Meet the Coaches

Renee Basham Owner

“What I love about Prodigy All-Stars is the environment we are able to provide each athlete as they are shaped into the leaders of tomorrow.  To encourage them to have PRIDE in their abilities, PASSION for their craft, and PERSISTENCE to reach their goals both in and out of the gym.  As not only the owner but a coach, I aim to cultivate confident individuals and true PRODIGIES long after their time in the sport of cheerleading."

I am the owner and Director of Prodigy All-Stars.  I was born and raised in Houston, TX. As an athlete, my career began as a competitive gymnast for 8 years and a competitive cheerleader for 2.  I then went to the University of Houston and graduated with a degree in Business Management.  My husband and I started Prodigy All-Stars in 2007 and we could not be happier!  I feel so blessed to impact the lives of young athletes and teach them the ideals of life through a competitive sport.  I believe all my athletes are "Prodigies" and enjoy the process of watching and molding them into outstanding young adults.  Outside of Prodigy All-Stars I like to garden, exercise, and spend time with my family.

Bret Burgeson

Director

“What I love most about Prodigy All-Stars is watching my life’s work shine through every single athlete. I take pride in shaping each athlete, of all ages and skill levels, and teaching them to purse their passion in life through the sport of All-Star. I feel blessed to walk into my ‘home away from home’ everyday and pursue a career that doesn’t feel like work.”

Bret was raised in Keller, TX and started his journey in competitive cheerleading at Club Cheer in 2001. As an athlete, his career continued with Spirit of Texas from 2002-2010 winning multiple NCA National titles and two Gold medal finishes at the Cheerleading Worlds Championships in Orlando, Florida. He studied at the University of Arlington for 2 years before transferring to Hawaii Pacific University in 2010-2011. While cheering on a scholarship in Hawaii he competed with the Large Coed team and won their 9th consecutive NCA College Nationals title. In 2012, he transferred to  the University of Houston and began his career at Prodigy All-Stars. The direction of leadership in the program and the constant potential for growth is what made Prodigy All-Stars unlike any other gym. It was then that Bret knew Houston would become his ‘home away from home’ and he’d begin his roots creating a family with Prodigy. He is just as passionate about his mini teams as he is his Worlds teams. Some of his greatest accomplishments as a coach thus far have been winning NCA titles in all Levels 1-5, 3 Summit titles, and a World Champion title in the Small IOC 5 division. He hopes to continue building success on the mat with each of his teams, but more importantly creating relationships that last a lifetime with his athletes in the gym. Outside of the gym Bret enjoys eating great food with friends, visiting family, exercising, and traveling to new places.

Reagan Downman

“Prodigy All-Stars has taken a huge part in shaping who I am today. It is truly a blessing to know that I have the opportunity to do the same for the young athletes that come through the program now!”

Reagan was raised in Houston and has lived in Katy, TX ever since. She began her career in All-Star at Prodigy All-Stars in 2017. She ignited her passion for the sport at the age 11 during her first season with PA. She has spent the last 10 years growing and learning in the program only to fall more in love with it each and every year. Reagan’s journey through Prodigy All-Stars started on a Junior Level 2 team, Blizzard. She worked her way up through the program over the years and cheered on the Small Coed Level 5 team, Midnight during her junior, senior, and super senior year. Upon finishing her time on Midnight in 2017, she knew she was not ready to give her passion for the sport and then began cheering on Blacklight and coaching All-Star teams. As a coach, she has won a Small Mini 2 NCA title and a Sm Jr Restricted 5 Summit title, as well as numerous other National Championship titles. In 2018, she became a Gold Medalist in the Small IOC 5 division at the Cheerleading Worlds Championship on Blacklight. When Reagan is not spending time at Prodigy All-Stars, she enjoys her time by exercising at the gym, cooking with friends and family, decorating her apartment, and shopping around Houston.  

Justin Hebert

“What I love most about Prodigy All-Stars is being able to watch the athletes grow and the life lessons we get to teach on a daily basis!"

Justin is a Houston native, originally from Kingwood, TX.  He started off in gymnastics at 4 years old and trained for 14 years.  At the age of 16, he began his cheerleading career as an athlete and eventually collegiate cheerleading.  He cheered on Level 5 and 6 teams at Texas Lonestar and Prodigy All-Stars, and as well cheered at the University of Houston.  Justin has been with Prodigy All-Stars since 2007 when the doors first opened.  He has coached NCA winning teams and has played a vital role in developing the tumbling program at Prodigy.  He just recently returned back to the program after spending a year coaching in Melbourne, Australia, where he helped bring the gym's first Worlds & ICU team over to the United States!  Prodigy All-Stars has been Coach Justin's home for all 12 years that it has been open.  He absolutely loves coaching his athletes and seeing them work hard to show the Pride, Passion, & Persistence that he believes Prodigy is all about.  When he is (rarely) not in the gym, Coach Justin enjoys a great day of golf, live country music, and just spending time with friends and family!

