Staff

Kimberly Booth (she/her)
Co-Owner

 

Meet: coach Kim Booth

She has been with Prairie Fire for 7 years, 6 years as an athlete, and now 7 years as a coach. She is also one of our new co-owners here at PFC!

When she is not at the gym, she is teaching grade one at Ecole Victoria, hanging out with her French Bulldog Gus, or reading a book. You can also find her hanging out with fellow coaches Taylor and Kayla eating nachos or taking their dogs for walks. 

Kim coached the Usask Cheer Team and an elementary team at Ecole Victoria for one season and is excited to coach again at Victoria school this year. She has completed her Bachelor of Education through Usask making her a coach/athlete/student for many years. 

She enjoys coaching here because the community at PFC is so supportive of one another and it feels like a family. I love to watch athletes grow from year to year and the joy on their athletes faces when they land a skill that they have been having a tough time with or hit their stunt! 

Favourite Skill: Double Ups

Taylor Dea (she/her)
Co-Owner

She has been with Prairie Fire for 8 years, 7 as an athlete, and 7 as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is hanging out with her little pug named Winston, spending time with her husband Tyler, hanging out with coaches Kim and Kayla, or working at her full time job.

Taylor worked on completing a 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while joining our family, and convocated from the U of S in 2018. In the summer of 2021 she committed even further by joining the ownership crew of Prairie Fire

She enjoys coaching here because of all the amazing athletes that she has watched grow from mini’s to now high school students and beyond!

Favourite Skill: I love coaching full-ups!

Todd Knihnitski (he/him)
Co-owner and Head Coach PFC

Todd is the founder of Prairie Fire Cheerleading, one of our owners and someone who loves everything about coaching! He has an Education degree and a Sports Science degree. Todd loves helping our sport grow locally, provincially and Nationally.

He serves on the Cheer Canada Board, and is coaching the University of Saskatchewan cheerleading team. 

(USASF Level 6, SCA Level 5, NCCP gymnastics Level 1, NCCP Theory Level 1&2)

Brayden Obed
Senior Choreographer and Coach

Brayden Obed is a coach, tumbling coach and choreographer for PFC. He has been coaching with Prairie Fire for since 2008 and is also a coach of the U of S cheer team. He was a member of the U of S cheer team for 5 years and was also an athlete on the Rider cheer team for 2 years.

 

Alex Dubois (she/her)
Coach

She has been with Prairie Fire for 3 years, 3 as an athlete, since moving to Saskatchewan, and now it's her first year as a coach.
When she is not at the gym, she is catching up with friends, doing homework and playing with her dog Chewie.
Alex has been involved in cheerleading since Grade one and is now in her 2nd year of high school. She has successfully completed a number of courses in the National Coaching Certification Program, while joining our family.
She enjoys coaching here because she loves seeing athletes reach their goals and helping the athletes get there.
Favourite Skill: Libs or any stunt (I love stunting!!)

Alexis Samms (she/her)
Coach

Meet: coach Alexis
She has been with Prairie Fire for 10 years as an athlete, and now 3 years as a coach.
When she is not at the gym, she is hanging out with friends or working on schoolwork.
Alexis has been around since she was a little cheer baby. In this time she has partaken in many provincial events & competitions as a part of joining our family. She’s also travelled all over North America for competitions and hopes to head to Florida with Fever this spring.
She enjoys coaching here because she loves to see all the friendships made and watching athletes grow up and become better each year!
Favourite Skill: Standing hand hand full

Aysia Luciak-Macleod
Coach

 

Meet: coach Aysia

Aysia has been with Prairie Fire for 4 years, 4 years as an athlete, and now 3 as a coach.

When Aysia is not at the gym, they are either in school or at Ukrainian dance practice.

Aysia has not only completed many coaching certifications, but has been working with kids as a camp counselor for many years prior to joining our family.

They enjoy coaching here to help young athletes evolve and not only become better athletes but better people as well. They love watching the kids fall in love with the sport.

Favourite Skill: Baskets, baskets, baskets!!!

