South Portland Winter Cheerleading


Coaching Staff

Shawn Leighton, 7th Year
Head Coach

Coach Leighton took over as the head cheerleading coach for the Red Riots for the winter 2012-2013 season.  He worked as an instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association from 2010-2012 working at camps throughout the Northeast and currently work as a coach with the Elite All-Star Cheering organization.

Coach Leighton graduated from Washington Academy in 2010.  He graduated from the Spa Tech Institute for massage in 2012 and for aesthetics in 2014.  He is employed as a massage therapist with Massage Envy.

He was a four year varsity cheerleader while attending Washington Academy and helped lead the team to State Championship titles in 2007 and 2008, and a third place finish at the New England Championship in 2007.  Coach is still actively involved in cheering and has participated in the All-Star World (Orlando) and U.S Finals cheering competition (Virginia Beach) in 2012.

Abby Hayden
Volunteer Assistant