Coach Shawn is from Fleming Island, Florida. He competed as a competitive gymnast at Gymnastics Unlimited in Jacksonville, FL for 12 years. When he started high school he was introduced to cheerleading. He did varsity cheer all four years of high school and also began all star cheer his sophomore year at American All Stars. Shawn moved to Orlando in 2004 to attend the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Biology. While pursuing his degree he became a coach. First at Orlando Metro Gymnastics from 2004-2006. Then Double Down Athletics formerly known as Gold Medal Athletics from 2007-Present.