Brianna Duncan (she/her)
Coach

 

Meet: coach Brianna

She has been with Prairie Fire for 9 years, 9 years as an athlete, and now 2 as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is hanging out with friends or doing homework. 

Brianna is currently in high school and has completed many coaching courses. 

She enjoys coaching here because she loves helping athletes grow and seeing the many friendships created. 

Favourite Skill: round off backhandspring full

Elizabeth Chapman (she/her)
Coach

Meet: coach Elizabeth
She has been with Prairie Fire for 3 years as an athlete, and now 2 as a coach.
When she is not at the gym, she is doing hanging out with friends or doing 1 of her many hobbis
Liz has been working hard in the gym and in High School all while joining our family.
She enjoys coaching here because she loves teaching kids about the sport she is so passionate about
Favourite Skill: Back Walkover back tuck

Jaclyn Hill
Senior Coach

Jaclyn is a long time coach and was an athlete on the very first team at PFC. She has an amazing way with all ages and she is the first coach we put with new athletes. Jaclyn is a manager in town, balancing work, coaching and being a Mom.  At the gym, Jaclyn's attention to the team aspect of Cheerleading and personal attention to each athlete allows her to tell everyone they are important. (Coached for 10 years and has competed at Worlds, USASF Certified level 5 & Level 3 in Tumbling)

 

Jordan Ernst
Coach
Kaitlyn Janzen (she/her)
Senior Coach

 

Meet: coach Kaitlyn

She has been with Prairie Fire for 14 years, and now 10 years as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is busy being a full time student at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Arts and Science or can be found at Motion Fitness working out and hanging out with friends.

Kaitlyn has acquired a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan and continues to be an athlete on the Usask Cheerleading Team. She has competed in various places around the world and won a national championship at Battle of the Boardwalk in New Jersey in 2016 and earned Provincial Ultimate Grand Champs in Saskatchewan in 2015. Kaitlyn has learned a lot about dedication and time management over her years at Prairie Fire with juggling school, being an athlete, and coaching multiple teams for a number of years!

She enjoys coaching here because at PFC, everyone is a part of a giant family that supports each other through successes and obstacles. She grew up in this family as an athlete and loves being able to provide for the athletes at PFC the same type of support she received growing up.

Favourite Skill: Switch up full up

Kayla Dain (she/her)
Senior Coach

 

Kayla has been with Prairie Fire for 7 year as an athlete, and 7 as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is reading and spending time outdoors, usually with her adopted pug Ronnie.

Kayla has coached at Tommy Douglas Collegiate after competing with the team for 3 years. She judged on the SCA Panel for 2 years. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts & Science in Health Studies in 2019 from USASK making her a student/coach/athlete for many years.

She loves coaching because learning teamwork and cooperation is a skill our athletes can take with them for the rest of their lives and we see it every day in the PFC gym! 

Favourite Skill: Full up

Kendall Schumacher (she/her)
Coach

 

Meet: coach Kendall

She has been with Prairie Fire for 8 years ,8 years as an athlete, and now 2 as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is working out, hanging out with friends or doing homework.

Kendall  is currently a high school student and has completed many courses in the national coaching certification program while joining our family . 

She enjoys coaching here because of the amazing family environment our gym has, as well as helping athletes to grow and watching them progress in the sport we all love!

Favourite Skill: standing back handspring back handspring layout

Melissa Ernst (she/her)
Senior Coach

Melissa has been with Prairie Fire for 14 years. 10 years as an athlete, and now 10 years as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is working in the emergency department at RUH as a Unit Assistant, or is spending lots of time with her two pets Oakley and Timone.

Melissa has competed and won a national championship title in New Jersey in 2016. She was awarded coach of the year in 2020. She has also created a tumbling binder which contains several drills and progressions for levels 1-4.

She enjoys coaching at PFC because it’s a safe environment with a very supportive gym family. She grew up through the program and now wants to share what she’s learned with the rest of the club!

Favourite Skill: Back tucks

Makenna Ritchie (she/her)
Coach

 

Meet: coach Makenna

She has been with Prairie Fire for 8 years, 8 as an athlete, and now 2 as a coach. 

