in England and started gymnastics at 14 years old competing with the Floor and Vault team at the Brighton & Hove Gymnastics Club. Josh then started coaching gymnastics in 2004 and found his way to competitive cheerleading in 2008, competing with the South Coast Zodiacs Senior Coed team for 2 years in the UK. Joshua moved to California in 2010 and started coaching gymnastics at Gyminny Kids in North County, CA. and SCEGA gymnastics in Temecula, CA. Josh joined the coaching staff at Intensity in 2013 and is currently going to school at Palomar to become a paramedic/ firefighter. Joshua was on the Palomar Cheer competition team for 2 years competing in Daytona at the NCA Collegiate Nationals and winning back-to-back at the USA Collegiate National Championships. as of 2015 Josh became a camp instructor for NCA (National Cheerleading Association). Josh enjoys coaching and inspiring his athletes to be the best they can be, no matter what level they may be at.


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Laurel Truelove - Tumbling Instructor

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