ABOUT THE NATION
WORK. HUSTLE. REPEAT.
United Rock Nation is dedicated to teaching our athletes the value of commitment, hard work, sacrifice, the meaning of TEAM, integrity, leadership, self-confidence and positive attitudes; all while instilling and nurturing a love for the sport of cheerleading. For over 11 years, our goal has always been to be the most united family and offer the best program in the nation, as well as enrich the lives of all of our athletes and their families through our love and passion for the sport of competitive cheerleading.
Our staff takes great pride in working with all our athletes, from beginner to elite. We strive in assisting each athlete to not only reach, but surpass their personal goals while instilling key leadership qualities to last a lifetime. We build champions through love, disciplined training, teamwork, and dedication to the United Rock Nation family... the family that ROCKS!
Our 5,000 square foot space located in Miami, Florida has been training young athletes for over 11 years. We are proud to have so many wonderful cheerleaders come through our doors, helping the United Rock Nation Team bring home more awards than we can even count!
United Rock Nation has had the privilege to train some amazing young women and men. Our current roster comprises of seven teams, with athletes ranging from 3 to 17 years of age.
THIS is United Rock Nation.
"PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE AND PERSPIRATION MAKE AN UNBEATABLE COMBINATION FOR SUCCESS."
MEET THE COACHES
During her years as an All-Star competitive cheerleader, Shannon has won 2 gold medals competing in the Junior Olympics, over 50 National Championship titles, 10 State Championships and a World Championship. After years of training, competing and even coaching at a collegiate level for the Florida International University Panthers, Shannon decided in 2008 that it was time to make her presence official in the national competitive cheerleading arena and opened the doors to her own private facility in Miami, Florida. Since then, the gym has achieved 2 International All-Level Grand Championships, 3 International All-Level Championships, over 30 National Championships, 10 State Championships and numerous regional titles.
10 National Championships, 5 State Championships and numerous regional titles has solidified Megan in the competitive cheerleading sport. For over 7 years Megan has coached and nurtured all our athletes, pushing them to excel at every level. She is not shy to hard work and is a huge motivator for our team. Her knowledge, vision and dedication has been a driving force at keeping U.R.N. at the top of our game.
Ernie Valdes was born and raised in Miami where he got his start as an All-Star cheerleader. He has coached, directed, and served as the in-house choreographer for several successful cheer programs throughout the country. Early in Ernie's coaching career, he head coached Top Gun Jr All-Stars where he had the privilege of coaching United Rock Nation's owner and founder, Shannon Buckner. This team later became the first Top Gun Sr. Lady Jags team. As he pursued his four year degree at FIU in Miami, he went on to form his own program, the Legend All-Stars. As an athlete, he was nominated both high school and collegiate All-American and was a member of the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies Performance Team. During the end of his own cheer career, he went on to win the top prize “NCA Nationals Grand Champion” by beating every other team at the college level while competing with the Florida International University Competition Cheer Squad. As a coach and choreographer, Ernie has won numerous innovative choreography awards, as well as several NCA, UCA, JAMFEST, WSF, and USASF Worlds Titles. While away from Florida Ernie has coached at the college level, by joining the coaching staff at the University of Maryland. He was also part of the world champion winning coaching staff at Maryland Twisters and ICE of Illinois. Ernie is a great motivator. His passion and work ethic is easily noticed around the gym and at competitions. He loves what he does and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with such incredible athletes. He is a teacher, mentor and a wonderful role model for everyone at United Rock Nation.
We are thrilled to announce Joshua Stone as another phenomenal addition to the United Rock Nation Family in 2018. Joshua has an absolutely amazing history of success as an athlete, coach and leader that spans nearly two decades. Raised in Elkhart, IN, Joshua’s passion for the sport was ignited in his teens and led the way for him to cheer at the collegiate level for Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. There he earned his Bachelor Degree in Health and Fitness and graduated from Purdue University in 2011. As a former athlete, he then returned to his childhood program of ICE All-Stars in Aurora, IL and began coaching. During his tenure coaching, Joshua has been the head coach of numerous competitive NCA National Champion, Summit finalists and mid-season teams that have been highly successful locally and nationally with over 70 National titles in the past 6 years alone! Joshua’s passion is coaching and mentoring kids of all ages and specializes in drill emphasis, technique correction and tumbling progression. His goal is to teach his athletes life long lessons that will help kids of today become successful thinkers and adults of tomorrow.
After just finishing our first season with United Rock Nation, there’s a reason why I was told by many that this is “The Family that Rocks”. I can truly say my daughter absolutely LOVED her experience this season. The Coaches/Owners treat their athletes and families as their own family. I am truly blessed that we are a part of such an incredible program that genuinely cares about the well-being of the athlete and their skill ability, always giving positive reinforcement and motivation to strive to do better and focusing on the best interest of the athlete. Thank you United Rock Nation. You guys ROCK and we’re looking forward to another exciting season with our cheer family!
Mas que orgullosa de formar parte de la familia de United Rock Nation. Gracias por la ayudar tanto a mi niña en su primer año de muchos.
I am forever grateful for how confident my daughter became after just her first season cheering. Thank you United Rock Nation Coaches and Staff for teaching so much more than just skills.
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Miami, Florida 33166