Website Manager

Strong Center Youth Football and Cheer


  Name:   Megan Gratz     [email protected]
  Team:  Cheer
  Position: Coach
  Certifications: Basic First Aid and CPR.

  Education: BS in Animal Science
Licensed Veterinary Nurse (1999)

Competitive cheerleader in High School (Southern California)
USA Nationals winner 1992
International 1st place winner (Nagoya, Japan) 1992
Professional dance company member: age 7 to 14

  Biography:  Megan will be the new head coach for the Bengals cheerleaders this fall.  She was raised in Southern California, and moved to North Carolina with her husband, Ian, in 2008.  She has 3 children - the oldest 2 have been very active in FV town sports since they were small.  Her 17yr old son, Conner, plays Varsity Football at FVHS and played travel basketball for The Strong Center for many years. Her 13yr old daughter, Ella, plays soccer for FVMS and the FV Town & Rec department.  Megan's youngest daughter, Finley, is 6, and this will be her first season with the Bengals cheer program!  Her family also has 2 dogs, a cat, fish and a hamster, as well as occasional wildlife rescues.  She looks forward to her first coaching season with her daughter Ella alongside to help!

Name:Kristen Thomas         [email protected]
Certifications:Precision Nutrition L1, NASM Personal Trainer
Basic First Aid and CPR.

Education:     BS K-6 Elementary Education, 2005, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

   2001 - Appalachian State Cheerleader
   2001 - Student Coordinator for Girls on the Run Program
   1997 - 2001 - UCA All-Star Cheerleader
   1998 - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
   1994 - 1997 - Captain of Cheer Squards

Biography:Kristen grew up in Clemson, SC cheering her way through school.  She still remembers the 5 a.m. workouts when cheering at Appalachian State University and the UCA All-Star cheer experience at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Kristen received a B.S. degree in K-6 Elementary Education and taught 8 years in North and South Carolina.  She currently is a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer with Kickstart Personal Training and Fullest Potential Nutrition, helping people learn how to kickstart their nutrition and fitness journeys.  Kristen is married to JT Thomas, an area sales manager for Linder Industrial.  They have a middle school son, Thurman, who plays baseball in the spring for C35 and turns his attention to football in the fall, playing on the Bengal Pee Wee team.  Cannon, their daughter, is a Op36 and PGA Jr. Golfer, and will be cheerleading on the Bengals to victory!  In her spare time, Kristen shuttles her children to sports events, preps meals, and rewashes the same load of laundry for the third time and fits in a pedicure if time permits!

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