Head Coach Varsity Football Squad
7th Season (2015-16)
Patti Strano returns for her seventh season as the head coach of the Gilmour Academy varsity football cheerleading squad after taking a brief hiatus for two seasons. She previously served five seasons as an assistant coach with the varsity basketball cheerleading squad as well. Her 2009-10 football cheer squad was selected to participate in a competition in the Cleveland National Car show in the spring of 2010. Strano has coached several team members to the next level, including 2008 graduate Janice Flocken, who became the first former Lancer cheerleader to earn a spot on a collegiate team when she became a member of the Colgate University cheer team.
A lifelong resident of Lyndhurst, Ohio, Strano and her husband of 37 years, Sam, have three sons, Scott, Jonathan and Sammy ’06 who was a seven-year letter winner in football and baseball at Gilmour. Strano currently works as a part-time front desk coordinator at Michael Christopher Salon. She is an active member of the Gilmour Parent’s Alumni Association and former member of the Gilmour Women’s Club.
Assistant Coach Varsity Football Squad
1st Season (2015-16)
Michele Crisler is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Gilmour Academy varsity football cheerleading squad.
Head Coach Varsity Basketball Squad
9th Season (2014-15)
Chris Catanese is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Gilmour Academy varsity basketball cheerleading squad and previously served as an assistant coach with the varsity football cheerleading squad for five years. She is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) certified coach and is a judge for cheerleading tryouts at area high schools. While at Gilmour, she has directed the squad in front of audiences beyond the Gilmour community, showcasing the team’s talents at the American Cheer Idol competition at the IX Center, as well as at Quicken Loans Arena for a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game and several Cleveland Cavaliers basketball pregame shows.
Catanese was a cheerleader for six years at the varsity level, as well as a competitive gymnast for seven years. The current resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. She and her husband, John, have four sons, Ryan (26), Robert (21) and Joseph (19) – all graduates of Gilmour, and Vinny (13), an 8th grader at Gesu Catholic School.