Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Coach Nikki was introduced to cheerleading through the Alexandria’s City-Wide Cheerleading program at the age of 10. Though she ventured out to other sports offered at the local recreation centers, cheerleading has always been her true love.
In 2006 Coach Nikki’s daughter, DeQuanya "Que", joined the Hot Topic All Stars family. Appreciative of the genuine love, and dedication the coaches had for the cheerleaders, Coach Nikki knew she not only wanted her daughter to continue to be a part of the organization, but she too had the same drive, love, dedication and time to invest in the sport as well.
In 2007, Coach Nikki joined the Hot Topic All Stars coaching staff. During her time with Hot Topic, Coach Nikki served as Head Coach for Level 1 Tiny, Mini and Youth teams, which led her team to many wins, including the title of 2009 U.S. Finals Champions and the ultimate title of #1 ranking Tiny Level 1 Division Champions in the United States (along with her coaching partner, Chantelle Dunston). After 5 years of coaching, Coach Nikki decided to take a "break" from cheerleading; however, life had other plans. After only 2 months of her "break" Coach Nikki had a vision to bring all-star cheer to Woodbridge VA, and quickly reached out to Chantelle Dunston with her plan. In June 2012, Coach Nikki became the proud Owner/Coach of CNN ALLSTARS, with only 21 athletes, 2 junior coaches, Chantelle and herself. CNN AllStars has remained successful throughout the 6 years of its existence, claiming numerous 1st place, Grand Champion and National titles, including 2 U.S. Finals Championships. More importantly, the success of the program is evident through the growth of its cheerleaders, both in skills and knowledge of the sport.
As a devoted, supportive mother of two, Coach Nikki is a strong believer that parent involvement is the true key to a successful athlete, whereas the adoption of "Family Over Everything" was implemented throughout the CNN AllStars program. Coach Nikki’s positive coaching technique encourages cheerleaders to aim and surpass their best, no matter what their level may be. She lives by her motto: DREAM (big), LOVE (always), INSPIRE (others) IN ALL THAT YOU DO!