Interview With John Davenport Knowles From Cheer Athletics

by Guest Author

Cheerleading is a sport that combines athleticism, teamwork, and spirit, and no one understands this better than John Davenport Knowles, a renowned coach at Cheer Athletics. With his extensive experience and passion for the sport, John has made a significant impact on numerous teams, and cheerleading as a whole.

One of our contributors had the chance to ask John a few quick questions! Keep reading to discover more about his journey and get valuable insights from his experiences.

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You may all know “John from the Cheer Athletics Snapchat”? Even if you don’t know about the Snapchat takeovers, you most definitely know him as one of the coaches for some of Cheer Athletics, and the world’s, most outstanding teams, including the Large Senior level 6 team Panthers, Medium All Girl level 4 team Sassycats, Large Coed level 6 team Cheetahs, and Medium Youth level 1 team KittyKatz.

2022-2023 update: John is coaching Panthers (large senior 6), Sassycats (medium senior 4), Cheetahs (large coed 6), and Thundercats (medium junior 4) this season.

I decided to do a quick interview with this iconic Cheer Athletics coach!

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5 facts about John:

1. He started coaching in 2009

2. He has two dogs

3. He was on Cheetahs

4. He has one cat

5. He medaled every year he attended Worlds!

Let’s start with the questions!

Who was your biggest idol as a kid?

I didn’t really have one!

Have you ever cheered or coached at another gym?

I have also cheered at Cheer Eclipse for one season.

Which was the first team you were on?

My first team was Advanced Cheer Allstarz!

If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?


When you first started cheering, why did you choose to cheer at CA?

I was at a competition and I saw Wildcats perform. It was the most amazing performance I had ever seen. I knew I had to be a part of the best of the best. Once I got to CA, I fell so in love that I have been there ever since.

See John talk about his favorite cheerleading routines! Learn about Cheer Athletics memories, behind-the-scenes stories, lessons, going from an athlete to coach & much more:

If you could hang out with one person for an entire day, who would it be?

I would hang out with Ellen DeGeneres.

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John and Morgan Simianer at The Cheerleading Worlds

What are your best tips for new coaches?

My best tip for new coaches is to make sure you are passionate about kids and people. Of course, you are passionate about Cheerleading and coaching or you wouldn’t do it. Being passionate about people and how to teach life lessons is the most important part.

A huge thank you to John for taking part!

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