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Top Gun Staff

Top Gun is the first cheerleading ONLY Gym in the state of Tennessee and has been in business for over 20 years!  The only program recognized by the Senate for our accomplishments and achievements.  Our Staff has a combined 75 years of experience and over 600+ Combined National, State,and Regional Championships to our credit! Over 500 College Cheerleaders received their training at Top Gun.  We have what your athlete needs to take them to the next level.

We train the area's elite, the top 1% of all cheerleaders, the best of the best......and we make them better!!!


Rondon and Rachel James

Rondon and Rachel both serve on the Top Gun staff. They have two daughters Reagan Kennedy James  and  Rhyann Johnlee James.  Rondon and Rachel are both active members of Christ Fellowship in Kingsport, Tennessee.   Rondon is the Founder, Owner and Head Coach of Top Gun Cheerleading LLC.  Rondon also owns and operates JRJ Insurance Solutions. Rondon also has served as a USASF Head Safety Judge for over 10+ years.  Rachel is the School Couselor at Church Hill Intermediate School in Church Hill, Tennessee she serves as an assistant all-star coach as well as assisting with the preschool program here at Top Gun.  Rachel is also the Head Cheerleading Coach for Volunteer High School

Rondon James Credentials & Accomplishments:

  • Founder, Owner and Head Coach of Top Gun Cheerleading 
  • Former Head Cheerleading and Mascot Coach at Tusculum College 2004-2011
  • Former NCA Head Instructor
  • Former USASF Safety Judge
  • Actively Coaching for 32+ Years
  • Coached all 200+ National Championship Teams
  • Coached 500+ Cheerleading Championships
  • Coached 300+ Regional Championships
  • Coached 500+ Middle School, High School adn Collegiate All American Cheerleaders
  • 2007-2013 Who's Who of US Cheerleading Coaches
  • Former Executive Director for the NLCC and Final Destination
  • Former Head Cheerleading, Dance Team and Mascot Coach at East Tennessee State University 1995-1997
  • 200+ Trained Numerous Collegiate Cheerleaders for Many Major Universities
  • 500+ Nation, State & Region Championship Routines Choreographed
  • Choreographed routines in 30 states for over 150+ Teams

 Coaching Accomplishments 

For several years Rondon has been recognized with Who’s Who among American Cheerleading coaches. Rondon served as  a USASF certified safety judge and judges numerous events for the USASF and the World Spirit Federation.  He has  served as a judge for the National Cheerleaders Association where he has judged both high school and all-star nationals for numerous years.

 Rondon has also judged for CheerSport, NCA, CCC, Cheer ltd., Pop Warner, WSF, The American Open, Americheer, ECA and many other organizations. Rondon is a safety certified coach through Level 5 with USASF , AACCA and  USA gymnastics. He is also certified with NCA as a collegiate and secondary schools safety certified coach. He is also a member of the USASF and safety certified as well with the USASF.

Certifications & Creditials

  • Former USASF Safety Judge
  • ACCAA Certified
  • NCA Collegiate Level Safety Certifiaction
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
  • First Aid CPR Certified

 " I believe that attitude is everything and you control your attitude.  With a positive attitude and a little faith we can change the world one child at a time!" - Rondon James


Reagan Kennedy James

 Reagan James is an assistant coach for our Pre-school Program as well as the Tiny All-Stars.  She is also a dance choreographer with the summer camps progam.  Reagan is currently a member of the Varsity Dance team at East Tennessee State University.  She cheered at Volunteer High School on the Varsity team for 4 years, as well as a memeber of the Top Gun International Senior Coed Level 5 All-Stars.  Reagan has been involved with cheerleading and dance her entire life.  Being the daughter of Rondon and Rachel James she has literally grown up in the Top Gun program and cheered in every division and level along the way.  She is currently an Instructor for UCA summer camp staff.  She has numerous national championships and accomplishments in every level of all-star and scholatic cheerleading.


  • 48 National Championships
  • West Coast Explosion Dance Scholarships (numerous)
  • Stars of Tomorrow Dance Scholarship
  • Top Gun All-Star 16 years
  • Volunteer High School Varsity Cheerleader 4 years
  • UCA All-American 3 years
  • UCA Senior Leadership Award
  • UCA Staff Member

Certifications & Credentials

  • AACCA Certified
  • East Tennessee State University Dance Team
  • UCA Staff


Kristen Kaudewitz

Kristen was born and raised in Kingsport, TN where she began cheerleading at very young age. Kristen grew up participating in the Colonial Heights Recreation League Cheerleading Program.  She also cheer all through school in Middle School at Colonial Heights Middle School and the 4 years at Sullivan South High School.  Kristen cheered for various school and all-star teams for 14 years. She also cheered collegiately for 4 years on the Varsity All-Girl Competitive Cheerleading team at East Tennessee State University.  Kristen began coaching approximately 7 years ago and she shas coached at:

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • East Tennessee State University,
  • Sullivan South High School,
  • Colonial Heights Middle School,
  • Elite South All Stars
  • Top Gun Cheerleading


  • 30+ first place finishes
  • 12 National Championships (and helped approximately)
  • 15 girls continue their goal of collegiate cheerleading.
  • Founder of Elite South All-Stars

Certifications & Credentials

  • First Aid CPR Certified
  • AACCA Certified
  • Head Cheerleading Coach -Sullivan South High School

"Cheerleading is my passion and watching these young men and women reach their dreams and goals is the most rewarding part of coaching. I am beyond ecstatic to continue coaching at Top Gun as we continue to be the most successful cheerleading program in the area. " - Kristen Kaudewitz