Coaches

Mollie Vehling

Mollie Vehling ’99

Spirit Squad Director

Mollie Vehling is a proud UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dance. While at UCLA, Vehling served on the UCLA Dance Team for two years. She is currently in her 18th season as the UCLA Spirit director. With more than 30 years of experience and training in dance, choreography, producing and directing, Vehling is thrilled to be working with the UCLA program.

Vehling continues to serve as a judge for competitions and auditions at all levels throughout the United States. She has produced instructional cheer and dance DVDs with Championship Productions, currently available online.

Vehling has traveled with the UCLA team to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as universities throughout the United States. She has choreographed and coordinated the production for each of the international trips. Vehling has also choreographed for multiple television and movie projects.

She enjoys working closely with the Spirit directors throughout the PAC-12. Vehling is extremely proud of how the UCLA Spirit program has developed under her leadership including community outreach incentives such as the Junior Spirit Squad, currently in its sixth season!

Vehling and her husband, Derek, are the proud parents of Lillie, Emilie, Brodie and Maggie Mae - all future Bruins!


Chris Troutt

Kyle Bruich ’01

Cheer Squad Coach

Kyle Bruich is excited to be at UCLA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in English. He served as a member of the Cheer Squad and was a two-time captain. While on the team, Bruich was fortunate enough to perform at the Rose Bowl, Rose Parade, Sun Bowl, NCAA tournaments and was featured in both Muscle and Fitness and Elle magazines.

With a Doctorate of Education, Bruich has become an expert in teaching and learning, and applies these practices to cheerleading. A former head instructor with the United Spirit Association, he earned the title of MVP and served on the company’s program development team. Bruich has traveled around the country choreographing, coaching, producing and designing music mixes for various school and all-star teams, ranging from pee-wee to professional – including huge industrial shows for Cisco Computer Systems, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, Volkswagen and more. Several of his teams have won national titles and high-point designations.

As a commercially trained dancer, Bruich has toured around the world with the North American Tour of Miss Saigon, and cheerleading shows in China and Guatemala. He has also been cast in commercials for ESPN College Game Day, Adidas and Disney.

Bruich currently serves as an assistant principal in Glendale, California. He is very proud to be a part of the UCLA Spirit Squad team and looks forward to an exciting year for the Bruins!


Katie Keefe

Tiphanie McNiff

Dance Team Coach

Tiphanie McNiff comes from a competitive and professional dance background and has been dancing for more than 25 years. She spent 10 years competing in ballet, jazz and lyrical. Outside of competitive dance she has performed at professional sporting events including the games of the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. McNiff danced professionally with the Fresno City Ballet company as a demi-soloist and soloist. She was an Oakland Raiders Cheerleader for four seasons where she was co-captain, captain and 2009 dancer of the year. During her time with the Raiders, she performed in Iraq on a military tour as well as Austria at the 2011 Euro-Bowl. McNiff also danced for the Phoenix Suns, where she choreographed multiple half-time routines. Her passion is coaching. She has coached the Fresno State Dance Team, UC Berkeley Dance Team and Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. In addition, she has choreographed for the Phoenix Suns Dancers, LA KISS Dancers, San Jose SaberKittens and numerous college dance teams. She hopes to bring passion and dedication to the program.


Chris Troutt

Irazmi Perez

Cheer Squad Assistant Coach

Irazmi Perez joins the Bruins for her fifth season. No stranger to Pac-12 Athletics, Perez got her start at the University of Arizona as a cheerleader. With more than 17 years of cheerleading, coaching and judging experience, and as a former head instructor and Nationals judge for the United Spirit Association, she is very familiar with the coveted “West Coast flair” seen in cheer and dance routines. Perez uses this talent in her free time as a certified safety and technical judge at events around the world.

She has coached and choreographed at all levels of cheerleading across the United States from high school to all-star and college teams. As a cheerleader and coach, she defended and won multiple national titles and has been featured by The OC Register, The WB Network, American Cheerleader Magazine and Inside Cheerleading Magazine. Her most recent accomplishment is being nominated for the U.S. All-Star Federation’s Emerging Leaders Program. Perez previously coached the nationally ranked University of California, San Diego Cheer team.

With her master’s in education, she has a gift for promoting the complete student-athlete experience. A fluent Castilian Spanish speaker, Perez has a passion for meeting people around the world and is looking forward to meeting Bruin fans from coast to coast this season!


KC Reischerl

KC Reischerl

Fitness Trainer

KC Reischerl danced professionally on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Jumpers) for more than ten years before moving to Los Angeles, California in 2008. Currently, he is the dance program supervisor for the UCLA Recreation department as well as the gymnastics instructor for Instructional Programs. Reischerl holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and certifications from NSCA, ACE, USA Gymnastics, CrossFit (Level One, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics) and TRX. He also freelances as a choreographer for television, film and theatre; he has worked with Meg Ryan, Sally Field, Stephen Schwartz and Rob Lowe. Reischerl is very excited to work with the UCLA Spirit Squad for his third season!


Suzie Moldavon

Suzie Moldavon

Hair, Make-up and Wax Consultant

Suzie Moldavon is in her 10th season with the UCLA Spirit Squad. As a celebrity makeup artist and owner of a mobile eyebrow business, Flybrow, Moldavon knows what a difference it makes in the rest of your life when you feel amazing on the outside – it unlocks that inner beauty and lets the world know you’re FLY!

Moldavon was recently selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award in the Makeup Artists category by the Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Moldavon has been selected for the award, in addition to being chosen as the ‘Best of’ in Los Angeles for six years in a row by TheKnot.com. Her work has been featured in People magazine, South Bay Magazine, Your Wedding Day Magazine and many more. Moldavon worked as a host makeup artist on FABlife for the 2015-16 season, and appeared on the show as an eyebrow expert in 2016. She has done make-up and styling for numerous entertainment appearances including “The Tonight Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The View” and numerous fitness commercials for Bowflex, Nautilus and Reebok.

Moldavon earned her esthetician license in 1992 while getting her B.A. in Psychology and Social behavior from UC Irvine. While her passion is bringing out inner beauty, her favorite job is being a mom to her 12-year-old son, Hudson.