Annual Conference

Join us in celebrating 30 years of the
Iowa Cheerleading Coaches’ Association

Click to Become a Member and Register for the Annual Conference

April 13 & 14, 2018
The Meadows at Prairie Meadows, Altoona

(Conference registration will open in early February.)

The Meadows at Prairie Meadows phone number: 515-957-3000

ICCA reference group Code: (will be announced here closer to date)

Block cut off date: TBA

This year’s ICCA Spring Conference has everything to help coaches improve their programs. From AACCA, the best fundamental cheerleading safety course in the nation, to the many educational sessions chosen to improve a coach’s knowledge, the ICCA Spring Conference is a great choice.

National Speakers from 2017

LeRoy McCullough

NCA Director of Speed and College Programs


Leroy McCullough hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Physical Education with a focus on Athletic Training. During his time at USC, LeRoy was a member of the varsity cheer squad. Upon graduation, LeRoy worked for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) before heading to the University of Louisville to earn a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. There he cheered for three years and served as the captain for two. He was the former assistant coach at the University of Louisville for three years. LeRoy was hired to take over coaching duties at Oklahoma State University, where he led the team to four NCA Collegiate National Championships.

LeRoy currently works for NCA as the Assistant Director of College Programs and the Program Director for the NCA Speed Camps. He is also in his fourth year as a member of the Team USA Coed teams coaching staff, where he has won three ICU World Championships.

He is the loving husband of eight years to Brandy, and they have a five-year-old daughter named Siever.

Morton Bergue

International speaker and choreographer 


Morton is the President of, Inc. and currently serves as the Chairman of the National Cheerleading Coaches Congress. He was inducted in the California Cheerleading Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Oregon Cheerleading Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Morton serves on the Board of Directors of the United States All Star Federation (USASF), of which he was the first inductee to that organizations Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2011 and 2015, he was the head choreographer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as serving as a dance and cheer clinician nationally and internationally.


Jim Lord

Executive Director of AACCA, the nation’s number one educational class for cheer


Jim Lord is the Executive Director for the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) and is a former captain for the nationally ranked University of Kentucky cheer squad. He has been involved in cheerleading since 1984 as a cheerleader, coach, and administrator. He works with the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee and is a recipient of the NFHS Outstanding Service Award. He has spoken at over 30 different state coaches conference as well as national and international conferences. When not working on cheerleading safety, Jim volunteers at his son’s elementary school where he is the president of the PTO.


Jenna Reynolds

NCA State Director for Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin

unnamedJenna Reynolds has been with the National Cheerleaders Association since 2004 starting out as part-time instructor and became a head instructor is 2006. She is currently the NCA State Director for IA, MN, ND, NE, SD, WI and works on Event Staff for competitions around the country.

Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri where she cheered for four years and competed at NCA Collegiate Nationals placing in the top 10 each year. She has been an assistant coach at Mizzou for seven years and enjoys working with all age groups.

Jenna is a member of the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association, and has judged at various local, state and college competitions for the past 10 years. Jenna met her husband, Tom, on NCA Staff and they have been married for five years.

Danny Hocken

Owner of Tribe Athletics

Dan Hocken has been in the Midwest his entire life and in the cheerleading world since 2000. He’s worked has built his repertoire in the cheerleading industry by building strong relationships with the athletes and coaches he works with and he’s been privileged to work with teams coast to coast as well as internationally doing camps, clinics, and choreography in England and Canada.

He’s coached all-star and high school teams in Iowa for the past 13 years and is one of the cofounders of Tribe Athletics, an all-star gym and tumbling program in Des Moines, Iowa. Dan is excited to bring his cheerleading, coaching, and relationship-building techniques to all of the coaches at ICCA. He believes fully in the importance of safe and effective coaching techniques and progressions, and that as we’re doing it – we should always love the process, enjoy the results, and have a lot of fun along the way!

In his free time, he loves training for races, exercising, and all forms of fitness. Dan and his wife, Britny enjoy working out together and traveling with their friends to new locations near and far.

Michelle Barlas

Owner of Jump and Jam

Jason Sack

UCA State Director for Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota

A native of Independence, Kansas, Jason Sack enters his eleventh year at Northwest after five years at Avila University, an NAIA institution in Kansas City, Mo. At Avila, he coached the cheerleading squad to three consecutive Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) College Cheerleading National All-Girl Division II top-10 finishes, and was named the Heart of America Conference Spirit Squad Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2005-06, he judged at the American Championships “Official Florida State Championships” and the UCA’s “National All-State Cheerleading Competition.”

While at Northwest his Bearcat Cheerleaders have been named the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division II National Champions 2010, 2012 and 2013. With Runner-up in 2016 and 3rd place in 2017.

As an athlete at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, Sack was a member of the cheer squad that finished in the top-10 at the UCA College Nationals from 1996-99, including a second-place finish in 1997. He was named captain in the 1997-98 academic year, and earned the team’s “Hustle Award” in 1997 and 1998.

Sack has held positions at Lee’s Summit West High School, Park Hill High School, Park Hill South High School, Neodesha High School, and Independence Community College. He has been an instructor since 1997 for the Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camps in twelve states, and holds membership in the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association. Jason is currently the Universal Cheerleaders Association State Director for Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa.

Winner’s Circle Sessions

(The following are examples of what to expect.)

Inversions Simple to Difficult
Teaching Stunting and Progressions
New Rules and Legalities from the National Federations
Trouble Shooting Stunts
Jumps and Strength Training
Choreography Pitfalls
Effective Tryouts
Motions, Oh Wow!
Motivating Team
Stunting Timing and Getting Stunts to Look Alike
Using Cheer Props in Cheer Situations