Coach Anne has been coaching cheerleading since 1999. She started a recreational cheer program through the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department in 2001 which became Bellevue Dream Elite. The name was changed to Eastside Dream Elite in 2003 to reflect the growth of the program and the athletes participating from all over the Eastside area.
Anne has coached high school, all-star, semi-pro and college cheer. In addition to EDE, Anne is the Recreational Cheer Director for Washington and sits on the Executive Board of the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association. Anne has a B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Washington.
Anne is AACCA safety certified and is a certified cheerleading judge both in Washington State and nationally. In 2009 she was named Washington State’s Veteran Judge of the Year in 2010 she was named Coach of the Year for recreational cheer. She received the Coach of the Year honor again in 2015. The EDE program was named Cheer Program of the Year in 2014 and 2015 (an unprecedented back-to-back win). Anne was inducted into the Washington State Cheerleading Hall of Fame in 2017.
Anne has twin sons, Cory and Derek. When she’s not coaching cheerleading, Anne also enjoys ballroom dancing and traveling with her husband Neal, affectionately referred to in EDE as “Mr. Coach Anne.”
COACH HILARY LEWIS
Renton Program, Highland Squad, Hip Hop Choreographer
Coach Hillary found EDE through a Google search in 2017, and we're so glad she did! Hillary cheered all through middle school and high school and was captain of both those teams. She then continued two years on a semi-pro team while she attended college in Bellingham studying Elementary Education. Coach Hillary now manages a real estate company in downtown Bellevue.
Coach Hillary coaches for Highland Squad, she choreographs for Dance/Drill Team, and she recently took over our Renton program. In 2018 she won the Rising Star Coach of the Year award from the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association.
When Hillary is not cheering or working, she loves going to country concerts, line dancing, and rooting for the Cougs & Seahawks!
COACH CHRISTINA KERSTETTER
Coach Christina has been coaching for Eastside Dream Elite since 2013. She has a long history in cheerleading and working with children. Her cheerleading background includes cheering for the Semi-Pro Cheer squad, Renton Ravens, as well as 4 years of Varsity cheer for Kentridge High School, in booth competition and sideline squads. Additionally, she has been a coach for the Bellevue Wolverines Junior Cheer program.
Christina is a UW Husky twice over, holding a B.A. in Political Science as well as Law, Societies and Justice from the University of Washington, and, more recently, a M.A. in Education Policy. Christina has devoted much time to bettering the lives of youth and in addition to coaching, works as a ski instructor for Powderpigs Ski School, and as a youth leader for her church. In the past she has worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue and the Community Center for Education Results in Seattle.
When Christina isn’t coaching, she loves to travel with her husband (Mr. Coach Christina) and her daughters Makenzie and Madison, root on her beloved Huskies, and spend time hiking and skiing!
COACH KATIE KNOWLES
Mercer Island Program
Coach Katie has been coaching for Eastside Dream Elite since the fall of 2013. She cheered for the Renton Ravens semi-pro cheer squad for three years and previously coached the Bellevue Junior Wolverines Cheer Squad. She was on Newport High School Colorguard and Winterguard for four years.
Katie has a B. A. in Music and a minor in Anthropology from Western Washington University. In addition, she has a Master's degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She currently works for the Mercer Island School District as a fifth grade classroom teacher.
When Katie is not coaching she enjoys going to the opera and theater, singing, reading, traveling when she can, and hanging out with friends.
Ballard Program & Tumbling Coach
Coach Ariana is in her second year of coaching for EDE. She has an extensive dance, cheer, and gymnastics background, which made coaching cheer and tumbling classes a great next step. She graduated Seattle Christian High School where she cheered with for 2 years. She was also cheer co-captain her senior year.
Currently Ariana is a student at Seattle University studying Business at their Albers School of Business. She plans to major in Marketing and minor in International Business.
When she isn't busy working and being a full-time student, Ariana enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and playing intermural sports for Seattle U. Go Redhawks!
COACH KATIE SANDER SMITH
Guest Coach, Nationals Helper
Coach Katie is an EDE alum who returned to coach for the last several years. She started with EDE in 2004, where she was on both Dream Team and Power Squad. Katie then cheered for Newport High School where she was Captain her senior year. She also was a junior coach for EDE during this time. She went on to cheer and coach for the Puget Sound Titans and the Renton Ravens Semi-Pro Football cheer squads for eight years.
Coach Katie was nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 and received Rec Rising Star Coach of the Year in 2017. Katie is a graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture. She is a designer at IDI Studio currently. She moved to the San Diego area in 2018 but will still be helping as a guest coach as she is available. No matter where she is, Coach Katie and Mr. Coach Katie (Wes) will always be a part of the EDE family!
COACH MICHAELA COVNER
Highland Squad & Red Squad
Michaela cheered for EDE for many years. She has been on Dream Team, Dance/Drill Team, and Power Squad. Michaela graduated from the Northwest Yeshiva High School and from the University of Washington. She has B.A. in International Studies: Jewish Studies. She currently works as an Engagement Coordinator at Camp Solomon Schechter.
Coach Michaela has also choreographed Highland Squad's competition routines. She is a true asset to Highland Squad's coaching staff.
Coach Kari coached for Highland Squad for three years, she coaches for our summer camps, and head coaches summer camps as well. She also runs special tumbling workshops for EDE when she is in town.
Kari graduated from Interlake High School where she was captain of the cheer squad and cheered for three years. She is now a sophomore at Washington State University. Her favorite thing to do in cheerleading is stunting and cheering at Friday night football games. She considers her best skills her dancing and her ability to get the crowd involved in cheers!
INTERSTED IN COACHING?
We are always looking for fabulous volunteer coaches to help with the Eastside Dream Elite teams. We especially need coaches for the Cheer Ability Team for people with Developmental Disabilities. Please contact:
if you are interested in coaching.