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.
“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 pursue 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.