Jeff is a graduate from University of Iowa with a degree in psychology and communications. He is co-owner of Camp Jeff (formerly ACE Cheer Camps) and oversees all programming. He has over 26 years of cheerleading coaching experience and is highly regarded as one of the best cheer coaches in Illinois and nation. His teams have been routinely distinguished at the state and national levels as top competitors. His vast experience and cheerleading knowledge has allowed him to revamp numerous cheerleading programs and turn them into champions.
ACE Cheerleading Coaching:
Head Coach of ACE Coed Team (2004-2017)
ACE Cheerleading Coed Teams’ Notable National and World Awards:
NCA All Star Nationals:
1st place (2013, 2015)
2nd place (2012, 2011)
3rd place (2010, 2014)
The Summit (All Levels Worlds Championship)
1st place (2013, 2015)
5th place (2014)
Current High School Coaching:
Buffalo Grove High School (Head Coach 2011-Present)
Varsity team IHSA Coed Division State Champions (2013, 2015, 2016)
Varsity team IHSA Coed State Runner-Up (2014)
Varsity team finished 3rd in Coed Division at IHSA State (2012)
Varsity team finished 4th in Coed Division at IHSA State (2011)
Past Coaching Highlights and Experience:
Elk Grove High School (Head Coach 2004-2009)
Varsity team IHSA Coed Division State Champions (2005-2009)
Varsity team won the inaugural IHSA Coed Division State Championship (2005)
Varsity team finished 3rd in Coed division at ICCA State (2004)
Buffalo Grove High School (Head Coach 1995-2001)
Varsity team ICCA Coed State Champions (2000, 2001)
AmeriCheer National Champions Coed Division (1997-2001)
Junior Varsity team Second in ICCA State (2000)
Junior Varsity team ICCA State Champions (1998)
Varsity team finished 2nd in Coed Division at ICCA State (1998)
IHSA Cheerleading Advisory Board
IHSCCO Board of Directors
IHSA Cheer and Dance Official
Lake Forest High School
Glenbrook North High School
Northwestern University (Head Coach 2001-2004)
Awards and Recognition:
IHSA Coach of the Year (2018)
NFHS Region Coach of the Year (2018)
NFHS National High School Coach of the Year (2018)
Winningest High School Cheerleading Coach in IHSA History.
High School Varsity teams have won 6 out of the 8 IHSA State Championships
IHSA and Illinois State Coach of the Year (2007)
National Federation Midwest Coach of the Year
Squads have appeared on the Jay Leno Show and on WGN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and ESPN
Speaker at IHSA, ICCA, and American Cheer Power Coaches’ Conferences
Writer for The Cheerleader Magazine
Serves on the Board of the Illinois Director of Student Activities
Justin is a graduate from Bradley University where he earned both his B.S. and Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).
Justin is co-owner of Camp Jeff, formerly ACE Cheer Camps, and the Director of Business Operations and Finance. He has over a decade of administrative and management experience in youth sports. Justin presides over all day-to-day business operations including finance, marketing, program development, and corporate expansion/opportunities.
Justin is also a licensed physical therapist for ATI Physical Therapy serving the Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, and surrounding communities. Justin also serves as a member on the board of directors for the Hair For You Foundation, a non-profit organization that distributes funds to assist in the purchase of wigs to children ages 18 years old and younger due to medical hair loss and being treated in the state of Illinois.
Justin was a member of ACE Cheerleading for 2 seasons including its inaugural coed team. He is also a former Purdue cheerleader. As a cheer coach for ACE, his teams consistently finished in 1st place and won numerous national championships including US Spirit Nationals and JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals.
Favorite Cheer Memories:
While winning multiple national titles as an athlete, there is nothing more rewarding than watching the new generation of ACE athletes work hard, execute on the floor, and claim their national championship banner!
This year, the only thing we're rebuilding... is our trophy case!
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” - Vince Lombardi
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