NCA Staff

About our Staff

Our Summer Camp Instructors are hand-selected from leading colleges and universities across the country. They’re not only good cheerleaders, they’re great role models. At camp, NCA Instructors are alongside cheer teams every step of the way to provide individual and team growth opportunities. Our Staff inspire cheerleaders to pursue greatness on and off the sidelines.

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Live Tryouts

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by May in order to apply for Staff this summer. If you do not meet this requirement, please be sure to apply next year!

What to Bring:
  • Release and Waiver Form
  • NCA Instructor Application
  • Recent full body photo
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation – may be written by a sponsor, teacher, dance instructor, coach, employer, etc.
  • License and Social Security Card (must have two pieces of ID unless you can provide a valid US Passport)
Florida

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Where: UKnight Training Center
7307 Sandscove Court
Winter Park, FL 32792

Please contact Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com for more information.

Georgia

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Where: Carrollton High School
201 Trojan Dr #4395,
Carrollton, GA 30117

Please contact Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com for more information.

North Carolina

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Where: Charlotte Allstar Gym
11011 Monroe Rd
Matthews, NC 28105

Please contact Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com for more information.

New Jersey

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Where: Just Cheer
40 B Pier Ln W
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
(registration 9:00-9:30)

Please contact Natalie Ayres at nayres@varsity.com for more information.

Pennsylvania

Sunday, February 23
Where: Stroudsburg High School
100 W Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
(registration 9:00-9:30)

Please contact Natalie Ayres at nayres@varsity.com for more information.

Video Tryouts

Accepting applications beginning November 1st and all applications must be postmarked by January 2nd.

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by May in order to apply for Staff this summer. If you do not meet this requirement, please be sure to apply next year!

To apply, please submit the following:
  1. NCA Instructor Application
  2. Video Segment on a jump drive or private internet link
  3. Recent full body photo
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation – may be written by a sponsor, teacher, dance instructor, coach, employer, etc.
What to Include:
  • An introduction including your name, where you currently cheer, and why you would like to be an NCA Instructor.
  • 3 different jumps – connected series is preferred
  • 1 cheer showing a variety of motions with proper technique
  • 1-2 running tumbling skills
  • 1-2 standing tumbling skills
  • 2 group stunts (mandatory)
  • 2 partner stunts (optional)

Only skills performed on an approved surface will be scored. Tumbling may not utilize a spring floor. The video will become the property of NCA. Applicants must label your video with name, city, and state.

Video Tryout Tips:
  • Start early, it can be stressful to put together a quality video at the last minute.
  • Think of your video as a job interview, let us get to know YOU!
  • Review your video before sending it in to be sure you have all requirements.
  • Please do not wear warm-ups, t-shirts, wraps or any other over-sized clothing.
  • Only include the best of your abilities in each segment of the video.
  • Submit your video via jump drive or private link.
  • Be sure to look your best in every way, including: hair, make-up, etc.
  • Technique is the key, there is no substitute for solid, well-rounded technique.
  • Showmanship, personality and speaking skills throughout the video can really set your video application apart from the rest!
Mail completed application and attachments to:

National Cheerleaders Association
Attn. Staffing Team
640 Shiloh Rd. Building 2, Suite 200
Plano, TX 75074

NCA Leadership Staff

NCA also offers Staff positions on our NCA Leadership Staff for applicants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.  All applicants will go through a personal interview.  No video tryouts are allowed.

Apply for NCA Leadership Staff:
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About Being an NCA Staff Member

Your Role as an NCA Staff Member

NCA Staff is an exciting opportunity for cheerleaders to develop professionally in a field they love! Our instructors are some of the most talented and personable cheerleaders in the nation.  The NCA Staff takes great pride in being part of an amazing family of instructors that spans the country and positively affects the lives of thousands of cheerleaders every year. The honor of being an NCA Staff Member is one that has the ability to open many future professional doors for you if you commit to the job and give 100% throughout your career.

