I knew from an early age that cheerleading was something I was never going to be able to get enough of. When I was in the first grade, a high school student interviewed me as part of a class project and asked me what my favorite sport was. I clearly remember saying, “basketball because I can watch the cheerleaders.” From that moment on, I have never stopped “watching the cheerleaders.” Every sporting event I attend, that’s what I watch the entire time. I will never be able to tell you any of the plays or what is happening on the field or court, but I can tell you every single move the cheerleaders make. It’s just a part of who I am.
When my cheerleading days were over, I couldn’t simply hang up my pom poms and walk away. Thus my coaching career started. I began coaching in 2003 and haven’t stopped. I started with All-Stars, and eventually earned a high school position that I’ve been at now for 11 years.
Coaching has brought me a ton of experiences, some good, some bad, but never any regrets! It’s been a privilege to work with every single athlete that has ever walked through the program. I spend countless hours with them at practices, competitions and ballgames. They are like my own children and they make me very proud. As much as I hope I give them the skills they need to be a successful athlete, I’m even more hopeful I’m able to help mold them into successful adults. I love being their coach, but I’m also one of their biggest cheerleaders. They’ve made imprints on my heart and have made me a better person. When they hurt, I hurt, and when they succeed and feel proud of what they’ve done, I am just as happy to be a part of it!
My point? Find something you love and never let it go. I’m lucky enough that I get to take my coaching skills into my career. Every client I work with, I get to coach them, give them the play by play of the next move and be their biggest cheerleader!