AJ Mitchell

“What I have grown to love about Prodigy All-Stars is the personal drive and determination that the coaches put into each athlete. Not only do they want them to be successful and hard-working, but also to grow as an individual outside of the sport of competitive cheerleading and improving useful, life skills!”

AJ is from Rusk, Texas and fell in love with competitive cheerleading at the early age of 9 years old. He first began his All-Star career in 2014 as a recreational tumbling coach at T’s Tumbling in Rusk and then he moved to Houston to join the Prodigy family. He attended Cypress Woods High School and cheered on the Varsity squad where he was awarded the Best Tumbling, Best Jumps, and NCA-All American Cheerleader awards during NCA School Cheer Camp in 2015. During that time he was cheering on Midnight  for the 2015-2016 season winning the Bronze Medal at the Cheerleading Worlds Championship. After graduating high school he began cheering on Blacklight, the Small Coed IOC 5 team and placed 2nd at NCA All-Star Nationals in 2017 and then became a World Champion with Blacklight in 2018. Aj continues his career as a current athlete on Blacklight and coaching All-Star tumbling and teams of various ages and levels. He enjoys traveling, eating out with friends, spending time with family, and walking his dog.

Ryan Musgrove

“I love that Prodigy All-Stars is always a home away from home for athletes. No matter what is happening outside of the gym in their daily lives, we are all a family inside the gym!"

Ryan was born in Cypress, Texas and became an athlete for Prodigy All-Stars during his high school years. He began his coaching career in 2014 at Cheer Athletics in Plano, TX. Ryan has won numerous NCA, Majors, and World titles as both an athlete and a coach. His passion for the sport is undeniable and he loves to see that same passion grow in the future cheerleaders of the industry. Coaching the mini aged athletes and all the way up to the senior and collegiate aged athletes is what he loves most about watching that growth transpire. Outside of the gym, Ryan enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and his dogs.

Johnny Piggee 

(Piggy)

“I love Prodigy All-Stars because it's a place of growth and family!  There are only two times that I want to be at Prodigy, Now and Forever!”

Piggy is a graduate of De Soto High School in Dallas, TX where he first began his career in cheerleading. He has collegiately competed on a large coed team and individually competed partner stunting at Oklahoma City University (OCU) placing 2nd at, both, NCA and USA College Nationals 2010. He also competed in 2011 on an All-Star Lvl 6 International team, which placed 2nd at the NCA All Star Nationals and 3rd at the Cheerleading Worlds. He formerly worked with the American Cheerleading Association (ACA) for 6 years doing many local and regional High School camps. He has been involved with Cypress Academy of Gymnastics and Prodigy All-Stars for many years and helped implement the stunting and flying curriculum for the cheer program. Stunting is one of his favorite strengths in this sport and he enjoys seeing the progress each athlete makes towards reaching their goals. He enjoys being a part of the lessons these athletes learn on and off the mat at PA every day!  When he is not at the gym he loves to go to the movies.

Aly Villarreal

“What I love most about Prodigy All-Stars is how talented and dedicated the coaching staff is! Everyone from Tiny coaches to Worlds coaches are focused on how to make their team be their absolute best!”

Aly was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and cheered on the All-Girl squad, Boomer Sooner! Aly's passion for coaching All-Star began as a tumbling instructor at the age of 18 and has gradually evolved into her lifelong career. She has successfully placed in the top 3 and won National titles at NCA, The Summit, and Cheer Alliance. In 2018, her high school team took home Game Day National Champions at NCA as well. Aside from coaching she loves spending time with her daughter, Amelia, and browsing through the web for online shopping.

Auggie Villarreal

“What I love about Prodigy All-Stars is the family atmosphere that is created by all of the coaching staff. Having a family of my own, this a quality I appreciate so much in the gym. Everyone is so warm and welcoming!”

Auggie was born and raised in San Antonio, TX where he first started his cheerleading career as an athlete at Texas Wolverine All-Stars. He cheered competitively while attending Breckenridge High School and once he graduated he studied at Northwest Vista College. Following high school his cheerleading career continued at Dynasty Cheer in Rockwall, TX. Auggie’s passion for All-Star and coaching began to expand. Once he knew that the sport of All-Star is where his calling was, he started coaching at Twist and Shout in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2012. While coaching at Twist and Shout he won many NCA, Cheersport, and Summit National titles, as well as winning back-to-back NCA All-Star titles in the Small Coed Level 5 division. In 2018, he was awarded the Silver Medalist at the Cheerleading Worlds Championship. Auggie loves all aspects of the sport of All-Star and thoroughly enjoys working with the athletes and having a positive impact on their lives for the better. When he is not in the gym he enjoys spending time with his wife, Aly, and his daughter, Amelia.