Coaches

Tiphanie McNiff

Tiphanie McNiff

Dance Team Coach

Tiphanie McNiff comes from a competitive and professional dance background and has been dancing for over 25 years. She spent 10 years competing in ballet, jazz and lyrical. Outside of competitive dance she has performed at Raiders, 49ers, Lakers and Suns games. McNiff danced professionally with the Fresno City Ballet company as a demi soloist and soloist. For four seasons, she was an Oakland Raiders Cheerleader, 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 in Austria at the 2011 Euro-Bowl. McNiff also danced for the Phoenix Suns, where she choreographed multiple half-time routines. McNiff's passion is coaching. She has coached The Fresno State Dance Team, UC Berkeley Dance Team and Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. She is the current choreographer for the Oakland Raiderettes. She has also choreographed for the Phoenix Suns Dancers, LA KISS Dancers, San Jose SaberKittens and numerous college dance teams. She is excited for her fourth season with the Bruins. 


Maria Cabande

Maria Cabande

Head Cheer Coach

Maria Cabande is a cheerleading instructor of 10 years and a VIP assistant for the International Cheer Union at the Cheerleading World Championships. She holds previous first place titles competing in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Germany representing Team USA partner stunt as well as a gold medal from the Cheerleading World Championships in 2013. Maria performs as a stunt actor and can be seen on Nickelodeon, Kevin Hart's "What The Fit" and has appeared in European athletic commercials. Maria previously served as the head cheer coach at Loyola Marymount University for four years and continues to teach choreography and skills for many other high schools and universities. She enjoys yoga, fitness, and the beach. Maria is looking forward to her third season coaching the Bruins.


KC Reischerl

KC Reischerl

Fitness Trainer

KC Reischerl danced professionally on Broadway (“Miss Saigon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jumpers”) for more than 10 years before moving to Los Angeles 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 fourth season.


Brittney Cook

Brittney Cook, UNEX ’17

Fitness Trainer

Brittney Cook studied kinesiology, exercise science, physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition at UCLA Extension. In addition to being certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Cook is a Madd Dog Spin Instructor and practices mixed methods such as TRX, pilates and HIIT. She works full time helping people gain a more healthful lifestyle by coaching nutrition, daily open air activity and training for the body. Cook’s favorite mornings are spent with UCLA Spirit Squad making sure the team stays limber, strong and in good health. She believes being part of the squad has been fulfilling and hopes her passion plays into the team for years to come. Brittney and her husband Laurence co-own Triangle Theory Training in Woodland Hills, CA and have just welcomed their first child Brison James Cook.


Suzie Moldavon

Suzie Moldavon

Hair, Make-up and Wax Consultant

Suzie Moldavon is in her eleventh season with the UCLA Spirit Squad. As a celebrity makeup artist and the 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! Flybrow was just featured in the March issue of American Spa magazine.

Moldavon has been selected for the 2017 and 2016 Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award in the Makeup Artists category by the Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award Program. This is the third time since 2014 that Moldavon has been selected for the award, in addition to being chosen as the ‘Best of’ in Los Angeles for seven 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 13-year-old son, Hudson.