The Brennan’s Commitment
Ocala homegrown coach Dennis Gilley and Jean Brennan met three years ago at an area gym when Jean’s daughter Riley decided to give cheerleading “a try.” Before the Brennan’s knew it, try-outs turned into team placements and practices lead them into the competition season. They watched new comers and established athlete’s blossom into highly skilled, confident and fierce competitors under Coach Gilley’s direction.
As that first season progressed, the entire Brennan family learned more and more about all star cheerleading and they were hooked. Within a few short months they established a valued relationship with the athletes, coaches and parents and a passion for the sport developed.
In a sport that requires a yearlong commitment, lengthy practices, and intense competition, a newcomer quickly knows if they have what it takes to be “all in.” During that first season, all of the teams under Coach Gilley’s direction won several national championships and all teams qualified for Summit. During our next two seasons Dennis’ coaching and amazing choreography produced the same results and carried all of the teams to Summit once again.
The sport of all-star cheerleading has been a blessing to the Brennan family in so many ways. As parents, they have watched their daughter embrace teamwork, selflessness, good sportsmanship and dedication. As an athlete Riley would tell you she has learned to love team over self, and enjoys an endless passion and confidence for this sport. These traits that she now embodies are a direct result of her all-star cheer experience.