As of today, March 16, 2020, the ICCA Spring Coaches’ Conference scheduled for April 3-4, 2020, is postponed to a later date. We are working on details in hopes of rescheduling in the near future. We will be in contact with members regarding the Conference as well as membership soon. We appreciate your patience in this matter. Please stay safe!!
— Thank you, Jeanne Ehn and Kenna Johnson (ICCA Executive Directors)
Contact: Jeanne Ehn
address: PO Box 211, Conrad, IA 50621
Contact: Kenna Johnson
address: 1800 North 8th Ave, Winterset, IA 50273
Coaches, you can now access your AACCA certificates using the following link:
Print a copy for yourself and a copy for your Athletic Director!!
Save the date! April 3 & 4, 2020 Conference
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Hotel: Reserve Your Room Early
A block of rooms has been reserved for the ICCA Conference at The Meadows Hotel and Conference Center at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa. The room block will be released to the public on March 16, 2020.
Click the button below to register, or call 515-957-3000 with reference code: 04022020CHE
2020 Conference – 2020 Vision: Believe
When: April 3 & 4, 2020
Where: The Meadows at Prairie Meadows in Altoona
Who: for all CHEER coaches! Come join us!
Schedule: Friday morning will have a very important session for all coaches from Kevin Atlas Laue. Mr. Laue’s presentation “Believe in You®” is designed to educate students and coaches about the incredible power of believing in yourself, despite the challenges and trials that life may present. Every student in America needs to have someone who believes in them. This is a very important class for coaches.
This year, add on classes including Cheer Safety and Risk Management (AACCA) and Cheer and Dance Choreography will be presented Friday afternoon. Take advantage of IHSAA’s offer to pay a portion of each coach’s tuition for Cheer Safety and Risk Management. Friday evening the ICCA Board of Directors will host a banquet and awards for all conference attendees. This is a great event. Saturday will have many educational classes for ALL cheer coaches! Check this website often for additions and the schedule.
“2020 Vision: Believe” – Items to Donate
Last year ICCA had a great philanthropic endeavor at our conference by giving to three organizations in need. We certainly showed we cared. This year we are continuing our philanthropic plan to help others with new organizations.
Please bring items so others maybe be helped. Have the VISION to a make a difference!
- Bring Old Eyeglasses (to Lions International so others may see)
- Bring Pop Tabs (to Ronald McDonald House to assist with the well-being of families)
- Bring Travel Bags/Backpacks (to Four Oaks Family Connections for children entering the foster care system and their belongings)
National Speakers for 2020
Bill Patterson has been with Varsity Spirit in various positions since 1982. He began his tenure with the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a summer part-time instructor, and joined the office on a full-time basis in 1991. Bill has served as the Vice President of NCA, the Senior Vice President of Sales for Cheerleader & DanzTeam, and is currently the Vice President of Sales Support for Varsity Spirit. With over 30 years’ experience, his longevity in the spirit industry has offered him opportunities to speak at numerous state meetings, as well as judge for many state, regional, and national cheer and dance competitions. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana State University. In addition to his responsibilities with Varsity, Bill has also served as an advisor to the National Federation Spirit Rules committee, is a national certifier for AACCA (now USA Cheer Safety and Risk Management), and has been on the National Advisory Board for the USASF. Bill was inducted into the Spirit Industry Hall of Fame and named a Varsity Legend in 2017. Bill resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of more than 32 years.
Morton Bergue is the President of Cheergyms.com, Inc. and currently serves as the Chairman of the National Cheerleading Coaches Congress. He was inducted in the California Cheerleading Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Oregon Cheerleading Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Morton serves on the Board of Directors of the United States All Star Federation (USASF), of which he was the first inductee to that organizations Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2011 and 2015, he was the head choreographer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as serving as a dance and cheer clinician nationally and internationally.