As a member of NCA Staff, you will have the opportunity to wear many different “hats” both during and after camp. As the industry progresses and changes, so does your job. Each year that you are invited to return to NCA Staff will bring more responsibilities and opportunities that can be beneficial in your future as you attend college and interview for jobs. Below are some expectations, responsibilities, and benefits should you be chosen for this amazing opportunity.

If you’re looking for a job that’s fun, develops marketable skills, allows you to make friends nationwide and positively impact the lives of others.

As a NCA Staff Member, you will be a:

  • Teacher: 95% of this job is teaching – ensuring that cheerleaders who attend your camps understand, comprehend, and retain the valuable information you provide them. Camp is about the campers and how well they learned and grew from their experience with you as a teacher.
  • Mentor: You are teaching values, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and determination.
  • Customer Service Representative: The key to success in customer service is to communicate, be proactive, attend to the attitudes and needs of your customer, and ALWAYS be positive.
  • Evaluator: You will have the opportunity to give immediate feedback, verbal and written, on several performances throughout camp.
  • Performer: It is imperative to maintain your technical ability and performance quality. You will be performing and demoing cheers, chants, stunts, and various skills in front of the camp.
  • Competitions Crew: Throughout the competition season, you will be contacted to help work and/or judge regional competitions for NCA and other local/state organizations.
  • Recruiter: You have the ability to spread the word about our camps and recruit new teams to NCA summer camps and competitions each year.

Benefits for NCA Staff

  • Instructor salary.
  • Per diem to cover meals and travel expenses.
  • End of summer bonus opportunities.
  • Exposure to choreography opportunities.
  • Marketable professional skills such as public speaking, staff and team management, to name a few.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Learn and teach innovative NCA curriculum to athletes and facilitate team bonding.
  • Staff discount in the Varsity Store.
  • Special Event invite opportunities.
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified if I am hired?

You will be notified by mail on or before March 1st of your employment status. Staff is hired in each region based on the number of returning veteran staff and the number of camps projected for the summer. If you are selected as a New NCA Instructor, you will be sent a comprehensive packet of information that will contain paperwork and detailed information on all areas of instructing summer camps for NCA.

If hired, how will I be trained?

All NCA instructors attend a mandatory Staff Training Meeting that will take place in the month of May. There are multiple Staff Meetings set up across the country and you will be asked to attend the meeting located in your region. This extensive meeting will cover all aspects of your job as an instructor (policies, procedures, teaching methods, safety, etc.) NCA will help to coordinate transportation to and from the Staff Meeting, and all expenses are taken care of for the meeting, however, salary is not paid during this training session.

If hired, how will I be staffed for camps?

Your availability during the summer will be the biggest factor in determining how many camps you will have on your initial schedule. We request that you be available for at least 5 full weeks during the summer (June through August.) The more flexible you are, the more camps you will receive throughout the summer. Camps that grow in enrollment and the addition of Home Camps will allow you to add camps continuously throughout the summer as your schedule permits.

If hired, how much will my uniforms cost?

NCA is able to offer significant discounts to our new staff for their uniforms. The average cost for a new instructor is about $85 and includes all attire that will be worn at camp, including shoes, as well as other needed materials.

How much will I get paid?

The NCA pay scale is based on experience in performing and teaching and will be set once you are hired. Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive nontaxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report. If you are scheduled for a Day Camp or a Home Camp, you will be housed in a hotel and given more expense money since you will be on your own for more meals. You will be trained on all of these procedures at Staff Meeting.

How much travel is required?

You will be scheduled for camps within a 6 to 8 hour radius from your home address, and we will attempt to give you as much information as possible to set up travel with other instructors. Of course, we try to schedule you close to home, but that’s not always possible due to camp locations and enrollment. Travel is a required part of the NCA Instructor position, and you are ultimately responsible for getting yourself to and from camp.

Are travel and meals covered?

Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive nontaxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report.

Are there live NCA tryouts I can attend?

Yes, in many parts of the country we offer live tryouts. You can check our website for live tryout dates and locations, or you can contact an NCA Staffing Director in the NCA corporate office.

If I attend a live tryout, what materials do I need to bring? Will I still need to submit a skills video later?

