About Us

The Colorado Spirit Coaches Association’s (CSCA’s) mission is to support the needs of Colorado Coaches in cheer, pom, dance, all-star, and drill teams by uniting, educating, networking, and recognizing the achievements of the athletes and coaches of our Rocky Mountain State.

Meet the CSCA Board Members

Angela Masini Ottmann


Angela is the Founder and President of the CSCA (Colorado Spirit Coaches Association). She is a nationally accredited adjudicator and advisor of the CHSAA Spirit Board.  She has over 25+ years of coaching, choreography, and dance experience. Going into her second decade of coaching, she just earned the 2013 Parker Impact Award from the Rotary Club of Parker. She has represented/coached Ponderosa HS in spirit for 20 years. Under her rein the Ponderosa Poms/Dance team was crowned Grand Champion at the 2005 NDA Championships, has earned 7 State Titles, 6 League Titles, 6 Academic Championships, has been in the State finals every year since 1997, including being nationally ranked for over 15 years. She was inducted into the Ponderosa Hall of Fame in 2009. Angela has an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She has her own entertainment company, which focuses on events targeting high school and all-star programs and additionally focuses on educating spirit coaches. She is a veteran judge focusing on national high school and collegiate championships. She’s married to her supportive husband Tim and together they have three beautiful children, Casey, Jake and Karli.

Tena Preuss


Tena has been a member of the executive board of CSCA since its inception. She is a graduate of Mesa State College and is celebrating her 28th year of coaching. She is the Lead Dance Advisory and Head Technical Judge for CHSAA. Tena is a nationally certified judge and a past NCA instructor/director. She is the owner of Express All State Cheer and Dance Academy in Grand Junction, CO, where her teams have won over 200 national championship titles in cheer and dance. She is the President of the Mesa County Junior Cheer Association and has won countless choreography awards. Her Spirit Express Senior All-Star Dance Team was the first dance team to represent the US at the 2010 World Championships in three divisions, Pom, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Tena resides in Grand Junction with her husband Frank and will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary this year.

Kristin (Engler) Brooks


Kristin also known as “KE” in the Spirit community, has served on the CSCA board for several years focusing her energy on the annual Leadership Conference. Kristin has worked with various Cheer and Dance teams across the State specializing in technique and choreography. She also served as the National Marketing Director for Fluid Dance Conventions from 2008 to 2010. Kristin is the Founder of the Rocky Mountain RockStarz, an elite group of former professional Cheerleaders and Dancers from the NBA, NFL, AFL and NLL. She spent five years dancing with the Denver Nuggets Dancers and two years as an Assistant Coach. In addition, Kristin spent two years as the Dance Team Director for the Colorado Crush Cheerleaders.

Nicole Gambatese


Nicole has been involved with cheerleading for over 17 years. She was a competitive cheerleader in Florida throughout high school, competing nationally for both her all-star gym and her high school. Nicole graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Social Studies Education and from the University of Colorado with a Master’s in Education. Nicole continued her passion for cheerleading at Douglas County High School where was the head coach for the last eleven years. Under her reign Douglas County won 5 consecutive Sate Championships, 6 Continental League, State Runner Up, and seven finalist placements at UCA Nationals.

Chelsea Pierotti


Chelsea trained primarily as a ballet and lyrical dancer with Rocky Mountain School of Dance, and finished her performance career as a professional ballet dancer with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Chelsea coached for over 10 years at Broomfield High School, during which time she has led her team to back-to-back CHSAA State Championships in 2006 and 2007, and always finished in the top 3 at the state finals. She was also recognized as CSCA’s Dance Coach of the Year for 2009.  Chelsea also has a Ph.D. in sport psychology and is a lecturer at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She specializes in independent consulting with coaches, leaders, and teams in many areas of mental skills for athletes including confidence, anxiety control, motivation, and leadership.

KellyKelly Snell


Kelly has been involved in dance team coaching, choreography and teaching for the past 16 years. Kelly was the Varsity Poms Coach at Eaglecrest High School for six years where her teams were state finalists and UDA and NDA Nationals finalists. She also spent time coaching at Grandview High School and in Georgia, Iowa and Minnesota. Kelly was a Just for Kix staff member and director for eight years and directed the halftime of the 2002 Outback Bowl. She was a member of the University of South Dakota Dance Team who placed 3rd at the 2000 NDA College Nationals and a member of a state championship high school team in Minnesota. Kelly has a masters degree in Administration and currently serves as the Activities Director and Assistant to the Principal at Eaglecrest High School

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Kathy Jo was the captain of the Washington State University cheerleading squad and former coach of the WSU Cougars and University of Idaho cheer and dance teams. She is a former Director of the Seattle SuperSonics “Sonic Girls”. A veteran member of the United Spirit Association cheer staff, she currently serves as a Competition and Camp Director for USA. She has been judging cheer and dance competitions for over 25 years at the local, state, regional and national level.

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Carrie Nitchoff has been part of the dance community for over 30 years. She started dancing at the age of four and began teaching in 1983. Her interest and expertise include jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pom, and cheer. She trained at The Dance Shoppe in Phoenix, Arizona and was a member of their competitive company, Jazz Etc., for 10 years. Carrie has also performed in the Arizona Ballet’s “ The Nutcracker”. In addition to being a certified Colorado Spirit Coaches Association and Colorado High School Activities Association dance judge, she is a staff member for the United Spirit Association. Carrie has choreographed and produced the John Elway’s retirement half-time show and the opening of Invesco Field half-time celebration. Carrie is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She teaches science at Broomfield High School and is the assistant coach for the pom squad there. Carrie also teaches and choreographs for dance studios in the Denver area. Her choreography and her students have been the recipients of many regional awards and titles. Carrie is truly honored to make a difference in the lives she touches and cannot wait to share her experience, insight, and love of dance.

Mia Brown


Mia Brown has taught dance across the Denver Metro area for over 20 years.  She is going into her 8th year as the Head Varsity Poms coach at Cherokee Trail HS where she also serves as the director/teacher of the schools dance program.  Over the past 8 years with CTHS, she has choreographed their competition routines and has led the team to multiple program firsts including national finalists at the UDA NDTC.  During the summer, Mia travels as a dance intensive guest teacher and choreographer.  She is currently working on her second masters in educational leadership.

Rachel Gillen


Rachel has been working Colorado Spirit Coaches events the last ten years. For the last 7 years she has tech judged at various regional and league competitions while also assisting with tech judging at the CHSAA state competition for the last four years. She currently works as a school manager at a local non-profit.