When Makenna is not at the gym, she is working at sportchek, doing homework or hanging out with friends!.

Makenna  is currently in high school and has completed all of her coaching certifications and courses  over the last 2 years within our family. 

She enjoys coaching here because everyone is so supportive of one another and she loves helping athletes grow to love the sport the same way she does!__________

Favourite Skill: punch front step out through to roundoff back handspring back layout

Riley Coughlin
Coach

 

Meet: coach Riley

This is her first year with Prairie Fire as a coach and athlete. 

When she is not at the gym, you can find her studying, working out, or hanging out with her dogs Lucy and Finn. 

Riley has completed a BSc in Kinesiology prior to joining our family. She also has 10 years experience as an athlete and 7 years experience coaching in Calgary, AB. 

She enjoys coaching because cheerleading has many valuable life skills so she loves to see athlete’s grow not only in their cheer skills but also as individuals. She also loves to see the excitement on an athlete's face when they learn a new skill or hit a clean routine at a competition! 

Favourite Skill: Switch ups

Shanda Leftley (she/her)
Senior Coach

Meet: coach Shanda
She has been with Prairie Fire for 13 years as a coach, and cheered for two years as a PFC athlete.
When she is not at the gym, she is working full-time as an HR Business Partner, serving on non-profit boards, and travelling.
Shanda was an athlete on the U of S Cheer Team and went on to coach that program for 5 years following graduating from university. She is also an SCA judge and coach examiner, and has served on the board of directors for 8 years where she currently holds the President position.
She enjoys coaching here because PFC is a home away from home and a second family. She loves it at PFC because it’s an opportunity to coach her favourite sport, develop athletes in both cheer and life, and be treated with kindness and compassion in the process. PFC’s initiatives to give back to the larger community is an added bonus!
Favourite Skill: Full-twisting Back Handspring-Uper at a local engineering firm. She loves how unique the sport of cheerleading is and how it really fosters teamwork. She enjoys being creative when coming up with routine choreography and finding a special place for everyone in the routine. (USASF Level 6, SCA Level 5, OH&S First Aid, CPR-A, and AED)

Tara Anderson (she/her)
Senior Coach

Tara has been with Prairie Fire since the very beginning and coached the very first PFC team with Todd 16 years ago! She has been so fortunate to coach so many of our athletes and athletes turned coaches over the years and couldn't imagine life without cheer.
When she is not at the gym, she can be found spending time with her three kids and husband Jordan...usually camping, renovating around their house or working out.
Tara went to the University of Saskatchewan and competed with the UofS cheer team for four seasons before hanging up her cheer shoes. She has coached at Marion Graham, BJM, UofS, and a variety of Prairie Fire teams over the years. Highlights include trips to LA, Montreal, Dallas, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia, Niagara and Atlantic City as well as coaching the first PFC team to win a National Championship in the U.S.
Tara enjoys coaching here because our gym is a family and it feels like home. There is nothing better than sharing the sport she loves and watching athletes grow and love everything about it too!
Favourite Skill: Super high baskets!

Teagan Turner (she/her)
Coach

 

Meet: coach Teagan

She has been with Prairie Fire for 6 years, 5 as an athlete, and now 1 as a coach. 

When she is not at the gym, she is lifting at motion fitness or studying.

She is currently in high school and has been putting a ton of work gaining all of her coaching knowledge. We’re so glad she has joined our family & is coaching our newest team at the club!

She enjoys coaching here because of the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. I love having a space where I can be completely myself and a place where weird is good

Favourite Skill: front handspring front tuck through to tuck and hopefully layout/full this season

Megan Ernst
Administrator

Megan is the administrator for the club. Her family has been involved with PFC for 11 years and she has worked for the gym since 2011. She loves working with the coaches, athlete, families and owners - if you ask her, she will tell you she has the best job in the world! She does a lot of the “behind the scenes” things and is the person that you communicate with when you contact the gym.

Contact Info

  • Prairie Fire Cheerleading

    421 42ndA St E
    Saskatoon, SK S7K 0V4

  • info@prairiefirecheerleading.ca

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