Patrick Smith is one of the head Spirit FX stunt and pyramid specialists. He also composes some of the best stunt/basket technique camps in the industry. Patrick works at Pittsburgh Pride All-stars full-time but travels all over the country to choreograph for many gyms that have been successful in achieving world and summit bids.
Patrick’s 17 years of all-star experience has led to him having a keen eye to the technical side of stunting. He is best known for making elite and innovative stunt and pyramid sections look effortless. He began his cheer experience in college. He cheered and won several UCA college national titles at Morehead State University and The State University of West Georgia. Patrick was the owner of Reign Cheer Camps before they combined with Spirit FX. Reign cheer camps was known for producing some of the most creative pyramid and stunting choreography in the industry.
Patrick’s beliefs and philosophies as a coach and choreographer are about pushing the difficulty and creativity to the highest level possible all while keeping the product sharp and clean. Patrick’s stunt and basket drills are much different than the average stunt camp. He prides himself on being able to break down any elite skill through drills. Patrick is a master on the rules and scoresheet as well as grips. If your gym is in need of a stunt/pyramid/basket technique guru then Patrick is the instructor for you.
Below are just a few recent testimonials we have received from those who have worked with Pat!
We loved the instructors! They were very patient even with our youngest athletes. They broke things down in a way that the kids could understand, and were not afraid to go in a different direction if things were not going as planned.
Loved all of the techniques and progressions that the instructors took each of the teams through. We were able to cover several elite elements and level appropriate elements.
- Candace, Marlboro Competitive Cheer
I cannot begin to say enough good things about Patrick. We had multiple kids not attend camp on multiple days. Instead of being bothered by this, Pat helped me to rearrange groups, and patiently waited for me to make adjustments as needed. The stunting technique that was shown to my program over the past three days was unlike anything I have ever seen before. I have been coaching for 15 years, and the amount of knowledge that I took away from this camp was unreal. My athletes were beyond thrilled that they were finally able to hit skills we had been tirelessly working on, without success, prior to this camp. Patrick was so great with my teams, and really connected with them in a personal way. I feel like this brought our skills camp to the next level. I am already trying to book him again for this season! I loved that this skills camp was tailored to my athletes and their skill levels. There was nothing cookie cutter about it. I also loved that proper progression was taught. As much as I sometimes urged Patrick to “just move on, because I’m sure they will eventually get it,” he kept telling me in order to do the stunts correctly, they needed to break down each and every part. By the end of camp, I was really grateful that he stuck to his guns instead of just trying to please me.
- Kearsten, Hinsdale South High School
Patrick was patient and approachable with our very beginner youth 1. He pushed our level 2’s and 3’s in a fun and positive manner. He made the athletes feel comfortable when they were nervous and skyrocketed our teams confidence with new skills. Excellent teacher to our 4 teams and showed genuine interst in our tahletes and program. Love.
- Katie, Beyond Allstars