If you attend a live tryout, you’ll need to turn in your Agreement of Compliance form, photo, letters of recommendation, and application there. The AOC form is mandatory, but if you’re unable to submit any of the other items at the tryout, you may mail any missing items to the office separately. You do not need to submit a video of your skills to the office if you attend a live tryout. However, some applicants choose to send in videos in addition to their live tryout if they feel the tryout did not best represent what they’re capable of. It is acceptable to do both live and video tryouts.

How can I confirm my application and video were received?

A Staffing Director will contact you to let you know that we’ve received your application. However, if you haven’t heard from anyone, you can contact the NCA Staffing Director for your region or call the NCA office at 1-800-NCA-2WIN.

I was unable to send in my application/video by the January 2nd deadline, can I still apply for a position?

Applications that miss the deadline are taken on a case by case basis. In areas where more instructors are needed, it may be possible to apply late. Contact the NCA office and speak to the appropriate Staffing Director about your situation.

Is the NCA Instructor position year-round?

Although the summer has the heaviest volume of camps, NCA has much to offer throughout the entire year. Regional and National competitions are held all over the country, and staff members play a vital role in the success of these events. NCA also recommends staff members for judging and choreography throughout the year, which helps you to earn extra money for school.

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Meet the NCA Staffing Directors

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

States Managed: OK, TX

Hometown: Snellville, Georgia

Number of Years with NCA: 11

Cheer Experience:
• Cheered and graduated from Valdosta State University (2004-2010)
• NCA DII Collegiate National Champion 2009 & 2010
• 5 years of coaching experience: VSU Graduate Assistant Coach, HS Coach, All Star Coach
• 6 years as an NCA Instructor
• 3 years as an NCA Head Instructor
• 4 years as the NCA Southwest Staffing Director

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working for NCA because I'm able to make a positive impact on the lives of so many young people, starting with the young adults who work for me and rippling down to every camper and coach that they come in contact with. Seeing my instructors grow in their confidence, passion, abilities, professionalism, and life goals allows me to glimpse at and be reminded of the lasting career and personal impacts that this job can truly have on the young adults that work for NCA.

Outside of NCA:
My most favorite thing to do is to spend quality time with my friends, typically full of laughs. I enjoy working out and do so almost daily (it keeps me sane). Literally anything involving the sunshine and/or water makes my heart happy! I love shopping for and decorating my condo and seeing that vision come together. Oh and looking at pictures of my adorable niece!

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Jervis Williams

Midsouth and Southeast Staffing Director

Jervis Williams

Midsouth and Southeast Staffing Director

States Managed: AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Number of Years with NCA: 18

Cheer Experience:
• Cheered at the University of Arizona
• Coached at Stingray Allstars Marietta 2006 - 2009, 2013 – 2015
• 5 Years as the NCA Southeast Staffing Director

Why do you love working for NCA?
What the older staff was finding is that our 'why' changes through out the years. My 'why' when I first joined staff is completely different from my 'why' today. Today, I love working for NCA because I get the most fulfillment and joy out of watching staff develop not only into their professional lives, but personal ones too. Being able to watch them grow and gain practical skills makes me proud that I can be a part of their development. It's always interesting to see how the views change from staff as they grow older.

Outside of NCA:
I love volleyball, going to the movies, cooking, and entertaining friends. My friends would say that I am a GREAT host and enjoy the time we get to spend together.

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Natalie Ayres

Northeast and West Staffing Director

Natalie Ayres

Northeast and West Staffing Director

States Managed: AK, CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV

Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana

Number of Years with NCA: 9

Cheer Experience:
I grew up cheering on an all-star team in Indiana, and just before I graduated, I realized I wasn't ready to be finished cheering. I tried out for Oklahoma State University and spent my freshman year cheering on the small coed team there. In order to earn more scholarship money, I transferred to Trinity Valley Community College to cheer for a year before returning to OSU for the remainder of my college career. I started staff working in the Central region in 2009 and then transferred to the southeast region the following year. I took a few years off to work at a summer camp in Indiana before joining SPEED staff when those camps were brought over to the NCA brand. I LOVED every minute of those camps and traveling around the country and cheering with my best friends is what got me hooked with NCA!