Jenna Reynolds has been with the National Cheerleaders Association since 2004, starting out as a part-time instructor and becoming a head instructor is 2006. She is currently the NCA & UCA State Director for IA, MN, ND and SD, and works on Event Crew for competitions around the country. Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri where she cheered for four years and competed at NCA Collegiate Nationals, placing in the Top 10 each year. She was an assistant coach at Mizzou for eight years and is currently a high school coach in Mt. Vernon, IL. Jenna has judged at various local, state, and college competitions for over ten years.
Tom Reynolds cheered at Illinois State University from 2003 to 2005 where he received his B.S. in Political Theory, and at Texas Tech University from 2006 to 2008 where he received his Masters of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Linguistics. He placed in the Top Five at both NCA and UCA Collegiate Nationals each year he competed. Tom was an assistant cheerleading coach at the University of Missouri for eight years and is currently coaching high school in Mt. Vernon, IL. In 2012, he received a second Masters from the University of Missouri and will graduate with his Doctorate in Computer Science this December. He has worked for the National Cheerleaders Association since 2005 as an instructor, head instructor, and event staff member. Tom was elected to the MCCA Board in March of 2017 and is the current president.
Kevin Atlas (Laue)
At nearly seven feet tall with his left arm discontinued just below his elbow, Kevin faced his fair share of adversity in his early life. Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Kevin grew up in a split custody household, overcame the early death of his father, and faced a legion of critics prior to his success. He became one of the top high school basketball players in his home state, played one postgraduate year at a military school in Virginia, and earned a full athletic scholarship to join the Manhattan College Jaspers in New York City. By doing this, Kevin achieved becoming the first disabled player in NCAA history to receive a full Division I athletic scholarship in his sport.
After a successful college career, Kevin went on to play professionally in Asia and has since become one of the top young professional speakers in the nation. Employing a mixture of humor, audience interaction, and a uniquely strong delivery, he tells the story of a life so extraordinary, it was chronicled in the Oscar-qualifying documentary Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story. In his speeches, Kevin uses his own inspirational journey as a jumping o point to examine the challenges faced by others every day and his triumphs help audiences see their own problems in a new light. He shares his story to help change attitudes and perspectives of youth, corporate, faith-based, and international audiences. Kevin’s engaging manner, easy confidence, and comfort around others make his presentation a sure-fire success for audiences of every background and description.
In addition to his domestic speaking, Kevin has inspired audiences in Africa and Europe as well as leading month-long speaking tours in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He has served as a spokesperson for Boys and Girls Clubs, was a board member at Special Olympics, and has spoken at notable venues such as the United Nations, Google, and Facebook. Kevin is now the host of Believe in You, a motivational video series sponsored by Varsity Brands that is being shown to middle schools and high schools across the country.
Friday Add On Classes
USA Cheer Safety and Risk Management (known as AACCA)
Bill Patterson, Instructor
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Cost is $85 (IHSAA will pay $40, Coach cost is $45).
This course is the best fundamental cheerleading safety course in the nation. Coaches must re-certify every four years. Take advantage of the great price. This course now has an online test that coaches may take right after the course or wait until returning home. Access to the certificate of completion is available right after the test is submitted.
NEW – Cheer and Dance Choreography
Morton Bergue, Instructor
2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Cost is $30.
The Cheer and Dance Choreography Session will cover the necessary parts in creating an award winning routine. Special attention will be placed on the dance section of a cheer routine and dance routines in general for other competitive areas so cheer performance are award winning.
New This Year
Coaches/Schools have an option to pay for all Conference and Membership charges with a credit card. A service charge will be applied to the fees for those using this service. School checks will still be accepted. NO purchase orders under any circumstance.
Be sure to print the invoice at the end of the registration process for your records so it may be turned into the school business and sent to ICCA. To confirm registrations of credit card payment, we ask that a copy of the invoice received after payment still be sent. Those paying by check should also enclose a copy of the invoice when mailing fees.