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Meet Our
Leadership Team

Leadership starts at the top. Our owner and Site Directors set the exciting tone for the business, staff and the teams. That shows in the smiles and performances.
Owner

Megan Hall

Megan started Empire Athletics 4 years ago as a place for athletes to train, and compete in the sport they love. As a business woman and mother of 3, Megan has created a safe atmosphere where her staff can properly train successful athletes. In those four years, she has used her business expertise to expand Empire Athletics to three locations and grow the gym into a D1 ranking. Megan empowers her staff to improve their skill sets and coaching knowledge at all times. “I give my staff the tools they need to succeed and empower them to become successful as coaches and leaders within the Empire.``

Gym Director

Dirk Allen

Dirk has been in the gymnastics and cheerleading industry for over 35 years as an athlete and coach. He has traveled the country working with athletes and teams of all levels and age. Dirk has worked and learned from some of the best in the world. His dedication to his athletes and the sport have earned his teams 3 NCA All Star National Titles. “I feel blessed to be doing what I love and sharing my knowledge with the next generation.”

Gym Director
 

Lauren Leahy

Lauren, better known as “Lo” grew up in the Portland area and cheered in both high school and college in Portland before heading to Texas on a cheer scholarship. Lo has coached Level 1 -7 athletes and has coached teams at the collegiate level. “I am so excited and grateful to continue my cheer journey with Empire Athletics”.

Gym Director
 

Shannon Velazquez

Shannon has been coaching cheerleading for ten years. In addition to her coaching, she is a decorated athlete winning 4 College National titles with Navarro College and Morehead State University. She has also worked internationally to elevate cheerleading in 6 countries. “I am blessed to continue embracing my passion for cheerleading with Empire Athletics at CTA.”