Why do you love working for NCA?
NCA has a way of making you feel at home. I love the people I get to work with every day, and the staff that I get to help mentor throughout the rest of the year. I love the opportunities that NCA has given me throughout the years, and that now in this position, I get to pass those same opportunities down to the stand out staffers in each of my regions. This job is rewarding and genuinely a huge family feel.

Outside of NCA:
I love spending time with my husband Adam and my two dogs, Lyla and Lucy.

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Kiley Bell

Central, Great Plains, Midwest and Mountain West Staffing Director

Kiley Bell

Central, Great Plains, Midwest and Mountain West Staffing Director

States Managed: AZ, CO, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, OH, SD, UT, WI, WY

Hometown: Oakdale, Louisiana

Number of Years with NCA: 7

Cheer Experience:
• High School - 1 year
• College (Northwestern State University) - 4 years
• Collegiate Coach - 3.5 years
• NCA Staff - 7 years

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working with NCA because it brought out the best in me. Not only did I mature as a person, but professionally as well. With the different themes presented each summer, NCA gave me a purpose to become a better me each day. I was able to come out of myself for a while and pour into others which is to me, the most important part of life.

Outside of NCA:
When I'm not at the baseball field with my favorite player (my son), I like to hang out with friends. I also love to travel and see new things. Random road trips are my favorite.

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Tucker Hunter

Speed Camps and College Staffing Director

Tucker Hunter

Speed Camps and College Staffing Director

States Managed: AK, CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV

Hometown: Canby, Oregon

Number of Years with NCA: 8

Cheer Experience:
• Athlete and Coach at Thunder Elite All Stars in Clackamas, OR – 4 Years
• Oklahoma State Large Coed – 4 Years
• Twist and Shout Obsession – 1 Year
• Twist & Shout Genesis – 3 Years
• USA Cheer Coed – 5 years
• Cheer Athletics Claw 6 – 1 year
• Cheer Athletics Wildcats – 3 years
• Cheer Athletics Plano All Star Staff – 1 year
• NCA traditional, SPEED, and College Staff. HI since 2014.

Why do you love working for NCA?
Working for NCA has truly enriched my life in more ways than I would have ever been able to predict. I have had so much fun over the years and truly still enjoy this job. I have been through a large variety of rolls within this company and have been able to grow as an athlete, teacher, and gain professional work place experience. I get to be around such amazing leaders in our industry and hope to help make the same impact they all have on me.

Outside of NCA:
I love being outdoors. Anything active and out in the sun. I have a 1 year old golden retriever that I love to take everywhere. I enjoy going to the movies.

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Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director

Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director

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Kip Winterowd

Director of NCA Curriculum

Kip Winterowd

Director of NCA Curriculum

Hometown: Salmon, Idaho

Number of Years with NCA: 24

Cheer Experience:
• Cheered for the University of Idaho 94-97
• Coached at the University of Idaho 96-98
• Coached at the University of Louisiana - Monroe 98-2000
• 10 years as the West Region Staffing Director
• 8 years as the Director of Curriculum for NCA

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working a job and for a company where I feel I can have a profound impact on the next generation of leaders. It's rare to find a profession that allows you to step beyond the walls of the job description and help to shape the future and what it will look like.

Outside of NCA:
I'm heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a leader and spokes person. I love all things outdoors, such as, camping, hiking, swimming, biking, and rock climbing. One of my favorite things to do is travel and experience all this world has to offer. And finally my family is so important to me and spending time with them, no matter what we are doing, is key to my happiness.

