In 2015, Adam Yaw renovated Bellevue College Cheer with the help of the school and Student Programs. In 2016, the team went the all-star route and competed as the program BC Cheer with the team name Bellevue IOC6. At the time, level 6 cheer was the highest level in all-star and reflected their collegiate nature. They became the first level 6 team from Washington to ever compete at the Worlds Cheerleading Championships. More recently, the team has disaffiliated with Bellevue College so that non-students would be welcome to participate as well, effectively making Bellevue Open/Bellevue IOC6 independently owned and operated. In 2019 - with the help of additional coach, Josh Hengesteg - this talented crew earned entry to Worlds once again. They finished 7th overall and top 4 from the U.S., thus ranking and scoring the highest of any team (from any division) from Washington. Now, with level 7 being the new 6, the program and the community eagerly look forward to what lies ahead in 2020-2021.
Director Adam Yaw is a former gymnast who has been coaching at Connect Cheer NW for over ten years. He began his cheerleading career with UW, and continued with the University of Hawai'i, Team USA, Platinum 24k, and was named a 2017 Nfinity Legend. He started working routines with Bellevue in 2015.
Adam's nfinity legend submission tape
Coach Josh Hengesteg has been in the cheer industry for over thirteen years. He has cheered for the University of Hawai'i, University of Washington, and Washington State University. In addition to working for Connect Cheer NW, Josh has served on UCA core staff, touring the country. He also recently started his own business in personal training which you can check out at www.nwstrengthacademy.com
This is Josh's third season with Bellevue, and we are fortunate to have his help!