In the spring of 2013, Debbie Neilson was hired as head coach for cheerleading. Neilson has extensive experience coaching high school and college cheerleaders in the Bristol area for nearly 20 years.
Neilson was an instructor at the Appalachian Gymnastics Academy in Johnson City in 1995 before becoming the owner in 1998. Since then, Neilson has taught summer camps to kids of all ages and high school cheerleading clinics for student-athletes that were trying out for their high school teams. She also worked with the Tennessee Spirit and Southern Storm competitive cheerleading squads.
Most recently, Neilson was an instructor at Mount Empire Gymnastics in Abingdon, Va. While there, she taught recreational and competitive gymnasts. In her career, Neilson has coached more than 100 state, regional and national champions, including national titles in trampoline and tumbling. Neilson has experience coaching internationally in Great Britain and Germany, and is currently a national instructor for USAG the governing body of gymnastics in the United States.
Neilson has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida State University and a Master's of Science in Business from Husson College.