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Brian Cao

Director of Choreography Training & Education

Brian Cao

Director of Choreography Training & Education

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Number of Years with NCA: 23

Cheer Experience:
• Aloha High School (3 Years - Captain)
• University of Oregon (3 Years - Captain)
• Churchill High School (2 Years - Head Coach)
• University of Oregon (2 Years - Assistant Coach & Competition Choreographer)
• NCA (23 Years - Head Instructor, Choreographer, State Director, Judge)
• Thunder Elite All-Star Cheerleading (2 Years - Team Coach)
• RC Club Cheer All-Star Cheerleading (1 Year - Team Coach)
• StyleShock Cheer & Dance (8 Years - Owner, Team Coach, Choreographer & Athlete)

Dance Experience:
• Urban Shock Hip Hop Company (2 Years)
• Portland Dance Project (2 Years)
• NBA Portland Trailblazers Jam Squad (3 Years)
• h2A Dance Company (1 Year)
• Connex7 Dance Company (1 Year)
• The Detail Dance Company (2 Years)
• LYFE Dance Company (2 Years)

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working for NCA because it gives me the opportunity to give back to so many impressionable and amazing young athletes; just in the same way that NCA Instructors did for me as a participant. Through NCA, I learned incredible lessons about self-worth, confidence, communication, perseverance, teamwork, and so much more. I found my voice and purpose in my early years on NCA Staff, which aided me immensely in the years that would follow. After leaving the instructional side of NCA to focus more on my all-star gym, there was no hesitation in returning when the opportunity became available 6 years later. I love working with like-minded individuals who put the participants and coaches at the forefront of our mission. If I can facilitate the journey of a kid feeling like they have the ability to do whatever they set their mind to, or a coach understanding the vital role they play in the life of their athletes, then my work has become that much more purposeful.

Outside of NCA:
In my free time, I love camping, hiking or pretty much anything outdoors, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, cooking at home, traveling the globe, experiencing new adventures, and most of all, spending time with my husband.

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Andrea Hern

Vice President of Training, Education and Choreography

Andrea Hern

Vice President of Training, Education and Choreography

Hometown: Sachse, Texas

Number of Years with NCA: 19

Cheer Experience:
I began my cheerleading career as the first freshman to make the squad for the Falcons of South Whidbey High School. After completing four years of high school cheerleading I was asked to tryout for NCA Staff. Who knew that receiving that acceptance letter would change my life. I spent 5 years in the field as an Instructor and Head Instructor and then accepted a corporate position as the NE Staffing Director. I currently serve as the VP of Training and Education and Director of NCA Choreography. That letter changed my life and has allowed me 19 years of service to a company I love.

Why do you love working for NCA?
I am privileged to work in an industry that, through the activity of cheer, allows me to create better people, leaders, role models, and motivators. In my role I get to help enable our future generation with the skills to live and lead a better life. Working with my best friends is pretty incredible too!

Outside of NCA:
Outside of work I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, working out, dancing and spending time with my amazing family. My husband and I have two boys and between baseball games and Jiu Jitsu there is not a lot of free time in our household. When we do get a free moment we are avid gamers and love a good game of Sorry, Go Fish, and Dominoes.

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Buffy Duhon

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Buffy Duhon

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Hometown: Allen, Texas

Number of Years with NCA: 31

Cheer Experience:
I grew up going to NCA camps and competitions in Florida. During my time on the cheer team and then the dance team at the University of Florida from 1990-1994, I was also actively coaching, teaching, and doing choreography for NCA. My degree is in Education, and this company has been the perfect fit for me to continue teaching and mentoring others. I am now the Senior Vice President & General Manager for NCA & NDA, so I go to work each day thinking of how to help others grow through their passion for cheer and dance.

Why do you love working for NCA?
NCA & NDA believe in building better young people with stronger self-esteem and purpose in life that goes far beyond the activities of cheer and dance. If young people enjoy the activities of cheer and dance, and we can sprinkle in leadership, values, community service, and teamwork, then we have met our goal. The cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, and staff that we work with are a positive influence and motivation to all of us in the corporate office to keep creating, keep giving back, and keep moving the bar so that the leadership qualities we all believe in can be shared with others.

Outside of NCA:
I'm the mom of two teenage boys, so we spend lots of time on the soccer field and basketball court. I enjoy volunteering with my church to help build better lives for those in need of a little boost.

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