- Apr 26, 2019
Owner and Head Coach, Kim Fleming is a native of Lilburn, Georgia. A teacher for 29 years with 22 as the Head Cheerleading Coach of the Dawson County Tigers. Kim got her start in Jasper County teaching and coaching after earning her Bachelors and Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University where she also cheered. Later she earned her specialist degree from Piedmont College. Currently, She teaches Special Education at Riverview Elementary in Dawson County and is married to Jeff Fleming. They have one son Cody, 27, a graduate of UGA, currently residing in Dawson County.
In 1994, Georgia High School Association (GHSA) declared cheerleading a sport. Since that declaration Coach Fleming has qualified a team to the state cheerleading competition each year. Coach Fleming has been named the region Coach of the Year eleven of the last fourteen years. But that wasn't enough, Kim also built a successful collegiate squad at The University of North Georgia. In a few short years she was able to take the UNG cheerleaders to some of the cheerleading's most prestigious events including winning Cheer Sport and Canam National Titles all while opening and operating TKO Cheer (formerly Tiger Elite All Stars,) Dawson County's first and only cheerleading training center. She remaind head coach of UNG until an administrative change reclassified the squad as a non-competitive student run organization.
Her dedication to cheerleading has led her to be humbly recognized with honors such as: 2007 National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE) – National Council Spirit Safety Education Producer of the Year, 2007 NCSSE - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland Safety Certification Certifier, 2006 Choreographer of the Nokia Sugar Bowl Half-time Show, 2006 Score Promotions Team of the Year, 2004 Georgia Team of the Year, 2000 Cheer Limited National Team of the Year and 1997 Georgia Coach of the Year.
Coach Fleming is the State Director for the NCSSE. She currently holds a Master Level Certification, which includes certification in Cheer and Level and Dance Coaching Principles and Ethics, Program Management and Cheer Fundamentals, Coaching Stunts and Tumbling I, and Coaching Stunts and Tumbling II. She also holds a safety certification in American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA.) Kim is also a certified competition cheerleading and dance judge at both the state and national level. Respecting her accomplishments her peers have invited her to share her experience and knowledge as a featured speaker at state and national cheerleading conferences.
Kim's example of excellence is the model for the TKO Mission Statement, "Excellence by Example!" She and Jeff give to and serve everyone they meet. The result of their work is creating the greatest place in Georgia for your kids to Be Active, Learn and Grow!
A word from Coach Kim:
I love cheerleading, which is ovbious, I guess-- But TKO is more than just cheer. I love watching the kids grow and succeed... Whether big or small they are all the same and there's no way to describe the feeling I get when you watch a shy, unsure of herself, little girl first recognize that's she's "got-it!" and turns into a confident strong young lady.
That's something they have forever, greater than any trophy. That's what I believe in and that's TKO.
Jeff has 32 years experience teaching and coaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He holds his Bachelors and Master's Degree from Georgia Southern University in Physical Education. Jeff still teaches Physical Education and loves the day-to-day interaction with students. A former Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for 12 years, Jeff has vast experience at all levels of athletics specifically organization, liability, and safety. He can always be seen managing the registration area, walking about the cheer floors watching the teams, or playing Frisbee with the gym-dog Buddy.
A word from Jeff:
After working with athletes in numerous sports, and coaching over 30 years, I can definitely tell you that today's cheerleader is stronger, more skilled, and versatile than they are given credit for. These ATHLETE'S are comparable to any football, basketball, wrestler, soccer, or baseball player.